Jamaica, Ukraine, Sudan & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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15-May-2023 00:30:51
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General is in Kingston, Jamaica, where today he had a meeting with the Prime Minister, Andrew Holness. They discuss several important issues, including the efforts to reform the global financial architecture, climate and Haiti. Immediately after their meeting, the Prime Minister and the Secretary-General will hold a joint press conference.

This morning, the Security Council held a meeting on Ukraine. Briefing Council members by videoconference, the Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, noted that the humanitarian operating environment in Ukraine remains complex and dangerous.nbsp;

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has received reports of deadly attacks across the country over the weekend. In addition to civilian casualties, there was damage to schools, hospitals and other critical facilities on both sides of the front line in eastern and southern Ukraine. nbsp;

Rosemary DiCarlo, the Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, spoke at this morning’s High-Level Special Meeting on the 75th Commemoration of the Nakba.

In Sudan, the World Food Programme (WFP) is ramping up food assistance to people fleeing the violence, including to those newly displaced from fighting in the capital. WFP has also started its first-ever distributions in the state of Al-Jazirah. nbsp;

In Somalia, floods caused by the annual rains have left a trail of destruction across the country. Homes and farmland have been inundated, livestock have been washed away and school and health facilities have temporarily shut down.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today said that cyclone Mocha made landfall in Rakhine State in Myanmar yesterday. The cyclone has brought heavy rains, floodingand strong winds across coastal and low-lying areas in Myanmar and Bangladesh.nbsp;

Two months after Tropical Cyclone Freddy devastated the country, UN agencies and its partners continue to support the Government-led response in Malawi.nbsp;

The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has completed a joint reconnaissance mission with the Administrator of Kalehe Territory to Bushushu, in South Kivu, which has, as you will recall, been severely impacted by flooding and landslides. nbsp;

The Secretary-General is appointing Major General Humphrey Nyone of Zambia as the Force Commander of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic.

Today, the Development Coordination Office (DCO) said that Adam Abdelmoula of Sudan is taking up his new post as the UN Resident Coordinator in Syria, following his appointment bythe Secretary-General. He will also serve as Humanitarian Coordinator. nbsp;

Today is the International Day of Families. This day is a reminder that demographic change is one of the most important megatrends impacting our world and the life and well-being of families worldwide.nbsp;

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