Burkina Faso, Middle East & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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28-Sep-2022 00:28:32
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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In the statement issued today, the Secretary-General said he deplores the attack on a commercial convoy, escorted by the national armed forces and transporting essential commodities, to the town of Djibo, in Burkina Faso.

Further on Burkina Faso, the country continues to face a humanitarian crisis, with nearly one fifth of the population urgently in need of aid.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today said that it is concerned about the dire situation in the north-west of the country, where civilians continue to face hostilities which are resulting in injuries and casualties.

In a statement issued last night, the Secretary-General said that he has been closely following the ongoing protests in Iran.

Tor Wennesland, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, briefed the Security Council this morning, telling Council members that he remains deeply troubled by continued Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

Yesterday, the Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, travelled to Muscat where he met with the Omani Minister of Foreign Affairs, Badr Albusaidi, and other senior Omani officials.

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) today expressed its concern about ongoing fighting between rival factions which has displaced thousands of people within Upper Nile State. More than 14,000 men, women and children have sought refuge at the Malakal Protection of Civilians site.

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) continues to support security forces and local authorities. The Mission organized ‘training of trainers’ for 50 gendarmes and police officers in the capital city, Bangui, as part of an ongoing recruitment drive.

The Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Alice Wairimu Nderitu, welcomed the opening of the trial against Félicien Kabuga before the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in The Hague. 

During the Secretary-General’s meeting on Monday with His Excellency Ramtane Lamamra, the Foreign Minister of Algeria, the Secretary-General received an invitation to attend the Summit of the League of Arab States which will take place in Algiers in early November.

Regarding questions yesterday whether the Office of Outer Space Affairs was informed about NASA’s DART mission that deflected an asteroid, the answer is: Yes, they did. The DART mission was registered with the United Nations on 3 January 2022.

Regarding questions on the U.S. funding on Afghanistan, the answer is: the UN believes that Afghanistan assets that were frozen last year by a number of states belong to the Afghan people and every effort should be made to find ways in which these funds can be used for their benefit.

Today is the International Day for Universal Access to Information. This year’s theme is ‘Artificial intelligence, e-Governance and access to information’.

The guests at the Noon Briefing were from the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA): Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, the Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Vincenzo Aquaro, the Chief of the Digital Government Branch in the Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government at DESA. They briefed reporters on the 2022 edition of the UN E-Government Survey - The Future of Digital Government.

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