Syria, Somalia, Food Prices & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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05-Aug-2021 01:20:45
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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In a pre-recorded video message to the International Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine Cooperation, which was hosted by China and held virtually, the Secretary-General stressed the need for vaccines to reach everyone, everywhere, as quickly as possible.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that weekly deaths from COVID-19 in Africa reached a record peak in the week that ended on August 1st.

The UN team in Peru said that more than 101,000 vaccines landed yesterday in the country through the COVAX Facility, donated by Spain.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that as of yesterday, 175 trucks with humanitarian supplies, including food, non-food items and fuel have arrived in Mekelle, the capital city of Tigray.

The head of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Major General Stefano Del Col, today chaired a tripartite meeting with senior officers from the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Israel Defense Forces. This followed yesterday’s launch of rockets from Lebanon and return of fire from Israel, as well as today’s Israeli air strikes.

In a statement issued yesterday afternoon, the Secretary-General welcomed the appointment of Mr. Erywan Yusof, Second Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brunei Darussalam, as Special Envoy of the ASEAN Chair on Myanmar.

The Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, today said that they are appalled by the alarming increase in the scale and severity of sexual violence in Somalia.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today said that global food commodity prices fell in July for the second consecutive month.

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