Haiti, Afghanistan, Victims of Terrorism & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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20-Aug-2021 00:43:50
Briefing by Eri Kaneko, Associate Spokeswoman for the Secretary-General.

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This morning, the Secretary-General spoke at the High-Level Event to Commemorate the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism. The actual Day is tomorrow.

The Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed is in Haiti to express solidarity with the Haitian people following the earthquake and storm that impacted the country six days ago.

Ramesh Rajasingham, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, will visit the country from August 23rd to 25th, to draw international attention to the increasing humanitarian needs following the devastating earthquake that struck the country’s south peninsula on August 14th.

In a statement we issued last night, the Secretary-General strongly condemned the attack perpetrated by unidentified gunmen on 18 August on a convoy near the town of Arbinda in Burkina Faso, where dozens of people were killed and several wounded.

UNICEF today released a report which says that one billion children are at extremely high risk of the impacts of the climate crisis.

From Myanmar, our colleagues on the ground remain concerned over the dire humanitarian situation in the country. Armed conflict and insecurity since February 1st have led to the displacement of more than 210,000 people in various parts of the country.

We, along with the Governments of El Salvador and Guatemala launched the Humanitarian Response Plans to address the critical needs of more than 2.5 million of the most vulnerable people in these countries.

The UN Development Programme in Afghanistan said today that they are alarmed that the current trajectory of conflict, uncertainty, drought and the pandemic could endanger fragile development gains, including the rights of Afghan women and girls.

We’ve been asked about a report on Afghanistan that’s referenced in an article by the New York Times. The source of the paper is a Norwegian non-governmental organization and not the United Nations. It is not a UN document.

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