Secretary-General Travel, Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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04-May-2023 00:23:37
Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

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The Secretary-General opened the bi-annual meeting of the UN System Chief Executives Board in Nairobi. The meeting will conclude tomorrow afternoon, after which he will head to Burundi to take part in the 11th High-level meeting of the Regional Oversight Mechanism of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region. nbsp;nbsp;

The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Martin Griffiths, has wrapped up his visit to Port Sudan. He is en route to Nairobi to continue discussions on practical solutions to the massive humanitarian challenges Sudan faces.nbsp;

On Wednesday, the World Food Programme resumed its lifesaving operations. A first set of distributions is underway to reach 22,000 people in Gedaref state.nbsp;

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, our peacekeeping mission, MONUSCO, received reports yesterday about the presence of members of the CODECO armed group in Blukwa, near Djugu, in the province of Ituri. They immediately dispatched a patrol to protect civilians. nbsp;

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is extremely concerned for the plight of civilians after almost a week of nightly airstrikes and attacks which have killed and injured dozens of people. Critical infrastructure has also been destroyed, adding to the country's already dire humanitarian situation. nbsp;

The United Nations Secretariat and the Government of Honduras signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 15 December 2022 initiating work towards the possible establishment of an international, independent, impartial, and autonomous mechanism against corruption and impunity in Honduras, as requested by the Government.nbsp;

The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, concluded a visit to Aden yesterday, where he met with the President of the Presidential Leadership Council, Rashad Al Alimi. nbsp;

The UN and UN Development Programme (UNDP) are grateful to the United Kingdom and the Netherlands who today hosted a pledging event for the UN-led Safer project to avert a catastrophic oil spill in the Red Sea. nbsp;nbsp;

I wanted to add something to what I said yesterday concerning invitations to the Doha talks on Afghanistan. nbsp;

In sending out invitations, we needed to keep a regional balance, including donors and regional organization, while keeping the meeting to a manageable number. There was also the factor of recent political involvement, in terms of facilitation of political talks. nbsp;

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