Women, Peace and Security, Afghanistan, Ethiopia & other topics - Daily Press Briefing
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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.


This morning, the Secretary-General spoke to Council members at the open debate on women, peace and security. He said that women are peacebuilders, changemakers, leaders and activists and yet, too often they remain on the periphery of formal peace processes and are excluded from rooms where decisions are made.

The UN Development Programme today launched a crisis response initiative that will contribute to preventing a humanitarian catastrophe and the breakdown of Afghanistan’s economy. This is part of the UN’s overall response to the situation in the country.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said today that a COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Afghanistan began this week in Kandahar, targeting people in at-risk areas across the province. On November 8th, a Polio vaccination campaign will also be carried out alongside the provision of Vitamin A in Kandahar. WHO, UNICEF and other partners are coordinating those efforts.

Turning to another humanitarian crisis, this one in Ethiopia, where the situation in the northern part of the country remains unpredictable and volatile. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is alarmed by the intensification of conflict, including the airstrikes on Mekelle this week, and reports of growing numbers of people being displaced by recent fighting in Amhara.

Rosemary DiCarlo, the Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs is continuing her travels in Libya.

The UN Security Council will be embarking on a scheduled trip to Mali and Niger from the 22nd to the 26th of October.

The UN Environment Programme today released a report which says that we need to see a drastic reduction in plastic to address the global pollution crisis.

On Tuesday at 9:15 a.m., in the Press Briefing Room, the Secretary-general will launch the UN Environment Programme’s Emissions Gap Report.

At 7 o’clock this evening, the UN Day concert will take place in a hybrid format and under the theme “Building Back Together for Peace and Prosperity”.

Uruguay became the 132nd Member State to have paid its dues in 2021.

The guest at the noon briefing today was Christine Schraner Burgener, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Myanmar.

Tomorrow at 11 o’clock, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Tomas Ojea Quintana, will brief reporters in the Press briefing room.

The guest at the noon briefing will be WFP’s Regional Director for Western Africa, Chris Nikoi. He will brief reporters virtually on the situation in Nigeria.