Syria, Afghanistan, Haiti & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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23-Mar-2023 00:29:59
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Good afternoon, everyone. nbsp;The Secretary-General is in Brussels, where, today, he attended a session with the members of the European Council, which included a working lunch. nbsp;Before the session, in a joint press encounter with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, the Secretary-General said that the visit to Brussels demonstrates the excellent cooperation between the European Union and the United Nations.nbsp;

The Secretary-General is announcing today the appointment of Jorge Moreira da Silva of Portugal as Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). 

This morning, Geir Pedersen, our Special Envoy to Syria, told members of the Security Council that the situation today is so unprecedented that it calls for leadership, bold ideas and a cooperative spirit.nbsp;

Speaking of which, we also have a quick update from our humanitarian colleagues on the response to the earthquakes in Syria. nbsp;On the health front, humanitarian workers have vaccinated some 1.7 million people against cholera during a 10-day vaccination campaign in north-west Syria.nbsp;

Our colleagues in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) say they have initiated steps to help the country address potential challenges from the onset of this year’s rainy season.

Further on the earthquakes that struck Afghanistan and the region on Tuesday, our humanitarian office has deployed teams to support relief efforts and assessments which are still ongoing.

In Haiti, a new analysis of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification — better known as the IPC — was published this morning. nbsp;This analysis shows a steady increase in the number of people facing food insecurity in the country.nbsp;

In Colombia, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that there has been a rise in the number of people affected by clashes, with 7.7 million people in need of assistance. nbsp;Afro-Colombian and Indigenous communities are facing increased protection risks.

Today is World Meteorological Day. nbsp;In his message for the day, the Secretary-General said that humanity faces a difficult truth, which is that climate change is making our planet uninhabitable.nbsp;

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