COP26 , Greening the Blue Report, World Bank & other topics - Daily Press Briefing
Daily Press Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General.
The Secretary-General will be heading back to the UN Climate Conference in Glasgow. The Secretary-General is expected to be back in New York over the following weekend. Today is resilience and adaptation day at COP26. Speaking at the side event entitled “Getting Ahead of Climatic Disasters,” Selwin Hart, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Climate Action, said there is strong support for urgent and ambitious action on adaptation and resilience. The UN Environment Programme today released its annual Greening the Blue Report, which is the report on the UN system’s own environmental footprint and our efforts to reduce it. In answer to questions over the role of the World Bank concerning climate change, the Spokesman said that on Friday, the Secretary-General and World Bank President, David Malpass. spoke by phone. Today marks one year since the 2020 elections in Myanmar. The Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, will speak to the Security Council this afternoon. Hans Grundberg, the Special Envoy for Yemen, visited the Yemeni city of Taiz today and also spoke to the press there. The Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan reports that recent conflict between armed groups in and around Tambura, in Western Equatoria province, has caused significant damage. Civilians were killed and injured. Over 80,000 people, men, women and children, were displaced, properties were destroyed, and humanitarian activities disrupted. The UN Mission in Afghanistan yesterday said they were deeply concerned at reports of the killing of human rights defenders Frozan Safi in Mazar-i-Sharif and Hijratullah Khogyani in Jalalabad. They call for a prompt, independent and impartial investigation. The World Food Programme today warned that the number of people teetering on the edge of famine in 43 countries has risen from 42 to 45 million people, as acute hunger spikes around the world. WFP notes that the increase is explained by recent food security assessment data that shows an additional 3 million people in the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) phase 4 in Afghanistan. There were also marginal increases in Angola, Burundi, Haiti, Kenya and Somalia. Over the weekend, the Secretary-General expressed his deep sadness at the extensive loss of life following the fuel tanker explosion that took place in Sierra Leone, in Freetown, on Friday. In a statement issued over the weekend, the Secretary-General condemned the assassination attempt against Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi . He called on the perpetrators of this crime to be held accountable.