Daily Press Briefing: Secretary-General/Corruption, Latin America And The Caribbean/ Hurricane Season, Lebanon, Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, Jordan, COVID-19/Mongolia, Global Food Prices, Land Degradation, World Bicycle Day

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03-Jun-2021 00:32:00
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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As the General Assembly holds a special session against corruption today, the Secretary-General delivered a video message at the launch of the anti-corruption GlobE Network in Vienna, saying that corruption is not only immoral, but is a serious crime.

The hurricane season in Latin America and the Caribbean officially began on June 1st and it is expected to be an intense one. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the region is working with Resident Coordinators in the Caribbean and Central America and the wider humanitarian community to prepare for this hurricane season.

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s Trial Chamber II issued an order today cancelling the commencement of trial in the Ayyash case, which was to start on 16 June. It also suspended all decisions on filings presently before it, and on any future filings, until further notice.

This afternoon, the Security Council will receive a briefing on the situation concerning the FSO Safer tanker. Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and Reena Ghelani from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) will brief the Council members.

In South Sudan, the new Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Nicholas Haysom, today said in his first press conference since arriving in the country, that his clear focus is to prevent subnational violence that is still flaring up in particular places across the world’s youngest country.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today said that Somalia continues to be battered by a double climate disaster, against a backdrop of decades of conflict and insecurity.

The World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that 21,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan will no longer receive their monthly food assistance as of July, because of a shortage of funds.

In Mongolia, the UN team on the ground is supporting the Government in its COVID-19 vaccination efforts, prioritizing frontline workers and high-risk people.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today said that global food prices rose in May at their fastest monthly rate in more than a decade, even as world cereal production is on course to reach a new record high. The FAO Food Price Index in May was 4.8 per cent higher than in April and 39.7 per cent higher than in May 2020.

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called on the world to deliver on its commitment to restore at least one billion degraded hectares of land in the next decade – an area about the size of China - to prevent large-scale ecosystem collapse and biodiversity loss.

Today is World Bicycle Day. In his message for the Day, the Secretary-General highlighted that bikes are freedom, fun, good for one’s health and good for our one and only planet.

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