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Kuwait, Turkey, Ukraine & other topics - Daily…

Kuwait, Turkey, Ukraine & other topics - Daily Press Briefing
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Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

Today, the Secretary-General spoke over the telephone with His Highness ⁠Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, the Prime Minister of Kuwait. The Secretary-General and the Prime Minister discussed how to mobilize stronger support from the Gulf countries to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). 

On Sunday, the Secretary-General spoke with H.E. Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey. The Secretary-General expressed his ongoing support for the Istanbul process in relation to the war in Ukraine and reiterated the need for humanitarian corridors for the distribution of aid and the evacuation of people.    

The Secretary-General and the President of Turkey also discussed the situation in Jerusalem.  

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the continuing attacks on Ukrainian cities across the country, including most recently Lviv, Dnipro, Kharkiv and Mykolaiv, which are resulting in numerous civilian casualties and destruction in residential areas, as well as civilian infrastructure. 

Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that Ukraine has endured 136 attacks on healthcare facilities, which have killed 73 people, and injured 52 others.                                                                 /... 

In northern Ethiopia, a 50-truck convoy carrying food and other humanitarian aid, as well as fuel, arrived in Mekelle, the capital of the Tigray region, on Friday. 

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is extremely concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the province of Ituri, as violence continues.  

Over the weekend, in a statement, the Secretary-General said he is deeply concerned by the deteriorating security situation in Jerusalem.   

In a statement issued on Saturday, the Secretary-General congratulated Ms. Kristalina Georgieva and the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund for approving the new Resilience and Sustainability Trust, effective May 1st, 2022.  The Trust builds in a long-term perspective and will support developing countries and vulnerable middle-income countries in addressing issues such as climate change and the protracted COVID-19 pandemic, while also improving resilience to future shocks. 

On Yemen, the Houthis – also known as Ansar Allah – have signed an Action Plan with the United Nations to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children in armed conflict, the killing and maiming of boys and girls, attacks on schools and hospitals and other grave violations. 

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about reports of civilian casualties, including women and children, as a result of airstrikes reported in Afghanistan. 

On the Philippines, the UN and its humanitarian partners are providing assistance in the wake of the heavy rains caused by Tropical Storm Megi, which has resulted in the deaths of 172 people. 

The guest at the Noon Briefing was the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, who briefed reporters on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine and Afghanistan.