Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
The Secretary-General spoke this morning to an ad hoc committee of the General Assembly dealing with the voluntary contributions to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, otherwise known as UNRWA. He warned that in the last ten years, the needs of Palestine refugees have increased, while funds have stagnated.
Our Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, is in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda today, where she is attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
On Afghanistan, our colleagues tell us that priority needs include emergency shelter and non-food items, food assistance, health and water and sanitation as well as hygiene support. The UN Refugee Agency has dispatched tents, blankets, plastic sheeting, and kitchen sets, among other items, to cover the needs of about 4,000 people.
Turning to Libya, the Special Adviser for Libya, Stephanie Williams, announced today that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Agila Saleh, and the President of the High State Council, Khaled Al-Mishri, have agreed to a meeting under UN auspices on 28 and 29 June at the United Nations Office at Geneva to discuss the draft constitutional framework for elections, in light of the outcome of the consultations of the Joint Committee last week.
From Ukraine, our humanitarian colleagues today raised alarm about the civilian impact of intense hostilities in the Donbas region, which has left a significant number of civilians killed and injured over the last 48 hours, according to our partners on the ground.
Ahead of the G7 ministerial meeting tomorrow in Berlin on global food security, UNICEF today appealed for $1.2 billion to meet urgent needs of 8 million children at risk of death from severe wasting.
We have an update from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where our humanitarian colleagues say that violence in the past three months has displaced at least 158,000 people in the eastern Rutshuru and Nyiragongo territories. Most of the people displaced are women and children.
A quick note from Sri Lanka where our UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer, is continuing to provide support to the ongoing economic crisis in the country.
Today is Peacebuilding Day. In his message for the Day, the Secretary-General said that building peace is the raison d’être of the United Nations.
Today is also UN Public Service Day. In his message to mark the Day, the Secretary-General says that there is no higher calling than serving others.
At the briefing tomorrow will be Robert Piper, who was recently appointed as the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Solutions to Internal Displacement.
I am very happy to report two more budget contributors and they are Central African Republic and Tajikistan.