Energy, Afghanistan, Sudan & other topics - Daily Press Briefing (24 September 2021)
Noon briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General
This morning, the Secretary-General spoke at the High-Level Dialogue on Energy. He said that we have a double imperative – to end energy poverty and to limit climate change - and he added that we can do that by investing in clean, affordable and sustainable energy for all. This morning, in a side event entitled Supporting a Future for Girls' Education in Afghanistan, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, underscored that the focus now must be to stop the reverse of the gains made by women and girls in Afghanistan. On Sudan, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that more than 300,000 people have been affected by heavy rains and flooding. In Kenya, the World Food Programme said today that it is further cutting food aid for 440,000 refugees in the country due to severe funding shortfalls. The UN Mission in the Central African Republic tell us that, as requested by UN headquarters, national investigation officers from Gabon have been deployed on the ground to conduct investigations into allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by their peacekeepers in the country. Yesterday evening, the Secretary-General spoke at a virtual meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum leaders. In response to a question on the numbers of people coming into the UN building during the General Assembly, the Spokespan said the following. The World Food Programme today said that more than 1.3 million people in the three south-western provinces of Cunene, Huila and Namibe are facing severe hunger due to the worst drought in four decades. Brazil received nearly 2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines this week through COVAX. This brings the total number of doses from COVAX to nearly 12 million.