Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Sudan & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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26-Oct-2021 00:18:36
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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As winter approaches and temperatures drop in Afghanistan, the UN, along with humanitarian partners, are assessing and responding to the humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable Afghans.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that access to the northern parts of Ethiopia remains challenging.

The Security Council will hold closed consultations at 3 p.m. today on the Sudan. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, Volker Perthes, will brief the Council from Khartoum.

In Sudan, the UN is working with partners to provide life-saving assistance to nine million vulnerable people across the country.

The Peacekeeping mission in South Sudan has organized a workshop in collaboration with the Eastern Equatorian State Technical Committee on the topic of children associated with parties to armed conflict – also known as - child soldiers. Around 25 commanders of the Sudan People's Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-iO) attended the workshop, which focused on international humanitarian law and human rights principles.

The Secretary-General spoke at the High-Level Meeting on Delivering Climate Action – for People, Planet and Prosperity, convened by the President of the General Assembly.

The Secretary-General also spoke at the virtual Global Ministerial Conference on Addressing Hate Speech Through Education.

A couple of COVAX updates, this one from Latin America. Bolivia has received one million COVID-19 vaccines through a US donation to COVAX. And in neighboring Peru, the country received 79,200 doses of COVID vaccines from a Spanish donation to COVAX. For its part, Colombia has received over 2.2 million doses of COVID vaccines through COVAX. And lastly, Nicaragua received 625,000 vaccines doses from Spain.

Egypt has received its third COVAX shipment of 1.4 million doses, for a total of 4.6 million doses received so far from the United States.

The guest at the Noon briefing was Mary-Ellen McGroarty, the World Food Programme Country Director for Afghanistan. She briefed reporters from Kabul on the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) for Afghanistan.

Tomorrow at 9.30 a.m., there will be a hybrid press briefing on the launch of UNDP’s climate and inequality campaign, with Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator; along with Aissa Maiga, who is an actor; Nikiloj Coster-Waldau, also an actor and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador; and Anjali Kwatra, UNDP Director of Communications. Then at noon, the guest will be Yasmine Sherif, the Director of Education Cannot Wait - the UN global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises.

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