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Climate, Nelson Mandela Day, MH17 & other topics…

Climate, Nelson Mandela Day, MH17 & other topics - Daily Press Briefing
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Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

This morning, the Secretary-General addressed the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin, Germany, in a pre-recorded video message. He said that eight months ago we left COP26 with 1.5 degrees on life support and since then, its pulse has weakened further.   

This morning, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, addressed the Nelson Mandela Day event, organized by the General Assembly.  

This past Sunday, 17 July, marked the eighth anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, in which 298 innocent lives were lost. 

The UN team in Sri Lanka, led by Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer-Hamdy, is scaling up efforts to respond to the needs of millions of people impacted by the ongoing economic crisis, also in line with the Humanitarian Needs and Priorities Plan. Nearly 5.7 million people are in need of life-saving assistance.   

The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, MONUSCO, reports that suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacked Otomabere in Ituri province. 

The UN Mission in South Sudan welcomes steps taken by the Government to pursue accountability and justice for survivors of sexual violence in Yei, in Central Equatoria State.  
The Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, announced over the weekend that it was no longer possible to hold the Ninth Session of the Small Body of the Syrian-led, Syrian-owned, UN-facilitated Constitutional Committee in Geneva from 25 to 29 July. 

The head of the UN Refugee Agency, Filippo Grandi, concluded a visit to Chad this weekend by calling for greater humanitarian and development support.   

Today, the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict is launching a guidance note on the abduction of children in armed conflict.   
Mozambique is the 113th fully paid-up Member State this year.