Afghanistan, Refugees, Ethiopia & other topics - Daily Press Briefing
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
The UN Mission in Afghanistan today said that terrorism continues in the country with at least 30 people killed and scores injured in a suicide attack on Kandahar’s largest Shia mosque. The UN Refugee Agency today urged states to facilitate and expedite family reunification procedures for Afghans whose families are left behind in Afghanistan, or who have been displaced across the region. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is greatly concerned about the situation in the north of the country, where they are receiving reports of an intensification of the conflict in multiple locations. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Kosovo, Zahir Tanin, briefed the Security Council on the situation there. The UN’s Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, David Gressly, warned that the escalation of fighting in Yemen in recent weeks, particularly in Ma’rib, Shabwah and Al Bayda governorates, is having a devastating impact on civilians. Following the completion of a technical assessment, the Secretariat has responded positively to the request of the National Electoral Council of Venezuela to deploy a UN Panel of Experts for the November 2021 municipal and regional elections. A new report by the International Organization for Migration says that migrant workers face a higher risk of injury and death than other workers. UN agencies are jointly saying today that they are saddened by the sinking of a boat in Colombia carrying 30 people to Panama, in which three people were killed and six others – including children – are missing. In Nigeria, the World Food Programme today warned that it might cut food aid as early as next month to more than half a million women, men and children in the northeast unless it receives urgent funding. Today is the International Day of Rural Women. The theme is “Rural women cultivating good food for all.” Tomorrow is World Food Day, and the theme this year is “Our actions are our future.” In a message, the Secretary-General says that the Day is not only a reminder of the importance of food to every person on the planet — it is also a call to action to achieve food security around the world. Sunday is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The Secretary-General stresses that poverty is a moral indictment of our times. For the first time in two decades, extreme poverty is on the rise. Omar Abdi, the Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF, was the guest at the noon briefing today. He briefed reporters on the situation in Afghanistan. On Monday, at 12:30 p.m., there will be a press briefing by the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Irene Khan.