Martin Griffiths, the Emergency Relief Coordinator today visited Bucha and Irpin, outside of Kyiv. He said that the world is already deeply shocked by the images coming out of the area and echoed the Secretary-General's call for an immediate, independent investigation to guarantee effective accountability.
Today marks the 28th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, one of the darkest chapters in human history. In his message, the Secretary-General said that today we stand in awe of the resilience of the survivors, and we reflect on our failures as an international community.
The UN welcomes the meeting between the Prime Minister of Armenia and the President of Azerbaijan, under the auspices of the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, that took place yesterday in Brussels.
In response to questions about the latest political developments in Yemen, the Spokesman said that we take note of the decision by President Hadi of Yemen to irrevocably delegate his full power to a newly-formed Presidential Leadership Council.
The Security Council discussed the situation in Mali this morning. In an open briefing, El-Ghassim Wane, the head of our peacekeeping mission in the country, reiterated his concerns about the security situation.
In Djibouti, the UN our team continues supporting authorities to respond to the pandemic and other challenges. To date, 150,000 persons have been received at least one dose of the vaccine, with 270,000 doses landing through COVAX.
The UN team in Peru, led by Resident Coordinator Igor Garafulic, has been following closely the political situation over the past few days in the country. The UN team is appealing to all actors to refrain from violence and to de-escalate tensions.
In Latin America and the Caribbean, the UN is coordinating the training of future peacekeepers – that’s military personnel from Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay – as well as 21 civilians.
Today is World Health Day and the World Health Organization is issuing an urgent call for accelerated action by leaders and all people to preserve and protect health and mitigate the climate crisis as part of “Our planet, our health” campaign.
David Gressly, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, will be the guest at the noon briefing on Friday. He will brief reporters on the situation in Yemen. At 11:00 a.m., on Friday, there will be a virtual briefing by Boubaker Ben Belhassen, the Director of the FAO’s Trade and Markets Division. He will brief reporters on the Food Price Index.