Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Description:
This morning, the Security Council held an open debate to mark the 25th anniversary of the comprehensive Nuclear Test-ban Treaty.
Yesterday was the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. In his message, António Guterres said that we are seeing worrying signs of a new arms race and face the highest level of nuclear risk in almost four decades. And tomorrow in the General Assembly, the Secretary-General will speak at the high-level event to mark the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
Our colleagues on the ground tell us that the humanitarian response continues across Afghanistan. The World Food Programme has provided food assistance to 6.9 million people this year, reaching 1 million people with more than 13,000 metric tons of food in September alone.
Our colleagues tell us that Myanmar is facing a humanitarian crisis, worsened by the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and events following the February 1st takeover of the government.
The Secretary-General strongly condemns the terrorist attack that took place on 25 September in Mogadishu, in which at least eight people were killed, including Ms. Hibaaq Abukar, the Advisor for Women Affairs and Human Rights in the Office of the Prime Minister, and she was a tireless advocate for women’s rights in Somalia.
The office for Children and Armed Conflict have released a new report on Yemen.
Yesterday, Bolivia received more than 18,000 doses through COVAX, donated by the United States. The UN team in Bolivia helped with the logistics.
Very happy to report that the UN will be present at Expo 2020 in Dubai, which opens its doors to in-person visitors this coming Friday. It had been delayed because of the virus.
Today is World Tourism Day.
Côte d’Ivoire has paid its budget dues in full, bringing us up to 129 Member States.