Today is World Refugee Day, and this year’s theme is “Whoever. Wherever. Whenever. Everyone has the right to seek safety.”
And as a sad note on World Refugee Day, the World Food Programme warned that further food ration cuts are imminent for refugees as humanitarian needs multiply around the world while funding struggles to keep pace.
From Ukraine, our humanitarian colleagues are telling us that intense hostilities were reported over the weekend, across Government and non-Government-controlled areas of the Donetska and Luhanska oblasts.
This afternoon the Secretary-General and the Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths will brief the Security Council at 3 pm, at a time when Resolution 2585, which authorizes cross-border operations in Syria, is up for renewal.
Also in the Security Council this morning Nicholas Haysom, the Head of our peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan, will brief you at the Security Council stakeout.
The UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congothere strongly condemns new attacks by the M23 against its own positions in Shangi, in the North-Kivu province.
Our colleague Bruno Lemarquis, the head of the humanitarian operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has also expressed his concern about spiralling violence in the East.
The Secretary-General condemns the reported killing of scores of civilians in Oromia, Ethiopia this weekend. He urges the Ethiopian government to take urgent steps towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Oromia.
Turning to Mali, the Secretary-General strongly condemned yesterday’s improvised explosive device attack in the Kidal region against a convoy of the UN peacekeeping Mission conducting a search and detection operation for mines. One peacekeeper from Guinea was killed.
Stephanie Williams, Special Adviser for Libya, made a closing statement today at the end of the third and final round of negotiations between the Joint House of Representatives and High Council of State Committee on the Libyan Constitutional Track, which took place in Cairo. She said that the Joint Committee achieved a great deal of consensus on the contentious articles of the Libyan Draft Constitution but added that differences persist on the measures governing the transitional period leading up to elections.
This morning, in a tweet, the UN Mission in Afghanistan condemned the attack that took place earlier today in a crowded bazaar in Nangarhar province, which killed and wounded scores of civilians, among them children.
Pauline Tamesis of the Philippines is the new Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam.