Secretary-General/COP26, Climate Change, Afghanistan & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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02-Nov-2021 00:15:18
Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General began his second day at the Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, COP 26, in meetings with a number of regional delegations involved in the negotiations. He held separate meetings with groups representing the Independent Alliance of Latin America, the Alliance of Small Island States, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) and the Least Developed Countries.

Staying on climate, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today released a new analysis that found that just 34 per cent of national climate policies address the needs and priorities of children.

The UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, MINUSCA, strongly condemns what appears to be a deliberate and unjustifiable attack on its blue helmets. Yesterday afternoon, in the capital, Bangui, ten peacekeepers from the Mission’s Egyptian Police Unit were shot and wounded, including two seriously, by members of the Presidential guard.

Moving to Afghanistan, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that earlier today, a hospital in the Wazir Akbar Khan area of Kabul City came under attack. The number of civilian casualties has not yet been confirmed.

From Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the UN team there continues to support authorities to recover, six months after the La Soufrière Volcano emergency. We are helping to clean up ash and also provide people with emergency cash, water and sanitation, food assistance, temporary housing and healthcare.

On journalists, from Myanmar, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization again voiced its concern over the plight of dozens of journalists detained in the country. At least 126 journalists have been arrested in Myanmar since 1 February, while at least 47 journalists, including seven women, remain under detention, according to UNESCO.

Today is the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. In a message for the Day, the Secretary-General points out that, last year, according to UNESCO, 62 journalists around the world were killed just for doing their jobs.

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