Afghanistan, Haiti, Pakistan & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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27-Sep-2022 00:18:54
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Following the recommendation of the Secretary-General, after consultations with Member States, the General Assembly confirmed Filippo Grandi of Italy as High Commissioner for Refugees for a further two-and-a-half-year term, beginning on 1 July 2023 and ending on 31 December 2025.

This morning, Markus Potzel, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, briefed the Security Council on the situation in that country, warning that if the Taliban continue failing to uphold the rights of all Afghans and to engage constructively with the international community, the country’s future is uncertain, and fragmentation, isolation, poverty and internal conflict are likely scenarios.

This afternoon, the Security Council will hold a briefing on Ukraine. The Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, will brief.

The Joint Coordination Centre of the Black Sea Grain Initiative announced today that we have reached the 5 million metric ton mark of grain and other foodstuffs exported from three Ukrainian ports.

In Haiti, humanitarian colleagues are warning us that life-saving health services risk coming to a “standstill” due to the current crisis.

In Cuba, hurricane Ian made direct landfall in the western part of the country as a Category 3 hurricane.

Turning to Pakistan, the outbreaks of vector-borne and water-borne diseases are a growing concern in Sindh and Balochistan provinces, where many districts remain inundated by floodwaters. 

In Cabo Verde, the UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Ana Patricia Graça, has been stepping up efforts to support authorities to mitigate the impacts of climate change. Across three islands, we have supported the creation of 1,000 jobs in 24 rural communities.

Today is World Tourism Day. In his message, the Secretary-General notes that tourism has the power to foster inclusion, protect nature and promote cultural understanding.

Tomorrow, the guests at the noon briefing will be Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, the Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). She will be joined by Vincenzo Aquaro, the Chief of the Digital Government Branch, Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government at DESA. They will brief you on the 2022 edition of the UN E-Government Survey - The Future of Digital Government.

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