Yemen, Afghanistan, South Sudan & other topics – Daily Press Briefing (13 July 2021)

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Noon briefing by Florencia Soto Nino,​ Associate Spokesperson for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

Highlights:

-Yemen

-Afghanistan

-South Sudan

-Ethiopia

-Migrants

-Libya

-COVID-19/HIV

-Niger

-UN Economic and Social Council

-Guest Tomorrow

YEMEN

The Security Council met this morning to adopt a resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Mission to support the Hudaydah Agreement (UNMHA).

The Council members then held closed consultations on Yemen, in which they received briefings from Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo, Acting Head of Humanitarian Affairs Ramesh Rajasingham, and Lieutenant General Abhijit Guha, the Head of the Hudaydah Mission

Ms. DiCarlo briefed on the continuing efforts to move forward with the four-point plan devised by the former Special Envoy, Martin Griffiths. As you’ll recall, that plan’s four points involved a nationwide ceasefire, the re-opening of Sana’a airport, the easing of restrictions on the flow of fuel and other commodities through Hudaydah port, and the resumption of face-to-face political negotiations between the Yemeni parties.

The humanitarian situation in Yemen remains dire, including the very real threat of famine this year. We are particularly concerned by the pronounced escalation in conflict in Marib and elsewhere in recent weeks, which threatens millions of people. 

The collapse of Yemen’s currency will also make it much harder for Yemenis to afford food and other essentials. That is very bad news for the risk of famine and this means more people are likely to look to humanitarian agencies for support. 

The fastest way to help is to increase support for the UN response plan. Yemen’s appeal is currently 44 per cent funded.

And this funding is making a real difference, allowing agencies to scale up programmes and reach more people. But it will start running out again in September, which will force agencies to scale down assistance just as people’s needs are likely to intensify. That would be catastrophic for millions of people who rely on these programs to survive.

AFGHANISTAN

The UN is increasingly concerned with the number of reported serious human rights abuses and violations alleged in communities most affected by the ongoing military offensive across Afghanistan.

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today said that the reports of killing, ill-treatment, persecution and discrimination are widespread and disturbing, creating fear and insecurity. The UN Mission emphasized that those who carry out any such acts must be held accountable.

UNAMA urged all parties to announce an Eid ceasefire that can give Afghans a respite from the conflict and that may contribute to sustained and meaningful peace negotiations.

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