Trip Announcement, Secretary-General, Black Sea Grain Initiative other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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03-Nov-2022 00:53:35
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General will be heading to the 27th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties, otherwise known as COP27, which, as you all know, is being held in Sharm el-Sheikh, in Egypt.

This morning, the Secretary-General flagged the fact that the Black Sea Grain Initiative had hit a new milestone, and that is ten million metric tonnes of grain and other foodstuffs having been shipped through the Black Sea corridor.

Also on the Black Sea Grain Initiative, the Joint Coordination Centre in Istanbul says that today seven vessels carrying 290,102 metric tonnes of grain and other food products are transiting the maritime humanitarian corridor under the agreement of the Black Sea Grain Initiative.

This morning, the Secretary-General spoke at the Security Council open debate on Integrating effective resilience-building in peace operations for sustainable peace.

Today, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released its Adaptation Gap Report, which finds that global efforts in adaptation planning, financing and implementation are not keeping pace with the growing risks.

Our colleagues are in contact with the Government of Ethiopia and others to resume, as soon as possible, the movement of aid convoys and personnel to Mekelle and Shire.

The UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is telling us that the situation in North Kivu remains relatively calm today.

In Mali, the peacekeeping mission there has worked to increase the capacity of hospital rooms at the Bamako central prison from 19 to 30 beds.

Turning to Somalia. The Humanitarian Coordinator there, Adam Abdelmoula, just allocated $17 million from the Somalia Humanitarian Fund to provide immediate aid to communities in areas at the highest risk of famine.

The Central Sahel region is currently facing severe flooding. In Niger, heavy rains are continuing to claim lives and wreak havoc on homes and infrastructure.

In Nigeria, the Humanitarian Coordinator there, Matthias Schmale, called on the international community to support the country as it faces unprecedented floods which have impacted more than 3 million people.

The World Food Programme today warned that hunger and malnutrition are on the rise in South Sudan, with some communities likely to face starvation if humanitarian assistance is not sustained and climate adaptation measures are not scaled-up.

Yesterday, Zambia celebrated getting 70 per cent full COVID-19 vaccination coverage – huge progress from less than 3 per cent just a year ago.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, warned that armed violence has precipitated Haiti’s descent into the worst human rights and humanitarian situation in decades.

The 2022 UN International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East started today and will continue tomorrow in Geneva.

Former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be at the Dag Hammarskjöld Library, at 3:15 p.m. on Friday for the unveiling of his collection of archives and papers.

The guest at the noon briefing will be Upali Galketi Aratchilage, Senior Economist for the Food and Agriculture Organization. He will brief reporters virtually on the October FAO Food Price Index.

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