DPR Korea, Guatemala, Ukraine & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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24-Mar-2022 01:17:44
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General strongly condemns the launch of a ballistic missile of intercontinental range by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea that took place today on 24 March.

And on Guatemala, the Secretary-General notes with concern reports of recent legal action against Guatemalan prosecutors and judges who played a prominent role in the anti-impunity efforts.

Today marks one full month of the war in Ukraine - one of the most rapidly deteriorating humanitarian crises of modern times. The main humanitarian challenge remains to secure safe access into areas where civilians are trapped in ongoing fighting, such as Mariupol, and safe passage out.

And on a related note, the UN Conference on Trade and Development today downgraded its global economic growth projection for this year to 2.6 per cent down from 3.6 per cent due to the war in Ukraine and to changes in macroeconomic policies made by countries in recent months.

Turning to Mali, our colleagues in the peacekeeping mission there published their report on trends in human rights violations and abuses that took place between July and December of last year. During this period, at least 886 civilians were killed, injured, abducted or missing.

The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition, otherwise known as SPLM-IO, has suspended its participation in the body responsible for monitoring the ceasefire, citing attacks by Government forces as the reason for its decision. The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Nicholas Haysom, described this decision as “deeply worrying.”

The Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, concluded today the third week of bilateral consultations with Yemeni stakeholders in Jordan, in Amman. Participants emphasized the importance of regional and international support for ensuring the success of any future political process.

You heard that Geir Pedersen briefed the Security Council today by VTC this morning on the constitutional committee “small body” talks he is convening right now in Geneva. He said that this week, committee members have discussed draft constitutional texts on four titles of constitutional principles: those are basics of governance; state identity; state symbols; as well as regulation and functions of public authorities.

Yesterday, we issued a statement on Somalia in which the Secretary-General strongly condemned the attacks that took place yesterday on the compounds located inside the Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu.

In Tajikistan, our team is boosting its response to support authorities as they address the needs of over 14,000 refugees and asylum seekers, nearly all of them from Afghanistan..

Today is the International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims. In a message, the Secretary-General says the Day reminds us that truth is a powerful light, and when the light of truth is extinguished, societies are plunged into a dark world of threat, lies and mistrust.

Today is also World Tuberculosis Day. This year’s theme, ‘Invest to End TB. Save Lives’, and it conveys the urgent need to invest resources to ramp up the fight against TB and achieve the commitments to end TB made by global leaders.

And lastly, we issued a statement last night in which the Secretary-General said he was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Madeleine Albright. The Secretary-General said she was a trailblazer, a role model, and a champion of multilateral action and international cooperation.

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