Least Developed Countries, Forum Of Small States, Deputy Secretary-General's Travels other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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17-Mar-2022 00:36:28
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning, the Secretary-General, in the General Assembly Hall, spoke at Part I of the fifth Least Developed Countries Conference. In his remarks, he said that the vulnerabilities that Least Developed Countries face today, like climate change and COVID-19, may be different than they were 50 years ago when the first Conference occurred. However, if left unaddressed, the results will still be inequality, poverty and hunger.

Also, this afternoon, the Secretary-General will address the meeting of the Members of the Forum of Small States, where he will give an update on the progress of the proposals of Our Common Agenda since he last met the group in October last year.

The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, is in Paris today, where she held meetings on the Transforming Education Summit.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today warned that the situation in the country continues to deteriorate in cities with ongoing fighting, including Mariupol, Sumy, Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Sievierodonetsk and Northern Kyiv. Food and water supplies are dwindling and humanitarian organizations are deeply concerned about the wellbeing of civilians trapped inside these cities.

Regarding the withdrawal of Ukrainian peacekeepers from our mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the process to facilitate the departure of Ukrainian troops, helicopters, and other personnel from the peacekeeping mission in the DRC is currently underway.

The Secretary-General held today a phone call with Mr. Fathi Bashagha, former Minister of the Interior of the Government of National Accord of the State of Libya, who was nominated as Prime Minister-designate by the Libyan House of Representatives on 10 February. The Secretary-General and Mr. Bashagha discussed the latest developments in Libya.

Following the end of yesterday’s pledging event on Yemen 36 donors had pledged nearly $1.3 billion for the humanitarian response. To give you some context, $1.3 billion represents only 30 per cent of the roughly $4.3 billion required for an efficient and effective response to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

In northern Ethiopia, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) continues to be extremely concerned about the situation in Tigray, Afar and Amhara.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, ended a four-day visit to Afghanistan.

The UN and its partners are scaling up support following the passage of Tropical Cyclone Gombe, which struck Mozambique’s coast last Friday.

Honduras today received a donation of nearly 350,000 doses of vaccines from the United States through the COVAX Mechanism – and that’s half of nearly 700,000 doses on their way.
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