Afghanistan, Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Senior Personnel Appointment - Daily Press Briefing

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06-Aug-2021 01:07:53
Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning the Security Council held a meeting on Afghanistan. Deborah Lyons, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and head of the UN Mission in the country, said that recently, the war in Afghanistan has entered a new, deadlier, and more destructive phase.

The Secretary-General spoke by pre-recorded video message to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, and he paid tribute to the victims and survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

The Secretary-General is appointing Hans Grundberg of Sweden as Special Envoy for Yemen.

We are concerned about the escalatory developments, including rocket fire into Israel and air strikes and artillery fire in response, across the Blue Line in recent days. We call on all parties to exercise utmost restraint and maintain stability. Lebanon cannot afford another crisis.

In northeast Nigeria, our humanitarian colleagues warn that, without sustained funding, millions of people in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states will struggle to feed themselves during the lean season due to conflict, COVID-19, high food prices and the effects of climate change.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization today expressed its deep concern about the reports on the expansion of the conflict to the Ethiopian city of Lalibela, which hosts the World Heritage site called Rock-Hewn Churches.

The World Food Programme warned today that its operations in Myanmar for the next six months are threatened by a funding gap of 70 per cent.

Last night, Paraguay received more than 250,000 doses of the vaccine through COVAX which were donated by Spain and Colombia.

This afternoon, at 3.30 p.m., there will be a briefing here in this room by Ambassador Munir Akram, the Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations.

We have a full payment from Zimbabwe. The total of fully paid-up countries is now 119.

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