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Climate, Sea Report, Black Sea Grain Initiative & other topics - Daily Press Briefing
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Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

This morning, the Secretary-General spoke via a video message at the press conference to launch the Synthesis Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  

The report of the Secretary-General on special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and abuse covering the year 2022 has now been published. The report provides details on system-wide efforts to strengthen our capacity to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation and abuse, in line with the Secretary-General's strategy.  

On Saturday, a note issued that day said that the Black Sea Grain Initiative, signed in Istanbul on 22 July 2022, has been extended. The Initiative allows for the facilitation of the safe navigation for the exports of grain and related foodstuffs and fertilizers, including ammonia, from designated Ukrainian seaports. 

After a ten-day meeting in Switzerland, the parties to the conflict in Yemen today concluded and finalized the implementation plan for the release of 887 conflict-related detainees from all sides.   

We have an update for you on the response to the earthquake in Syria. In areas under government control, humanitarian partners have provided assistance to 324,000 people in February and 170,000 people so far in March, primarily in the most affected governorates of Aleppo, Hama and Lattakia. 

This morning, the Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and the Americas, Miroslav Jenca, briefed Security Council members on non-proliferation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.  

The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, hosted the second annual Senior Women Leaders Retreat at Greentree Estate in New York. The retreat brought together over 40 Under Secretaries-General as well as Assistant Secretaries-General, who lead UN offices or entities.  

The Trilateral Mechanism that consists of the African Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and the United Nations convened a preparatory meeting yesterday with military and civilian signatories to decide on the next steps for completing the political process.  

The Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim in South Sudan, Meshack Malo, has condemned an attack in Jonglei State in which two aid workers were killed on 17 March. This is the latest in a series of incidents targeting humanitarian convoys and workers in the country. 

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, our peacekeeping mission, MONUSCO, reported that armed groups perpetrated a string of attacks in North Kivu and Ituri overnight on Saturday, triggering population displacement. 

The Head of our peacekeeping Mission in Mali, El-Ghassim Wane, welcomed the launch of the Stabilization Strategy for the Central Regions, as well as its Action Plan. 

A report released today by the World Health Organization, the UN Children’s Fund and the Federal Ministry of Health and Human Services suggests that an estimated 43 000 excess deaths may have occurred in 2022 in Somalia due to the deepening drought.

The Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths has released $5.5 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund to support communities hardest hit by Tropical Cyclone Freddy.

In Mozambique, the number of people affected by Freddy’s second landfall has risen to 812,000. Overall, the storm and a cholera outbreak in the country have affected some 975,000 people.  

The UN team in Vanuatu is supporting authorities following twin Category-4 cyclones Judy and Kevin which hit the country this month. The UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has approved $1.7m in funding towards lifesaving activities in Vanuatu. 

In Haiti, humanitarian needs have risen sharply and are expected to increase further this year. UN figures released on Friday indicate that about 5.2 million people in the country require humanitarian assistance; 57 percent of them are women and girls.

Today is the International Day of Happiness, and it is marked as a way to recognize the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world.