Burundi, Spain, Afghanistan & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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05-May-2023 00:21:58
Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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A few hours ago, the Secretary-General arrived in Bujumbura, 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;

On Saturday, after leaving Burundi, the Secretary-General will head to Spain, where he will receive the Carlos V European Award, granted by the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation.

In a statement issued today from Kabul, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reiterates its commitment to stay and deliver on behalf of the men, women and children of Afghanistan and appeals to our donors to keep funding the assistance people need. To achieve this efficiently and effectively, the UN needs all its personnel, women and men, to work in communities and UN offices unimpeded.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is saying that the situation in Sudan is increasingly dire. nbsp;

Today, the Joint Coordination Centre (JCC) has not reached agreement to authorize new vessels to participate in the Black Sea Initiative. The JCC continues its daily inspection work on the previously authorized vessels.nbsp;

And in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN Refugee Agency is concerned about the devastating consequences of recurring attacks by armed groups on displaced people. They say that with 6.2 million internally displaced people (IDPs), and more than 1.3 million Congolese who have sought refuge in other African countries, the situation in the DRC is one of the continent’s most complex and long-standing humanitarian crises.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is warning about widespread hunger and child malnutrition in the north-east of Nigeria as the lean season is set to begin next month.nbsp;

Today, the World Health Organization Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus, has determined that COVID-19 is now an established and ongoing health issue which no longer constitutes a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC).nbsp;

Today is Vesak Day, the Day of the Full Moon in the month of May, and it is the most sacred day to millions of Buddhists around the world.nbsp;

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