Secretary-General's Travels, Ukraine, Refugees/Winter & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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11-Nov-2022 00:18:43
Noon briefing by Stephanie Tremblay, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General spoke at the ASEAN-UN Summit which is taking place in Phnom Penh, in Cambodia.

In Ukraine, our humanitarian colleagues continue to expand their operations and pre-position supplies to deliver to areas which are experiencing active hostilities as well as to places that have recently shifted control.

The UN Refugee Agency said today that millions of people from Ukraine, Afghanistan and across the Middle East who have been displaced by conflict or persecution could face a perilous winter.

In response to some of your questions yesterday on Afghanistan, I can tell you that the UN Mission there, UNAMA, is in regular engagement with the de facto authorities, advocating to remove continuing restrictions and to enable the full enjoyment of their rights by Afghan women and girls.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, our Humanitarian Coordinator, Bruno Lemarquis, has warned about the humanitarian consequences of renewed violence in the east of the country in Rutshuru Territory in North Kivu province.

In Mozambique – and in particular the Cabo Delgado province - the World Food Programme there is warning that they will be forced to suspend their assistance to one million people - at the peak of the hunger season in February - unless additional funding is urgently received.

The Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, Elizabeth Spehar, is on an official visit this week to Japan and the Republic of Korea.

In response to a question I received about the Global Townhall 2022 online event called ‘Sustaining Peace and Development in a Divided World’. I can tell you that the UN had no role in determining participation in the event.

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