The Security Council will hold closed consultations on the situation in Sudan this afternoon. The Special Representative of the Secretary- General and head of the political mission, Volker Perthes, will brief via videoconference as well as Martin Griffiths our own Humanitarian Coordinator, this afternoon in closed consultations.
Our humanitarian colleagues are telling us there are continued shortages of food, water, fuel and cash in many parts of Sudan due to the fighting.
In the eastern parts of the country, our humanitarian partners on the ground are saying that the prices of goods have increased almost four-fold compared to those before the conflict.
Turning to the Black Sea Initiative, a quadrilateral meeting was held today in Istanbul to discuss the future of the Black Sea Initiative with senior-level officials from the Russian Federation, Türkiye, Ukraine and of course the United Nations.
Turning to the situation in Gaza and Israel, you will have seen the Secretary-General’s statement that we issued last night. Of course, the Secretary-General continues to follow with grave concern the dangerous escalation in Gaza and Israel.
Turning to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where our humanitarian colleagues are continuing to respond to the deadly landslides and flooding in South Kivu’s Kalehe Territory.
Turning to the Central African Republic, the peacekeeping mission there tells us it has established a temporary base in Am-Dafok – a town close to the country’s border with Sudan. Peacekeepers there are conducting regular patrols to protect refugees fleeing the conflict in Sudan.
Moving on to Cameroon, the Government and the humanitarian community today launched an appeal for more than $407 million to meet the needs of 2.7 million of the most vulnerable people in the country this year.
In Somalia, our team there and the Government have just unveiled a revamped multi-donor trust fund in support of Somalia’s development priorities. The Somalia Joint Fund, a joint venture between Somalia, the United Nations, and international partners will provide flexible funding to address key challenges facing Somalia and its people.
Lastly, moving back to this hemisphere, and another sign of the terrible conditions in Haiti. The United Nations Children’s Fund today said the violence in Haiti has led to a greater number of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition – otherwise known as severe wasting.