United in Science, Climate Leaders Roundtable, Yemen & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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16-Sep-2021 01:41:53
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Today, as you will have seen, the World Meteorological Organization released its United in Science report, which says that COVID-19 did not slow the relentless advance of climate change. Instead, greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere continue at record levels, committing the planet to dangerous future warming.

On Monday at 9 a.m., the Secretary-General and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Northern Island, Boris Johnson, will hold an Informal Climate Leaders Roundtable on Climate Action.

Hans Grundberg, our new Special Envoy for Yemen, is in Riyadh to meet with senior Yemeni and Saudi officials as well as other diplomats.

Our humanitarian colleagues in Yemen warn of the conflict’s growing toll on civilians.

Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, is now in Pakistan, where he is holding talks with Government officials and reviewing the refugee response in Pakistan.

The Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Mahamet Annadif, is participating in the second extraordinary summit of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) to address the situation in Guinea. That summit is taking place in Accra in Ghana.

The UN Children’s Fund today said that eighteen months into the COVID-19 pandemic, schools for nearly 77 million students in six countries continue to be almost completely closed.

Today our colleagues in Thailand, said that the UN system led by Gita Sabharwal, our Resident Coordinator, is supporting authorities to boost vaccine confidence, especially vulnerable groups including migrants and the elderly.

At 7:00 p.m. on Saturday in Brooklyn, the Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, will launch In Their hands: Women Taking Ownership of Peace, a photo exhibition which is part of the Photoville festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park, and it’s on Pier 1 in Brooklyn.

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