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Ukraine, Sierra Leone & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
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This morning, the Security Council held a meeting on the maintenance of peace and security of Ukraine. Briefing Council members, the Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, said that as we are all only too aware, the killing, destruction and suffering continue unabated in Ukraine.  

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs continues to support the communities impacted by the destruction of the Kakhovka Dam. Two inter-agency convoys - one yesterday and one today - delivered aid to more than 3,000 civilians in four villages of the Tiahynka community, in the Kherson region. The supplies included water and water purification tabs, 30-day food rations, medical supplies and hygiene and shelter kits, among others. 

The Secretary-General is following with concern developments in Sierra Leone in the run-up to the 24 June elections.  He calls on all political actors and their supporters to adhere to the 25 May presidential candidates’ peace pledge, and to contribute to the holding of transparent, credible and peaceful elections.  

The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, will depart this weekend to undertake an official visit to China in a series of engagements with Government and business leaders, as well as other key stakeholders, to strengthen cooperation in the areas of financing for sustainable development and climate action for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Starting today and until 26 June, the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, will be travelling to Dhaka, Bangladesh to attend the first UN Peacekeeping Ministerial Preparatory Meeting.  

In Egypt, our team, led by Resident Coordinator Elena Panova, is addressing food insecurity challenges, worsened by disrupted grain exports from Russia and Ukraine and increasing fuel import costs. Our team has been supporting vulnerable groups, including migrants, refugees, and the impoverished, through cash transfers, vouchers, and food distribution. 

Today is Peacebuilding Day. In her video message, the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, Elizabeth Spehar, underscores the critical need to increase efforts to address root causes of conflict and invest in peacebuilding.  

Today is the United Nations Public Service Day.  In his message to mark the occasion, the Secretary-General says that public servants and the institutions they support will be increasingly critical as the world accelerates action towards the Sustainable Development Goals, which are badly off track. 

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