Secretary-General on the IPCC, Ethiopia, Int'l Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples - Daily Press Briefing

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09-Aug-2021 00:52:41
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Early this morning, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its latest climate report.

As a small yet significant example of how climate change hits the most vulnerable communities. In South Sudan, the acting Humanitarian Coordinator, Arafat Jamal, says that aid workers and the Government are helping people affected by early seasonal flooding.

This morning, the Chef de Cabinet, Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, spoke to Security Council members at the high-level open debate on ‘Enhancing Maritime Security: A case for international cooperation.’ She said that maritime security is being undermined at alarming levels – from challenges around contested boundaries to the depletion of natural resources and armed attacks at sea.

Turning to Afghanistan, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, today expressed his extreme concern at the deteriorating situation in the country.

Our colleagues at the UN Mission in Mali strongly condemn the barbaric attacks against civilians that took place yesterday near the town of Ouatagouna and other nearby localities – in the area in Mali that also borders Niger and Burkina Faso.

Moving on to Ethiopia, the World Food Programme (WFP) today said that, despite numerous challenges, it has delivered food to more than a million people in the north-west and parts of southern Tigray in June and July in a second round of distributions. However, severe shortages of food, cash, fuel and functioning telecommunications equipment mean that WFP has only reached half of the people it planned to assist, including communities on the verge of famine.

On Myanmar, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, will speak to you on the record tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. Also on Myanmar, our colleagues there tell us that forced labour remains a new challenge, according to a recent new study by the UN Office for Project Services.

At the Nagasaki Peace Memorial this morning, the Secretary-General, in a message that was delivered by his High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu, said he continues to be humbled by the selfless acts of the hibakusha, telling them that their courage in the face of immense human tragedy is a beacon of hope for humanity.

A quick COVID update for you from China, this time, where our UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Siddharth Chatterjee, is supporting authorities’ response to the pandemic. Since the start of the pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) has provided technical support and has supported the vaccine development and roll-out. WHO continues to support prequalification work on vaccines and is working with health authorities on vaccine communications.

Lastly, today is the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. In his message for the Day, the Secretary-General noted that indigenous peoples around the world continue to face overwhelming marginalization, discrimination and exclusion.

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