Haiti- Covid, Sudan, Algeria amp; other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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15-Jul-2021 01:06:48
Noon Briefing by Eri Kaneko, Associate Spokeswoman for the Secretary-General.

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Ján Kubiš, the Special Representative for Libya, briefed the Security Council today and discussed the process towards holding elections in the country on 24th of December of this year.

The Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support, Atul Khare, has wrapped up a visit to Sudan, where he held talks on the completion of the drawdown of the African Union-United Nations hybrid peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID)

In South Sudan, the UN Mission (UNMISS) has launched a new Peace Fellows program today to increase participation in the peace process and accelerate the implementation of the Peace agreement.

Haiti has received 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, donated by the United States through the COVAX Facility. This is Haiti’s first shipment of COVID vaccines.

The World Health Organization said today that deaths linked to COVID-19 in Africa have increased by 43 per cent in the past week, compared to the previous week.

Algeria is enacting stricter prevention measures and stepping up its vaccination efforts as the number of cases and deaths climb to their highest since December of 2020.

The Economic and Social Council High-Level Political Forum concluded its presentations today with a large slate of voluntary national reviews, including from Japan, Germany, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Cyprus, Indonesia, Iraq, Madagascar, Bhutan, Namibia, Spain, and Zimbabwe. All these countries were reporting for the second time, except for Indonesia, which was reporting for the third time. 

The UN Population Fund today announced in a virtual ceremony the winners of this year’s UN Population Award. Commissaire Hassane Haousseize Zouera from Niger’s police force was named the individual laureate and the General Directorate of Population of Oaxaca in Mexico was named the institutional laureate.

Today is World Youth Skills Day.
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