Preventive diplomacy, Yemen, West Africa & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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16-Nov-2021 00:51:41
Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Speaking at a Security Council meeting on Preventive diplomacy, the Secretary-General said that he has consistently used his good offices — sometimes publicly, sometimes behind the scenes — to seek to defuse conflicts and advance peace.

The Secretary-General spoke by video message to the Conference supporting the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), which is taking place in Brussels.

The UN Mission in support of the Hudaydah Agreement (UNMHA) said yesterday that the withdrawal of the Joint Forces from Hudaydah City, Al Durayhimi, Bayt al Fqih and parts of At Tuhayta districts and their subsequent takeover by Ansar Allah forces represents a major shift in the frontlines in the Hudaydah Agreement.

The Heads of the UN Missions in West Africa, the Sahel, and the UN Office for Central Africa, met in Dakar yesterday to exchange views and strengthen coordination between them.

The World Food Programme (WFP) warns that 8.7 million people are at risk of facing famine-like conditions in Afghanistan. According to WFP, an additional 14.1 million face crisis levels of acute food insecurity.

In Thailand, the UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Gita Sabharwal, continues to support the national vaccine campaign, including by boosting confidence in and access to vaccines.

Today, the Secretary-General is appointing Lieutenant General Cornelis Johannes Matthijssen of the Netherlands as Force Commander of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

The World Health Organization (WHO) today released its fourth WHO global tobacco trends report. It shows that there are 1.3 billion tobacco users globally, compared to 1.32 billion in 2015. According to the report, this number is expected to drop to 1.27 billion by 2025.

Today is International Day for Tolerance. The Secretary-General, in a Tweet, said that on this Day, and every day, let’s advance human dignity, fight racism and forge peace.

***The guests at the Noon Briefing were the Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations, Ambassador Jukka Salovaara, the Head of the Sustainable Development Unit at the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations, Olivier Richard, and the Director of School-Based Programmes at the World Food Programme (WFP), Carmen Burbano. They briefed reporters about the School Meals Coalition.

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