Secretary-General Travel, Sudan, Abyei & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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09-May-2023 00:35:19
Daily Press Briefing by the Deputy Spokesperson of the Secretary-General Farhan Haq.

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Good afternoon, everyone. nbsp;This morning, the Secretary-General received the Carlos V European Award at a ceremony at the Monastery of Yuste, presided over by the King of Spain, Felipe VI. nbsp;In his remarks, the Secretary-General said that he was receiving the award also on behalf of the entire UN, and for that reason he felt even prouder.

Turning to Sudan: nbsp;The number of people internally displaced by the fighting has more than doubled in the past week. nbsp;The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says more than 700,000 people are now internally displaced by the violence — that’s compared to 340,000 people as of last Tuesday.

This morning, the Security Council held a briefing on the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei, otherwise known as UNISFA. nbsp;Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Martha Pobee, warned that the outbreak of violence in Sudan may deeply impact the chance for political progress on Abyei and border issues.

Tor Wennesland, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said today that he was deeply alarmed by developments in Gaza after Israel launched a military operation this morning targeting members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement. nbsp;The Israeli air strikes inside Gaza resulted in the killing of 13 Palestinians and more than 20 injured.

Last night, our colleagues at the office for the Black Sea Grain Initiative reported that the Joint Coordination Centre (JCC) had conducted no inspections on Sunday and Monday. nbsp;The JCC has confirmed that inspections have resumed today on outbound vessels.

Since 1 May, the JCC inspection rate has dropped significantly to an average of 2.9 completed inspections daily.

Virginia Gamba, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, will be in Ukraine from tomorrow until 13 May to engage with the Government to discuss the impact of the conflict on children, including how to enhance the protection of boys and girls in Ukraine and prevent grave violations.

According to our colleagues in Haiti, in the month of April, more than 600 people have been killed in a new wave of violence that has hit several districts across the capital, Port-au-Prince.

This follows the killing of at least 846 people in the first three months of this year, in addition to close to 400 people injured and 395 kidnapped during that period. nbsp;These numbers represent a 28 per cent increase in violence compared to the previous quarter.

In Nigeria, we and our partners are appealing for $396 million to stave off hunger and acute malnutrition among children in the north-east of the country, and to help people get through the upcoming lean season.

Turning to Syria, a new UN report has estimated that $15 billion will be needed for the country to recover, three months after the damaging earthquake. nbsp;The Syria Earthquake Recovery Needs Assessment (SERNA), stemming from a collaborative effort among 11 UN agencies, funds and programmes, also puts the total damages and losses at almost $9 billion.

And at around 1 p.m., the President of the General Assembly, Csaba Kőrösi, along with five of the six General Assembly co-facilitators on health [Ambassadors of Guyana, Morocco, Poland, Thailand amp; Uzbekistan] will brief reporters on the ongoing multi-stakeholder briefings and preparations for the UN General Assembly high-level week.

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