Ethiopia, Pre- COP26, Sudan & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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30-Sep-2021 00:23:00
Noon briefing by Stephanie Tremblay, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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In a statement on Ethiopia, the Secretary-General said: “I was shocked by the information that the Government of Ethiopia has declared seven UN officials, including senior UN humanitarian officials, as persona non grata.”

This morning, the Secretary-General virtually addressed the pre-COP26 which is taking place in Milan. He said that with just one month to go before COP26, it is essential for all humanity that we fulfil the promise of the Paris Agreement.

This morning, the Secretary-General spoke at a high-level side event on Sudan which aimed to seek and affirm global engagement and support for the Sudanese people.

Earlier this week, The UN Mission in the Central African Republic handed over rehabilitated and disciplinary facilities at the Beal and Kassaï military camps in Bangui to authorities.

Today, four UN agencies are calling on states to refrain from expelling Haitians without proper assessment of their protection needs and to uphold the fundamental human rights of Haitians on the move.

Yesterday afternoon, we issued a statement on the report of the High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement, which was formally submitted to the Secretary-General earlier in the day, following 18 months of research and consultations.

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that its first aircraft carrying lifesaving medical supplies arrived yesterday in Kabul through the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Airbridge.

The UN strongly condemns the killing of Rohingya refugee leader Mohib Ullah in Cox’s Bazaar in Bangladesh yesterday.

The Secretary-General is following developments in The Gambia after the postponement of the final report of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), which had been scheduled for submission to the President of The Gambia today. He commends the Commission for its tireless work and urges the Government to ensure a speedy completion of the process.

On COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that 15 African countries – which is nearly a third of the continent’s 54 nations – have fully vaccinated 10 per cent of their populations.

Today, the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, together with UN Women, have launched the “Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: The gender snapshot 2021”.

Two new Resident Coordinators to announce today:
Alejandro Alvarez of Argentina is our new Resident Coordinator in Algeria and Damien Mama of Benin will be the new Resident Coordinator in Burundi.

Today is World Maritime Day and the theme this year is “Seafarers: at the core of shipping’s future.”

Tomorrow, at 11 a.m., the President of the 76th session of the General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid, will hold a press conference. Also tomorrow, at 12:30, the President of the Security Council for the month of October, the Permanent Representative of Kenya, Ambassador Martin Kimani, will speak to reporters on the work of the Council for the month.

**The guest at the Noon Briefing was the Acting Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the UN in Myanmar, Andrew Kirkwood. He briefed reporters virtually from Yangon on the situation on the ground.

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