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Noon briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General.

The Secretary-General is back working from the office this morning after having tested negative for COVID-19 earlier today.

We have an update on Mali, following the attack on a UN peacekeeping convoy and the death of seven UN peacekeeping colleagues. The UN Peacekeeping Mission in Mali reports that the three Togolese peacekeepers injured yesterday are now being treated at a UN hospital in Mopti. They are reported to be in stable condition. Two of the injured peacekeepers are scheduled to be evacuated to Dakar for further treatment soon.

Also yesterday, we issued a statement in which the Secretary General condemned an attack that took place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

At the Peacekeeping Ministerial, sixty-two Member States have announced new pledges to help enhance the performance and impact of peacekeeping operations, in line with the Secretary-General’s Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) initiative.

We issued a note to highlight that the Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, concluded her visit to Afghanistan today.

I can report, happily, some more deliveries of aid throughout Afghanistan.

In northern Ethiopia, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that many people continue to be displaced due to conflict in Amhara, Afar and Western Tigray.

The UN Refugee Agency and the International Organization for Migration today launched a $1.79 billion regional plan to support the needs of refugees and migrants from Venezuela and their host communities across 17 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

New shipments of vaccines have arrived in Latin America and the Caribbean through COVAX this week.

Today, the Food and Agriculture Organization launched a report highlighting the worsening state of the earth’s soil, land and water resources and the challenges that poses for feeding a global population expected to be near ten billion by 2050.

Today is the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide.

Today is also International Anti-Corruption Day.

We have an update on the outcome of yesterday’s high-level pledging event for the Central Emergency Response Fund: 39 donors announced record pledges of more than $467 million for 2022.