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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ukraine, Pooled Funds

30 Jun 2022

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Ukraine’s Humanitarian Coordinator, Osnat Lubrani, held a media briefing on four months of the war on people in Ukraine and UN support efforts. Credit: Ukraine Media Centre

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights –   30 June 2022

Ukraine

The Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Osnat Lubrani, today called on the parties to the conflict to decisively and urgently facilitate safe and unimpeded access for aid workers to all regions, cities, towns and villages, where people need help. She also stressed the need to allow civilians to leave these areas if they want to.

Speaking to the media in Kyiv earlier today, she expressed regret that the UN and our partners in Ukraine have been prevented from doing more because of insecurity and impediments imposed by the parties.

Ms. Lubrani stressed that aid workers cannot deliver supplies or access Kherson, and that only very limited assistance arrived in Mariupol.

She said access to non-Government-controlled areas is extremely difficult, if not impossible. Despite tremendous challenges, we and our partners have provided life-saving assistance to nearly 9 million men, women and children in every single region of Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24th.

This is in addition to the incredible work by thousands and thousands of volunteers across the country to support their own people. However, humanitarian needs continue to grow as hostilities intensify in different regions, particularly in the eastern Donbas, as well as close to the front lines in southern Mykolaivska, Khersonska, Zaporizka and northern Kharkivska oblasts.

Ukraine/humanitarian rights

The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in the country has a new report documenting violations – including killings, torture and disappearances – against civilians and others during the first three months of the war.

The Mission has received numerous allegations and was able to verify 23 cases of conflict-related sexual violence. As you know, this report comes at a time when people in Ukraine are facing an escalation of hostilities across the country.

The full report is available online.

Pooled Funds

This morning, the Secretary-General,  António Guterres spoke by pre-recorded video message at the virtual event on pooled funds.

He said today, over 300 million people in the world are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance and protection – a fact he called “a grim record.”

The Secretary-General noted that the UN is working on reaching the vulnerable, and this takes financial resources. He stressed the importance of the Central Emergency Response Fund and Country-Based Pooled Funds, noting they are fast, flexible, impartial and independent.

Those remarks are online.

Also speaking virtually at the same event was the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths.

He said that we have reached more than 50 million people in the last year, with the pooled funds having supported people’s health, food security, water and sanitation, hygiene and protection.