Daily Press Briefing: Middle East, Sr Personnel Appt, Global Health Summit, Covid19, South Asia, Nepal, Myanmar, Mozambique, Libya, Climate, Biodiversity, Intl Tea Day, Cultural Diversity For Dialogue & Development Day, Intl Day To End Obstetric Fistula

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21-May-2021 00:39:49
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Last night, the Secretary-General welcomed the ceasefire that took place in Gaza and Israel, after 11 days of deadly hostilities. He extended his deepest condolences to the victims of the violence and their loved ones.

Today, Mark Lowcock, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, allocated $4.5M from the Central Emergency Response Fund, towards the rising humanitarian needs in Gaza.

Today, 13 humanitarian trucks with food, COVID-19 vaccines, medical disposables, and drugs, including emergency medicines and first aid kits, for multiple UN Agencies and NGO partners, crossed into Gaza following the partial reopening of the Kerem Shalom Crossing.

The Secretary-General is appointing Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee of Ghana as Assistant Secretary-General for Africa. That is a post that is both in the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations (DPPA-DPO).

This morning, the Secretary-General spoke virtually at the Global Health Summit, which was co-hosted by the European Commission and Italy, as Chair of the G20.

In South Sudan, the UN team is working closely with the authorities to accelerate vaccine efforts due to the low turnout for the campaign. More than 6,400 doses have been administered to date, with more than 126,000 still pending.

And from South Asia, UNICEF says it urgently in need of $164 million to help save lives as a deadly-wave of COVID-19 sweeps across the region.

In Nepal, the UN, along with partners has launched a COVID-19 Response Plan seeking nearly US$ 84 million to help 750,000 of the most vulnerable people impacted by the pandemic over the next three months.

In Myanmar, the UN team there said today that it is alarmed by the humanitarian impact of the violence in the town of Mindat in Chin State.

The World Health Organization today said that more than 1.2 million people urgently need health assistance in Cabo Delgado Province, where recent armed attacks sparked further population displacement and deepened a protracted humanitarian crisis.

Ján Kubiš, the Special Envoy for Libya, spoke at the Security Council this morning and discussed preparations to hold presidential and parliamentary elections in Libya on December 24th.

This morning, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed spoke at the G7 Climate and Environment Ministerial Meeting.

Tomorrow is the International Day for Biological Diversity. The theme this year is “We’re part of the solution.”

Today is International Tea Day. Tea production and processing are a main source of livelihood for millions of families, particularly in developing countries.

Today is also World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

Sunday is the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. The theme for this year is “Women's rights are human rights! End fistula now!”

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