Afghanistan UNICEF/WFP, Ethiopia, Syria & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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05-Oct-2021 00:15:06
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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At the end of a two-day visit to Herat, the heads of UNICEF and the World Food Programme in Afghanistan, Hervé Ludovic De Lys and Mary-Ellen McGroarty, sounded the alarm on the dire state of malnutrition and food insecurity sweeping across Afghanistan.

Mary-Ellen McGroarty, WFP Country Director in Afghanistan, will be the guest at the noon briefing on Wednesday 6 October. She will join the briefing virtually from Kabul.

In Ethiopia, the World Food Programme has completed its first round of food distributions to people impacted by the spread of conflict from Tigray into the Afar and Amhara regions.

In Syria, the U.N. has received reports that five million people are being affected by the ongoing water crisis in the north and north-east of the country.

Hans Grundberg, the Special Envoy for Yemen, concluded today a three-day visit to Riyadh.

At the Security Council this morning, Bintou Keita, the Head of the UN Peacekeeping mission in the DRC, called on Council members to continue supporting the UN’s work.

In Pakistan, the UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Julien Harneis, continues to work with authorities to address the health, humanitarian, and socio-economic impacts of the pandemic.

Honduras, Ecuador and Peru have all received additional shipments of vaccines from COVAX.

A report released today by the WMO in Geneva says water-related hazards like floods and droughts are increasing because of climate change.

A new report backed by the UN Environment Programme says that rising sea surface temperatures have driven the loss of 14 per cent of corals since 2009.

Today is World Teachers’ Day. This year’s theme is “Teachers at the heart of education recovery”. The Day focuses on the support that teachers need to fully contribute to the pandemic recovery process.

On Thursday morning, at 9:30 a.m., the Secretary-General and Dr. Tedros of the World Health Organization will hold a joint virtual press conference on WHO’s global COVID-19 vaccination strategy. The event will be hosted by WHO, out of Geneva, and held over Zoom.

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