Syria, Mozambique, Ethiopia & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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06-Jul-2021 01:53:57
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General 

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Our humanitarian colleagues are telling us that humanitarian access has improved within Tigray, with large areas now accessible.

The Security Council held closed consultations on the humanitarian situation in Syria this morning.

From Myanmar, our colleagues tell us they are concerned about the negative impact of the current security crisis on the education system there.

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the abduction of students from the Bethel Baptist School as well as hospital employees in two separate incidents, in Kaduna State, on 5 July, yesterday.

The World Food Programme (WFP) is warning today that, without urgent funding, the displacement crisis in the north of Mozambique could become a hunger emergency.

Our humanitarian colleagues are telling us that Hurricane Elsa, the first in this year’s Atlantic hurricane season, has left at least three people dead across the Caribbean.

Earlier today, the Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, Osnat Lubrani, briefed Member States and other partners in Geneva on the humanitarian needs of people in eastern Ukraine, as they are facing the eighth year of an armed conflict, aggravated by the pandemic.

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has congratulated the High National Elections Commission on the launch of the voter registration update.

In Mali, the local transition monitoring committee had a meeting with the Prime Minister of the Transition, Choguel Maiga.

In a statement on mudslides in Japan issued yesterday, the Secretary-General said he was saddened by reports of loss of life and destruction caused by a mudslide in Atami, Shizuoka prefecture, Japan.

In Sierra Leone, the number of COVID-19 cases has been climbing in recent weeks. The UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Babatunde Ahonsi, is helping authorities on the health front, as well as the wider impacts of the pandemic.

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) says it recently conducted a workshop on international human rights law for senior commanders of the South Sudan Peoples Defence Forces (SSPDF) in Torit in Eastern Equatoria.

On Friday, the Secretary-General issued new guidance related to the next phase of returning to work here at UN Headquarters, which has been closely guided by the authorities in New York State. As of today, UN Headquarters in New York has met the requirements to re-open fully for in-person business. Daily occupancy limits have now been lifted and all personnel who have been working remotely are expected to return to the workplace, regardless of their vaccination status.

Tomorrow, the guest at the Noon Briefing will be Adam Abdelmoula, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and UN Resident Coordinator for Somalia. He will join remotely to brief on Somalia.

Lastly, today, we thank Timor-Leste. We are now up to 114 Member States who have paid their dues in full.

***The guests at the Noon Briefing today were the President of the Economic and Social Council, Ambassador Munir Akram, the Permanent Representative of Pakistan. He spoke to reporters about the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, which started this morning and runs through 15 July.
Also briefing reporters were the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Liu Zhenmin, together with Francesca Perucci and Yongyi Min of the Statistics Division of the Department of the Economic and Social Affairs. They discussed the key findings of the 2021 Sustainable Development Goals Report.
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