Michelle Bachelet, Security Council, Myanmar & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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13-Jun-2022 02:22:56
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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In a statement released today, the Secretary-General said that he was deeply grateful to Michelle Bachelet for her relentless service to the United Nations as High Commissioner for Human Rights.

This morning, in the Security Council, the head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), El-Ghassim Wane, reiterated to Council members the Mission’s commitment to continue its efforts to support a consensual way out of the current crisis in Mali.

Noeleen Heyzer, the Special Envoy for Myanmar, today briefed the General Assembly by video conference. She said that the political crisis unleashed on 1 February 2021 has opened new frontlines that had long been at peace.

The UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, David Gressly, today announced the launch of a social media campaign to raise the necessary funds to start the emergency operation to transfer the oil from the FSO Safer to a safe temporary vessel.

From Ukraine, the UN and its humanitarian partners are extremely alarmed over reports of intense fighting in Sivierodonetsk and surrounding areas, which is severely impacting the men, women and children who remain in the areas.

In Syria, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that, yesterday, a UN inter-agency cross-line convoy crossed from Aleppo to Sarmada, in the country’s north-west.  Fourteen trucks carried food, medicines and other supplies for 43,000 people. 

From northern Ethiopia, the UN, along with its partners, are continuing to provide humanitarian aid across Tigray, Afar, and Amhara.

In Kenya, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that the devastating drought affecting the Horn of Africa has caused severe food insecurity and malnutrition in many parts of the country.

In Djibouti, the UN team, led by the Resident Coordinator Jose Barahona, continues to support authorities in responding to the ongoing food and water crisis in the country, with 13 per cent of the population in severe acute food insecurity, a number projected to increase to 16 per cent by December.

The UN Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) over the weekend expressed its concern at the Friday night clashes between armed groups in Tripoli - which endangered the lives of civilians - and the mobilization of armed groups and heavy weapons in areas surrounding Tripoli.

The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) today announced in a virtual ceremony the winners of its Population Award. The award to an individual this year will go to Emma Theofelus, a 25-year-old parliamentarian from Namibia, for her work advocating for women’s empowerment and adolescent sexual and reproductive health. She is the youngest ever recipient of this award.

In a note to correspondents issued over the weekend, the UN expressed its concern at the deteriorating security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s eastern region.

The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, is back in New York after visiting Kyrgyzstan on 10-11 June as part of her trip to Central Asia.

The Secretary-General is concerned about the reported strikes on Damascus International Airport on 10 June, which resulted in damage to runways and airport closure.

The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) said today that on Saturday, UNIFIL peacekeepers on a routine patrol in the vicinity of the village of Arab El Louaize in south Lebanon were stopped by a group of men in civilian clothes. The civilians threatened the UN peacekeepers and attempted to remove their weapons.

On the Central African Republic, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today said that hunger and malnutrition are on the rise, with nearly half of the country’s population – or 2.2 million people – living in food insecurity.

Today is International Albinism Awareness Day, and this year’s theme is "United in making our voice heard". The aim is to encourage and celebrate unity among groups of persons with albinism and amplify their voices and visibility in all areas of life.

The guest at tomorrow's noon briefing will be Afshan Khan, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia. She will provide an update on how children are being affected by the war in Ukraine.

And also tomorrow at 11:00 a.m., there will be a hybrid briefing here on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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