Syria, Bhutan, South Sudan & Other Topics – Daily Press Briefing (19 July 2021)

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

    Highlights:

    – Syria

    – South Sudan

    – Ethiopia

    – Bhutan/COVID-19

    – Tunisia/COVID-19

    – Myanmar/COVID-19

    – COVID-19 recovery

    – WFPWHO PROJECT

    – Resident Coordinator

    SYRIA

    The Security Council this morning held closed consultations on the political situation in Syria. The Council Members heard from the Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, who participated by VTC from Oslo.

    In an effort to move the political process forward, Mr. Pedersen has urged all sides to define, with greater precision, what kind of reforms and steps they are willing to take, if concrete steps are taken on the other side. The Envoy noted that any steps should be reciprocal and mutual. They should be realistic and precise. They should be implemented in parallel.

    BHUTAN COVID-19

    Bhutan will roll out its second mass vaccination campaign tomorrow. Bhutan has received doses from COVAX and through bilateral arrangements.

    The Government has started registering people over 11 years old and those who had not registered during the first round of the vaccination with the aim of becoming one of the first countries in the world to vaccinate its entire eligible population with both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the month.

    The UN country team is supporting authorities, with UNICEF assisting in fast-tracking the second shipment of vaccines and providing operational support. The UN is also strengthening the cold chain system to store the vaccines. The World Health Organization is providing financial support.

    SOUTH SUDAN

    The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) says that it continues to protect civilians and help local communities affected by clashes in Western Equatoria State.

    The Mission deployed a patrol to the county of Mundri West last week. A UN team is also assessing the situation in the town of Tambura, where it is working with humanitarian partners to help families displaced by a recent spate of armed attacks.

    UN Police officers recently trained national police officers on how to deal with cases related to sexual and gender-based violence. This was part of a series of trainings on investigating crimes in a sensitive manner and supporting survivors of abuse.

    Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=19%20July%202021

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