Afghanistan, Lebanon-Israel, Yemen & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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06-Apr-2023 00:26:55
Noon Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The UN senior leadership in Afghanistan is continuing to engage with the de facto authorities to seek additional clarity on the ban. Until additional information is received, the United Nations in Afghanistan instructed all Afghan staff members, both women and men, not to report to the office.

The United Nations condemns the multiple rockets being fired from Lebanon into northern Israel today, and urges all actors to exercise maximum restraint.

In Yemen, after being secured through the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to replace the Safer tanker, the Nautica, which is a very large crude carrier set sail today from Zhoushan in China to remove more than a million barrels of oil from the decaying Safer tanker, which is off the coast of Hudaida.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that 900,000 ready-to-eat rations of dry food and 1.7 million of hot meals have been distributed to date in Syria, through the UN and partners.

The UN team in Ethiopia, led by the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Catherine Sozi, is working to vaccinate thousands of children and vulnerable populations in Tigray. The aim is to close the immunization gap resulting from lack of access to services due to the two-year conflict.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is working with local authorities in Lakes State to establish Youth, Peace and Security Committees in conflict-prone areas where it’s common to have intercommunal violence related to cattle raids and involving young people.

The World Food Programme (WFP) today has urgently called for $26.7 million to support 541,000 people impacted by Cyclone Freddy in Mozambique.

Today is International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. This Day highlights the positive influence that sports can have on the advancement of human rights, and social and economic development.

Tomorrow is the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda. The Secretary-General has underscored that preventing genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and other serious violations of international law is a shared responsibility.

Tomorrow is World Health Day, which is also the 75th anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization. WHO says that the history of the agency demonstrates what is possible when nations come together for a common purpose.

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