Colombia, Secretary General, Ukraine & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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14-Jul-2022 00:16:56
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning, the Special Representative for the Secretary-General in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, briefed Security Council members on the latest developments in the country. Also briefing the Council was Father Francisco de Roux, President of Colombia’s Truth Commission, who met with the Secretary-General yesterday. Mr. Ruiz Massieu and Father de Roux were the guests today at the noon briefing.

The Secretary-General is currently on annual leave, but he spoke to you yesterday following the news out of the talks in Istanbul, in which he said that we have seen a critical step forward to ensuring the safe and secure export of Ukrainian food products through the Black Sea.

In Ukraine, an attack on the city of Vinnytsia has killed nearly 20 civilians and injured more than 50 others, according to authorities and health workers.

In a tweet, the Secretary-General said that he continues to follow the situation in Sri Lanka very closely. He said that it is important that the root causes of the conflict and protestors’ grievances are addressed.

In Panama, the UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Cristian Munduate, issued a statement on the strikes and protests currently taking place in the country, urging the Government and different actors to find consensus to restore calm and order.

The UN Conference on Trade and Development – better known as UNCTAD – has published its report on Economic Development in Africa today. The report calls on African countries to diversify their exports to survive economic shocks from global crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine.

A joint report by the International Labour Organization and the World Health Organization shows that women in the health and care sector face a larger gender pay gap than in other economic sectors, earning on average 24 percent less than peers who are men.

The High-level Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and ministerial segment of the High-level Political Forum today began with a session focusing on messages from the regions. The Ministerial Chairs of the Regional Forums presented the findings and recommendations from the Regional Forums on Sustainable Development. This afternoon there will be a Ministerial Roundtable discussion on accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Ziimbabwe is the 112th Member States to have paid its Regular Budget dues in full.

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