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Stockholm +50, Yemen, Sudan & other topics - Daily…

Stockholm +50, Yemen, Sudan & other topics - Daily Press Briefing
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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

The Secretary-General will go to Stockholm, Sweden, this afternoon, to attend the Stockholm +50 conference, which is being hosted by Sweden with support from the Government of Kenya.    

The Secretary-General had a phone call with H.E. Mr. Rashed Al-Alimi, the President of the Presidential Leadership Council of the Republic of Yemen, to discuss the implementation of the United Nations-brokered truce and political and security developments in Yemen. 

The UN welcomes the lifting of the state of emergency in Sudan. This is an important step to create a conducive environment for direct, intra-Sudanese talks to end the political crisis in the country.  

The Food and Agriculture Organization said today it is intensifying efforts to address soaring acute food insecurity in Sudan. 
Six UN agencies – including the World Meteorological Organization, UNICEF, WFP and the Food and Agriculture Organization – together with eight meteorological agencies and NGO partners, today expressed concern over what they call the unprecedented drought impacting Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia. 

UN’s humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths today completed a four-day visit to Mali.  

Yesterday, the Peacekeeping mission in Mali published its quarterly human rights report, covering the first three months of the year. During this period, the mission recorded 812 cases of violations and abuses of human rights and international humanitarian law. 
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN and its humanitarian partners have started distributing aid to thousands of people in Nyiragongo territory, including food to some 35,000 people, water, and medicine to at least 10,000 people.

In a statement issued yesterday, the Secretary-General responded to the passing of President Evaristo Carvalho, the former President of São Tomé and Príncipe, by saying that President Carvalho was a respected statesman who paved the way for a new generation of leaders after having served as Head of State from 2016 to 2021.    

Geir Pedersen, the Special Envoy for Syria, is briefing the Security Council in closed consultations today. 

According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, people in Ukraine continue to try to evacuate from eastern Donetska and Luhanska oblasts and south-eastern Zaporizka oblast in insecure conditions. 

The UN expressed its deepest condolences to the family and colleagues of French reporter Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff, who was killed yesterday while he was covering the evacuation of civilians from the Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk for the French television broadcaster BFMTV. 
The Department of Global Communications is announcing today that it has renamed its annual training programme for Palestinian broadcasters and journalists to the Shireen Abu Akleh Training Programme for Palestinian Broadcasters and Journalists. That is in honour of Ms. Shireen Abu Akleh, the Palestinian-American Al-Jazeera reporter who was killed in the Occupied Palestinian Territory on 11 May of this year. 

Today is World No Tobacco Day, and the World Health Organization released a report showing the extent to which tobacco damages both the environment and human health.

The Spokesman corrected an information erroneously reported by some media last week. The Special Representative of the UN Mission in Western Sahara (MINURSO) has not bought a house in Laayoune. 
Tomorrow at 12.30 p.m., there will be a briefing by Ambassador Ferit Hoxha, the Permanent Representative of Albania who will preside over of the Security Council in the month of June.