Trip Announcement, Security Council/Ukraine, Sudan & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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21-Jul-2023 00:22:46
Noon Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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On Monday, the Secretary-General will arrive in Rome, where he will take part in the UN Food Systems Summit +2 Stocktaking Moment. The high-level event is meant to build on the momentum of the 2021 Food Systems Summit. It will be hosted by the Government of Italy, in collaboration with the Rome-based UN Agencies, the UN Food Systems Coordination Hub and the wider UN system.
In his remarks at the event's opening ceremony, the Secretary-General is expected to underscore that global food systems are broken and billions of people are paying the price. He will highlight that broken food systems are not inevitable, and they are the result of choices we have made.
He will urge governments to respond to the call for an SDG Stimulus, stressing that this will help countries make meaningful progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 2 to achieve zero hunger, and build systems that can ensure people have access to affordable, nutritious food wherever they live.
While in Rome, the Secretary-General will also meet with the President of the Republic of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, and the President of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Italy, Giorgia Meloni, as well as with other leaders who are attending the summit.
The Secretary-General is expected to be back in New York on Tuesday.
The Deputy Secretary-General will also participate in the UN Food Systems Summit +2 Stocktaking Moment and arrive on Tuesday 25th of July in Rome. She will speak in several sessions including on Healthy and Protected Oceans, Catalyzing Food Systems Transformations, and Building Africa's food sovereignty and resilience through sustainable investments.
On Wednesday 26th of July, the Deputy Secretary-General will close the Summit by emphasizing the urgency of closing the implementation gap, highlighting the linkages to financing for development, debt relief and science and technology for inclusive, resilient and sustainable food systems.
In the margins of the conference, the Deputy Secretary-General will meet with H.E. Mr. Antonio Tajani, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy as well as heads of delegations attending the conference.
The Deputy Secretary-General will return to New York on Thursday 27th of July.SECURITY COUNCIL/UKRAINEnbsp;
This morning, the Security Council held a meeting on Ukraine.nbsp; Briefing Council members was the Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, who reiterated the Secretary-General's deep regret over the decision by the Russian Federation to terminate its participation in the Black Sea Initiative.nbsp;nbsp;
Ms. DiCarlo added that we have now witnessed a further blow to global food security, as Russia for the fourth consecutive day struck Ukraine's Black Sea ports in Odesa, Chornomorsk and Mykolaiv with missiles and drones, destroying critical port infrastructure, facilities and grain supplies.nbsp; She stressed that threats regarding potential targeting of civilian vessels navigating in the Black Sea waters are unacceptable, and that we are also concerned about the reports of sea mines laid in the Black Sea, further endangering navigation.nbsp;
Also briefing Council members was Martin Griffiths, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. He noted that global grain prices have spiked this week, threatening to undo the hard-won progress achieved over the past year, and this potentially threatens hunger and worse for millions of people.nbsp; He warned that higher prices will be most acutely felt by families in developing countries already at risk, who tend to spend a much higher share of their household income on food.nbsp;
Mr. Griffiths emphasized that the UN would continue its engagement with all involved to ensure that Russian and Ukrainian food and fertilizer can be accessed on global markets.SUDANnbsp;
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said it is deeply concerned by ongoing attacks against aid and health care workers in Sudan.nbsp;OCHA is appalled by reports that a team fromnbsp;Médecins Sans Frontièresnbsp;was assaulted by armed men in Khartoum yesterday.nbsp; MSF said the incident happened while the team was moving medical supplies from the organization's warehouse to the Turkish Hospital in the Sudanese capital. And that it is one of only two hospitals that are still operating in all of southern Khartoum.nbsp;
OCHA underscores that attacks on health care workers and facilities are a violation of international humanitarian law. They must stop now.nbsp;
The World Health Organization (WHO) has verified more than 50 attacks on health care facilities since the conflict erupted in Sudan on 15 April.

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