Daily Press Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

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19-May-2022 00:15:24
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Speaking at the first International Migration Review Forum this morning, the Secretary-General reiterated his call on Member States to do more to prevent the loss of life of migrants, describing this as a humanitarian imperative, a moral and legal obligation.

A bit later he spoke at the Security Council during a meeting on conflict and food security. He noted that around the world, 49 million people in 43 countries are at emergency levels of hunger, IPC 4, as the technical term is – just one step away from famine. He warned that the war in Ukraine is now adding a frightening new dimension to this picture of global hunger.

From Geneva, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, spoke to reporters this morning, noting that there are 303 million people in need of humanitarian aid and protection in 69 countries across the world.

Mr. Hans Grundberg, the Special Envoy for Yemen, concluded in Amman today a two-day meeting with a diverse group of Yemeni public figures. The meeting comes as part of the consultations with Yemeni groups on the way forward, including their priorities for economic, political, and security tracks.

Turning to Lebanon, Major General Aroldo Lázaro, the Force Commander and head of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), chaired his first Tripartite meeting today in Ras Al Naqoura, in Lebanon, bringing together senior officers of the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Israel Defence Forces.

The UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Ramiz Alakbarov, has been helping the health sector in Afghanistan, vaccinating people and providing socio-economic support.

Re the latest violence in Tajikistan, the Secretary-General is concerned at the reports of increased tension and violence in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast of Tajikistan, including the reported loss of life. He calls for restraint and for all efforts to be made to resolve the current situation by peaceful means. The UN will continue to monitor the situation closely.

The Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Alice Wairimu Nderitu, said today that she is appalled by the killing of Deborah Samuel, reportedly over blasphemy allegations in Sokoto State, Nigeria, on 12 May.

Just to flag to you a couple of upcoming items. At 2 p.m. there will be a press briefing in this room this afternoon by H.E. Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Pakistan. Tomorrow, at some point between 9:00 a.m. and 12 noon, we expect the Deputy Secretary-General to come and brief you briefly on the recent cuts that we have seen from the Member States in Overseas Development Aid.

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