Ethiopia, Mali, Benin/COVID-19 amp; other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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29-Jul-2021 00:40:36
Noon briefing by Eri Kaneko, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, started a six-day mission to Ethiopia today.

The Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, was on an official visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from the 25th to the 27th of July, where she met with Ethiopian President Sahle Work Zewde. The following day, on July 28th, which was yesterday, she traveled to Khartoum in Sudan and met with Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. Her visit to Sudan will conclude on the 31st of July.

This morning, Security Council members voted to extend the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Cyprus for another 6 months.

The UN Mission in Mali reports that yesterday, peacekeepers repelled two attacks targeting its patrols.

On Monday, Benin received more than 300,000 doses of vaccines through COVAX. These vaccines will be used at 115 vaccination sites across the country.

The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, delivered a video message to the Global Education Summit on behalf of the Secretary-General, in which she warned that we are in the middle of an education crisis.

The Spokesperson paid tribute to Apostolis Zoupaniotis, a UN correspondent leaving his assignment at the UN after some thirty years covering this institution. This journalist has outlasted four Secretaries-General and is retiring just as a fifth is starting his second term.
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