Racial Discrimination, Ukraine/Humanitarian & other topics - Daily Press Briefing
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Noon briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

This morning the Secretary-General spoke at an event in the General Assembly Hall on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. He said that racism continues to poison institutions, social structures, and everyday life in every society. Racism continues to be a driver of persistent inequality and to deny people their fundamental human rights.

Daily attacks reportedly by Russian forces continue to batter Ukrainian cities. Many are reportedly indiscriminate, resulting in civilian casualties and damage to civilian infrastructure.

Back here in the Security Council you will have heard the High Representative for Disarmament, Izumi Nakamitsu, briefing the Security Council on the allegations concerning biological weapons in Ukraine. She reiterated that the United Nations is not aware of any biological weapons in Ukraine.

The UN appreciates all initiatives to reach an inclusive negotiated political settlement to the conflict in Yemen.

Our colleagues tell us that civilians in Myanmar continue to suffer due to the worsening humanitarian crisis and continued fighting, particularly in the country’s southeast and northwest.

An additional 4,680,000 doses of vaccines arrived yesterday in Venezuela. They have been procured through COVAX.

And finally, we say thank you to Ethiopia, which has paid its budget dues in full. Addis Ababa’s payment raises up to 74 fully paid up Member States.