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Source: United Nations (Video News)

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

Highlights:
– Kuwait
– Climate
– Security Council/Great Lakes Region
– The Sahel
– Libya
– Afghanistan
– Iran
– Central African Republic
– COVID-19 Impact
– Disasters
– Noon Briefing Guests Tomorrow

KUWAIT
In a ceremony at the General Assembly this morning, the Secretary-General extended his profound condolences to the family of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and to the Government and people of Kuwait on the Amir’s passing.
Throughout his reign, the Secretary-General said, His Highness earned recognition and respect from near and far for his outstanding leadership and commitment to peacemaking. He always stood ready to bridge faiths, cultures and countries in the neighbourhood and beyond.
As a close friend of the United Nations, the Secretary-General added, the Amir was also reliably on the frontlines of mobilizing the international community in acts of solidarity.
Mr. Guterres added that the United Nations will keep supporting Kuwait’s mediation efforts and its role in promoting peace and stability.

CLIMATE
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) today released its State of Climate Services Report, which says that over the past 50 years extreme weather and climate events have increased in frequency, intensity and severity as a result of climate change and hit vulnerable communities disproportionately hard.
The report was produced in collaboration with 16 international agencies and financing institutions and identifies where and how governments can invest in effective early warning systems that strengthen countries’ resilience to weather, climate and water-related hazards.
The report also stresses the need to switch to impact-based forecasting – an evolution from “what the weather will be” to “what the weather will do” so that people and businesses can act early based on the warnings.

Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=13%20October%202020

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