Lebanon, Syria, Afghanistan & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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20-Dec-2021 00:23:11
Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General met in Beirut today with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati, and he reiterated his message of solidarity with Lebanon and its people at this difficult time.

On Saturday, the Secretary-General received the Lamp of Peace award, given by the Sacred Convent of Assisi in Italy.

The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, is currently visiting Costa Rica.

Geir Pedersen, the Special Envoy for Syria, briefed the Security Council this morning and said that we can only look back on 2021 as a year of deepening suffering of the Syrian people.

Yesterday, Martin Griffiths addressed the 17th Extraordinary Session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Council of Foreign Ministers in Islamabad. He warned that Afghanistan’s economy is now in free fall, and if we don’t act decisively and with compassion, he fears this fall will pull the entire population with it.

The UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Central African Republic, MINUSCA, strongly condemns the recent violence deliberately targeting civilians in Boyo, in the Ouaka prefecture.

The acting Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Matthew Hollingworth, has strongly condemned yesterday’s killing of a World Food Programme (WFP) staff member following an armed attack on a UN convoy.

In the Philippines, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says some 1.8 million people have been affected by Typhoon Rai, with more than 630,000 having been displaced.

The UN team in Timor-Leste, led by Resident Coordinator Roy Trivedy, is supporting the country’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.

The United Nations Inter-Agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation today released a report showing that the world remains significantly off track to meet the Sustainable Development Goals on ending the preventable deaths of newborns and children under five.

Today is International Human Solidarity Day.

The Guest today was the Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Adam Abdelmoula. He briefed reporters from Mogadishu on the new 2022 Humanitarian Response Plan for Somalia, which was launched today.

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