Briefing by Eri Kaneko, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
The Secretary-General will visit Moscow, in the Russian Federation, on April 26th. He will have a working meeting and lunch with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The Secretary-General will be received by President Vladimir Putin. In Ukraine, new information that has emerged over the last few days reportedly confirms the massive destruction of civilian infrastructure in areas around the capital Kyiv. The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said that the Russian invasion nearly two months ago has plunged Ukraine into a human rights and humanitarian crisis that has devastated the lives of civilians throughout the country and beyond.
The UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, Mr. Ramiz Alakbarov, has expressed his deep sorrow over this afternoon's attack in Kunduz province which has reportedly killed more than 25 people, and injured up to forty. As the drought there continues to deteriorate, the country faces the risk of famine in six areas through June.
Today is International Mother Earth Day. In his message, the Secretary-General said that today is a chance to reflect on how humanity has been treating our planet, adding that the truth is we have been poor custodians of our fragile home.
Today, the UN Human Rights Office and the UN Environment Programme expressed grave concern over the arrest, detention and sentencing of four environmental human rights defenders in Viet Nam on charges of tax evasion.
In the Philippines, the UN team – led by Resident Coordinator Gustavo Gonzalez -- continues ramping up support to authorities to address COVID-19.
Tomorrow is World Book and Copyright Day, English Language Day and Spanish Language Day. Sunday is the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace and it is also the first day of the World Immunization Week.
Japan pays its dues in full for 2022. There are now 87 fully paid-up Member States. On Monday, the guest at the Noon Briefing will be the President of the Economic and Social Council, Collen Vixen Kelapile, who will hold a press briefing in this room on the upcoming Financing for Development Forum and the high-level political Forum on Sustainable Development. Also, on Monday at 1:15 p.m., there will be a Press Briefing on the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples. Speakers will be Dario José Mejia Montalvo, Chair-elect of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the Leader of the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia; as well as Rose Anne Archibald, the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations.