United Nations published this video item, entitled “Climate, Haiti, Ukraine & other topics – Daily Press Briefing (16 June 2022)” – below is their description.
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
– UNHCR Annual Global Trends Report
– Mongolia International Conference on Women in Peacekeeping
– Sri Lanka
– International Telecommunication Union
– Domestic Workers
– International Day Of Family Remittances
– Noon Briefing Guests
Tomorrow the Secretary-General will be taking part in the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, convened by the US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry.
The Secretary-General will be stressing to major emitters that we cannot let the war in Ukraine be an excuse to increase our dependency on fossil fuels and he will reiterate the urgency of investing in renewable energy. And those remarks, I think we shared with you.
This afternoon, the Security Council will hold a session on the situation in Haiti. Helen La Lime, the head of our UN mission there, will brief Council members.
In Ukraine, intense and stepped-up fighting in the country’s east – especially in and around Sievierodonetsk, the city of Donetsk, and many other locations – continues to impact men, women and children and cause a large number of casualties. Yesterday, the NGO World Central Kitchen, which has been providing hot meals to people displaced by the war in Ukraine, said they lost more than 30 pallets of food. They said this happened when a missile struck and destroyed a wagon of the train that was transporting supplies in the east. No one was injured in the strike.
In Sievierodonetsk, thousands of people – including women, children and the elderly – are experiencing constant bombardments and clashes. The parties to the conflict have not yet reached an agreement to
either facilitate safe evacuations of civilians or enable access to aid workers to provide urgent assistance.
UN partners are particularly concerned by the health situation after most of the health facilities in Sievierodonetsk and the neighbouring city of Lysychansk were damaged or just destroyed.
The UN also continues to receive reports of residential areas being shelled in non-Government-controlled-areas of Donetska and Luhanska oblasts. In the past day alone, dozens of houses, a healthcare facility, and a school were damaged, according to local sources.
The UN calls on the parties to the conflict to fulfill their obligation to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure. We also call on them to allow for the urgent delivery of critical aid and to agree on safe passage for the civilians who wish to leave areas experiencing clashes and constant bombardments. It goes without saying that many lives are indeed at stake.
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