Ukraine, Ethiopia, Iraq/COVID-19 & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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05-May-2022 00:21:36
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This afternoon at 3:00 p.m., the Secretary-General, as well as the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, will brief Security Council members on Ukraine.

From Ethiopia, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today said that a convoy of 27 trucks carrying nearly 1,000 metric tons of food and other essential items reached Mekelle in the Tigray region last weekend – that’s the 29th and 30th of April.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) today said that its engineers from six troop-contributing countries are building and improving roads across the country. So far, the engineers – from Bangladesh, China, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, India and Pakistan – and their partners have repaired 3,200 kilometers worth of roads.

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) today said that they set up a position and the mission has stepped up its patrols in Nzaco, where is near Bangassou in Mbomou Prefecture, to increase security in the area.

Also on the Central African Republic, where more than 60 per cent of the people there already need humanitarian assistance, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today warned that the crisis there is likely to worsen in the coming months because the crisis in Ukraine is disrupting supply chains, and prices on fuel, medicine and food are rising.

In Iraq, the UN team continues supporting authorities to respond to and recover from the pandemic. Nearly 8.6 million vaccines have landed in the country through COVAX alone, with the UN team, especially the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), supporting authorities’ vaccine distribution efforts. Over seven million people are fully vaccinated. 

Activist Cécile Ndjebet, of Cameroon, today won this year’s Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to preserving forests and improving the lives of people who depend on them. The Award was presented by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, which is chaired by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

In a statement issued yesterday afternoon, the Secretary-General strongly condemned the deadly Al-Shabaab attack earlier this week on an African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) base staffed by Burundian peacekeepers in Middle Shabelle, Somalia.

Today is World Portuguese language day. The Portuguese language is not only one of the most widespread languages in the world, with more than 265 million speakers spread through all continents, but it is also the most widely spoken language in the southern hemisphere.

Tunisia has now paid its regular budget dues. This takes us to 97 fully paid-up Member States.

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