COP26, Sudan, Security Council & other topics - Daily Press Briefing
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Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.


Today is Youth Day at COP26 in Glasgow. The Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group hosted an event bringing together young climate activists, with a focus on working for the inclusion of young people in formal decision-making processes.

From Sudan, the UN Mission there has strongly condemned the detention - after a meeting with the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Volker Perthes - of members of the Central Council of the Forces of Freedom and Change.

This morning, the Security Council and the General Assembly voted to elect a new member of the International Court of Justice. Hilary Charlesworth of Australia obtained an absolute majority of votes in both the Council and the Assembly.

The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Martin Griffiths, started his mission to Ethiopia today. He met with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Demeke Mekonnen.

Nearly 23 million people – or 55 per cent of the Afghan population – are estimated to be in crisis or experiencing emergency levels of food insecurity between November 2021 and March 2022.

The Secretary-General has appointed Colin Stewart of Canada to the position of Special Representative and Head of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus.

Yesterday, the Secretary-General strongly condemned Monday’s attack by the Presidential Guard of the Central African Republic, which resulted in the wounding of ten unarmed, newly deployed, Egyptian peacekeepers.

This year’s UN Woman Police Officer of the Year has been awarded to Superintendent Sangya Malla of Nepal. She is currently serving in our Peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).

Tomorrow is International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict.

Today is World Tsunami Awareness Day. In a message for the Day, the Secretary-General calls on countries, international bodies, and civil society to increase understanding about the threat and to share innovative approaches to reduce risks.

Nicholas Koumjian, Head of the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar, presented an update on the work of the mechanism.