Ukraine, Central African Republic & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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23-Feb-2022 00:19:55
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General spoke in the General Assembly today and said we are facing the biggest global peace and security crisis in recent years – certainly in his time as Secretary-General. He told General Assembly members that the decision of the Russian Federation to recognize the so-called “independence” of certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and the follow-up are violations of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and inconsistent with the principles of the Charter.

On the humanitarian front, the UN continues to receive reports of hostilities impacting civilians and their properties, as well as infrastructure, on both sides of the “contact line”.

In a statement, the Secretary-General strongly condemned the arrest of four members of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Central African Republic.

Tor Wennesland, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, briefed Security Council member on the Israeli-Palestine situation today. He warned that across the West Bank, daily violence continues; tensions in East Jerusalem and the refugee camps are mounting and settler violence remains a serious concern.

Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the head of the Peacekeeping department, continued his trip in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where he is representing the Secretary-General.

In Madagascar, Tropical Cyclone Emnati made landfall overnight in the village of Mangatsiatra, in an area already impacted by Tropical Cyclone Batsirai.

A delegation of senior UN and NGO representatives, who are part of the Emergency Directors Group of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, is currently in Afghanistan on a five-day mission. They will see first-hand the humanitarian situation on the ground as well as the ongoing aid response to the dire situation in the country.

The Syria Humanitarian Needs Overview for 2022 has now been published and says that, this year, some 14.6 million people – that’s 9 per cent more than last year - are in need of humanitarian assistance in the country.

In Brazil, the UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Silvia Rucks, launched a partnership with the inter-state consortium that includes all nine states of the Amazon to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

In Colombia, the UN, along with partners, today launched the 2022 Humanitarian Response Plan aiming to help 1.6 million vulnerable people at a cost of about $283 million.

The Department of Economic and Social Affairs today released a new report, which analyzes how rapid population growth adds to the challenges of achieving sustainable economic and social development.

The UN Human Rights office today released a report which calls on development finance institutions to adopt a proactive approach to human rights violations.

In a new report, the UN Environment Programme and the NGO GRID-Arendal warn that climate change and land-use change are projected to make wildfires more frequent and intense.
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