Ukraine, Climate other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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27-Apr-2022 00:27:01
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General was travelling this morning from Poland to Ukraine, and he has recently arrived in Kyiv.nbsp; Tomorrow, he will meet there with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, and we expect him to speak to the press, as well. Yesterday evening, upon his arrival in Rzeszów, Poland, on his way to Ukraine, the Secretary-General was received by the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda. nbsp;
Today, the Secretary-General addressed, in a video message, the first meeting of his High-Level Expert Group on Net-Zero Emission Commitments of Non-State Entities. He told them that it is essential that we ensure the credibility and environmental integrity of net zero pledges.nbsp;
This morning, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed spoke at a meeting of the members of the Council of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.nbsp;Ms. Mohammed noted that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to violently derail progress made in achieving the 2030 Agenda, while more than 100 million additional people were pushed into extreme poverty in 2020, dramatically reversing a two-decade long decreasing trend.nbsp;nbsp;
This morning, the Security Council heard a briefing by Huang Xia, the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region.nbsp;nbsp;He told Council members that while the past months have been characterized by encouraging dynamics of dialogue, cooperation and by a willingness to address the root causes of instability in the region, the security and humanitarian crisis in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo has been aggravated by the resurgence of the armed group M23.nbsp;
Geir Pedersen, the Special Envoy for Syria, briefed the Security Council yesterday afternoon.nbsp; He told Council members that Syria is a hot conflict, not a frozen one.nbsp;
The UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) reports that the government is currently hosting a week-long regional Forum in Bangui to raise awareness and build digital media capacities to prevent conflicts related to hate speech in Central Africa.nbsp;nbsp;
Yesterday, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that donors pledged nearly $1.4 billion to respond to the drought in the Horn of Africa – the worst in the region in four decades – that has left more than 15 million people severely food insecure in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.
An estimated 2.8 million people – or nearly 40 percent of the population in the English-speaking Caribbean -- is food insecure, which is one million more than in April 2020.nbsp; That's according to the results of a recent survey conducted by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the World Food Programme (WFP).nbsp;nbsp;
Khaled El Mekwad of Egypt assumed the role of Resident Coordinator in Bahrain on April 16th, and in Guinea-Bissau, Anthony Ohemeng-Boamah of Ghana began leading our team on the ground on April 18th.nbsp;
The Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) has been named as the laureate of the 2022 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, following the recommendation of the International Jury of media professionals.nbsp;nbsp;
A new report by our colleagues at the UN Convention to Combat Desertification says that up to 40 per cent of the planet's land is degraded, threatening roughly half of the global GDP – that's $44 trillion.nbsp;
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) today said that worldwide measles cases increased by 79 per cent in the first two months of 2022, compared to the same period in 2021.nbsp;
The United Nations reiterates the Secretary-General's condemnation of the military takeover on 1 February 2021, and repeats the call for an immediate end to violence and repression, for the respect for human rights, and for the immediate release of all political prisoners in Myanmar.
Tomorrow, my guests will be Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Investments, Regional Development and Informatization of the Slovak Republic, Veronika Remisova, along with the President of the UN Habitat Assembly, Martha Delgado, and UN-Habitat Executive Director, Maimunah Mohd Sharif. They will be here to discuss tomorrow's General Assembly High-level meeting on the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda.
Botswana, Jamaica and Uzbekistan have now paid their regular budget dues. There are now 91 fully paid-up Member States.nbsp;
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