Ukraine, Secretary-General/Ukraine & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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01-Mar-2022 00:28:10
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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As we continue to see heavy fighting in many parts of Ukraine, with civilian casualties and damage to civilian infrastructure, the human toll of this conflict is becoming clearer each passing day.

Today, in Geneva, the Secretary-General joined the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, at the launch of the coordinated emergency appeal for a combined $1.7 billion to urgently deliver humanitarian support to the people of Ukraine and refugees in neighbouring countries.

On the ground, humanitarian colleagues say that despite immense response challenges, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations and other humanitarian partners continue to deliver life-saving humanitarian assistance, including in hard-to-reach areas.

In Moldova, the UN team is helping authorities address the needs of more than 70,000 refugees from Ukraine who have arrived in Moldova so far. UNHCR is rushing aid in as quickly as possible.

From South Sudan, a new joint report by the UN Mission and the UN Human Rights Office has found that grave human rights violations and abuses, including hundreds of killings, were committed against civilians during fighting in Tambura County, in Western Equatoria State, last summer.

The UN Mission and the World Food Programme spoke out against the attempted ambush of an interagency UN convoy yesterday. Fifty-nine trucks carrying World Food Programme food and supplies were attacked by armed gunmen in Jonglei State.

And on a happier note, we wish our colleagues at Radio Okapi, the UN radio in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a happy birthday. The UN Peacekeeping mission’s radio station is now 20 years old. Over the years, it has become a trusted, reliable source of information, with programming for adults and children available across the country, in multiple languages.

Today is Zero Discrimination Day. Under the theme “Remove laws that harm, create laws that empower”, this year the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS is highlighting the urgent need to take action against discriminatory laws.

South Africa has now paid its Regular Budget dues, bringing us up to 65.

At 2:00 p.m. Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates, will brief reporters on the Security Council programme of work for the month of March.

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