Food Systems Summit, G20, Afghanistan & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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26-Jul-2021 00:44:41
Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for Secretary-general 

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Today, the Secretary-General spoke in a video message at the Official Ceremony of the Pre-Summit of the Food Systems Summit, which started in Rome.

Also in Rome, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, this morning spoke at the Opening Plenary of the Pre-Summit for the Food Systems Summit.

The Secretary-General issued a statement following the G20 meeting on environment, climate and energy.

The UN Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, reports that civilian casualties in Afghanistan in the first half of 2021 reached record levels, including a particularly sharp increase in killings and injuries since May, when international military forces began their withdrawal and the fighting intensified following the Taliban’s offensive.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that heavy rains have hit Yemen over the last few days, causing serious flooding in parts of Hudaydah, Al Jawf and Sana’a.

The Spokesman said the UN is disappointed by the recent statements from the Ansar Allah authorities in Sana’a on the SAFER tanker issue.

The UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) reports that earlier today, five peacekeepers were injured in Aguelhok (Kidal Region), during an attack involving an improvised explosive device.

The UN Mission in South Sudan is urging local and national authorities to put an end to extrajudicial executions following the killing of at least 42 people accused of criminal activity who were not given access to a fair trial.

Today, the World Food Programme and UNICEF warned that as the drought worsens in Madagascar, malnutrition rates among children are expected to quadruple in the country’s South.

The Security Council held closed consultations this morning on the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia.

Honduras recently received more than 1.5 million doses through COVAX, which were donated by the Government of the United States.

The UN team in the Philippines has just launched its first national-level joint programme on human rights.

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