Qatar, South Sudan, Ethiopia & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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07-Sep-2021 00:19:44
Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General 

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Today we’re very fortunate to be joined by the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths. He’ll brief from Doha on the situation in Afghanistan.

Over the weekend, on Sunday, the Secretary-General spoke to the Vice-Premier of Qatar - Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani.

The Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Mahamet Saleh Annadif is coordinating with the UN system and is in touch with national actors in Guinea and immediate neighbors.

In South Sudan, following fresh fighting, the UN Mission there is appealing to national and local leaders to resolve tensions in the town of Tambura and in the wider Western Equatorian region.

The World Food Programme said that this month it started delivering emergency relief food assistance to communities in regions bordering war-torn Tigray.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya has noted the release, on 5 September, of Al-Saadi Qadhafi, along with Ahmed Ramadan and six other officials of the former regime who were detained for seven or more years. Mr. Qadhafi’s release is in compliance with a legal order following his acquittal by a Libyan court in 2019.

The decision of El Salvador’s Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court to allow the President’s immediate re-election comes on the heels of the replacement of the Constitutional Chamber’s magistrates on 1 May, which already raised concern regarding the impact on the independence of the judiciary and the exercise of effective checks and balances.

Costa Rica has received nearly half a million doses of COVAX-backed vaccines. Meanwhile, Guatemala received nearly 170,000 doses of vaccines last week.

Our team in Jordan continues to work with authorities to tackle the pandemic and address misinformation and vaccine hesitancy. To address the needs of the vulnerable population - including refugees, migrants and women in rural areas - the UN team, led by UNICEF and WHO, trained 200 colleagues from various agencies and provided them with technical information about the vaccine, behavioural change and communication skills.

Today is the International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies.

The Secretary-General is appointing Mr. Christian Ritscher of the Federal Republic of Germany as the Special Adviser and Head of the UN Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL or UNITAD.

Tomorrow, Alison Davidian, the Deputy Country Representative of UN Women in Afghanistan, will join us virtually from Kabul to brief on the situation on the ground.

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