Afghanistan, Mali, Libya & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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22-Jun-2022 00:29:46
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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We just issued a statement in which the Secretary-General said that he is saddened to hear of the tragic loss of life caused by the earthquake which struck Afghanistan earlier today local time near the city of Khost. Hundreds of people have reportedly been killed and injured, and this tragic toll might continue to rise.

In a statement we issued earlier this morning, the Secretary-General condemned in the strongest terms recent attacks in Mali.

The United Nations regrets that several milestones of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) political roadmap, adopted in Tunis in November 2020, were missed over the course of 2021, including the conduct of national elections scheduled for 24 December 2021.

The Secretary-General spoke at the ceremony this morning honouring the memory of United Nations personnel who lost their lives serving the organization over the course of last year. 

At the Security Council this morning, the head of our Peacekeeping Mission in the Central African Republic, Valentine Rugwabiza, said that since taking office, she has been particularly involved in efforts to revitalize the political process in the country, and to reposition the UN peacekeeping force to better protect civilians.

Turning to Yemen, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that aid agencies remain concerned that the humanitarian crisis will deteriorate sharply in the coming months largely due to economic problems, including a weaker currency and higher prices due to the Ukraine war.

Tor Wennesland, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, condemned the fatal stabbing yesterday of a Palestinian man, Ali Harb, reportedly by an Israeli settler near Salfit in the occupied West Bank.

The Food and Agriculture Organization today warned of rising food insecurity levels in Sudan and said it would scale up its assistance to farmers and herders in the country through the end of the year.

Today, the Food and Agriculture Organization ALSO warned that farmers in parts of northern Ethiopia are in serious danger of losing the main planting season, from June to August, if they do not receive urgent support from the international community to sow their fields.

In Costa Rica, our team - led by Resident Coordinator Allegra Baiocchi - is supporting authorities in implementing actions to tackle hate speech and discrimination.

And last, moving to Samoa, the country recorded its first community transmission case of COVID-19 on 17 March. Our team, under the leadership of Resident Coordinator Simona Marinescu, is supporting the Government’s transmission control and recovery initiatives.

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