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Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

The Security Council held an open meeting this morning on Ukraine.  

Also on Ukraine, this morning, in a Tweet, Osnat Lubrani, the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, said that she is in Odesa today, together with G7 ambassadors and the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy. 
The UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, Dr. Ramiz Alakbarov, strongly condemns this afternoon’s atrocious attack at Kabul International Cricket Stadium, which has reportedly caused casualties among those attending the match. 
The Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, will arrive in the Democratic Republic of the Congo today. It will be an opportunity for him to take stock of the situation and to meet with national authorities. 

In a note to correspondents issued yesterday, the Secretary-General noted that freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are fundamental rights that must be respected at all times.  
The Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Joyce Msuya, wrapped up a five-day visit to Türkiye today. 

From Somalia, a group of senior humanitarian directors representing UN agencies and our partners wrapped up a visit yesterday to the country, where the threat of famine is looming, with more than 7 million people already facing acute food insecurity. 
In a report released today, the UN Refugee Agency said that protection services are severely lacking for refugees and migrants making journeys from the Sahel and the Horn of Africa towards North Africa and Europe.    
Tomorrow is the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. This year’s theme is “Use and Abuse of Technology”. And tomorrow is also the International Day of Friendship. 
On Monday, at 1:15 p.m., there will be a briefing by Ambassador Gustavo Zlauvinen of Argentina, President-designate of the Tenth Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). 
After that, at around 2:00 p.m., there will be a briefing by Dr. Robert Floyd, the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). 
And at 4:00 p.m., there will be a briefing by Ambassador ZHANG Jun, the Permanent Representative of China and President of the Security Council for August. He will of course brief on the Council's programme of work for the month of August.