Middle East, Myanmar, Refugee Convention's 70th Anniversary & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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28-Jul-2021 00:42:20
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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In Rome, the Pre-Summit for the Food Systems Summit concluded today. Meanwhile, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, met with Government officials from Italy, Russia and Latin America, among others.

Lynn Hastings, the Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, who is also the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, briefed the Security Council this morning on humanitarian efforts following the fighting in Israel and Gaza in May.

Turning to Ethiopia, our humanitarian colleagues continue to report major challenges to accessing Tigray with humanitarian assistance.

On Monday night, in the eastern city of Obo, UN peacekeepers repelled coordinated attacks by combatants allegedly belonging to the UPC (Union des Patriotes centrafricains). The UN base there was among the sites targeted by the attackers. One peacekeeper was injured during the clashes. He is receiving treatment and is in stable condition.

We have been following with growing concern continuing reports of tensions on the Armenian-Azerbaijan border, including the latest incident reported today.

From Myanmar, the UN country team there says it remains concerned by the restricted freedom of expression and freedom of the press due to the imposition of restrictive policies and practices since the military seized control of the Government on 1 February.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said today that it is deeply saddened by the tragic deaths of six Rohingya refugees following heavy monsoon rains and strong winds which pelted massive refugee sites in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar, causing flash floods and landslides.

In Thailand, our UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Gita Sabharwal, responded to a request from civil society to promote vaccine confidence and help with the vaccine rollout, especially in the southern border provinces.

Tajikistan has received more than 1.5 million vaccine doses which were donated to COVAX by United States. This brings the total number of vaccines delivered through COVAX to Tajikistan to nearly 1.7 million.

As we mark the 70th anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention, the UNHCR said today that recommitting to its spirit and fundamental principles is more urgent than ever.

After a short dry spell, I am delighted to announce a fresh payment to the UN’s regular budget. This one comes from the Marshall Islands, and we thank our friends there for taking us to 115 fully paid-up Member States.

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