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Sudan, Myanmar & other topics - Daily Press Briefing…

Sudan, Myanmar & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
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On Sunday, [14 May] the Secretary-General will travel to Jamaica. On Monday, he will meet Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

Tonight, the Deputy Secretary-General will travel to Abuja, Nigeria, as she has been invited to attend the 2023 Nigeria Governors’ Induction Forum for new and returning Governors, which will begin on 14 May.  

The Secretary-General welcomes the signing by the parties to the conflict in Sudan of the Declaration of Commitment to protect civilians and guarantee the safe passage of humanitarian aid in the country.  

In Sudan, the United Nations and partners continue to scale up the response, despite the violence. The World Food Programme (WFP) has reached some 50,000 people in the states of Kassala, Gedaref and White Nile with food assistance, since the agency resumed its operations in late April.

The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Myanmar, Noeleen Heyzer, paid her first visit in that capacity to New Delhi on 9 to 10 May. During that visit, the Special Envoy held discussions with Minister of External Affairs of India, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra and Joint Secretary (Bangladesh-Myanmar) Smita Pant.   

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says preparations for the arrival of Cyclone Mocha are underway, which is expected to make landfall this weekend in the area between Kyaukphyu in Myanmar’s Rakhine State and Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.

In Mali, a fact-finding report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has concluded that there are strong indications that more than 500 people were killed – the vast majority summarily executed – by Malian troops and foreign military personnel during a five-day military operation in the village of Moura in the Mopti region of central Mali in March of last year.

The UN Forum on Forests just concluded its eighteenth session today. 

Today is the International Day of Plant Health. The day raises global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect biodiversity and the environment, and boost economic development.


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