Ethiopia, WHO/global COVID-19 vaccination strategy & other topics - Daily Press Briefing
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
This morning, the Secretary-General took part in a joint virtual press conference with Dr. Tedros of the World Health Organization as he launched the Global Vaccination Strategy. The Secretary-General spoke in the afternoon at the Security Council’s open meeting on Ethiopia. The World Health Organization said today that since August 30, nine flights have arrived in Afghanistan with a total of 186 metric tonnes of health supplies. This is enough to benefit 2.5 million people. The sixth session of the Constitutional Committee Small Body for Syria will convene in Geneva, starting on Monday, 18 October. The Co-Chairs will for the first time meet on 17 October together with the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, to prepare for the session. The Committee’s sessions will be closed. Peacekeepers from the UN Mission in Mali have assisted in the evacuation of wounded Malian soldiers, following a complex attack carried out yesterday by presumed members of an extremist group. The attack took place in the south-west of Bandiagara, in the Mopti region, which has seen quite a bit of the violence. The UN Mission in South Sudan is providing logistical support to set up three Special Courts in Rumbek State. The aim of these new courts is to oversee fair and speedy trials for criminal cases in that area. Turning to Pakistan, our humanitarian colleagues report that there was an earthquake there earlier of 5.9 on the Richter scale in the Balochistan Province. The UN Development Programme today released its global Multidimensional Poverty Index, which reveals stark inequalities among ethnic groups. Today is World Cotton Day. The aim of the Day is to raise visibility of the cotton sector as well as to raise awareness of the critical role that it plays in economic development, international trade and poverty alleviation. The Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome said that world food commodity prices rose in September. This was led by tightening supply conditions and robust demand for staples such as wheat and palm oil.