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Secretary-General/Morocco, Black Sea Grain Initiative, Ukraine & other topics - Daily Press Briefing
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Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

The Secretary-General is meeting in Rabat with King Mohammed VI of Morocco. 
Following that meeting, he will travel back to New York. 

The UN Coordinator for the Black Sea Grain Initiative, Amir Abdulla, is stepping down from his position due to personal reasons. 

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Ukraine said that the country today experienced a new wave of attacks on its energy infrastructure, adding to the already grave energy crisis that millions of Ukrainians are already beleaguered by.  

Tor Wennesland, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, condemned today's horrific terrorist attacks in Jerusalem which killed a 16-year-old Israeli boy and injured many others.

Hans Grundberg, the Special Envoy for Yemen, briefed the Security Council yesterday afternoon.

Yesterday evening, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, travelled to the Federal Republic of Nigeria to attend the 2022 Annual Conference of the Institute of Directors and undertake a series of meetings on the UN’s partnership with Nigeria and ways to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), Valentine Rugwabiza, today reiterated the UN’s commitment to support the organization of peaceful local elections in 2023, at a meeting on the electoral process chaired by the Prime Minister. 

On Mali, the UN takes note of the announcement by the German Government to extend their deployment to Mali until the elections with a view to complete withdrawal by May 2024, subject to Bundestag approval. 

At 4:00 p.m. today, the Security Council will hold an open meeting on the Maintenance of Peace and Security of Ukraine.

In Chad, the UN team, led by Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Violette Kakyomya, is working closely with national authorities and partners to respond to unprecedented levels of flooding which has impacted more than a million people. 

Nearly two months into the cholera outbreak in Haiti, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is warning that approximately 40 per cent of the growing number of confirmed cases are among children.

The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, concluded a two-day visit to Venezuela, where he met President Nicolas Maduro. 

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has released a report showing that more than 50,000 people worldwide have lost their lives during their migratory journeys since IOM’s Missing Migrants Project began documenting deaths in 2014.