Production Gap Report, Security Council, Somalia & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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20-Oct-2021 00:14:45
Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) today released its Production Gap Report, which found that despite increased climate ambitions and net-zero commitments, governments still plan to produce more than double the amount of fossil fuels in 2030 than what would be consistent with limiting global warming to 1.5°C.

At a Security Council meeting on the situation in the Great Lakes region, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, Huang Xia, said that the region is at a crossroads. He reiterated that the main threat to peace and stability remains the persistence of armed groups.

On Somalia, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that climate shocks are worsening the situation in the country, which is bracing for a third consecutive below-average rainy season.

On Ethiopia, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is alarmed by the escalating conflict in the north, especially following reports of the impact on civilians, including after an airstrike in Mekelle, in Tigray, today.

The UN is deeply concerned about ongoing and increasing hostilities in recent months in the northwest and the impact that this is having on civilians.

In Cabo Verde, the UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Ana Graça, continues to help authorities to address the health and socioeconomic impacts of the pandemic.

Today, the Secretary-General spoke by pre-recorded video message to the Finance in Common summit, which brings together hundreds of public development banks, governments and others. The Secretary-General called on Public Development Banks to align their operations and policies with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and keep the 1.5-degree goal within reach.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today launched the Global Map of Salt-Affected Soils, a key tool for halting salinization and boosting productivity. FAO said that the map, a joint project involving 118 countries and hundreds of data-crunchers, will allow experts to identify where sustainable soil management practices should be adopted to prevent salinization and sodification and to manage salt-affected soils sustainably.

Tomorrow our guest will be Christine Schraner Burgener, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Myanmar. She will be here in this room to brief on the situation in Myanmar.

***The guests at the Noon Briefing were Caitlin Williscroft, a specialist who works for UN Women on the Women, Peace and Security Programme in the Afghanistan Country Office. She was joined by Nahid Fareed, Parliamentarian, Chairperson of House Standing Committee for Human Rights, Civil Society and Women Affairs., as well as Mariam Safi, Executive Director of the Organization for Policy Research and Development Studies (DROPS). They spoke to reporters in the context of the anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325 and the open debate tomorrow on Women, Peace and Security.

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