Lebanon, Mali, Ukraine & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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20-Dec-2022 00:20:05
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), members of the Lebanese Armed Forces, and the Ambassador of Ireland, Ms. Nula O’Brien, paid their final respects to Private Sean Rooney during a ceremony at Rafik Hariri International Airport, before his body was returned home to his family.

In Mali, the UN is also grieving the loss of two UN Police officers. They both are from Nigeria, Sergeant Nasiru Bawa and Sergeant Saratu Haruna.

The Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine, Denise Brown, today announced the release of an additional $20 million from the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund to support more than 300 civil society and community-based organizations or volunteer groups which have been supporting millions of people impacted by the war.

This morning, Roza Otunbayeva, the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), briefed the Security Council on the situation in that country. She noted that the Taliban remain essentially in control of Afghanistan, but they are unable to satisfactorily address terrorist groups operating in the country.

Earlier today, the Security Council members passed two resolutions relating to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, is currently in the Central African Republic to take stock of the implementation of the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in the country.

The Elsie Initiative Fund for Women in Peace Operations announced today that the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Mali will receive a nearly $1.5 million grant.

In South Sudan, the Humanitarian Response Plan for 2023 was launched today with $1.7 billion to help 6.8 million of the most vulnerable men, women and children who are impacted by conflict, climatic shocks and protracted displacement across the country.

Th Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) today said that the extended and unprecedented drought conditions in Somalia have left pastoral, agropastoral and farming communities unable to cope.

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has confirmed that a cholera vaccination campaign is underway in Haiti as the country continues to face an increase in the number of cases of the disease.

Today is International Human Solidarity Day.

Romania has now paid its regular budget dues.

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