COP27, Iran, Ukraine & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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18-Nov-2022 00:25:32
Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning at COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, the Secretary-General met separately with Member States of the European Union, members of the Group of 77 and China, the European Commission Vice-President, Frans Timmermans, and Xie Zhenhua, China’s Special Climate Envoy.  

The UN is deeply worried about growing violence related to the ongoing popular protests in Iran. The UN condemns all incidents that have resulted in death or serious injury, including the shooting in the city of Izeh on 16 November 2022.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today said that power outages continue to impact millions of people across the country, as temperatures are plummeting below zero and snow is falling in many parts of the country, including in the capital, Kyiv.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today said that more than three months since the devastating floods began, the catastrophe is far from over.

Today, the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu, spoke on behalf of the Secretary-General at a ceremony in Dublin, Ireland, for the adoption of the Political Declaration on Strengthening the Protection of Civilians from the Humanitarian Consequences Arising from the Use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas.

In a statement issued today, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Matthias Schmale, said that yesterday’s killing of a staff member of the humanitarian non-governmental organization Médecins du Monde in Damboa, Borno State, is deeply disturbing and sad.

Also today, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Matthias Schmale, announced $10.5 million in new funding for the flood response in Nigeria.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has released today an updated return advisory for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, reiterating its call for a ban on forced returns, including of asylum-seekers who have had their claims rejected, to the eastern provinces of North Kivu, South Kivu, and Ituri.

The UN team in Brazil, led by Resident Coordinator Silvia Rucks, has launched this week at COP 27 a new financing scheme to promote sustainable development of the Brazilian Amazon.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is urgently appealing for $3.2 million to continue responding to a deadly cholera outbreak in Haiti and the dire situation of the displaced population in the country.

In a report published ahead of the World Children’s Day, marked on 20 November, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) noted that racism and discrimination against children based on their ethnicity, language, and religion are rife in countries across the world.

Today marks the first World Day for the Prevention of and Healing from Child Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Violence.

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