Ukraine, Sri Lanka, South Sudan & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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15-Jul-2022 00:20:49
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General today announced the appointment of Christian Saunders of the United Kingdom as Special Coordinator on improving the United Nations response to sexual exploitation and abuse. Also, the Secretary-General today announced the appointment of Major General Nirmal Kumar Thapa of Nepal as Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force, UNDOF.

Yesterday, the Secretary-General said that he is appalled by the missile attack against the city of Vinnytsia in central Ukraine. He condemns any attacks against civilians or civilian infrastructure and reiterates his call for accountability for such violations.

Following the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, our Resident Coordinator, Hanaa Singer-Hamdy, urged all stakeholders to ensure a peaceful transition of power in full respect for the Constitution of Sri Lanka.

In South Sudan, our mission there is deeply concerned about deadly cattle raids over the past few days, by armed youth in the area around Kapoeta North in Eastern Equatoria State, reportedly resulting in scores of people killed, injured, abducted, and the theft of livestock.

Turning to Afghanistan. The World Food Programme today said that it has supported two out of every five Afghans across the country, with millions receiving cash to purchase food for their families.

From Haiti, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that clashes between armed gangs broke out on July 7th, and continued this morning in Cité Soleil, in the capital of Port-au-Prince.

Roberto Valent, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for the UN Development Coordination Office was in Guyana this week.

In Botswana, our UN team led by Resident Coordinator Zia Choudhury is reporting that the country is set to become the first in Africa to achieve the AIDS targets set out by the UN General Assembly, the “95-95-95 targets,” eight years before the target of 2030.

In a joint statement this morning, the heads of the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Food Programme, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the World Trade Organization are calling for urgent action to address the global food security crisis.

The largest sustained decline in childhood vaccinations in approximately 30 years has been recorded in official data published today by the World Health Organization and UNICEF.

The High-level Segment of ECOSOC and ministerial segment of the High-level Political Forum will conclude this afternoon at 4:00 pm.

Today is World Youth Skills Day.

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