Syria/Iraq Returnees, Afghanistan & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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29-Sep-2021 00:16:00
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Tor Wennesland, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, briefed the Security Council a short while ago, and said that he was deeply troubled by the continued loss of life and serious injuries in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

The Secretary-General spoke in a video message this morning at the virtual launch of the Global Framework on UN Support on Syria/Iraq Third Country National Returnees. He drew attention to the plight of tens of thousands of returnees – including people living in crowded camps or denied basic services.

The World Health Organization today warned of a deteriorating health situation in the country. Access to healthcare is decreasing. There are more cases of measles and diarrhoea, and less response to the pandemic. The resurgence of polio also poses a major risk.

On Ethiopia, the UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, says that, after 11 months of conflict and 3 months of de-facto blockade, the humanitarian crisis in Tigray is spiraling out of control.

The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, today announced that this year’s recipient of the Nansen Refugee Award will go to the Jeel Albena Association for Humanitarian Development, a Yemeni humanitarian organization that has provided a lifeline to tens of thousands of people displaced by the conflict in Yemen.

Samoa remains free of the COVID-19 virus mainly due to the rapid response of the authorities, who closed borders, which controlled the virus coming into and spreading in the country.

In the Central African Republic, UN peacekeepers are continuing to support the country’s response to the pandemic. Currently, there is a vaccination campaign targeting men and women in the country’s prisons. Over 500 prisoners have now received at least a first dose of the vaccine.

Today is the International Day of Awareness on Food Loss and Waste Reduction.

The guest today was Rebeca Grynspan, the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, otherwise known as UNCTAD. She will be here to brief you on the forthcoming UNCTAD15 conference that will take place in Barbados and that the Secretary-General will attend.

Tomorrow, the guest at the noon briefing will be the Acting Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the UN system in Myanmar, Andrew Kirkwood.

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