Energy, Myanmar, Ethiopia & other topics – Daily Briefing (24 June 2021)

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    Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.


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    – Middle East

    – Libya

    – Syria

    – Central African Republic

    – Ethiopia

    – Myanmar

    – Energy

    – Burkina Faso

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    An update from Ethiopia, where our humanitarian colleagues are telling us that the security situation in Tigray remains highly complex and extremely volatile, with continued fighting, including on main roads, and the use of artillery shelling reported in several locations. 

    Aid organizations say they have faced challenges in transporting medical supplies, food and other items, especially to hard-to-reach areas, due to the denial of access.

    Food aid is the largest component of the humanitarian response. Under the latest response plan for Northern Ethiopia, since May 1st, some 3.7 million people out of the targeted 5.2 million people have received food assistance.

    Last week, more than 1,000 children were treated for severe acute malnutrition and about 5,000 children for moderate acute malnutrition. More than 22,000 people received medical services in the second week of June.

    While aid partners continue to gradually scale-up their work, the response is not sufficient to help people in need. We are continuing to call for safe, unimpeded and sustained access, as well as urgent funding.

    As for reports of the bombing of the market in the town of Togoga, we have still not yet received permission and not been able to access the area.


    From Myanmar, our humanitarian colleagues there said today they remain concerned about the impact on civilians of continuing and intensifying fighting in certain parts of the country. 

    Clashes between the Myanmar military and ethnic armed groups, or among ethnic armed groups themselves, since the military takeover of the Government on 1 February have forced some 230,000 people to flee their homes. That’s according to our UN colleagues on the ground.

    The UN team in Myanmar is particularly alarmed by the situation in the southeastern part of Myanmar, where nearly 180,000 women, men and children have been displaced since 1 February. Most of these people have been displaced in the past four weeks.


    A few updates from the Ministerial Forums for the High-level Dialogue on Energy, which is continuing today and you heard about it yesterday from UN Development Programme Administrator Achim Steiner and Damilola Ogunbiyi, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All.

    Nauru, the world’s smallest island nation, is committing to achieving 50 per cent renewable energy by 2023.

    The City of Ithaca, right here in New York State, pledged that all of its buildings would rely on 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030.

    And the global association for the off-grid solar energy industry committed to deliver improved electricity access for 1 billion people by 2030.

    The Forums wrap up tomorrow.

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