Daily Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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08-Oct-2020 00:21:34
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning, the Secretary-General took part in a roundtable discussion with women leaders on the topic of Women, Peace and Security in Peacekeeping contexts. He reiterated that women’s full, equal and meaningful participation in achieving and sustaining peace is a priority for the UN, as well as a centerpiece of his Action for Peacekeeping initiative.

The UN continue to be very concerned about the situation in the Kyrgyz Republic.

The UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, is following with deep concern the recent military escalation in Hudaydah governorate and the reports of a number of casualties among the civilian population, including women and children.

In Syria, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) tells us that the Syria Humanitarian Fund (SHF) has released $40 million, its largest ever allocation, to enable life-saving assistance for 1.3 million people across the country.

This morning at the Security Council, the head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), Mahamat Saleh Annadif, said that peace is close at hand, but the ball remains in the court of the Malian people, the Malians.

In Brazil, the UN team there, led by Resident Coordinator Niki Fabiancic, continues to work with authorities to flatten the curve and lift livelihoods.

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today issued new guidance on how to reduce stigma and discrimination in the context of the COVID-19.

In the Caribbean, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that they are bolstering their presence in the region during the hurricane season. OCHA has now established a Humanitarian Advisory Team in Barbados that adds to the teams already in place in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, as well as a country office in Haiti.

Nearly 2 million babies are stillborn every year, or 1 every second. That’s according to the first ever stillbirth estimates in a new report by the UN Children’s Fund, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Tomorrow, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is organizing a webinar on its KiboCUBE programme to mark this year’s World Space Week.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today said that the Food Price Index rose 2.1 per cent in September and is 5.0 per cent higher than its value in September 2019. The increase was led by vegetable oils and cereals.

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