Development, Climate, Libya & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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17-May-2022 00:23:23
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning, the Secretary-General spoke at the Economic and Social Council’s Segment on Operational Activities for Development. He said that, in a world in crisis, rescuing the Sustainable Development Goals is more important than ever.

Tomorrow, the Secretary-General will have a climate announcement, setting out five urgent and concrete actions to jumpstart the renewable energy transition. This will accompany the launch of the World Meteorological Organization’s State of the Global Climate 2021 report.

In a statement, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) expressed its serious concern about armed clashes on Sunday that involved indiscriminate fire and the alleged use of heavy weapons, in the Janzour area, a densely populated neighbourhood in Tripoli.

Turning to Ukraine, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that hostilities are continuing to severely impact eastern and southern parts of Ukraine over the past day, resulting in civilian casualties and further aggravating the already dire humanitarian crisis. Eastern Luhanska oblast remains the epicentre of the ongoing clashes.

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today warned that a combination of global shocks to food security worldwide – led by the war in Ukraine, economies struggling with pandemic recovery, and persistent drought conditions in some countries due to climate change – is creating conditions for a significant increase in global levels of severe malnutrition.

Yesterday, a UN cross-line convoy crossed from Aleppo to north-west Syria. The convoy, as part of the extended inter-agency cross-line plan, carried food for 43,500 people in need in north-west Syria. It consisted of 14 trucks transporting 13,200 World Food Programme food parcels and wheat flour bags.

Our humanitarian colleagues on the ground expressed their concern about the persistent insecurity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s East, notably the attacks on sites for displaced people, which constitute serious violations of international humanitarian law.

In a statement issued today, the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Joanna Wronecka, congratulated Lebanon on the conduct of parliamentary elections on Sunday. She said that the elections are not an end but rather a starting point.

Today is World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. This year's theme raises awareness of the important role of telecommunications and Information and Communication Technologies in supporting people to stay healthy, connected and independent.

Today is also the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. In a message, the Secretary-General said around the world, millions of LGBTIQ+ people are continuing to face injustice, simply for who they are, or whom they love.

Tomorrow, we will have, as briefing guests, Shantanu Mukherjee, the Director of the Economic Analysis and Policy Division and Hamid Rashid, the Lead Author and Chief of the Global Economic Monitoring Branch, both from the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). They will be here to discuss the launch of the World Economic Situation and Prospects Report, as of mid-2022.

We thank the Republic of the Congo for paying its regular budget dues.

The guest at the Noon Briefing was Hans Grundberg, the Special Envoy for Yemen, who had briefed the Security Council earlier in the day

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