G7, Yemen & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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17-May-2023 00:33:58
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Yesterday evening, we announced that the Secretary-General will be going to the G7 meetings, which will be held in Hiroshima, Japan. He will take part in two working sessions with partners. One, on Saturday, entitled “Working Together to Address Multiple Crises”, where he is expected to call on G7 countries to deliver financial justice for developing countries, who are facing an international system that is unfair and dysfunctional. nbsp;

This morning, the Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, briefed the Security Council in person.

Turning to Syria, after 100 days after February’s devastating earthquakes, which also hit Türkiye, we continue to respond to urgent humanitarian needs in both countries.Across the country, the UN and its partners have provided more than 2 million hot meals. Millions of people have also received ready-to-eat food rations and other forms of food and cash assistance.nbsp;

The UN and its humanitarian partners today called for US $3 billion to help millions of people in the country and hundreds of thousands fleeing to neighbouring countries. The Humanitarian Response Plan for Sudan has been revised and requires $2.56 billion – that’s an increase from $800 million from just a few months ago - to help 18 million people until the end of this year, making it the largest appeal ever for Sudan.nbsp;

The Peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic [MINUSCA], says that in the Vakaga prefecture – which borders Sudan - the security situation remains unstable, and there is a steady influx of people arriving from Sudan.nbsp;

From Ethiopia, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that recent floods have caused significant displacement of people and damage in the country’s south and east.nbsp;

In Mali, the World Food Programme is calling for urgent funding to ramp up emergency food and nutritional assistance to 3.8 million women, men and children in central, northern, and south-eastern Mali. nbsp;

Yesterday, the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, wrapped up his visit to UNMIK. Upon his arrival on 11 May in Pristina, Mr. Lacroix participated in an event to mark inter-community trust-building efforts in Kosovo that featured the launch of the Barabar community dialogue centre – a joint multiethnic initiative by two NGOs from Pristina and North Mitrovica to foster intercommunal dialogue.nbsp;

Today, the World Meteorological Organization launched a very important report that says that global temperatures are set to reach new records in the next five years.nbsp;

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.nbsp;

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