Food Security, Climate, Mexico & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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18-May-2022 00:16:50
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This afternoon, the Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, will brief foreign ministers in a meeting on global food security, convened by the United States.

Earlier this morning in a video message to accompany the launch of the World Meteorological Organization’s latest report, the Secretary-General said that the global energy system is broken and bringing us ever closer to climate catastrophe.

In a statement, the Secretary-General expressed his deep sadness for the more than one hundred thousand men, women and children officially recognized as disappeared in Mexico.

Speaking to a Security Council session on the G5 Sahel Joint Force, the Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Martha Pobee, said that terrorism and insecurity continue to spread in the region, devastating the lives of millions.

The Deputy Humanitarian Chief, Joyce Msuya concluded a three-day mission to Syria today.

Stephanie Williams, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Libya, said that following recent reports out of Tripoli, she highlighted the fundamental need to preserve calm on the ground and to protect civilians.

The UN Mission in Abyei has convened a three-day peace conference that brings together 30 leaders from the Misseriya and Ngok Dinka communities.

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) took part in a high-level mission of solidarity and diplomacy to the cities of Bentiu, Leer and Mirmir in Unity State following clashes in nearby Adok Port and the surrounding areas.

In line with its mandate, MONUSCO is monitoring the recent political developments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, notably those related to the electoral process.

Turning to issues surrounding the Rwandan genocide. Last week, one of the last major fugitives indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Protais Mpiranya, was confirmed to have died. Today, another of the remaining fugitives, Phénéas Munyarugarama, is also confirmed to have died.

From Myanmar, the UN team there remains alarmed by the deteriorating humanitarian situation, with civilians continuing to suffer amid the fighting, particularly in the country’s northwest and southeast.

In Honduras, humanitarians say that between January and March 2022, the UN and its partners have reached more than 320,000 people with aid.

More than 1,000 migrants have died or disappeared since 2014 while trying to leave East Africa and the Horn of Africa, according to our colleagues in Geneva at the International Organization for Migration.

The Marshall Islands are the 101st country to pay their regular budget dues in full this year.

Shantanu Mukherjee, the Director of the Economic Analysis and Policy Division at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and Hamid Rashid, the Lead Author and Chief of the Global Economic Monitoring Branch at DESA, briefed reporters on the launch of the World Economic Situation and Prospects Report mid-2022.

Tomorrow, there will be a press briefing by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan.

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