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Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

In a statement, the Secretary-General strongly condemns the attacks by Coopérative pour le développement du Congo (CODECO) militias on the Savo camp for internally displaced persons in Ituri province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The attacks left at least 58 civilians dead and 36 injured.

The Secretary-General arrived earlier today in Beijing, where he will be attending the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics tomorrow. The Secretary-General is expected to be back in New York on Sunday, the 6th of February.

Today, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, will travel to Dublin, Ireland to deliver on Friday the Carmichael Lecture at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. On Friday afternoon, she will proceed to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to attend, on behalf of the Secretary-General, the 35th ordinary session of the Assembly of the African Union. The Deputy Secretary-General will return to New York on 9 February.

The Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, was in Ghana today to take part in the Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on the political situation in Burkina Faso, Mali and Guinea.

Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that we and our partners are stepping up our support in the wake of Tropical Storm Ana, which led to destruction and loss of life in several countries in southern Africa.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that, although COVID-19 vaccine shipments to Africa have increased, the continent is struggling to expand rollout, with only 11 per cent of the population fully vaccinated.

Our UN team in Afghanistan, led by Resident Coordinator Ramiz Alakbarov, continues to support people by boosting COVID-19 vaccination and offering technical support through the COVAX Facility.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today said that world food prices went up in January, largely catalyzed by supply-side constraints for vegetable oils.

More than two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, and with eight years remaining to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations is coming together to mobilize action for a resilient recovery guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at today’s inaugural UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Coordination Segment.

Today, we thank our friends in Vilnius for their country’s full payment to the regular budget. Lithuania’s contribution takes the Honour Roll to 44.