Haiti, Central Africa Republic, Extreme Weather amp; other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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07-Jul-2021 01:01:41
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General 

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We issued a statement a short while ago in which the Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse of the Republic of Haiti.

As we approach the grim milestone sometime today most likely of four million deaths due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will have a message from the Secretary-General in which we expect him to say that while vaccines offer a ray of hope, the virus is outpacing vaccine distribution.

In a tweet, the Secretary-General said that all over the world natural disasters have become more frequent and more severe and that this means every country, city and industry needs to step up its climate action now.

The Security Council met to hear a virtual briefing from Bintou Keita, the head of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

We are aware of the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia, and welcome the Government of Ethiopia’s announcement that it has “granted flight permission for all interested parties to provide humanitarian services in Tigray region.”

Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that the situation remains tense in Alindao, following cyclical armed violence in the past week.

Our UN colleagues on the ground say they’re concerned about the rapid increase in the number of recorded COVID-19 cases in Myanmar.

Yesterday, we flagged for you the Secretary-General’s concern about yet another report of kidnappings in Nigeria’s Kaduna State. Today, the head of UNICEF, Henrietta Fore, expressed her alarm at the increasing spate of attacks against children and abductions, including of students, in Nigeria but also in other parts of West and Central Africa.

Yesterday, we issued a statement expressing the Secretary-General’s increasing concern at developments in the Kingdom of Eswatini, notably clashes between security forces and demonstrators that have led to deaths and injuries.

The Economic and Social Council’s High-Level Political Forum today examined progress in Sustainable Development Goals 1, 2, 8 and 17, and linkages among those goals.

The Secretary-General is appointing Benjamin Swanson of the United Kingdom as Assistant Secretary-General for the Office of Internal Oversight Services. Mr. Swanson succeeds David Kanja of Kenya.

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