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Sudan, Ethiopia, Middle East & other topics -…

Sudan, Ethiopia, Middle East & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
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The Secretary-General strongly condemns the ongoing military coup d’état in Khartoum and all actions that could jeopardize Sudan’s political transition and stability. The UN remains extremely concerned about the continued escalation of hostilities in the northern part of the country, including new airstrikes over the weekend in Tigray. Yesterday, Tor Wennesland, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said that he was deeply concerned by the continued Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, arrived in the United Arab Emirates to attend, on behalf of the Secretary-General, Expo 2020 and participate in the ceremony honouring UN Day. The Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Programme today warned that more than half of the population of Afghanistan, that’s a record 22.8 million people, will face acute food insecurity starting in November. In Haiti, humanitarians warn that lives are likely to be lost if fuel supplies do not reach hospitals immediately. Roadblocks are preventing the delivery of fuel, creating obstacles to the provision of essential services and are also preventing access by humanitarian workers. This morning, the Secretary-General spoke in a video message to the event marking the 25th Anniversary of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women. Tomorrow, the Secretary-General will be in the Press Briefing room at 9:15 a.m. to launch the UN Environment Programme’s Emissions Gap Report. He will be joined virtually by the Executive Director of UNEP, Inger Andersen. Today, the World Meteorological Organization released its Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, which says that the abundance of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere once again reached a new record last year, with the annual rate of increase above the 2011-2020 average. The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change today published an update to the synthesis of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The update confirms that the updated or new climate action plans can be effective in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG). The UN Mission in the Central African Republic is reporting that yesterday, five armed individuals attacked the village of Yene, which is located 60 km north of Paoua in the Ouham-Pende prefecture. Tonga has become the 132rd Member State to pay its dues in full this year. Volker Perthes, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan and Head of the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Khartoum (UNITAMS) briefed reporters virtually from Khartoum. Achim Steiner, the Administrator for UNDP, also briefed reporters on UNDP's 'Peoples’ Climate Vote'.
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