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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

The Secretary-General deeply regrets today’s announcement by the Taliban authorities in Afghanistan that girls’ education from the sixth grade has been suspended until further notice. 

In Ukraine, more than 200,000 people lack access to water across the Donetska oblast in the country’s east.

The Steering Committee of the Global Crisis Response Group on Food, Energy, and Finance, that the Secretary-General announced earlier last week is holding its first meeting. The aim of the Steering Committee is to coordinate the global response to the worldwide impacts of the crisis in Ukraine.

The Security Council met this morning on the cooperation with the League of Arab States. Addressing the Council, the Secretary-General said that the UN and the League of Arab States remain united in our pursuit of multilateral answers to the cascading challenges facing the Arab world and beyond.

On the heels of International Water Day, which was yesterday, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Horn of Africa tell us that millions of men, women and children face severe water shortages and are going hungry due to the devastating drought in that region.

In November of 2020, the UN released the UN Research Roadmap for the COVID-19 Recovery, in collaboration with 38 research funding agencies around the world and led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Today is World Meteorological Day. In his video message, the Secretary-General announced that the UN will spearhead new action to ensure every person on Earth is protected by early warning systems within five years.

Samantha Mort, UNICEF’s Chief of Communications in Afghanistan, briefed reporters on the situation of girls’ education in Afghanistan.