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Mali, Myanmar, Haiti & other topics - Daily Press Briefing
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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

Two peacekeeping colleagues were killed this morning in Mali after their vehicle – an Armoured Personnel Carrier- hit an improvised explosive device. This happened outside of the town of Douentza, in the Mopti region. One other peacekeeper was injured in the attack. 

The UN is deeply troubled by the Myanmar military's decision to proceed with the execution of two pro-democracy activists after they received death sentences. This is a blatant violation to the right to life, liberty and security of person as per Article 3 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  

In Haiti, UN humanitarian agencies say that their ability to provide life-saving assistance is severely limited by worsening gang violence, especially in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince.  

In northern Ethiopia, the UN and its partners are continuing to provide humanitarian assistance across Tigray, Afar, and Amhara. In the past week, 320 trucks carrying food, nutrition supplies, and household items arrived in Tigray via the Semera-Abala-Mekelle road.  

The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, will be travelling to Central Asia from 5-12 June to represent the Secretary-General at the Second International High-Level Conference on the International Decade for Action. She will be returning back to New York on 12 June.  

In a statement issued today, Amin Awad, the UN Crisis Coordinator for Ukraine, noted that we are marking 100 days since the start of the Russian invasion in Ukraine – that started on 24 February. One hundred days of suffering, devastation, and destruction on a massive scale.   
In a statement issued yesterday afternoon, the Secretary-General welcomed the agreement by the Government of Yemen and the Houthis to renew the truce in Yemen for an additional two months under the same terms as the original agreement.    
In response to questions about Brazil, the Spokesman said that the UN team there, led by Resident Coordinator Silvia Rucks, offered solidarity to the victims of the heavy rains that caused destruction in the metropolitan area of Recife, in the Northeastern region.

Today is World Bicycle Day, which highlights the uniqueness, longevity and versatility of the bicycle - a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transport. Tomorrow is the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression and Sunday is the International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing, and it is also World Environment Day.  
Máximo Torero, the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Chief Economist, briefed reporters on the FAO Food Price Index.   

On Monday, at 3 p.m., the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, is scheduled to brief reporters on Ukraine.