Ukraine, Nigeria, Yemen & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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04-May-2022 00:27:17
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Today, the Secretary-General is appointing Robert Andrew Piper of Australia as his Special Adviser on Solutions to Internal Displacements.

The Secretary-General is spending his final day in Nigeria on this particular trip to West Africa.

Turning to Ukraine, hostilities have been reported in Donetska, Kharkivska and Luhanska oblasts in the east as the overall security situation continues to deteriorate. More fighting and shelling is also being reported in southern Ukraine, including in Khersonska oblast. As of today, for example, 472,000 people have been reached with cash assistance, with nearly $65 million disbursed.

A joint report released today by UN Women and the NGO CARE shows that after more than two months of war in Ukraine, women and minorities are facing immense hardship when it comes to health, safety, and access to food as a result of the crisis.

UNICEF said today that at least one in six UNICEF-supported schools in eastern Ukraine have been damaged or destroyed since the start of the war.

The head of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet today urged the immediate release of two of their staff members who have been detained since early November last year in Sana'a in Yemen.

On Myanmar, we issued a note to correspondents last night, which was a statement by the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, Noeleen Heyzer, on the Consultative Meeting of ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance to Myanmar.

From the Maldives where our UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Catherine Haswell, is helping authorities tackle the multiple impacts of COVID-19. Nearly 600,000 vaccines have landed in the country so far through COVAX. More than 380,000 people – that’s nearly 85 per cent of the eligible population over the age of 12 – are fully vaccinated.

Lastly, today was the launch of the UN-Energy Plan of Action Towards 2025. The Plan sets out steps for collective action by 30 UN entities and international organizations to achieve the massive pledge they made at the time of the High-level Dialogue on Energy last year.

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