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30 August 2021

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Mali, Syria, Central Africa Republic & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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30 Aug 2021

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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General 
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The World Health Organization (WHO) said that a plane carrying its medicines and health supplies landed today in Afghanistan. This is the first shipment of medical supplies to land in the country since the Taliban took control. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) also said that food production and agricultural livelihoods are under extreme pressure in Afghanistan. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, noted that the airlifts out of Kabul will end in a matter of days, and that the tragedy that has unfolded will no longer be as visible. But it will still be a daily reality for millions of Afghans. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, noted that the airlifts out of Kabul will end in a matter of days, and that the tragedy that has unfolded will no longer be as visible. But it will still be a daily reality for millions of Afghans. Today, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced the global elimination of leaded petrol for motor vehicles, which follows the exhaustion of Algeria’s last stocks in July. The Secretary-General this morning spoke virtually to the Biodiversity pre-Conference of the Parties hosted by Colombia. The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), released their quarterly report on trends in human rights violations and abuses, which says that between April and June, at least 527 civilians were killed, injured, abducted or just disappeared. This is an overall increase of more than 25 per cent from the first quarter. Over the weekend, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, started a seven-day visit to Syria, Lebanon and Turkey. This morning, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, briefed Security Council Members on the situation in the region. He said that three months after the deadly escalation between Israel and militants in Gaza the situation remains tense, with militants launching incendiary balloons on multiple occasions and Israeli Defense Forces firing missiles. This morning, the Security Council voted to extend the mandate of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) said that yesterday, some 50 suspected combatants from the 3R armed group (Retour, Réclamation et Réhabilitation) attacked the village of Dilapoko, in the Mambéré Kadéi prefecture. Over the weekend, a third shipment of 184,800 COVID-19 vaccines arrived in the Dominican Republic through COVAX. Yesterday was the International Day against Nuclear Tests. It was also the 30th anniversary of the closure of the largest nuclear test site in the Soviet Union, the Semipalatinsk nuclear site in Kazakhstan.

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