Mali, UNMISS, Ukraine other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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05-Jul-2022 00:23:57
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development began this morning under the theme of “Building back better from the coronavirus disease while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

In Mali an armoured vehicle from a UN logistics convoy hit a mine on the Tessalit-Gao axis. Two peacekeepers died from their wounds, and five others were seriously wounded as a result of this attack.

The Secretary-General is appointing Lieutenant General Mohan Subramanian of India as his new Force Commander of the UN Mission in South Sudan, otherwise known as UNMISS.

Also, today, the Secretary-General is appointing Ms. Vivian van de Perre of the Netherlands as Deputy Head of Mission of the UN Mission to support the Hudaydah Agreement and Deputy Chair of the Redeployment Coordination Committee.

The Secretary-General is back in New York, after having visited Suriname over the weekend, where he spoke at the summit of the Caribbean Community, known as CARICOM.

Also today the Secretary-General spoke by pre-recorded video message today to the Ukraine Recovery Conference taking place in Lugano, in Switzerland. He said that the United Nations is currently reaching almost nine million people with essential and life-saving assistance and aims to reach millions more in the coming months.

Still in Ukraine, our colleagues from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs were on the ground in Serhiivka yesterday, where they saw the aftermath of the terrible attack that hit a residential area last week.
More than 130 people have been displaced, according to local authorities and our partners.

Today in Rabat, the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara, Staffan de Mistura, had a useful meeting with Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita of Morocco, in the context of the political process on Western Sahara. The Personnel Envoy looks forward to further trips in the region aimed at advancing the process.  

From South Sudan, our humanitarian colleagues are telling us that funding shortages have led to aid operations being suspended, reduced, or potentially terminated. Our colleagues say that $400 million is urgently needed to provide a minimum service to address people’s immediate needs.

In Bangladesh, our team under the leadership of the Resident Coordinator Gwyn Lewis, is boosting humanitarian support for the government after weeks of heavy flooding in the north and north-eastern parts of the country, which has impacted over 7.2 million people.

Over the weekend, the Secretary-General expressed his concern at the demonstrations that were held in several cities in Libya, including Tripoli, Tobruk and Benghazi.

Today, the UN Refugee agency, the UN Migration agency and UNICEF urged European States to end the continued practice of detaining asylum-seeking, refugee and migrant children across the continent.

Lastly, a note that the UN sexual and reproductive health agency, UNFPA, today released research that says nearly a third of all women in developing countries become mothers during adolescence.

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