The Secretary-General, as he went into the Security Council today, was asked about the adoption of this morning’s resolution 2642 on Syria. He said that the United Nations had been asking for a one-year renewal of the cross-border mechanism in Syria, which he said is a matter of life and death for many of the people in Idlib.
Speaking at the first ever Security Council high-level debate on strategic communications in peacekeeping operations, the Secretary-General said the landscape in which our peacekeepers operate is more hazardous today than at any time in recent memory.
The Secretary-General also addressed the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Dialogue by pre-recorded video message.
We have an update on the work of our colleagues in the peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, following a wave of violence against communities in the eastern part of the country. In response, the UN mission deployed quick reaction forces to provide immediate physical protection and support to those in the impacted areas.
Turning to Ukraine. The Acting Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine, Sebastian Rhodes Stampa, today condemned the deadly attack on Chasiv Yar in Donetska oblast on the evening of July 9th.
Turning to Bangladesh, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, has allocated $5 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund to urgently respond to flooding in the country.
Our colleagues in the UN Development Coordination Office tell us that Ozonnia Ojielo of Nigeria is our new Resident Coordinator in Rwanda.
This morning, the High-Level Political Forum of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) began with a session on the vision of civil society in leaving no one behind and recovering better. This afternoon, the Forum will have more Voluntary National Reviews from the Gambia, Belarus, Eswatini, Greece, Mali, the United Arab Emirates and Eritrea.
And lastly, our thanks go to Indonesia and Uruguay, both of which have paid their regular budget dues in full. Their payments take us to 111 fully paid-up Member States.