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Mali, Republic of Korea & other topics - Daily…

Mali, Republic of Korea & other topics - Daily Press Briefing
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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the terrorist attack against the Malian Armed Forces in Tessit, in Ansongo region, that took place on 7 August.  

The Secretary-General is on his way back to New York from the Republic of Korea, and he should be landing late today.

The UN-chartered vessel Brave Commander is expected to berth shortly at Ukraine’s Yuzhny (Pivdennyi) port to collect Ukrainian wheat purchased by the World Food Programme (WFP). 

The Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, announced yesterday the allocation of an emergency cash grant of $100,000 for lifesaving relief items following the fire in Matanzas, Cuba. The grant will be channeled through the UN offices in Cuba.

The Secretary-General welcomes President Gustavo Petro’s efforts to deepen and expand peace in Colombia and has offered the United Nations’ support to the success of that endeavour. 

One year after the devastating earthquake which struck the south of Haiti, the UN team on the ground say that building back the region remains challenging. 

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warns that Somalia is on the brink of a catastrophe with hundreds of thousands of people one step away from starvation and famine.  

The UN team in the Philippines, led by Resident Coordinator Gustavo Gonzalez, is supporting the authorities in tackling the effects of inflation, which has doubled in the past seven months, which has also touched on food and transportation prices. 

Today is International Youth Day and in a message, the Secretary-General notes that this year’s theme — “Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages” — reminds us of a basic truth: we need people of all ages, young and old alike, to join forces to build a better world for all.   

On Monday, the noon briefing guest will be Ramiz Alakbarov, who is the Deputy Special Representative, and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan. He will brief virtually from Kabul as we reach one year since the Taliban takeover in the Afghan capital.