Ethiopia, Libya, Zimbabwe/COVID-19 amp; other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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02-Jul-2021 00:42:09
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

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The Secretary-General is wrapping up his trip to Spain and in Madrid today, he met with the Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sánchez.

This afternoon, at 3 o’clock, there will be a Security Council briefing on the situation in Ethiopia, which will focus on Tigray.

The session of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) is expected to conclude today in Switzerland, having been extended by a day.

In the Central African Republic, the office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that the situation remains tense in Alindao – a town east of Bangui – following clashes between UPC combatants and the Central African army.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, we were told that yesterday, a convoy of the UN Mission’s Force Intervention Brigade repelled two separate and consecutive attacks perpetrated by suspected Mayi-Mayi elements in the Southwest part of Bunia, in the province of Ituri.

In Niger, UNICEF says that 2.1 million children need humanitarian assistance. That’s about a third more than just a year ago. The country faces multiple, prolonged and complex emergencies. Challenges include conflict, displacement, food insecurity, cyclical floods and droughts.

Zimbabwe has announced a two-week lockdown to curb the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, with the country reporting more 4,600 COVID-19 cases last week – a 156-per cent increase in just one week.

In Venezuela, the World Food Programme has moved its first food supplies to its logistics hub in Maracaibo ahead of the launch of its school meals programme for vulnerable school children and school employees in Venezuela.

Two new Resident Coordinators to announce today. Vladanka Andreeva of North Macedonia took up her new post as Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan on July 1st. Dmitry Shlapachenko of Ukraine will assume his duties in Turkmenistan on July 5th. These appointments follow confirmation from the respective host governments.

On 30 June, the World Social Media Day, the Department of Global Communications launched #PledgetoPause, a four-month campaign that builds on the success of Verified, which reached 1 billion people in 2020.

We were saddened to learn of the passing on June 30th of Ambassador Vassilakis, the former Permanent Representative of Greece to the United Nations and former chief negotiator of Greece in the UN-facilitated talks on the 'name dispute' between Athens and Skopje.

Following the Security Council’s meeting on Tigray, there will be an in-person stakeout by members of the A3+1 Group – that is Kenya, Niger, Tunisia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

On Tuesday, the Spokesman will be joined in-person by the President of the Economic and Social Council, Munir Akram. He will brief on the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development which runs from the 6th to the 15th of July.
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