Pakistan, Somalia, Ukraine & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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07-Sep-2022 00:19:49
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

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The Secretary-General will be leaving for Pakistan tonight for a solidarity visit with the millions of men, women and children impacted by historic floods in the country. He will be back in New York on Sunday, 11 September.

The Security Council held an open meeting on Somalia this morning and was briefed by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, James Swan.

In his briefing to the Security Council yesterday afternoon, the Secretary-General warned that any damage, whether intentional or not, to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia could spell catastrophe, not only for the immediate vicinity, but for the region and beyond.  

Today in Egypt, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, spoke at the International Cooperation Forum and Meeting of African Ministers of Finance, Economy and Environment in preparation for COP27. The Deputy Secretary-General is scheduled to return to New York tomorrow.

In a statement, the Secretary-General strongly condemned the improvised explosive device (IED) attack that took place on 5 September between the towns of Djibo and Bourzanga, in the north of Burkina Faso.

Today is the International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies. This year’s theme is “The Air We Share” and focuses on the transboundary nature of air pollution, stressing the need for collective accountability and action.

Seychelles has now paid its regular budget dues and that takes us to 123 fully paid-up nations.

The guests at the Noon Briefing were Assistant Secretary-General and UN Women Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia, Assistant Secretary-General for the Department of Economic and Social Affairs Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, and Senior Programme Manager for Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) Katie Tobin. They spoke to reporters about the “Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: The Gender Snapshot.”

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