Yemen, Afghanistan, Ukraine & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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30-Sep-2022 00:34:39
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Over the past six months, the Government of Yemen and the Houthis have taken important and bold steps towards peace by agreeing to, and twice renewing, a nationwide truce negotiated by the United Nations.

The Secretary-General strongly condemns today’s heinous attack on an educational centre in the Dasht-e-Barchi area of Kabul City - a predominately Hazara Shia area - which caused scores of casualties, mostly women.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that an attack left scores of civilians killed and injured in the outskirts of Zaporizhzhia, in the south of Ukraine.

This afternoon, at 3:00 p.m., there will be a Security Council meeting on Ukraine. Navid Hanif, the Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, will brief Council members.

The World Food Programme say that the motor vessel Ikaria Angel, which departed Ukraine carrying 30,000 metric tons of wheat on 17 September, is expected to arrive in Djibouti today. The cargo will be used for WFP’s operations in Ethiopia and 5,000 tons of it will be used in Djibouti itself.

Bintou Keita, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, briefed the Security Council.

The Humanitarian Coordinator in the DRC, Bruno Lemarquis, called today for urgent action to stop the escalating violence in the provinces of Mai-Ndombe and Kwilu, in the West of the country.

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned over reports of indiscriminate shelling and civilian casualties in the ongoing conflict in northern Ethiopia. He underlines that a sustainable peace cannot be found through military action.

The Secretary-General is following with concern the situation in Burkina Faso, where there have been reports of gunfire and a strong military deployment in the capital Ouagadougou today.

We are pleased to report that additional contributions of $2 million for the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism have recently come in.

In Mali, the UN peacekeeping mission continues to support Malian authorities to bolster the capacity of its security forces to respond to threats, particularly in the Centre and North regions.

Today, the Secretary-General has appointed eight new members of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) Advisory Group. The Advisory Group now has 20 members from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Gulf, the Latin America and Caribbean region, North America and Oceania.

Today is the International Translation Day, which is meant as an opportunity to pay tribute to the work of language professionals. And Sunday is the International Day of Non-Violence.

The International Telecommunication Union has elected Doreen Bogdan-Martin of the United States as its new Secretary-General.

China has paid its membership dues in full.

I just want to say goodbye to two people today, your colleague Amanda Price of Al Jazeera, and Brian Walshe from UNTV.

On Monday, there will be a hybrid briefing by the President of the Security Council for the month of October, Ambassador Michel Xavier Biang of Gabon. He will brief on the Council’s programme of work.

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