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


The Secretary-General is back in New York after attending the closing of the Climate Change Conference, COP 26, in Glasgow.

This morning, the Security Council discussed Syria in its closed consultations. Geir Pedersen, the Special Envoy for Syria, and Martin Griffiths, the head of humanitarian affairs, briefed the Council on the latest developments there.

The Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, today allocated $25 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund, or CERF, to support humanitarian assistance and the protection of civilians in Ethiopia.

A new report by the Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict says that the protection and well-being of children in the Central African Republic has gravely deteriorated since the end of 2020. This, the report says, coincided with renewed hostilities in the country.

The UN Children’s Fund today released a report showing that governments and detaining authorities in at least 84 countries have released more than 45,000 children since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, UNICEF drew attention to their increased risk of contracting COVID-19 in confined and overcrowded spaces, and called for their immediate release.

In Afghanistan, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says the Uruzgan COVID-19 provincial hospital has suspended its medical services since Saturday due to a shortage of funds and the lack of medical supplies and equipment.

Nicaragua and Venezuela have received new shipments of COVAX-backed COVID-19 vaccines yesterday.
Over 130,000 doses of vaccines landed in Nicaragua to support the vaccination campaign. Venezuela received over 2.5 million vaccine doses, also through COVAX.

Three new Resident Coordinators are starting their roles this week. Maria Jose Torres Macho of Spain and Jose Miguel Barreto of Peru took up their posts as Resident Coordinators in Chile and Guatemala, respectively, yesterday. Shombi Sharp of the United States is starting his new post today as Resident Coordinator in India.

Belize and St. Kitts & Nevis have paid their contributions to the Regular Budget in full. This brings us to 138 Member States who have paid in full.

Tomorrow at 12:30 p.m., there will be a hybrid press briefing following the High-Level Event to launch the School Meals Coalition. Representatives from the Permanent Missions of Finland and France will brief reporters on the School Meals Coalition.