Moment for Nature, heatwaves, global food crisis & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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19-Jul-2022 00:21:55
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning, the Secretary-General spoke, in a pre-recorded video message, at the Moment for Nature High-level Thematic Debate of the General Assembly. The Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed also spoke at the event.

The World Health Organization (WHO) today said that although they are aware of current interest in developing heatwave ranking systems, they have no immediate plans to start naming heatwaves.

Yesterday afternoon, the General Assembly held a high-level event on the global food crisis. In his video remarks, the Secretary-General warned that our world faces a host of challenges — climate change, COVID-19, conflicts and rising inflation. He added that against this backdrop, food, energy and fertilizer prices are skyrocketing, aggravated by the war in Ukraine.

This morning, the Security Council is holding an open debate on children and armed conflict.

Following the attack on Vinnytsia in central Ukraine, different parts of the country have also witnessed attacks in recent days.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today said that, yesterday, a 5.1-magnitude earthquake hit in the provinces of Khost and Paktika in Afghanistan's east.

In the Central African Republic, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, has allocated $15 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to urgently help 200,000 severely food insecure people.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN and its partners have handed over a new radio network and a women’s hub to the community in Kigulube, South Kivu. The $1.5 million project, funded by the Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund, was implemented by the Joint Human Rights Office of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and he United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Also from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Sunday, peacekeepers escorted 324 Congolese refugee children from Uganda to Rutshuru, in the North Kivu province, to allow them to take their final national school exams.

A special high-level dialogue on the theme “The Africa We Want: Reconfirming the Development of Africa as a Priority of the United Nations System" will take place tomorrow in the Trusteeship Council Chamber.

Today, the Secretary-General is appointing Ghulam Mohammad Isaczai of Afghanistan as his new Deputy Special Representative for Iraq in the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). Mr. Isaczai will also serve as Resident Coordinator and as UN Humanitarian Coordinator.

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