Olympics, Lebanon, Occupied Palestinian Territory & Other Topics – Daily Press Briefing(16 Jul 2021)

United Nations published this video item, entitled “Olympics, Lebanon, Occupied Palestinian Territory & Other Topics – Daily Press Briefing(16 Jul 2021)” – below is their description.

Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Highlights:

– Olympic Truce

– Security Council

– MH17

– Lebanon

– Occupied Palestinian Territory

– Afghanistan

– Syria

– Myanmar

– Democratic Republic of the Congo

– Central African Republic

– ECOSOC

– COVAX – Latin America and the Caribbean

– Mandela Day

OLYMPIC TRUCE

In a video message, the Secretary-General called for an Olympic Truce during the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. He said that athletes have had to overcome enormous obstacles to participate, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Secretary-General said we need to show the same strength and solidarity in our efforts to bring peace to our world. People and nations can build on the Olympic Truce to establish lasting ceasefires and find paths towards sustainable peace.

LEBANON

The UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Joanna Wronecka, expressed deep regret over the inability of Lebanon’s leaders to reach agreement on the formation of a new government that is urgently needed to address the country’s numerous challenges. She noted that the government formation process has suffered a reversal. The Special Coordinator called for swift measures to ensure the designation of a new Prime Minister, in line with constitutional requirements, and form a government able to undertake the necessary reforms to put Lebanon on the path to recovery ahead of free and fair elections in 2022.

OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY

Our humanitarian colleagues in the occupied Palestinian Territory tell us that on Wednesday, in the community of Ras al-Tin in Ramallah governorate, 84 Palestinians lost their homes when Israeli forces confiscated at least 49 structures. The UN has repeatedly called on Israel to halt its demolition and confiscation of Palestinian property and adhere to its obligations as an occupying power under international humanitarian law.

Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=16%20July%202021

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