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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Armenia/Azerbaijan - Myanmar - Yemen

26 Feb 2021

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Amin Bin Yassar informal settlement, Dar Saad, Aden, Yemen, 23 November 2020. Twelve-year-old Wahba fled the port city of Al Huydaydah with her family. © Giles Clarke for OCHA

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 26 February 2021

Armenia/Azerbaijan

The UN has been ready to deploy an initial independent inter‑agency humanitarian scoping mission to Nagorno-Karabakh and other conflict-affected areas at the earliest opportunity and have informed all relevant actors in that regard.

OCHA, UNHCR and relevant UN entities continue to engage with all concerned on the specific parameters and timing of the deployment of the planned mission. The latest official communication was sent on 19 February.

The mission hopes to get a clearer picture of the humanitarian situation on the ground and broadly assess the conditions for safe, voluntary dignified and sustainable returns of all displaced populations.

The UN looks forward to a formal reply to its latest communication and calls on all relevant actors to cooperate fully with the UN entities to ensure their unfettered and speedy access to conduct such a mission, which will be solely based on the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence.

 

Myanmar

Conflict continues to cause civilian casualties and displace communities across the country. Around 2,300 people were newly displaced in northern Shan in February due to clashes between the Myanmar Armed Forces and ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) or between EAOs.

Nine civilians were reportedly killed and eight others injured, including children, by clashes in two towns in northern Shan on 5 February.

The impact of ongoing conflict on the humanitarian situation in south-eastern Myanmar is also of concern, where it is reported that around 5,300 people are currently displaced in Kayin State and Bago region due to the continued hostilities between the Myanmar military and the Karen National Union, which erupted in late December 2020.

Despite additional operational challenges due to recent developments including closure of banks and interruptions of payments and cash withdrawal systems as well as concerns for staff safety and security, the UN, along with its humanitarian partners, continues to deliver humanitarian assistance and protection services in conflict-affected areas.

The UN continues to call for safe and unimpeded humanitarian access to all areas where there are humanitarian needs, and for all parties to conflict to take every precaution to prevent harm to civilian populations.

The Humanitarian Response Plan for this year seeks US$267.5 million to address the needs of close to 1 million people in conflict-affected areas in Myanmar.

 

Yemen

The UN will convene a virtual high-level pledging event for the humanitarian crisis in the country co-hosted by the Governments of Sweden and Switzerland on Monday, 1 March starting at 9:00 EST. Pledges will be announced at the event.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres will address the opening.

There will be a press conference immediately after the event by Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock and the co-hosts at 13:10 EST. 

The event will be broadcast on UN Web TV.