Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Virtual guest: Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine Osnat Lubrani.
In a statement, the Secretary-General said: "I am pleased that more than 100 civilians have successfully been evacuated from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, in an operation successfully coordinated by the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross."
On the Secretary-General's travels in West Africa, he is now in Nigeria, where he is currently carrying out a field visit in the country's northeast.
From South Sudan, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that the recent surge in fighting between armed groups in Leer County, in Unity State, has led to dozens of people being killed or injured, multiple women and girls being raped and abducted; and has left homes burned and looted.
Turning to Haiti, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that clashes have resumed today between gangs in the capital, Port-au-Prince, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes. Clashes took place in the neighbourhoods of the commune of Croix-des-Bouquets, Cité Soleil, Bas Delmas and Martissant.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today released its World Forests Report, which details ways in which forests can help us recover from the impact of the pandemic, the climate crisis and biodiversity loss as well as conflicts.
I want to flag that media accreditation for the Ocean Conference opens today. The conference will take place in Lisbon, Portugal from 27 June to 1 July. The deadline is 12 June.
Today is World Press Freedom Day. This year's theme is "Journalism under digital siege," and it spotlights the multiple ways in which journalism is endangered by surveillance and digitally mediated attacks on journalists, and the consequences of all of this on public trust in digital communications.
Also on World Press Freedom Day, our UNESCO colleagues in Myanmar say they remain committed to working with the people to protect and defend their press freedom, as well as to promote the safety and protection of journalists and media workers.
At 12:45 p.m., the United States Representative and President of the Security Council for the month of May, Ambassador Linda Thomas‑Greenfield, will be in this room to brief you on the Council's programme of work for the month of May.
Tomorrow's virtual guests will be the World Food Programme's Chief Economist, Arif Husain, and the Food and Agriculture Organization's Director of Emergencies, Rein Paulsen. They will discuss the launch of the 2022 Global Report on Food Crises.
We thank our friends in Cambodia and Mauritius for their full payments to the regular budget. These two deposits take us to 96 fully paid-up Member States. The guest at today's Noon Briefing was Ms. Osnat Lubrani, the Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine. She spoke virtually from Zaporizhzhia on the humanitarian situation there.