Mali, Yemen, Central African Republic, Ukraine - Daily Press Briefing

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01-Jun-2022 00:30:30
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Today in Stockholm, the Secretary-General met with Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and thanked Sweden for its steadfast support of the UN and multilateralism throughout the years.  

A number of events are underway in Sweden ahead of Thursday’s official opening of the “Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity” international meeting, which continues through Friday.

In Mali, this morning, a UN Peacekeeping logistics convoy was attacked near the town of Kidal, in the northern part of the country.

The Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), Bintou Keita has been in Goma for the last 10 days leading efforts, alongside the Congolese army, to respond to attacks by the M23 in the Rutshuru and Nyiragongo areas.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today said that between January and May of this year, aid workers in the Central African Republic have been impacted by 69 security incidents. One humanitarian worker has been killed while 16 others have been injured.

The UN welcomes the first commercial flight from Sana’a airport to Cairo earlier today.

Today, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned that nearly 100 days of war in Ukraine have wrought devastating consequences for children at a scale and speed not seen since the World War II. According to UNICEF, three million children inside Ukraine and more than 2.2 million children in refugee-hosting countries are now in need of humanitarian assistance.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Myanmar today said that the number of internally displaced men, women and children in that country has now exceeded one million.

The UN team in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic is supporting the country in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Led by Resident Coordinator Sara Sekkenes, the UN team is working with the Government to boost development financing, trade, decent work and green growth, among other areas.

Two new UN reports launched today found that, during the COVID-19 pandemic, renewable energy was the only energy source to grow, despite disruptions to economies and supply chains.

The security chief at Headquarters just confirmed that we are going back to the previous status quo in terms of after-hours access to the Headquarters building for resident correspondents. Resident correspondents just need to present themselves and swipe their cards at the 43rd street entrance. No prior notification is needed.

The Department of Operational Support is pleased to announce that the UN Gift Centre has reopened today.

Today is Global Day of Parents.

Libya has now paid its regular budget dues. That brings us to 104 Member States who have paid their Regular Budget dues in full.

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