Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
In a statement issued last night, the Secretary-General expressed his shock and sadness at the heinous mass shooting that took place at an elementary school in Uvalde, in Texas.
The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, is in Indonesia, where, today, she formally opened the 7th Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2022.
In Ukraine, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that over the past two days, fighting has continued in Luhanska and Donetska oblasts, and to a lesser extent in Kharkivska oblast. Other parts of Ukraine have also been impacted by missile attacks, all raising concerns for the protection of civilians.
At the Security Council, there was an open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.
In the Central African Republic, the UN Peacekeeping Mission has organized two roundtables on local elections, which are projected to take place this year and next. Meanwhile, the Peacekeeping Mission in Mali, in West Africa, has just concluded a three-day course on International Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law for the benefit of the Malian Armed Forces.
ore than 85,000 people from Marawi City in the Lanao del Sur province in the Philippines remain displaced five years after clashes between Government forces and militant groups displaced about 350,000 people – or about 98 per cent of the city’s population. The UN is working with partners to continue to help the displaced people.
From Fiji, the UN team, led by the Resident Coordinator Sanaka Samarasinha, continues to help respond to the pandemic, including by supporting the national vaccination efforts. Through COVAX, Fiji has received more than half a million doses from Japan, New Zealand and the United States. The UN team has helped people in numerous areas, including in trade, social protection, emergency aid, and advancing the SDGs.
Today is Africa day. In a video message to mark the day, the Secretary-General said we celebrate the enormous promise and potential of this diverse and dynamic continent.
Tomorrow the International Day of UN Peacekeepers will be marked at UN headquarters. Jean-Pierre Lacroix , the head of the Department of Peace Operations department, will be the guest at the noon briefing.