Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that we, along with our partners, continue to deliver aid to millions of people in need in Afghanistan.
Turning to Ethiopia, our colleagues are telling us that the spillover of the conflict in Tigray into Amhara and Afar provinces continues to dramatically increase humanitarian needs. More than 1.7 million people in both regions are reportedly food insecure.
Today, the UN Mission in the Central African Republic announced the decision by the Secretariat to repatriate all Gabonese military units from the Central African Republic, effective immediately. This decision follows credible reports received by the Mission of sexual abuse by the Gabonese military contingent deployed to the peacekeeping mission, and the history of pending allegations involving the Gabonese contingent in the country.
Moving on to Somalia, we strongly condemn the deadly terrorist attack that took place in Mogadishu yesterday. We extend our deep condolences to the families of the victims and wish a swift recovery to those injured.
Back here, this morning, the Secretary-General spoke virtually, but live, to the board of the UN Global Compact. He said public and private actors must come together to drive a sustainable recovery to the pandemic and tackle climate change.
The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, met this morning with the chiefs of all UN entities working on sustainable development to review the progress made in the last year against sustainable development priorities on the COVID-19 recovery.
The Security Council held an open meeting on South Sudan. Briefing Council members virtually was Nicholas Haysom, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in South Sudan.
The Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, will be briefing the Security Council on Syria this afternoon, following his visit to the region at the end of last month.
A COVAX update for you, today from Sri Lanka:
The UN team, led by the Resident Coordinator, Hanaa Singer-Hamdy, has been working with authorities, as well as national and international partners, to tackle the pandemic, including through an accelerated vaccination drive.
Today is the International Day of Democracy, which is a good thing. In his message, the Secretary-General stressed that, as the world struggles to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating consequences, we must learn from the lessons of the past 18 months to strengthen democratic resilience in the face of future crises.
I want to flag that Friday, 17 September, at 10 a.m., the virtual International Day of Peace Youth Observance will take place, under the theme “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world”.
Participants include the Secretary-General; Messengers of Peace Midori, Paulo Coelho and Jane Goodall; as well as students from more than 20 countries.
Tomorrow, our guests will be the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Haiti, Bruno Lemarquis, and IOM's Chief of Mission in Haiti, Giuseppe Loprete. They will brief us virtually on Haiti on the situation as we mark the one-month anniversary of the earthquake.
We have now 128 Member States that have pain in full. We thank our friends in a country that has two capitals – an executive and a legislative one, and that recently changed its name. We thank our friends in Eswatini.