Secretary-General/Barbados, Ethiopia, Haiti & other topics - Daily Press Briefing
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Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General.
This morning, the Secretary-General spoke in person at the opening ceremony of the fifteenth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, which took place in Bridgetown, in Barbados. He pointed out that the Sustainable Development Goals are at risk of failure and stressed that we need to turn this around with a bold, sustainable and inclusive global recovery. On Ethiopia, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that the humanitarian crisis in Tigray remains dire, with 5.2 million people needing food aid, including 400,000 people living in famine-like conditions. At the Security Council this morning, Helen La Lime, the Head of the UN mission in Haiti, said that the country is undergoing one of the most fraught periods in its recent history. In a statement we issued over the weekend, the Secretary-General strongly condemned the improvised explosive device attacks against a convoy of the UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). The attack took place near Tessalit in the Kidal region. A peacekeeper from Egypt was killed and four others were seriously injured. The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) says that it is deeply concerned over clashes this weekend between armed groups in Kacuat, in Warrap State, in which some 35 people were killed, dozens more injured and hundreds were displaced from their homes. Earlier this morning, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP), in collaboration with the Group of Friends on Action on Conflict and Hunger, convened a High-level Event on Action in Support of Preventing and Ending Famine Now. On Myanmar, our colleagues there continue to be alarmed by the dire humanitarian situation due to the intense clashes and volatile security situation in many parts of the country. Nicaragua recently received nearly 140,000 vaccine doses through COVAX to boost its national vaccination campaign. This brings the total number of doses Nicaragua has received from COVAX to more than 1.4 million. Today is the start of World Space Week. This year’s theme is “Women in Space,” which aims to bring more awareness to the issue of gender diversity in the space sector and identify the obstacles that women are facing when entering space-related careers. According to reports, 20-22 per cent of the entire space industry workforce consists of women. Today is also World Habitat Day, with the theme: “Accelerating urban action for a carbon-free world.”