Syria, Ethiopia, G20 & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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09-Jul-2021 01:04:44
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General welcomes the Security Council’s decision to extend the UN cross-border mechanism in north-west Syria via the Bab al-Hawa border crossing.

The Secretary-General and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed spoke yesterday to discuss the extremely concerning humanitarian situation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.

This morning, the Secretary-General spoke virtually to the third G20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors which is being held in Venice in Italy.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General Helen La Lime continues to be in contact with Haitian leaders and other interlocutors stressing the urgent need to reach an inclusive political compromise to maintain stability and to chart the way forward for Haiti.

On the humanitarian aspect, our colleagues are telling us that following the assassination of the President, efforts to respond to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the country are being put at risk.

The UN Children’s Fund said today that 1.5 million children, which represents nearly one-third of all children in the country, are in urgent need of emergency relief due to the rising violence, constrained access to clean water, health and nutrition, disrupted education and protection services in times of COVID-19, as well as hurricanes.

UNICEF tells us that more than 1.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine arrived today in Afghanistan.

In response to questions on recent events in Bolivia in relation to the legal action taken against former government officials and authorities in the country, the Secretary-General recalls the importance of upholding due process guarantees and full transparency in all legal proceedings.

Lynn Hastings, the Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory, said she visited Gaza yesterday, to see what progress has been made nine weeks since the beginning of the hostilities with Israel.

Led by Resident Coordinator Silvia Rucks, the UN team in Brazil continues to help authorities address the multiple impacts of COVID-19, including by focusing on indigenous people in the Amazon region.

This morning at the High-Level Political Forum of ECOSOC Member States addressed two important topics: first, the urgent need to help Small Island Developing States so they may get on a path to realize the Sustainable Development Goals. It then turned to a discussion on how to mobilize science, technology, and innovation and strengthen the science-policy-society interface.

Yesterday the Council convened for a briefing on the ongoing disagreement involving Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

On Monday, we will be joined virtually by experts from the Food and Agricultural Organization and the World Food Programme to launch the flagship report “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021-- an annual flagship report which shares progress towards ending hunger, achieving food security and improving nutrition.

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