Ceasefire agreement in Libya & other topics - Daily Briefing (23 October 2020)

Published on 23 Oct 2020, 18:09
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.


- Libya
- UN Day
- 75 Years of Love concert
- Sudan
- Sudan Floods
- South Sudan
- Somalia
- COVID-19/Kenya
- Lebanon
- Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
- Guinea
- Cote D'Ivoire

This morning, the Secretary-General welcomed the signing of a ceasefire agreement by the Libyan parties, in Geneva under the auspices of the United Nations.  He said this is a fundamental step toward peace and stability in Libya, and he congratulated the parties for putting the interest of their nation ahead of their differences.  
Earlier in the day, in Geneva, the Acting Special Representative, Stephanie Williams, said that the parties agreed that all military units and armed groups on the frontlines shall return to their camps. This shall be accompanied by the departure of all mercenaries and foreign fighters from all Libyan territories -- land, air and sea -- within a maximum period of three months from today.  
Tomorrow is UN Day. Our 75th UN day, in fact, which marks the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. In his message for the Day, Antonio Guterres noted that the 75th anniversary of the UN falls in the middle of a global pandemic, and that our founding mission is more critical than ever. 
He points out that when the pandemic hit, he called for a global ceasefire, He adds that in our world today, we have one common enemy: COVID-19.
Mr. Guterres stresses that we must also make peace with our planet, and that the climate emergency threatens life itself, adding that around the world, we must do more to end human suffering from poverty, inequality, hunger, hatred, and fight discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender or any other distinction.   
On this UN anniversary, he asked people everywhere to join together, and stresses that the UN not only stands with you, it belongs to you and is you: “we the peoples”. 

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