Myanmar, Syria, Hunger amp; other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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30-Jul-2021 00:45:17
Briefing by Eri Kaneko, Associate Spokesperson of the Secretary-General.

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The Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, has arrived today in the Tigray region on a UN Humanitarian Air Service flight.

In a statement, the United Nations in Afghanistan condemned in the strongest terms today’s attack on its main compound in Herat, in which an Afghan police guard was killed, and others injured. No UN personnel were hurt in the incident.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs warned of the alarming increase in civilian casualties and injuries, including women and children, in Kandahar.

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) welcomed the official opening of the Coastal Road, in the presence of the UN Mission, which happened today.

The Acting Head of the Office of the Special Envoy for Yemen, Muin Shreim, concluded yesterday a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia, during which he met with Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsen and Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalek, as well as other senior Yemeni officials.

In Syria, the UN is very concerned about reports of civilian casualties and displacement due to hostilities in Dara’a Al Balad and the risk of further escalation.

From Myanmar, the UN country team there continues to call for the protection of civilians, as reports of breaches of human rights continue, including extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detention, torture, ill treatment, and enforced disappearances.

In the Philippines, according to humanitarian colleagues, as of yesterday, at least 38,000 people have been displaced by floods following monsoon rains.

In Brazil, more than 1.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines – provided through the COVAX facility - were delivered yesterday.

In a new report, the World Food Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization say that in the next four months, conflict, the pandemic and the climate crisis are likely to increase hunger in 23 countries.

In his message to mark the Day Against Trafficking in Persons, the Secretary-General calls on Governments to take urgent steps to strengthen prevention, support victims and bring perpetrators of trafficking to justice.

The UN Refugee Agency warned today of life-threatening gaps in the assistance provided to victims of trafficking along different routes within the Sahel and East Africa.

Today is the International Day of Friendship.
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