Republic of Korea, Ukraine, Kenya & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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11-Aug-2022 00:19:19
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General has arrived in the Republic of Korea. Tomorrow he will meet President Yoon Suk Yeol, as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

In a statement this morning, the Secretary-General said that he is gravely concerned about the unfolding situation in and around the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in southern Ukraine.

This afternoon, at 3:00 p.m., the Security Council will hold a meeting on the situation in the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant. Rafael Mariano Grossi, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, will brief the Council members.

In a statement issued yesterday, the Secretary-General congratulated the people of Kenya for the peaceful voting during the General Elections on 9 August 2022.

The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, had earlier been in Nigeria on leave, but she will now undertake informal consultations with leaders in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region to discuss the crisis in the Sahel, as well as how to strengthen the collaboration between the UN and the governments of the region to better address security and development challenges. She is scheduled to travel with Special Representative Mahamat Saleh Annadif to Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Mali and Togo, where she will meet Heads of State and Government, and will be back in New York on 22 August.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today said that between January and June 2022, almost 23 million people received at least one form of humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan.

Our humanitarian colleagues in the Democratic Republic of the Congo tell us that they are very concerned about the continuing deterioration of the security situation impacting civilians in the eastern province of Ituri.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), along with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), today said that more than 755,000 people have been internally displaced in Somalia because of the severe drought this year.

In Senegal, the UN team led by Resident Coordinator Siaka Coulibaly, is boosting support to authorities there to tackle the effects of the surge in fuel prices and food prices at the local level - due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and the impacts of climate change.

The Secretary-General has appointed Rear Admiral Guillermo Pablo Ríos of Argentina as Head of Mission and Chief Military Observer for the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan, otherwise known as UNMOGIP.

The Force Commander of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Major General Aroldo Lázaro, today chaired a tripartite meeting with senior officers from the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Israel Defense Forces at the UN position in Ras Al Naqoura.

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