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24 August 2021


Afghanistan, Haiti, Yemen & other topics - Daily Press Briefing


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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

In a video message to the UN personnel in Afghanistan, the Secretary-General thanked the staff for everything that they are doing to support the Afghan people in this time of crisis.

The World Health Organization said it has been distributing life-saving supplies to health facilities and its partners in Kabul, Kandahar and Kunduz. However, WHO said that it now only has enough supplies in-country to last for one week and that yesterday, 70% of the supplies were released to health facilities.

This morning, in a special session on Afghanistan, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said that in recent weeks, her Office has received harrowing and credible reports of the impact on civilians of violations of human rights and of international humanitarian law, by parties to the conflict.

Ramesh Rajasingham, the acting Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, continues to visit Haiti today to see the impact of the earthquake and the international humanitarian response in the most impacted parts of the country.

The Security Council had an open meeting on Syria.

The UN Refugee Agency warned of alarming levels of humanitarian needs among displaced people as fighting continues in Marib.

In Brazil, the UN team there, led by the Resident Coordinator, Silvia Rucks, continues to help increase medical capacity, including through the purchase medical supplies, personal protective equipment, and medicine.

UNICEF warned today that the first day of school has been indefinitely postponed for some 140 million first-time students around the world due to the pandemic.