CARICOM, DSG Travel, China/Germany & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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21-Jul-2021 00:43:09
Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning, the Secretary-General addressed, by a video message, the eleventh CARICOM-UN General Meeting.

On Thursday, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, will arrive in Rome to take part in the Pre-Summit of the UN Food Systems Summit 2021, co- hosted with the Government of Italy.

The Secretary-General has been concerned about recent devastating floods in different parts of the world and has been in touch with leaders accordingly.

Elisabeth Spehar, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Cyprus, briefed the Security Council in closed consultations this morning on the situation there.

Turning to Ethiopia, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that while there are improvements in access within Tigray, the last entry point open to get into the region - the road between Afar and Tigray via Semera city - remains blocked due to security reasons. This prevents humanitarian personnel, food stocks, fuel and other humanitarian goods from entering.

The head of the peacekeeping mission in Mali, El-Ghassim Wane, condemned yesterday’s attempted stabbing attack on the President of the Transition, Assimi Goïta.

We issued a statement in which the Secretary-General strongly condemned the horrific bomb attack targeting civilians at a market in Al-Sadr City in Iraq on Monday.

In Brazil, a new batch of 1 million vaccines is arriving today. To date, the country has received 6.9 million vaccines– since March this year.

The International Labour Organization says that there have been significant job losses and deteriorated labour market conditions in the country since the military takeover.

The Secretary-General appointed today a group of 25 tax experts from around the world to serve as members of the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters for the 2021-2025 term.
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