Global Food Prices, Human Trafficking, Security Council & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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08-Jul-2021 01:05:15
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General spoke this morning with the Member States in a closed interactive session on the Common Agenda.

This morning, our Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, arrived in London on a trip to meet with senior United Kingdom Government officials and other stakeholders to discuss efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and tackling climate change.

This morning, the Security Council held its biannual briefing on West Africa and the Sahel.

Last night, we issued a statement marking the grim mark of the four millionth death due to the COVID-19 virus.

The World Health Organization (WHO) today said that Africa has marked its worst pandemic week ever.

The UN team in Malawi, led by Resident Coordinator Maria Jose Torres Macho, is working to help Malawian authorities address the multiple effects of the pandemic.

Ahead of Sudan’s 10th anniversary tomorrow of its historic achievement of independence, the UN peacekeeping mission there said that this is an important opportunity to inject fresh momentum into the peace process to deliver the stability, peace, and prosperity that the country’s citizens deserve.

This morning, the Secretary-General spoke, via pre-recorded video message, to the first Climate Vulnerable Finance Summit hosted by Bangladesh.

Today, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and its partners released the first Hydromet Gap report. The report says that an estimated 23,000 lives per year could be saved and potential benefits of at least $162 billion per year could be realized by improving weather forecasts, early warning systems, and climate information – known as hydromet.

The High-level Political Forum of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) continued today in a morning session, which explored the situation and linkages among the Sustainable Development Goals 3, 10, 16 and 17, the discussions identified ways forward toward more peaceful, equal and inclusive societies, including next steps in the health response to the pandemic, protecting past advances in the area of health.

A new study released today by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) shows the devastating impact that COVID-19 has had on victims and survivors of human trafficking.

The World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF said today that at least 80,000 children under the age of five are currently at risk of severe acute malnutrition across the Central African Republic.

The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) today said that food commodity prices fell in June for the first time in 12 months.

About the recent demolition of Palestinian housing, yesterday, in the Jordan Valley, representatives from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), non-governmental organizations and Member States sought to gain access to the community of Humsa Al-Baqi’a, but were refused access by the military while the demolitions were taking place. As of noon today, no assistance had been allowed in and an OCHA team had entered the community and was requested to leave the site by Israeli forces.

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