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Afghanistan, Yemen, South Sudan & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
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Today, the Secretary-General is appointing Staffan de Mistura of Italy as his Personal Envoy for Western Sahara. He succeeds Horst Köhler of Germany, who completed his assignment on 22 May 2019. In a statement released today, several representatives of UN agencies and humanitarian non-governmental organizations in Afghanistan have stressed that we are in a race against time to deliver life-saving aid to crisis-affected people as well as to preposition supplies ahead of the oncoming winter. Tomorrow, at 9:30 a.m., the Secretary-General will join Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), in a virtual press conference on the WHO’s new global COVID-19 vaccination strategy. This afternoon, at 3:00 p.m., the Secretary-General will speak at the Security Council’s open meeting on Peace and Security in Africa. That is the agenda item, and he will focus on Ethiopia. This morning, the Security Council held a briefing on small arms, with a focus on the need to address the threats posed by their illicit flows in the context of peace operations. The Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, concluded his first visit to Yemen today, after conducting extensive meetings in Aden. The Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim in South Sudan, Matthew Hollingworth, strongly condemned the latest threat against aid organizations in the Greater Pibor Administrative Area. And the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) today said that it condemns in the strongest terms the attack yesterday in the town of Matchika, located about 15 km from Bambari. The attack resulted in the death of civilians. Others were wounded. The World Health Organization (WHO) today announced that it is recommending widespread use of a malaria vaccine for children in sub-Saharan Africa and in other regions. ***The guest at the Noon Briefing was Mary-Ellen McGroarty, the World Food Programme (WFP) Representative and Country Director in Afghanistan. She spoke to reporters about the food insecurity situation in Afghanistan.
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