Ukraine, Iraq, Somalia & other topics – Daily Press Briefing (4 October 2022)

Ukraine, iraq, somalia & other topics - daily press briefing (4 october 2022)

United Nations published this video item, entitled “Ukraine, Iraq, Somalia & other topics – Daily Press Briefing (4 October 2022)” – below is their description.

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

Highlights:

– Ukraine

– Deputy Secretary-General

– Iraq

– Somalia

– Central African Republic

– Ethiopia

– Cuba

– Pakistan

– Uganda

– Nansen Award

– Noon Briefing Guests Tomorrow

UKRAINE

Denise Brown, the humanitarian coordinator in Ukraine, visited the front-line city of Mykolaiv, in the south of the country today.

Ms. Brown met with people whose lives have been devasted by the Russian invasion, and with aid organizations working to support them. She was accompanied by representatives of a number of UN agencies working on the ground, on the humanitarian response. She also met with local and regional authorities and was able to monitor the arrival of the first batch of an additional 28 truckloads of aid supplies provided by the UN.

Her visit comes as people in Mykolaiv face a serious humanitarian crisis. The war has destroyed the water network, leaving some 250,000 people who remained in

the city – that’s about half of its pre-war population. And those people have been struggling every day to access safe drinking water, among other struggles.

And, also, on the overall humanitarian response we, along with our partners, have provided critical support to more than half a million people since the start of the war.

DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL

The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, arrived in Nairobi, in Kenya, this afternoon after attending the Pre-COP27 meeting that took place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and she represented the Secretary-General there.

Tomorrow, she is scheduled to meet with the newly elected Kenyan President, Dr. William Ruto. She will also attend a roundtable with Kenyan County Governors to discuss climate action.

On then on the 6th of October, she will travel to Kajiado, a county heavily impacted by the ongoing

drought in Kenya, where she will visit a vaccination and livestock feed distribution site and a hospital. As mentioned, she will then fly out to Cape Town, South Africa where, on Friday, she will deliver the Desmond Tutu Lecture.

IRAQ

Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, the Special Representative for Iraq, briefed the Security Council. She noted that, although calls for Iraq’s leaders to overcome their differences, and form a government, have abounded since elections were held a year ago, discord and power play have prevailed over a sense of common duty. The situation remains highly volatile, she said, describing the events of the past days.

The Special Representative emphasized the UN’s intense engagements during the past months and weeks; from participating in dialogue and holding countless bilateral meetings to drafting roadmaps and conducting shuttle diplomacy in various forms. Believe me, she said, we tried, non-stop.

The Special Representative added that it is high time for Iraq’s leaders, all of them, to engage in dialogue, collectively define core Iraqi needs and pull the country back from the ledge.

SOMALIA

The Secretary-General condemned yesterday’s attacks in Beletweyne, HirShabelle, perpetrated by Al-Shabaab. The attacks resulted in many casualties, including state officials.

The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the bereaved as well as to the Government and people of Somalia. He reaffirmed the commitment of the United Nations to work with regional and other international actors in supporting the people and Government of Somalia on their path toward building a peaceful country.

Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=04%20October%202022

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