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Ukraine, Ethiopia, Iraq & other topics - Daily…

Ukraine, Ethiopia, Iraq & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
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The Secretary-General spoke at the Security Council this morning, renewing his call for peace as he marked the sad and tragic milestone of six months since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Our Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, Denise Brown, today commended the work of humanitarian workers who have provided assistance to approximately 12 million people in all regions of Ukraine.

On his way to the Security Council, the Secretary-General said a few words on the situation in Ethiopia, saying he is deeply shocked and saddened by the news of the resumption of hostilities in Ethiopia. Just a quick reminder of that context. Ethiopia is facing a very difficult humanitarian situation to say the least.
The country is facing its worst drought in the past 40 years.

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, is in contact with all relevant parties, encouraging them to de-escalate tensions and commit to a dialogue aimed at resolving differences and restoring stability in the interest of the Iraqi people.  

The UN peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic has deployed long- and medium-range patrols, as well as surveillance flights. 

In Algeria, the UN team on the ground sent out an appeal for increased support from the international community to boost lifesaving assistance to Sahrawi refugees risking food insecurity and malnutrition. 
The UN team in Pakistan, led by Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Julien Harneis, is boosting support to authorities in the most affected provinces of Balochistan and Sindh.                           

In Afghanistan, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that over the past week, heavy rains and flash floods have affected several provinces across the eastern, central, south-eastern, southern and western regions, affecting more than 8,200 families.  

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