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Ukraine, Food Price Index, Pakistan & other topics - Daily Press Briefing
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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

In Ukraine, U.N. humanitarian colleagues are welcoming the news that the Russian Federation and Ukraine have agreed to facilitate safe passage for civilians out of conflict areas, where millions of people urgently need safe passage and life-saving humanitarian assistance and protection.

David Beasley, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme, is currently on the Polish side of the Polish-Ukrainian border. He warned that bullets and bombs in Ukraine could take the global hunger crisis to levels beyond anything we’ve seen before.

In February, so before the bulk of the fighting had started, FAO says that the world food prices went up in February, to an all-time high, led by vegetable oils and dairy products.

The Security Council held an open meeting on Ukraine.

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the horrific attack, reportedly killing at least 30 people and injuring over 50 others in a blast at a Shiite mosque in Peshawar today. 

On Sunday afternoon, the Deputy Secretary-General will travel to San José, in Costa Rica, to attend the Forum of countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development.

UNHCR is appealing for $205 million to deliver life-saving assistance and protection to over 1.6 million men, women and children displaced due to the conflict in the northern part of Ethiopia.  

Last night, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Libya, Stephanie Williams sent letters to the leadership of both the House of Representatives and the High Council of State, inviting them to nominate six delegates from each chamber to form a joint committee dedicated to developing a consensual constitutional basis.

In Burkina Faso, along with humanitarian partners, the UN launched the 2022 Humanitarian Appeal Response Plan.

And in Malawi, the UN launched a 3-month Flash Appeal to provide vital assistance to 542,000 people affected by Tropical Storm Ana, which hit the country late in January.

In Mexico, over 18 million doses of vaccines landed this week through COVAX, with procurement and logistical support from the Pan-American Health Organization.

The Spokesman provided an update on a question asked a few days ago regarding the membership of the Russian Federation in the United Nations. The search is continuing through the paper-based files, and non-digitized files, and that some related documents have been found, including an interoffice memo dated 19 December 1991. The memo has been declassified, and can be shared with those who are interested.

Italy and the Czech Republic have paid their dues in full, bringing us up to 67 Member States who are fully paid up.