Daily Press Briefing: Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Venezuelan Refugees, Domestic Workers/Report, E-Waste/Child Health, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

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15-Jun-2021 00:23:49
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Martin Griffiths, the Special Envoy for Yemen, gave his final briefing in that post to the Security Council today.

The UN is very concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation of 13.4 million people in Syria following a decade of conflict, as well as an economic crisis and COVID-19.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that in Afghanistan, five health workers were killed, and four others injured in five separate attacks today in Nangarhar Province.

In Lebanon, the Deputy Special Coordinator, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Najat Rochdi, briefed Member States in Geneva on the deepening crisis in the country.

Ahead of the virtual International Donors’ Conference on Thursday, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) called for renewed international support to address the needs of refugees and migrants from Venezuela and to assist their host countries.

A report released today by the International Labour Organization (ILO) says that ten years after the adoption of a historic International Labour Organization Convention, domestic workers are still fighting for recognition as workers and essential service providers.

The World Health Organization (WHO) today published a report warning that effective and binding action is urgently needed and required to protect the millions of children, adolescents and expectant mothers worldwide whose health is jeopardized by the informal processing of discarded electrical or electronic devices, otherwise known as e-waste.

Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. In a tweet, the Secretary-General noted that rates of elder abuse, a global issue affecting millions of older people worldwide, have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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