Paris Peace Forum, World Health Assembly, Indonesia & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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23-May-2022 00:43:42
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Tomorrow, at 9:00 a.m., the Secretary-General will deliver a commencement address to the Class of 2022 at Seton Hall University across the river in New Jersey. He is expected to highlight issues such as conflict, poverty, exclusion, inequality, hunger and human rights.

The Secretary-General will participate in a conversation with Trisha Shetty, the President of the Paris Peace Forum Steering Committee on the theme of Preserving global cooperation in times of war.

This weekend, the Secretary-General spoke by video message at the opening session of the World Health Assembly via pre-recorded video message. He said this year’s World Health Assembly arrives at a time when global health continues to be challenged like never before.

The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, is in Indonesia, in Jakarta today where she met with communities disproportionately impacted by disaster, as well as those working to mitigate risk.

This morning, Rosemary DiCarlo, the Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, spoke to Security Council members on the topic of “Technology and Conflict.” She said digital technologies have created fresh possibilities for our peace and security work, improving our ability to detect crises, to better pre-position our humanitarian stocks, and to design data-driven peacebuilding programming.

Our colleagues on the ground in Ukraine remain concerned about the impact on civilians by the reported fierce fighting in eastern Luhanska, Donetska and Kharkivska oblasts, which is killing and injuring people, and damaging or destroying homes, residential buildings, and civilian infrastructure.

The Head of our Peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bintou Keita, has condemned yesterday’s targeted attacks in the province of North Kivu committed by the armed group M23 against members of the Congolese armed forces and UN peacekeepers.

The Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, met yesterday with a diverse group of Yemeni women peace activists, experts, civil society and private sector actors and other leaders as part of his efforts to consult on the Framework for the multi-track peace process.

Our Syrian Envoy, Geir Pedersen, was in Damascus yesterday, where he met with Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad. They discussed a range of issues related to the implementation of Security Council resolution 2254, including the serious socio-economic and humanitarian challenges affecting the Syrian people.

Our UN team in Nepal led by acting Resident Coordinator Richard Howard continue boosting efforts to tackle the impacts of the pandemic. To date, 64 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. Of the more than 53,000 doses of vaccines received in country, some 32,000 doses were received through the COVAX Facility.

The International Labour Organization today released a report showing that multiple global crises are causing a marked deterioration in the global labour market recovery, with increasing inequalities within and between countries.

There are now 100 million people forcibly displaced around the world, according to the UN refugee agency.

Today is the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, which is one of the most serious and tragic childbirth injuries. The UN Population Fund notes that the injury has all but disappeared in rich countries but persists in poorer countries with inadequate maternal health care.

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