Senior personnel appointments, Secretary-General/Ukraine & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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25-Jul-2022 00:16:37
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Today, the Secretary-General is announcing Li Junhua of China as the next Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. And then, following consultations with UNESCO’s Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, and with her concurrence, the Secretary-General is appointing Professor Tshilidzi Marwala of South Africa as Rector of the United Nations University (UNU) in Tokyo.

In a statement issued over the weekend, the Secretary-General unequivocally condemned reported strikes in the Ukrainian port of Odesa.

On the Black Sea Initiative, the Deputy Spokesman said that since the signing of the agreement, parties to the initiative, and the UN, have been in frequent contact, including yesterday. All parties have reconfirmed their commitment to the Initiative.

This morning, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, demonstrators targeted bases belonging to the UN peacekeeping mission, MONUSCO. In Goma, they forcibly entered and looted UN facilities, while also throwing stones, setting tires on fire, and creating roadblocks. Another protest at the Mission’s base in Kitchanga, 28 kilometers north-east of Masisi, was reported to have been peaceful.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, today condemned in the strongest terms the execution of four democracy activists by Myanmar’s military -- despite repeated calls by the United Nations and the wider international community to not carry out death sentences.

Hans Grundberg, the Special Envoy for Yemen, yesterday condemned the attack that hit the Zaid Al Moshki residential neighbourhood in Taiz, injuring 11 boys and girls, mostly under the age of 10. One boy died of his injuries.

In Haiti, UN humanitarians have started delivering humanitarian assistance to help vulnerable people impacted by violence in the commune of Cité Soleil as well as in other neighbourhoods of the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area.
In the past few days, the UN has distributed enough food to feed 7,000 people for a week. We have also distributed drinking water, as well as kits of basic relief items – including hygiene and baby supplies, plastic sheeting and repair items for damaged houses.

In Afghanistan, humanitarians say that flash flooding caused by heavy rain yesterday has resulted in civilian casualties and severe infrastructure damage in Nangarhar, Kunar, Laghman, and Nuristan provinces across the eastern region. According to initial reports, the floods impacted more than 6,000 people, damaging their houses and destroying thousands of hectares of agricultural land.

The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the International Organization for Migration, the United Nations University and Georgetown University today launched new guidelines to provide a global policy framework that will help protect, include, and empower children on the move in the context of climate change.

Today is World Drowning Prevention Day.

Alison Davidian, the Country Representative ad interim for UN Women in Afghanistan, briefed reporters on the situation of women and girls in the country.

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