Sexual Abuse and Exploitation, Gender Parity, Ukraine & other topics - Daily Press Briefing
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Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General’s report on “Special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and abuse” is out today as a document. The report this year looks at the progress made over the past five years, since the Secretary-General took office, and explores the areas for improvement.

This morning, the Secretary-General spoke to the Group of Friends of Gender Parity. He told the group that, while the UN has achieved gender parity among senior leadership two years ahead of the stated goal, he is committed to increasing the percentage of women in our leadership in the field, improving parity at all levels across the Organization, and taking steps to identify qualified women candidates to replace many of the almost 4,000 international staff who are retiring in the next nine years, the majority of whom are men.

Moving to Ukraine: Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that civilians continue to bear the brunt of the war in Ukraine where intense fighting is reported in the north, east, and south of the country. Airstrikes and shelling have continued with significant damage reported in cities including Donetsk, Luhansk, Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Sumy, Kyiv, Mykolaiv, and Zhytomyr oblast.

Hans Grundberg, the Special Envoy for Yemen, briefed the Security Council this morning on the consultations he has had on his framework for peace, saying that he has held bilateral meetings with leaders from the General People’s Congress party and with delegations from the Islah party, the Yemeni Socialist Party, the Nasserist Unionist People’s Organization and the Southern Transitional Council.

The Deputy Secretary-General is in Lebanon today and spoke at the opening of the Arab Forum for Sustainable Development.

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the missile attack in Erbil. The attack comes at a critical moment for Iraq’s path to peace and stability.

In Chad, we, along with our humanitarian partners, launched the country’s 2022 Humanitarian Response Plan and the Cameroon Refugee Response Plan with the Government and donors to support vulnerable populations, including refugees living in Chad.

In Afghanistan, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that people continue to face a food insecurity and malnutrition crisis with acute hunger increasing from 14 million people in July last year to 23 million in March this year.

Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that, in Somalia, an estimated 4.5 million people – including 671,000 internally displaced people – are affected by the intensifying drought emergency.

Today, the Secretary-General is appointing Mr. Raúl Rosende of Uruguay as his new Deputy Special Representative in the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia. Mr. Rosende succeeds Karla Samayoa Recari of Guatemala.

The Secretary-General was saddened to learn of the passing of the fourth President of the Republic of Zambia, Mr. Rupiah Bwezani Banda, on 11 March..

Tomorrow, we will be joined virtually by Máximo Torero, the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Chief Economist. He will brief you on rising food prices.