Daily Press Briefing: SG/G7, Ethiopia, DRC, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Libya, West Africa, Mozambique, Myanmar, Fiji, Central America, Science Report, World Day Against Child Labour, Int'l Albinism Awareness Day, Financial Contribution

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11-Jun-2021 00:18:59
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning the Secretary-General landed in London on his way to the G7 meeting in Cornwall, where he will go tomorrow morning.

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today warned that in Tigray, more young children and babies slide dangerously close to sickness and potential death from malnutrition.

The Humanitarian Coordinator in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, David McLachlan-Karr, has condemned an attack on the Boga General Referral Hospital in the province of Ituri. The attack, which took place on Monday, happened in the context of clashes that left at least 10 people dead on the same day.

The UN is deeply concerned by yesterday’s missile and drone attack in Yemen, in the Marib City, which reportedly caused dozens of civilian casualties.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has paid the minimum amount due and is no longer under Article 19 of the UN Charter.

The Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano, has visited the Shariya Camp for displaced people in Dohuk governorate.

Ján Kubiš, the Special Envoy for Libya, has been continuing his travels and meetings in which he has emphasized the importance of holding inclusive Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Libya on 24 December 2021 and of starting the withdrawal of mercenaries and foreign forces from the country.

The UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel has launched a Regional Working Group on climate change, the environment, security and development in the region.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) today said that it remains gravely concerned for the safety of civilians in northern Mozambique.

On Myanmar, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet today warned that a further escalation in violence was unfolding across the country.

The UN team in Fiji, led by the Resident Coordinator Sanaka Samarasinha, is supporting authorities by mobilizing resources to ensure there are adequate supplies and equipment for testing, contact tracing, treatment and vaccination.

The international community yesterday reaffirmed its solidarity with forcibly displaced people in Central America and Mexico and with the seven countries that make up the Comprehensive Regional Protection and Solutions Framework, known as MIRPS. This happened during the Solidarity Event for Forcibly Displaced Persons and Host Communities in Central America and Mexico, which was hosted by Costa Rica.

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today launched its Science Report, showing that spending on science worldwide increased 19 per cent between 2014 and 2018.

Tomorrow is World Day Against Child Labour.

Sunday, 13 June, is International Albinism Awareness Day. This year’s theme is: Strength Beyond All Odds.

Lebanon has now paid its regular budget dues. That brings the number of paid-up Member States to 107.

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