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Source: United Nations (Video News)

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

– Sahel/Ministerial Conference
– World Food Day
– Cost of a Plate of Food
– Kyrgyzstan
– Syria
– Mali
– Lebanon
– COVID-19/Lebanon
– Libya
– Africa/Migration
– Poverty
– Financial Contributions

Next Tuesday, on the 20 October, the Secretary-General will send a video message to a ministerial conference on the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Central Sahel, a region that includes Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger.
The conference will be hosted by our humanitarian colleagues – along with Denmark, Germany and the European Union – and aims to raise money for humanitarian action and to encourage both donor countries and countries of the region to come up with policy commitments to build resilience and stave off future humanitarian needs.
Our colleagues warn that people living in the border region between Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger are now at the epicentre of conflict, poverty, and climate change. More than 13 million people need humanitarian assistance and 1.5 million people are internally displaced, a twenty-fold increase over two years. Lockdowns and other COVID-19 prevention measures have pushed an additional 6 million people into extreme poverty.
The UN will be represented at the virtual meeting by the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock.

Today is World Food Day and this year’s theme is “Grow, nourish, sustain. Together. Our actions are our future”.
In a message to mark the Day, the Secretary-General says that the awarding of this year’s Nobel Prize for Peace to the World Food Programme (WFP) recognizes the right of all people to food and our common quest to achieve zero hunger. He stresses that, in a world of plenty, it is a grave affront that hundreds of millions go to bed hungry each night.

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