Ukraine, Security Council & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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22-Aug-2022 00:56:22
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General is now back in New York. On Saturday, he was in Istanbul where he visited the Joint Operations Centre of the Black Sea Grain Initiative.

On 3 August 2022, the Secretary-General announced his decision to launch a Fact-Finding Mission regarding the 29 July 2022 incident at Olenivka, Ukraine, following requests from the Governments of Ukraine and the Russian Federation.

This morning, the Secretary-General spoke at a Security Council meeting on Promoting Common Security Through Dialogue and Cooperation. He told Council Members that as the focus of the briefing makes clear, the path to peace is forged by dialogue and cooperation.

In a statement, the Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Catherine Russell, said that at least 972 children have been killed or injured by violence since the war in Ukraine escalated nearly six months ago – that's an average of over five children killed or injured each day.

The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Myanmar, Noeleen Heyzer, arrived in Bangladesh today for a four-day visit.

Over the weekend, the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, Imran Riza, along with the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, Muhannad Hadi and the Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa of the Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Adele Khodr, expressed their deepest concerns about the continuing escalation in the northern region of the country.

In a statement issues over the weekend, the Secretary-General strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the Hayat hotel in Mogadishu which took place on 19 August.

Today is the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief. And yesterday was International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism.

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