Daily Press Briefing: Secretary-General Travels, Ethiopia, Haiti, Myanmar, Covax/Antigua and Barbuda, Child Labour, Asia Pacific/Food Systems, Food Outlook Report, Peter Rabbit, Financial Contribution, Noon Briefing Guests Today

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10-Jun-2021 00:18:52
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General will travel later today to attend the G7 Summit in Cornwall.

The World Food Programme today warned that alarming new data has confirmed the magnitude of the hunger emergency gripping Tigray. An Integrated Food Security Phase Classification analysis shows that more than 350,000 people are already facing catastrophic conditions in Tigray. This is the highest number of people classified by the IPC in a phase 5 – Catastrophic, in a single country in the last decade.

In Haiti, preliminary estimates by the humanitarian community suggest that more than 5,000 people have been displaced since the beginning of the month, following clashes between gangs in Port-au-Prince.

In Myanmar, the UN country team there says they remain deeply concerned over the continued use of force against children.

Antigua and Barbuda received its second shipment of doses yesterday, with help from the UN and COVAX partners.

A report released today by the International Labour Organization and UNICEF shows that the number of children in child labour has risen to 160 million worldwide.

At a virtual high-level meeting today, six UN agencies called for bold new thinking and decisive action to transform food systems to meet increasingly complex challenges, including those resulting from the pandemic.

FAO published a report today showing that global food trade is poised for a resilient year, even as international food commodity prices are set to remain high amid supply and demand uncertainties.

The United Nations, along with the Food and Agriculture Organization and the UN Foundation have teamed up with Sony Pictures and the beloved animated character Peter Rabbit. The aim of this campaign is to encourage people to take action around SDG2 through a digital global campaign that highlights the importance of healthy eating, reducing food waste, and other sustainable practices that are important for people’s health and the health of our planet.

With Palau’s payment, 106 Member States have paid their 2021 dues in full.

The UN Global Compact Executive Director, Sanda Ojiambo, and also the Chief Executive Officer of the Carbon Disclosure Project, Paul Simpson were the guests at the noon briefing. They briefed reporters on a new research from the Science Based Targets initiative, a body enabling businesses to set ambitious emissions reduction targets, that reveals that none of the G7’s leading stock indexes are currently aligned with a 1.5°C or 2°C pathway and calls on the largest G7 listed companies to urgently increase climate action.

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