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Afghanistan, Mali, Myanmar & other topics - Daily Press Briefing (12 October 2021)


The United Nations of Earth reporting on this issue: "Afghanistan, Mali, Myanmar & other topics - Daily Press Briefing (12 October 2021)"
The topics: Noon briefing by St├ęphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Highlights: - Afghanistan - Security Council - Biodiversity - Climate Action - Yemen - Mali - Myanmar - Food Security - Libya - Secretary-General/COVID-19. AFGHANISTAN This morning, the Secretary-General participated in the G20 Leaders’ Extraordinary Meeting on Afghanistan, which was hosted by the head of the G20 and the Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Draghi. During his comments, he reiterated what he told you yesterday during his stakeout. The Secretary-General stressed that he sees three areas for essential action on Afghanistan. These are: ensuring a lifeline of help to the Afghan people, avoiding a total meltdown of the country’s economy and our constant commitment to help move things in the right direction. On the humanitarian side, our colleagues tell us that yesterday, the UN Refugee Agency provided relief items to more than 4,000 internally displaced people as well as those impacted by the conflict. For its part, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has established four static emergency clinics along border areas of Afghanistan to provide reproductive health and protection services to returnees, internally displaced people, as well as host communities. The agency is also supporting a basic health clinic for internally displaced people in Karokh District of Herat. For its part, the World Food Programme (WFP) warned that, in Afghanistan, there is no money to pay wages or buy food, medicine or clean water. WFP said that one million children’s lives are in the balance as deaths from malnutrition loom. The agency stresses that these deaths can be prevented if funds are freed up for Afghanistan now. Our Flash Appeal is inching upwards and is now 38 per cent funded. We had requested $606.3 million until the end of the year.   SECURITY COUNCIL In the Security Council’s open debate on diversity, statebuilding and the search for peace, the Secretary-General said this morning that diversity should be seen as a source of strength, not as a threat. When we open the door to inclusion and participation, he added, we take a giant step forward in conflict-prevention and peacebuilding. To achieve this, the Secretary-General highlighted three areas for progress. First, he said, national institutions and laws must work for all people. Countries should consider giving more space to their different regions, he said, second. And finally, women, young people and the most marginalized must be involved every step of the way, because building and sustaining peace requires their voices and actions. BIODIVERSITY This morning, the Secretary-General spoke in a video message at the High-Level Segment of the UN Biodiversity Conference, which is being held in Kunming, China. He said that damage to the complex web of life that sustains us has already impacted the lives and livelihoods of millions, contributing to hunger, sickness and unemployment. “We are losing our suicidal war against nature,” he said, adding that an ambitious and effective post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, with clear targets and benchmarks, can put us back on track. Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=12%20October%202021


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