Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that the situation in Donetsk remains extremely tense. Escalating hostilities since last week are taking an enormous toll on civilians, including aid workers living in the city.
This morning the Secretary-General spoke to H.E. Mr. Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia. The Secretary-General thanked President Widodo for Indonesia’s support to the United Nations and to multilateral efforts to address global challenges.
This afternoon, the Security Council will hold a briefing, followed by consultations, on the situation in Yemen.
This morning, the Secretary-General addressed - in a video message - the Sixth Austrian World Summit convened by the Austrian Government and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
This morning, the Secretary-General also addressed in person the 15th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
I just want to flag a small item but an important one. Our colleagues at the World Food Programme as you know, WFO operates the UN’s Humanitarian Air Service, they are warning today that flights they operate in Guinea and Niger for the UN system and our partners will be grounded by August, unless they receive an additional $6.4 million in funding.
From Burkina Faso, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that recent attacks on the town of Seytenga, in the country’s Sahel region, have led nearly 3,500 people to flee their homes, with this number continuing to climb.
Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that recent inter-communal clashes in West Darfur have led to the deaths of more than 100 people, with some 50,000 men, women and children forced to flee their homes. Many homes were destroyed, and livestock looted.
Almost one-third of the acutely food insecure South Sudanese that the UN World Food Programme planned to support this year will be left without humanitarian food assistance due to critical funding shortages.
Quick note from Cabo Verde, where our team, led by Resident Coordinator Ana Graça, continues to support the country’s response and recovery from the pandemic. As of May, more than 325,000 people – that’s nearly 85 per cent of the over 18 population in that country and more than 38,000 adolescents, have been fully vaccinated.
Our Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Joanna Wronecka, said last night in a tweet that she had had an inspiring discussion that evening with the US Senior Advisor for Energy Security, Amos Hochstein.
Today is World Blood Donor Day, and this year’s theme is “Donating blood is an act of solidarity. Join the effort and save lives”.