SDGs, Ethiopia, Somalia & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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06-Apr-2022 00:34:20
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General today is appointing Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley of Barbados and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada as the new Co-Chairs of the group of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocates. The two Prime Ministers will work alongside our Sustainable Development Goals Advocates to support the Secretary-General in raising global ambition and action to keep the promise of the SDGs.

In a statement, the Secretary-General welcomes the news that trucks with food assistance and fuel have reached Tigray and Afar following the declaration of the humanitarian truce.

In a statement on Somalia, the Secretary-General welcomes the recent establishment of the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS). He reiterates the unwavering commitment of the UN to Somalia and expresses his full support to ATMIS and the Somali security forces in their ongoing fight against Al-Shabaab.

I have an update on Ukraine: Following his mission to Russia, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, is on his way to Ukraine, where he expects to meet senior Government officials to explore opportunities for humanitarian pauses.

On a related note, the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Alice Wairimu Nderitu, expressed her dismay and condemnation at the disturbing events at Bucha, which point to very serious signs of the possible commission of war crimes.

As Bosnia and Herzegovina marks 30 years since the siege of Sarajevo, the UN team is reiterating the importance of pursuing justice and reparation for the victims, survivors and their family members.

While we rightfully focus quite a bit of time on the situation in Ukraine and the humanitarian impact, I also want to continue underscoring the humanitarian needs in places in the world, notably in the Sahel, where our humanitarian colleagues report that needs across the region are at unprecedented levels due to escalating conflict, climate change, rising food insecurity and record-high food prices.

We issued a statement yesterday afternoon in which the Secretary-General strongly condemned the attack by suspected members of the CODECO militia against peacekeepers serving in the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The attack took place in Bali, in the province of Ituri, and resulted in the killing of one UN peacekeeper from Nepal.

The UN Mission in South Sudan commends the launch that took place yesterday of the National Consultative Process for the establishment of the Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and Healing. The UN Mission says it demonstrates a commitment to justice, accountability, reconciliation and healing.

In Djibouti, our team continues supporting authorities to respond to the pandemic and other challenges.
The team distributed nearly 900,000 sets of personal protective equipment and 200,000 rapid tests. To date, nearly 150,000 persons have been received at least one dose, with 270,000 doses of vaccines landing through COVAX.

The Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, spoke to the press in Amman today and noted the start of the first nationwide Truce in Yemen for the past six years. He said that this is both a precious and a precarious moment and is a rare opportunity in a long and brutal war to make progress towards a political solution.

Today is the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. This theme is “Securing a Sustainable and Peaceful Future for All: The Contribution of Sport.”

Tomorrow, David Gressly, the humanitarian envoy for Yemen, will be the guest at the Noon Briefing.

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