Daily Press Briefing: G7, Syria, Security Council, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Myanmar, UN Central Emergency Response Fund, Ecuador/Covax, Climate, William Swing, World Blood Donor Day, Press Encounters Tomorrow

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14-Jun-2021 00:17:44
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General had very useful informal discussions with the leaders attending the G7 summit in Cornwall over the weekend.

Geir Pedersen, the Special Envoy for Syria, strongly condemned the attack on Al-Shifaa hospital in Afrin city in northern Syria, which resulted in the killing and injuring of civilians, including medical personnel, and the destruction of parts of the hospital.

The Head of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Mali, El-Ghassim Wane, briefed the Security Council on Mali this morning.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says it continues to receive alarming reports of clashes between insurgent groups and Nigerian Armed Forces in Dikwa in Borno State, as well as reports of armed groups and military personnel attacking and harassing internally displaced people living in camps.

The Head of the UN Office in West Africa and the Sahel, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, has just concluded a two-day visit to Burkina Faso.

The UN Children’s Fund Executive Director, Henrietta Fore, today said that UNICEF projects that 56,000 children under the age of five in Tigray will need treatment this year for severe acute malnutrition.

On Myanmar, more than four months since the military took over the Government, our colleagues on the ground remain deeply concerned over the security forces’ use of violence, with reports of deaths and injuries on a daily basis.

Today, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, released $135 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund to boost humanitarian operations in 12 countries in Africa, the Americas and the Middle East.

Ecuador received more than 330,000 doses of COVAX vaccines on Friday.

Today, the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action released its first Progress Report, which details climate action milestones in the fashion sector.

Over the weekend, the Secretary-General expressed his deep sadness at the passing of William Swing, the former Director-General of the International Organization for Migration and past leader of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Today is World Blood Donor Day, and this year’s theme is “Give blood and keep the world beating”.

For press encounters, tomorrow, we expect to have a virtual stakeout by the Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, following his briefing to the Security Council on Yemen. Then at noon, we will have a press briefing in this room on the 14th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which starts tomorrow. Once that briefing is over, Stéphane will be back to brief you.

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