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

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

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This morning, the Secretary-General participated in the G20 Leaders’ Extraordinary Meeting on Afghanistan, which was hosted by the head of the G20 and the Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Draghi.

In the Security Council’s open debate on diversity, statebuilding and the search for peace, the Secretary-General said this morning that diversity should be seen as a source of strength, not as a threat. When we open the door to inclusion and participation, he added, we take a giant step forward in conflict-prevention and peacebuilding.

This morning, the Secretary-General spoke in a video message at the High-Level Segment of the UN Biodiversity Conference, which is being held in Kunming, China. He said that damage to the complex web of life that sustains us has already impacted the lives and livelihoods of millions, contributing to hunger, sickness and unemployment.

The Secretary-General spoke via pre-recorded video message to the Sixth Ministerial Meeting of the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action today. Mr. Guterres stressed that COP26 must be a turning point if we are to fulfil the promise of the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature rise to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, protect populations from the impacts of climate change and ensure that all financial flows are consistent with the goals of net zero emissions and sustainable development.

From Yemen, our Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator there, David Gressly, said today that 20 million people, or two thirds of Yemen’s population, need humanitarian assistance, with five million people just a step away from famine and about 400,000 children at imminent risk of death from malnutrition.

Turning to Mali, we welcome the renewed commitment made by the Malian parties to the implementation of the Peace agreement at the conclusion of the meeting of the Agreement Monitoring Committee in Bamako.

From Myanmar, the UN Country Team there says it is deeply concerned over the current low levels of funding to address the needs of 3 million women, children and men.

This morning, the United Nations and the European Union convened a virtual high-level meeting on anticipatory action against food crises.

We issued a statement yesterday in which the Secretary-General welcomed the agreement reached in Geneva by the 5+5 Libyan Joint Military Commission (JMC) on a comprehensive Action Plan for the gradual, balanced, and sequenced process of the withdrawal of mercenaries, foreign fighters and foreign forces from the Libyan territory.

Yesterday afternoon, you will have seen that the Secretary-General spoke at an event hosted by the International Monetary Fund called “COVID-19 and Fragile States: Promoting Resilient Recovery for the Most Vulnerable Communities.”

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