Daily Press Briefing by the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General
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Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.


This morning, the Secretary-General delivered a commencement address for the Class of 2022 at Seton Hall University. In his remarks, he told graduates that they were entering a world brimming with peril, with conflicts and division on a scale not seen in decades, and that it now falls to them to use what they have learned to do something about it.

Also this morning, the Paris Peace Forum presented the conversation recorded yesterday with the Secretary-General, as part of its Spring meeting. The discussion, moderated by Trisha Shetty, the President of the Paris Peace Forum Steering Committee, focused on the theme of Preserving global cooperation in times of war..

The Security Council met this morning on Sudan. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Volker Perthes, said the overall situation has remained precarious, with much at stake – including Sudan’s political, social and economic stability. 

Also on Sudan, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today warned that erratic seasonal rains, floods, pests and diseases, and other factors have led to estimates for the upcoming harvest being well below average. 

The Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, concluded today a two-day meeting with Yemeni economic experts from diverse backgrounds to consult on priorities for the multitrack peace process. 

In Sri Lanka, the UN team led by Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer-Hamdy, is addressing urgent needs with food assistance and essential medicine. 

A new report released today by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says that most wealthy countries are creating unhealthy, dangerous and noxious conditions for children not just within their borders but also across the world. 

The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) today said that fighting between the Congolese armed forces and the M23 armed group has continued yesterday in the areas of Tshanzu and Runyoni, as well as close to Bigenga (20km SE of Rutshuru). Peacekeepers provided aerial and artillery fire support, as well as aerial surveillance support to the Congolese armed forces.

Thursday is UN Peacekeeping Day, and ahead of the ceremonies, the names of the recipients of two prestigious awards have already been announced.  First, the “Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage” will be awarded to the late Captain Abdelrazakh Hamit Bahar of Chad. The second award will go to Military Observer Major Winnet Zharare, from Zimbabwe. She will receive the 2021 UN Military Gender Advocate of the Year award.  

Senegal has now paid its regular budget dues, bringing us up to 103 fully paid-up Member States.