Ukraine, Security Council, Ukraine/Humanitarian Situation- Daily Press Briefing

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14-Mar-2022 00:25:48
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General spoke to you just now, and he said that Ukraine is on fire, with the country being decimated before the eyes of the world.

This morning, the Security Council held an open meeting and heard a briefing by Zbigniew Rau, the Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, or OSCE. Also addressing Council members was Rosemary DiCarlo, the Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs.

On the humanitarian side, the situation in Ukraine continues to deteriorate rapidly. Today, the UN Refugee Agency said that more than 2.8 million people have crossed international borders out of Ukraine.

Yesterday, in a statement, the UN Children’s Fund Executive Director, Catherine Russell; the UN Population Fund Executive Director, Natalia Kanem, and the World Health Organization’s Executive Director, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, called for an immediate cessation of all attacks on health care in Ukraine.

This morning, the Secretary-General spoke at the opening of the sixty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women, which this year focuses on achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes.

The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, arrived in Beirut, Lebanon, today where she will be opening the Arab Forum for Sustainable Development organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia.

On 16 March, the Secretary-General will convene – with the President of Switzerland and the Foreign Minister of Sweden – a high-level pledging event for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie will also join the virtual gathering.

Geir Pedersen, the Special Envoy for Syria, issued a message on the start of the twelfth year of the conflict in Syria, saying that Syrians continue to suffer in profound ways, and the hardship is only deepening.

On South Sudan, the World Food Programme warned today that more than 70 per cent of the men, women and children in the country will struggle to survive the peak of the lean season this year.

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