Ukraine, Middle Easy & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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11-Apr-2022 00:19:24
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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We and our humanitarian partners are deeply concerned about the plight of civilians following the intensification of hostilities in the eastern Donbas region and the Khersonska, Kharkivska and Dnipropetrovska oblasts.

The Security Council is wrapping up a meeting on Ukraine, particularly on the impact of war on women and girls.

The Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, arrived today in Sana'a. He is looking forward to engaging with Ansar Allah leadership on implementing and strengthening the truce and discussing the way forward.

The Secretary-General is following with deep concern the escalating violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel. He is appalled by the increasingly high number of casualties, including women and children.

A quick update from Myanmar, where the UN team there remains alarmed by the deteriorating humanitarian situation, with civilians continuing to suffer amid continued fighting, particularly in the country’s southeast and northwest.

From the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in the Rutshuru area, we can report that, while the situation remains volatile following clashes between the Congolese army and the M23 armed group, we, along with our humanitarian partners, are distributing aid to displaced people. Close to 54,000 civilians have been displaced because of these clashes.

In Bolivia, the UN team in Bolivia, led by the Resident Coordinator, Susana Sottoli, continues working with the Government and other partners to support the national COVID-19 response, including the country’s vaccination plan. Over eight million COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Bolivia through COVAX alone.

Tomorrow, at 11.30 a.m., the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, will be here to brief you on the launch of the 2022 Financing for Sustainable Development Report entitled “Bridging the Finance Divide”.

Ending with some good news on the budget: We are now at 84 Member States who have paid their regular budget dues in full, but a challenging geography quiz for you today. The full payment comes from a Member State that has a sovereign parliamentary democracy and that has two co-princes as heads of State – one of them is the Bishop of Urgell. That country is Andorra, and we thank our friends there.

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