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Pledging Event/Horn of Africa, Africa Dialogue, Middle East & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
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This morning, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs held a High-level pledging event on the Horn of Africa, and $2.4 billion has been announced for the region.  

The Secretary-General spoke at the High-level Policy Dialogue of the Africa Dialogue Series.  
He commended the Dialogue’s focus on industrialization and trade, at a time when the continent is facing multiple crises – not of its own making.  
The Secretary-General said the African Continental Free Trade Area is set to be an engine of growth, adding that its full implementation could generate income gains of up to 9 per cent by 2035, lifting up to 50 million people out of extreme poverty.  
However, the Secretary-General added, realizing the promise of the African Continental Free Trade Area requires collective action across critical areas, including boosting access to financial resources and investment.  
Tor Wennesland, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, spoke at the Security Council this morning via videoconference.  He said that while the ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians is holding, conflict mitigation efforts must also be met with steps by both sides – supported by the international community – to reset a trajectory out of the cycle of violence. 

In Sudan, the UN and its partners continue to ramp up the distribution of critical humanitarian assistance.  
Out of the 168 trucks only a small number of these trucks are on the move now from Port Sudan to Gadaref, Kasala and Al Jazirah. We need security conditions to stabilize and bureaucratic impediments to be lifted so that more aid can get on the road. 
This morning in a press conference in Juba, the Head of the Peacekeeping Mission in the country, Nicholas Haysom, urged political leaders to galvanize momentum in the ongoing peace process so that free, fair, and credible elections can be held on time. 
He emphasized the need to create a conducive political and civic space to encourage participation and constructive dialogue between citizens. 

The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, presented yesterday the 2023 Report of the Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Group on the Development Coordination Office (DCO) and the Resident Coordinator system.   
The report highlights how Resident Coordinators are strengthening their roles, since the reforms of the Secretary-General started in 2018, to rally UN Country Team support for the 2030 Agenda.   

In Madagascar, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that relief efforts continue in the country’s southeast, which was hit by cyclones earlier this year and also last year.  

These projects have been made possible by an $8.5 million allocation from our Central Emergency Response Fund, which allows us to tackle crises outside of the global spotlight. The communities targeted by these projects have been impacted by back-to-back emergencies: Cyclone Freddy and Tropical Storm Cheneso this year, and Tropical Cyclones Batsirai and Emnati last year. 

The Office of the Special Representative on Violence against Children along with UN agencies launched an Advocacy Brief on Protecting the Rights of Children on the Move in Times of Crisis.  
With more than 42 million children displaced worldwide, the Brief reflects on lessons from past and ongoing crises, and outlines principles to guide strengthened protection for all children. 

Peacekeeping colleagues in the Central African Republic are telling us that they continue to monitor the situation and to engage with local authorities in the Vakaga prefecture, where refugees from Sudan continue to arrive. 
The Mission estimates that around 10,000 people have so far crossed the border from Sudan to reach the town of Am-Dafok and are living in various spontaneous camps. 

Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations. will brief reporters on the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, ahead of its official date on 29 May.   
Uganda is the 109th Member State to have paid its regular budget dues in full.

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