Ukraine, Yemen, Peacekeeping Updates & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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28-Apr-2022 00:29:00
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General met in the past hours in Kyiv with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

The Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, welcomes Ansar Allah’s release of the 12 detained foreign nationals from Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar and the United Kingdom.

In South Sudan, UN peacekeepers there recently wrapped up a fact-finding mission to the area of Magwi in Eastern Equatoria, as part of efforts to lower tensions between farmers and cattle herders over a lack of resources.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN peacekeeping Mission has carried out a joint operation with the country’s armed forces to protect civilians and also to dislodge the CODECO armed group from the area of Sake, which is in the province of Ituri.

In the Central African Republic, the UN peacekeeping mission in the country has an update has conducted 272 training sessions on civic education, reaching more than 23,000 people, almost half of which were women.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is telling us that a new declaration calling for more concerted action to help nearly 1.4 million displaced Central Africans was signed yesterday. The Yaoundé Declaration, signed at the end of a ministerial conference organized by the Government of Cameroon and UNHCR, marks the first step towards the establishment of a regional coordination mechanism to find solutions to one of Africa’s largest displacement crises.

On the Philippines, we have an update on the humanitarian response to Typhoon Rai. Our humanitarian colleagues say that 12,000 people remain displaced.

In Haiti, our colleagues from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs are telling us that violent clashes between gangs in the capital have prompted the displacement of several hundred people.

In Colombia, our humanitarian colleagues report that the start of the rainy season rising water levels has led to flooding of large parts of land and villages in Córdoba, Bolívar, Sucre and Antioquia municipalities in the north-west. The new flooding is affecting the recovery of almost 156,000 persons affected by similar flooding eight months ago.

Cambodia has received funding from the Elsie Initiative Fund to identify barriers to the deployment of uniformed women to UN peace operations. Cambodia plans to increase its deployment of military women to United Nations peacekeeping to 20 per cent by 2024.

Our team in Palestine - led by the Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Deputy Special Coordinator, Lynn Hastings – has helped with the logistics for several rounds of vaccine shipments to Palestine through COVAX. To date, COVAX has sent nearly 1.9 million doses to Palestine to be distributed to 20 per cent of the population in the West Bank and in Gaza.

Today is the International Girls in ICT Day. This year’s theme is “Access and Safety.” It is also the World Day for Safety and Health at Work and the start of the International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development.

We have two more payments to the regular budget which come from our friends in Benin and Egypt, and we thank them very much. The total number of fully paid Member States is now 93, with just 100 to go.

The guests at today’s Noon Briefing were: Veronika Remisova, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Investments, Regional Development and Informatization of the Slovak Republic; Martha Delgado, President of the UN Habitat Assembly; and Maimunah Mohd Sharif, UN-Habitat Executive Director They spoke to reporters about today’s General Assembly High-level meeting on the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda.

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