Net Zero Emissions, Afghanistan, Ukraine & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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31-Mar-2022 01:22:17
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning, the Secretary-General of the United Nations announced the launch of his High-level Expert Group on Net-zero Emissions Commitments of Non-state Entities.

Also this morning, the Secretary-General spoke via live video link, to the High-level Pledging Event on Afghanistan. He noted that despite our collective efforts, the already dire humanitarian situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated alarmingly over the past months.

Today, another UN-led inter-agency humanitarian convoy safely reached Sumy, a city in Ukraine that has been heavily impacted by the war.

Yesterday, a UN inter-agency cross-line convoy of 14 trucks carrying food for some 43,000 people, non-food and health assistance items crossed from Aleppo to Sarmada in the north-west of the county.

Today, the World Food Programme said that as the month of Ramadan begins, the soaring cost of food staples in import-dependent Middle Eastern and North African countries is creating ever greater challenges for millions of families already struggling to keep hunger at bay.

MONUSCO reports that the site where the helicopter carrying eight of our peacekeeping colleagues crashed has been secured by the mission, and a preliminary investigation is underway.

In South Sudan, we, along with our partners, have launched the Humanitarian Response Plan for 2022.

The UN peacekeeping Mission in Mali says they are deeply concerned by the deteriorating security situation in the tri-border area – which is between Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso – as well as its impact on the civilian population.

The Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, is in Sierra Leone for a two-day visit.

The UN team in Albania, led by Fiona McCluney, the Resident Coordinator, continues supporting authorities to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring the continuity of essential services, while boosting laws to protect vulnerable groups, including people with stateless status and children.

With Albania’s contribution, there are now 80 fully paid-up Member States.

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