Lebanon, Myanmar, Ethiopia & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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12-Jul-2021 01:04:04
Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

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In a statement, the Secretary-General said that new, tragic data informs us that between 720 and 811 million people in the world faced hunger in 2020 – as many as 161 million more than in 2019.

The World Food Programme said that a convoy of 50 trucks arrived in the Tigrayan capital of Mekelle today with 900 metric tons of food as well as other emergency supplies.

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat has a new draft Global Biodiversity Framework to guide actions worldwide through 2030 to preserve and protect nature and its essential services to people.

Today, the High-Level Political Forum of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held a session that explored concrete policy recommendations to catalyse investments in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), within the context of pressing debt sustainability challenges faced by developing countries.

Over the weekend, Honduras received nearly 190,000 vaccine doses. And on Sunday, Bolivia received over a million doses donated by the US Government through the COVAX Facility.

The UN Country Team in Myanmar said today that, more than five months since the military takeover of the Government, it remains concerned by continued reports of violence across the country.

The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in recent days has provided agricultural equipment, including water pumps, cisterns and trailers to local communities in south-eastern Lebanon.

Yesterday, the Secretary-General marked the anniversary of the massacres in Srebrenica, saying in a tweet that we will never forget the Srebrenica genocide.

Yesterday was World Population Day. In his message for the Day, the Secretary-General noted that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend our world, reaching one grim milestone after another.

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