General Assembly Emergency Special Session on Ukraine, Humanitarian Situation in Ukraine & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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28-Feb-2022 00:29:54
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning, the Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, spoke at the General Assembly’s emergency special session on Ukraine. He told the Assembly members that the fighting is raging across the country, from air, land and sea, and that it must stop now.

Our colleagues are telling us that days of intense clashes across parts of Ukraine have caused civilian casualties and damage to critical infrastructure, with severe humanitarian consequences. Road damage and insecurity have disrupted local supply chains and access to food and other basic items. According to the UN’s Human Rights Office, more than 400 civilian casualties have been reported, including more than 100 deaths.

Turning to the Human Rights Council, speaking by pre-recorded video message at the opening of the 49th session of the Human Rights Council this morning in Geneva, the Secretary-General said human rights are under assault, everywhere.

The Secretary-General also spoke by pre-recorded video message at the press launch of the new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The Secretary-General said the report is an atlas of human suffering and a damning indictment of failed climate leadership.

In Nairobi, the UN Environment Assembly’s in-person meeting kicks off today. As you know, the Assembly is the world’s highest environmental decision-making body.

In the Security Council, Izumi Nakamitsu, the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, briefed Council members this morning on the work being done regarding chemical weapons and Syria.

The Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, finished up his four-day visit to the Central African Republic today.

From Sudan, the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission (UNITAMS) there today issued a new report on the political process that is under way to break the current political impasse which began after last October’s military coup.

Regarding neighbouring South Sudan, the 2022 Humanitarian Needs Overview was launched today.
It highlights how the humanitarian situation in South Sudan continues to deteriorate.

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is appealing to national and local leaders, as well as armed groups, to immediately stop the violence in Unity State.

A quick note from Lebanon. The Head of Mission and Force Commander, Major General Stefano Del Col of Italy, handed over authority over the Mission to Major General Aroldo Lázaro Sáenz of Spain.

Tomorrow, at 2:00 pm., there will be a hybrid briefing here by Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh, who is the Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates and will be presiding over the Security Council for the merry month of March.

We thank our friends in two countries for their full payments to the regular budget: Fiji and Spain.

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