South Sudan’s population in food insecurity & other topics – Daily Briefing (20 February 2020)

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

– Central African Republic
– Syria
– Peacebuilding
– Deputy Secretary-General
– South Sudan
– Resident Coordinators

This morning, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the Central African Republic and Head of the UN Peacekeeping Mission there, Mankeur Ndiaye, briefed members of the Security Council.
He stressed that this is a crucial year for the country as its citizens will head to the polls in December and said that the Government remains in place despite many difficulties. There has also been a clear reduction in violence against civilians and the disarmament process continues in the West of the country.
However, he warned that armed groups continue expand their areas of influence and he reiterated the determination of the Peacekeeping Mission to fulfill its mandate and protect civilians. Mr. Ndiaye also urged the international community to provide technical, logistical and financial support to the election process.

The UN remains very alarmed about the safety and protection of over three million civilians in Idlib and its surrounding areas in northwestern Syria, as reports of airstrikes and shelling continue to take a heavy toll on the civilian population.
There was no respite for families in Idlib and Aleppo in the last 24 hours. Yesterday, at least 15 communities were reported hit by airstrikes, and 11 communities were reportedly struck by shelling.
Most markets have been closed and supply routes are disrupted due to the hostilities.
A massive cross-border operation in the northwest of the country is currently underway to assist civilians as needs are growing. A total of 1,227 trucks of humanitarian assistance crossed from Turkey through Bab al-Hawa and Bab al-Salam cross-border checks last month compared to 928 trucks in December.
This is the largest amount of aid the United Nations has sent across the Syrian-Turkish border in any month since the operation was authorized in 2014.
Nearly 900 trucks carried food assistance that will help 1.4 million people. Other trucks carried health supplies for almost half a million people, and non-food items for more than 230,000 people.

At 3p.m. today, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, will address members of the Peacebuilding Commission to discuss the 2020 review of the UN’s peacebuilding architecture.
She is expected to stress that the review of the peacebuilding architecture is a critical opportunity as the reform of the United Nations unfolds. Accelerating transitions out of crises is a key part of the picture, she is expected to say, and effective United Nations support for transitions is crucial.

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