Yemen, CSW, Ukraine & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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16-Mar-2022 00:30:06
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General this morning co-convened a virtual high-level pledging conference for Yemen, along with the Governments of Sweden and Switzerland.

This morning, the Secretary-General held a virtual townhall with women from civil society organizations on the sidelines of the Commission on the Status of Women.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says the crisis in Ukraine is developing rapidly, with devastating impact on the humanitarian situation. In the worst-affected cities under attack -- including Mariupol and Kharkiv -- heavy fighting leaves people isolated and facing severe shortages of food, water, and energy supplies.

Today, the UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten; the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Siobhán Mullally, and the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Reem Alsalem, expressed serious concerns at the heightened risks of sexual violence, especially trafficking in persons, impacting significantly women and children fleeing the conflict in Ukraine and forcibly displaced. The International Organization for Migration also warned that instances of sexual violence have already been reported.

The United Nations Development Programme warned that every day of delayed peace will accelerate a freefall into poverty for the country.

The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, is wrapping up her visit to Lebanon today.

Rosemary DiCarlo, the Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, briefed the Security Council on Libya this morning. She warned that the Libyan executive is facing a crisis that could, if left unresolved, lead to instability and parallel governments in the country.

The UN Mission in Mali, MINUSMA, reports that yesterday, near Tessalit, four peacekeepers were injured following an attack on their convoy using an improvised explosive device. The four injured peacekeepers were evacuated to Bamako and are currently receiving medical treatment.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that following repeated attacks, access to people in need is now more difficult in Beni territory, in the eastern province of North Kivu.

UN Women, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that they will launch the new phase of a Joint Programme called Accelerating Progress Towards Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment.

The Development Coordination Office announced that Karla Robin Hershey of the United States is the new Resident Coordinator in Bhutan and Claudia Mojica of El Salvador is the new Resident Coordinator in Argentina. Eric Jan Overvest of the Netherlands will be the Resident Coordinator in São Tomé e Príncipe starting tomorrow.

Kiribati has paid its regular budget dues in full. 73 Member States have done so by now. We thank them all.

Máximo Torero, the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Chief Economist, briefed reporters on rising food prices.

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