This morning, the Secretary-General spoke by phone with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine. They talked about a wide variety of issues regarding the conflict in Ukraine, including the future of the Black Sea Grain Initiative.
Turning to Ukraine, our friend, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, was in Kyiv today.
You will have seen that we issued a bit earlier today the statement from the Secretary-General congratulating Viet Nam and its international partners for today’s signing of a Just Energy Transition Partnership to accelerate Viet Nam’s shift away from coal and towards just and renewables-driven economic growth.
Also this morning, the Secretary-General spoke at the unveiling of the bust of Mahatma Gandhi that was donated by the Government and Permanent Mission of India this morning.
The Secretary-General also spoke this morning at the Security Council meeting this morning on multilateralism.
The Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed will be heading to Montreal, Canada, on behalf of the Secretary-General, to attend the closing session of the Fifteenth meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biodiversity known as COP15.
Further on the floods in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, I expect a statement to be with us very shortly.
Going just north to the Central African Republic where, following a surge in armed group violence, our peacekeeping mission there – MINUSCA – has boosted its activities to protect civilians in the country’s south-central region.
Turning to Sudan, the Humanitarian Coordinator, Khardiata Lo Ndiaye, today launched the 2023 humanitarian appeal for the country seeking $1.7 billion.
Our team in Sri Lanka, led by Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer-Hamdy, continues to support the response to the country’s economic crisis.
Today, the UN Environment Programme released this year’s Greening the Blue report, which highlights the environmental impact of over 307,000 UN personnel in 53 reporting entities across Headquarters, field offices and operations on the ground.
The World Health Organization and the UN-Water mechanism today released a report showing that urgent action is needed globally and locally to achieve safe and sustainably managed water, sanitation and hygiene for all.
We issued a statement on Afghanistan yesterday in which the Secretary-General condemned the attack on the hotel in Kabul.
I have a statement on the Democratic of the Congo, which says that the Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the loss of life and heavy damage in Kinshasa and in some provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo due to floods, the worst to hit the country since 2019.
Tomorrow, at 12:45 p.m. there will be a briefing here by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, H.E. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.