Summit of the Americas & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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09-Jun-2022 00:17:12
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General is in Los Angeles, where he will attend the Leaders’ Plenary and Leaders’ Dinner at the Summit of the Americas. He will be back here in New York tomorrow.

The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, started a visit to Kazakhstan, and she met with President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. The Deputy Secretary-General visited Uzbekistan yesterday where in the capital, Tashkent, she was received by the President.

The Secretary-General is appointing Rabab Fatima of Bangladesh as the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States. She succeeds Courtenay Rattray of Jamaica who is now the Chef de Cabinet for the Secretary-General.

In Myanmar, the acting Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Ramanathan Balakrishnan, said today that the UN team on the ground is deeply saddened by the death of Myo Min Htut, who had been working for the World Health Organization as a driver for nearly five years.

In South Sudan, the UN peacekeeping Mission facilitated a Women’s Leadership Forum that took place this week in Western Bahr El Ghazal. Elsewhere in the country, in Malakal, which is in Upper Nile State, the UN Mission provided training on child protection to 30 officers from the South Sudanese defence forces, as well as security forces.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization today released its latest Food Outlook report. It shows that the global food import bill is on course to hit a new record of $1.8 trillion this year, but higher prices and transportation costs rather than volumes account for the bulk of the expected increase.

The World Investment Report 2022 was released today by the UN Conference on Trade and Development. It shows that flows of foreign direct investment recovered to pre-pandemic levels in 2021, hitting $1.58 trillion – a 64 percent increase compared with 2020. But the report warns that the prospects for this year are grimmer.

Tomorrow at 11:00 a.m., there will be a hybrid briefing here by the Permanent Representative of South Africa to the UN, Ambassador Mathu Joyini, on preparations for the 6th Annual Peacekeeping Partnership Symposium scheduled for 21 -25 June, in Pretoria, in the Republic of South Africa.

Hanaa Singer-Hamdy, the Resident Coordinator for the UN system in Sri Lanka, briefed reporters about a new humanitarian plan launched today, which calls for nearly $50 million to help more than 1.7 million men, women and children impacted by the country’s worst economic crisis since independence.

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