Our Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, is in Geneva today. She will be meeting with UN leadership from various UN entities in Geneva.
Day of Peacekeepers
On Monday is the official day of Peacekeepers and we mark 75 years of UN Peacekeeping, celebrated this year with the theme “Peace begins with me”.
Trip announcement also related to Peacekeeping: Starting this Sunday, 28 May, and until 7 June, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, will travel to Africa to conduct a series of engagements with troop- and police-contributing countries. He will also visit our peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, MONUSCO.
In Ukraine, the Humanitarian Coordinator there, Denise Brown, strongly condemned an attack that hit a hospital this morning in Dnipro. Our humanitarian partners are on the ground providing emergency response to the survivors.
Today’s attacks have also reportedly impacted health facilities in Donetsk city, currently under Russian military control, and that’s according to the authorities there.
In Sudan, we continue to help families displaced by the fighting, as well as the communities hosting them.
Central African Republic
Heading south to the Central African Republic, the Humanitarian Coordinator there, Mohamed Ag Ayoya, condemned a recent attack on humanitarian workers, and renewed our call for the protection of civilians and health facilities in the country.
On Wednesday, a driver was killed when he and his colleagues were attacked on their way back from Am-Dafok, in the north of the country, after setting up tents for a health centre.
In South Africa, the UN team there, led by Resident Coordinator Nelson Muffuh, is supporting the Government to contain and prevent the spread of the deadly cholera outbreak.
And a mention from the World Health Organization that says that Africa’s largest polio vaccination campaign since 2020 begins today and aims to immunise 21 million children under the age of five throughout the continent.
Vaccinations are starting in Cameroon, Chad and Niger before being extended to the Central African Republic next week. The campaign comes in response to 14 detections of the poliovirus this year.
In Yemen, three UN agencies warned today that nearly all districts under the control of the Government of Yemen were assessed to be facing high levels of food insecurity.
Joint Coordination Centre
Earlier today, our colleagues in Istanbul, the Joint Coordination Centre (JCC) issued an updated that said that today it has registered two vessels, including a World Food Programme ship, heading to the port of Odesa.