Haiti, Afghanistan, Ukraine/Women and Girls & other topics – Daily Press Briefing (23 Sept 2022)

Haiti, afghanistan, ukraine/women and girls & other topics - daily press briefing (23 sept 2022)

United Nations published this video item, entitled “Haiti, Afghanistan, Ukraine/Women and Girls & other topics – Daily Press Briefing (23 Sept 2022)” – below is their description.

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

Highlights:

– Secretary-General/Group of 77 & China 

– Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection 

– Secretary-General/Pacific Islands Forum 

– Haiti

– Ethiopia

– Afghanistan

– Ukraine/Women and Girls 

– International Day of Sign Languages 

– Eri Kaneko

HAITI

On Haiti, as unrest continues in Haiti, the Secretary-General condemns the violence in all forms witnessed in the country in recent weeks and calls on all actors to work together to de-escalate the situation and ensure a return to calm.

In the past weeks, Helen La Lime, the head of the UN Mission in Haiti, has further intensified her good offices with government representatives, political actors, civil society groups and private sector stakeholders in search for a compromise on a peaceful transition leading to the restoration of democratically elected institutions.

The Mission continues to encourage Haitian stakeholders to engage in constructive discussions on ways to chart a common way forward and will continue to support Haitian-led efforts for a consensual transition arrangement.

For their part, our humanitarian colleagues in Haiti are calling for an immediate stop to attacks on humanitarian infrastructure and the looting of supplies.

Following the attacks of UN-backed warehouses in different cities across Haiti, the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Ulrika Richardson, called for safe access for humanitarian workers and supplies and highlighted the important contribution of international and local NGOs, working often in volatile and dangerous situations across the country. Many of those organizations have been directly targeted by looters.

Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says hostilities continue there, with reports of hundreds of thousands of people being displaced in parts of Tigray, Afar and Amhara in recent weeks.

Aid workers cannot access large parts of Tigray and several areas in Amhara and Afar due to the reported fighting. Humanitarian convoys through the only available land route into Tigray remain suspended.

The UN Humanitarian Air Service flights to and from Tigray have been suspended since August 25th, halting the transport of commodities and operational cash into Tigray.

The UN, along with our partners, continue to respond and deliver available supplies in areas we can access across the three regions, but it is clearly not enough to meet the existing needs.

In Tigray, 1.4 million men, women, and children, were reached with food at the beginning of this month, bringing the total to more than 2.1 million out of the 5.4 million people targeted since August.

In Amhara, our partners helped displaced people with food, including more than 30,000 people at Jarra site. Water trucking and the distribution of non-food items started in some displacement sites, and 86 mobile health and nutrition teams are operating in the region.

In Afar, our partners reached nearly 200,000 people with food and other services.

UKRAINE/WOMEN AND GIRLS

The UN Global Crisis Response Group on the War in Ukraine and UN Women yesterday released a policy paper showing how the war and its global impacts on food, energy, and finance are impacting women and girls disproportionately, both inside and outside Ukraine and globally. The policy paper warns that war-induced food price hikes and shortages have widened the global gender gap in food insecurity. Spiralling energy prices have also caused families to return to using less-clean fuels and technologies, exposing women and girls to household air pollution, which already kills 3.2 million people, mostly women and children, per year.

According to the report, there are alarming increases in gender-based violence, transactional sex for food and survival, sexual exploitation and trafficking, and early, child, and forced marriages as a result of these worsening

living conditions in conflict, crisis, and humanitarian contexts worldwide. More online.

Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=23%20September%202022

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