Korean Peninsula, Guatemala, Food Systems Summit & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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27-Jul-2021 00:56:36
Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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The Secretary-General welcomes the announcement by the two Koreas of the resumption of the Panmunjom and inter-Korean liaison office communication channels today, as well as the reconnection of the military hotline.

The Secretary-General has learned of the sudden dismissal by Guatemala's Attorney General of Juan Francisco Sandoval, the lead prosecutor of the anti-impunity unit that worked closely with the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, known as CICIG.

Moving to Rome, where the Pre-Summit for the Food Systems Summit is on its second day, this morning, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, spoke at the Ministerial Roundtable on Transforming Food Systems for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

In a joint statement, the heads of UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO), Henrietta Fore and Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, are calling for stronger food systems that promote healthy diets and improve nutrition for children and young people.

The Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support, Atul Khare, updated the Security Council on the closure of the United Nations-African Union hybrid mission in Darfur, whose mandate was terminated at the end of 2020.

Turning to Pakistan, our colleagues at the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) report that about half a million people in parts of Balochistan Province are facing crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity. Another 100,000 people need immediate life-saving assistance due to severe drought-like conditions.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) today said that it is extremely worried about the fate of thousands of Eritrean refugees currently trapped in two refugee camps in Ethiopia’s Tigray region as fighting between armed groups escalates in and around the camps.

From Indonesia, the UN team there, led by Resident Coordinator Valerie Julliand, has accelerated its COVID-19 response amid a surge in new infections and deaths in the country.

Also on COVID-19, some updates from our colleagues in Africa. Liberia received more than 300,000 vaccine doses from the United States through COVAX. Also recently receiving vaccines from the US through COVAX was Tanzania, which will distribute these doses in the regions most affected by the virus.

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