Black Sea Initiative, Conference of the Parties to the NPT & other topics - Daily Press Briefing
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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning, the Secretary-General spoke with the media regarding the cargo ship loaded with more than 26-thousand tonnes of corn that today became the first commercial ship to sail from the port of Odesa since 26 February, as part of the Black Sea Grain Initiative. 

This morning, the Secretary-General spoke at the opening of the Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. 

The Secretary-General spoke this morning to President Félix Tshisekedi, of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In the conversation the Secretary-General conveyed his condolences and also apologize for yesterday’s incident which involved UN peacekeepers and took place in Kasindi, on the border of the DRC and Uganda. 

The Secretary-General wishes to express his sincere gratitude to Ms. Stephanie Williams, who has just concluded her assignment as his Special Adviser on Libya. 

The UN is closely following developments in Kosovo and welcome the postponement of the implementation of decisions that have led to the diffusion of tension on the ground.  

In a statement issued over the weekend, the Secretary-General expressed concern at the protests in Iraq and noted that freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are fundamental rights that must be respected at all times.   

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today said that, according to preliminary reports from local authorities and partners, over 31,000 people have been displaced following intercommunal violence in Ganis town in Blue Nile State, in Sudan. 

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today said that more than 1.2 million people are now displaced across Myanmar. 

The Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Catherine Russell, and the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, issued a joint statement on the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week, which begins today. 

The Secretary-General has no authority over the Commission of Inquiry, whose members are appointed by the Human Rights Council. 

Tomorrow, the noon briefing guest will be the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi.  He will brief reporters on the NPT Review Conference.