Deputy Secretary-General/Lebanon, Lebanon, Financing For Development & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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03-Aug-2021 00:55:25
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Tomorrow, the French Government and the United Nations will co-convene an international conference in support of the Lebanese people, one year after the deadly explosion in Beirut. The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, will address the conference by VTC, on behalf of the Secretary-General.

Also on Lebanon, the International Support Group for Lebanon, of which the United Nations is a member, met today on the eve of the anniversary of the Beirut port explosion.

Late yesterday, there was an announcement out of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to announce that the Board had approved a $650 billion allocation of Special Drawing Rights to boost liquidity.

Early this morning, we issued a statement to mark that it has been seven years since Da’esh brutally targeted the Yazidi communities in northern Iraq.

Today, the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) called for an immediate end to fighting in urban areas, saying that civilians are bearing the brunt of the violence.

Turning to Ethiopia, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, is ending his mission today in Addis Ababa, where he met with the Deputy Prime Minister, Demeke Mekonnen Hassen and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gedu Andargachew Alene, as well as UN and non-governmental heads of agencies, as well as our humanitarian staff.

A new report by the UN Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) stresses the need to prevent torture in places of detention in Iraq, including in the Kurdistan region.

From Myanmar, our colleagues on the ground there continue to be concerned by the humanitarian impact of the fighting in various parts of the country.

In Malawi, the UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Maria Jose Torres, continues to help authorities address the multiple impacts of the pandemic.

Kyrgyzstan last week received more than 220,000 doses of vaccines through COVAX. Those were donated by Sweden.

We have a new Resident Coordinator to announce, and that is Savina Ammassari of Brazil as the Resident Coordinator in Gabon, following the host Government’s agreement.

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