Ukraine/Humanitarian, Our Common Agenda, Libya & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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22-Mar-2022 01:04:42
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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At the stakeout this morning, the Secretary-General said that since the war in Ukraine started one month ago, we have seen appalling human suffering and destruction in cities, towns and villages. But the war is going nowhere, fast, he said. Even if Mariupol falls, Mr. Guterres said, Ukraine cannot be conquered city by city, street by street, house by house.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is warning that the situation is deteriorating and acute humanitarian needs in areas with ongoing fighting, such as Mariupol, are of particular concern, as the Secretary-General himself said.

The Secretary-General addressed a meeting of the Economic and Social Council dedicated to the follow-up to his Common Agenda report. He reiterated that the report aims to address the interlinked crises that we are faced with, so that we can rescue the Sustainable Development Goals and get back on track.

Stephanie Williams, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Libya, today welcomed the members of Libya’s High Council of State who showed up in Tunis for the important task of determining the constitutional basis needed for national elections. 

Tor Wennesland, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, briefed the Security Council by video conference on the continued settlement activity by Israeli authorities in the occupied Palestinian territory and that is his periodic report, as requested by security council resolution 2334.

The Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara, Staffan de Mistura, met with Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares on Monday in Brussels.

The Secretary-General also spoke today by pre-recorded video message to a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. The UN and the OIC enjoy a close relationship, he said, adding that in recent years, we have deepened our collaboration on key issues– including mediation, countering terrorism and promoting religious tolerance.

Today is World Water Day, which this year focuses on freshwater.

Trinidad and Tobago, have paid their budget dues in full.

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