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Geneva Press Briefing: OCHA, HRC, OHCHR, WHO, WFP
11 May 2021 -  Biweekly Geneva Press Briefing Chaired by Alessandra Vellucci, Director of the United Nations Information Service in Geneva
OHCHR Rupert Colville
• Escalation of violence in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and Israel
• Continued crackdown in Myanmar
• Algeria – freedom of assembly, expression under attack

OCHA Jens Laerke
• Somalia hit by two simultaneous climate emergencies

HRC Rolando Gomez
• Update on the 38th session of the Universal Periodic Review Working Group
• HRC Panel on the responsibility to protect

WHO Fadela Chaib
• Pre-WHA briefing. Conversation with Dr Michael Ryan, Executive Director of WHO Health Emergencies Programme, and colleagues at 2 p.m. online. The focus will be on several major issues that are key to global health security now and in the future.
• COVID-19 Global Research and Innovation Forum (13-14 May 2021). The COVID-19 Global Research and Innovation Forum will bring leading researchers together to review progress on research for COVID-19 and establish a revised COVID-19 Global Research and Innovation Roadmap with clear goals, priority actions and milestones. The Forum will be livestreamed and is open to media

WFP Tomson Phiri
• Press Release on southern Madagascar

UNIS On behalf of FAO (Adriano Timossi)
• On the occasion of the launch of a new FAO report released on Monday, 10 May, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, warned that severe underfunding of the agri-food sector was preventing Africa from reaching its potential. He spoke at the launch of FAO’s latest report, Public Expenditure on Food and Agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa, which reveals the gap between long-standing political commitments and financial reality in 13 sub-Saharan African countries.
• FAO released the FAO Food Price Index 2021 on 6 May. The Report indicates that international food commodity prices rose for the 11th consecutive month in April, with sugar leading the increase and cereals resuming their upward trend, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) reported. New forecasts point to growth in world wheat and maize output.
• Both reports were circulated to the correspondents list and are also on FAO website.

UNIS On behalf of UNCTAD (Catherine Huissoud)
• Virtual press conference on the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (17-21 May) - Wednesday, 12 May at 2.30 p.m.