Olympic Truce, Lebanon, Occupied Palestinian Territory & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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16-Jul-2021 00:27:52
Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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In a video message, the Secretary-General called for an Olympic Truce during the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Speaking on behalf of the Secretary-General at a Security Council meeting on the preservation of humanitarian space, Amina Mohammed, the Deputy Secretary-General, said that humanitarian needs have never been greater.

Tomorrow, 17 July will mark the seventh anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Eastern Ukraine.

The UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Joanna Wronecka, expressed deep regret over the inability of Lebanon’s leaders to reach agreement on the formation of a new government that is urgently needed to address the country’s numerous challenges.

Our humanitarian colleagues in the occupied Palestinian Territory tell us that on Wednesday, in the community of Ras al-Tin in Ramallah governorate, 84 Palestinians lost their homes when Israeli forces confiscated at least 49 structures.

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), in a tweet today, warned that media working in the country and journalism itself in Afghanistan are under increasing threat.

The UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, Imran Riza, the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, Muhannad Hadi, and UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Ted Chaiban, yesterday, in a joint statement, expressed concern about severe interruptions to the Alouk Water Station.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is concerned about the impact of the continued fighting in parts of the country between the Myanmar Armed Forces and different ethnic armed groups, as well as the so-called “people’s defense forces.”

The UN Refugee Agency says that nearly 20,000 people have been displaced following a series of attacks by the ADF –the Allied Democratic Forces- in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic, MINUSCA, reports that preparations are underway for the holding of the final round of legislative elections, scheduled for 25 July, covering seven constituencies to fill the remaining seats of the Parliament.

ECOSOC’s High-Level Political Forum adopted its Ministerial Declaration yesterday afternoon, and we anticipate that the declaration will also be adopted by the Economic and Social Council this afternoon at the closing session of the High-level Segment.

As we had mentioned yesterday, over half a million doses of COVAX-backed vaccines arrived in Haiti on Wednesday, donated by the Government of the United States. Large-scale vaccination operations in the country will begin shortly.

This Sunday is Nelson Mandela International Day.
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