Colombia, Afghanistan, ECOSOC & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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13-Jul-2021 01:00:47
Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Colombia and Head of the UN Mission there, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, briefed the Security Council this morning on the latest developments in the peace process.

Henrietta Fore, UNICEF’s Executive Director, has informed the Secretary-General of her intention to resign, to devote herself to a family health issue.

The Secretary-General addressed the High-Level Political Forum of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this morning, and he warned that the pandemic has taken 4 million lives and devastated the global economy, and, while some countries plan for recovery, the pandemic is gathering pace in others.

You may have seen that, in a Tweet last night, the Secretary-General called for an end to the violence in the Central African Republic.

Turning to Ethiopia: In a statement issued today, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, said that he is extremely concerned about the conditions of Eritrean refugees in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.

From Myanmar, our colleagues there today say they are concerned about the impact of the current political and economic instability on people’s food security due to job losses, increased food prices and currency depreciation.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) today warned of a looming humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan as the escalating conflict brings increased human suffering and civilian displacement.

I have a COVAX update for you, today from Moldova, which yesterday received more than 150,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) today released a report showing that 1 in 3 countries are not taking action to help students catch up on their learning post-COVID-19 school closures.
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