Climate, Haiti, Ukraine & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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16-Jun-2022 00:20:37
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Tomorrow the Secretary-General will be taking part in the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, convened by the US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry.

This afternoon, the Security Council will hold a session on the situation in Haiti. Helen La Lime, the head of our UN mission there, will brief Council members.

In Ukraine, intense and stepped-up fighting in the country’s east – especially in and around Sievierodonetsk, the city of Donetsk, and many other locations – continues to impact men, women and children and cause a large number of casualties.

Yesterday was Deborah Lyons' last day as the UN Special Representative in Afghanistan and head of the UN Mission in the country. The Officer in Charge of the Mission at the moment is Deputy Special Representative, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Ramiz Alakbarov, and there should be an announcement soon of Ms. Lyons' replacement.

The UN Refugee Agency today published their Global Trends report, in which they say that the speed and volume of displacement is still outpacing the availability of solutions for those displaced – like return, resettlement or local integration. UNHCR says the number of people forced to flee their homes has increased every year over the past decade and – at 100 million now - stands at the highest level since records began.

Under-Secretary-General, Jean-Pierre Lacroix is in Ulaanbataar, Mongolia, today where he is attending an international conference on “Strengthening the Role of Women in Peacekeeping” organized by the Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defense of Mongolia.

In Sudan, the World Food Programme says that a record 15 million people– that’s one-third of the country’s population – are currently facing acute food insecurity.

In Sri Lanka, WFP is today launching its emergency response in the country amid the escalating food crisis.

The Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon, Najat Rochdi, today launched the country’s revised Emergency Response Plan, which calls for $546 million to help one million people in areas where the needs are greatest.

In Mozambique, more than 17,000 people in the northern districts of Ancuabe and Chiure in Cabo Delgado were forced to flee their homes after attacks in the past week.

The International Telecommunication Union has mobilized $25 billion in pledges with the aim of helping to connect under-served communities around the world to digital networks and services.

A report released by the International Labour Organization shows that only six per cent of domestic workers worldwide have access to comprehensive social protection such as medical care, sickness, unemployment, old age, employment injury, family, maternity, invalidity and survivors’ benefits.

Today is the International Day of Family Remittances.

Today, the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Liu Zhenmin, the Permanent Representative of Portugal, Ana Paula Zacarias, and the Deputy Permanent Representative of Kenya to the UN, Ambassador Kinyungu, briefed reporters on the forthcoming UN Ocean Conference.

Tomorrow, the guest at the noon briefing will be the UN Special Adviser on Genocide, Alice Nderitu. She will brief reporters ahead of the International Day of Countering Hate Speech, which is on June 18th.

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