Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
The Secretary-General will be heading to Stockholm, Sweden, on Tuesday to attend the Stockholm+50 conference, which is being convened by the United Nations and co-hosted by the governments of Sweden and Kenya.
The Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, is in Malabo, in Equatorial Guinea, where today he spoke at the opening of the African Union Extraordinary Humanitarian Summit and Pledging Conference. Mr. Griffiths is representing the Secretary-General there.
Following his activities in Equatorial Guinea, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths will be in Mali starting tomorrow. He is expected to meet with Government officials and representatives of the humanitarian and donor communities.
Regarding northern Ethiopia, we and our humanitarian partners are continuing to provide assistance across Tigray, Afar, and Amhara.
Turning to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, our colleagues in the peacekeeping mission are telling us that clashes with M23 took place early yesterday. The Congolese armed forces were able to regain control of their positions about 20 km south of Rutshuru, in North Kivu province.
Ukraine is entering the fourth month of conflict, and our colleagues are extremely concerned about the fate of civilians, as hostilities further escalate in the eastern oblasts, particularly in Luhanska and Donetska.
The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Myanmar, Noeleen Heyzer, briefed the Security Council this morning in a closed session.
We issued a statement on Afghanistan yesterday, in which the Secretary-General condemned the recent attacks in in the country.
Rosemary DiCarlo, the Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, yesterday afternoon spoke at the open meeting of the Security Council on Libya. She expressed her concern over the protracted political impasse, which she said is having an increasingly negative impact on security.
The building is closed on Monday. We will not be briefing.
On Tuesday, there will be an end-of-presidency briefing here at 1:30 p.m. by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the Permanent Representative of the United States, on her last day as President of the Security Council for the month of May.