Middle East; UNRWA; Syria

Middle East: The SG welcomed the humanitarian pause negotiated by Special Coordinator Serry to allow civilians in Gaza to begin repairs on electrical and water infrastructure. WFP used the five-hour pause to deliver emergency food assistance to Gaza. The SG hopes the pause will lead to peace and a sustainable ceasefire.

UNRWA: UNRWA made a $60 million appeal for shelter, food, health and psychosocial needs of those affected in Gaza. The Agency also discovered 20 rockets hidden in a school in Gaza and condemns the group responsible for violating international law.

Syria: OCHA, WFP, and UNICEF issued a joint statement yesterday welcoming SC Resolution 2165 to allow 2.9 million people in Syria to receive humanitarian access.

Libya: The UN and the interim government in Libya called for a cessation of violence as fighting between the two major rival groups in Tripoli continues in Libya’s international airport. The conflict came close to the UNSMIL office leading to the temporary withdrawal of international staff until conditions improve.

Afghanistan: UNAMA welcomed the beginning of the audit of the results of the presidential election run-off today that will be conducted by the Independent Election Commission under close supervision of the UN.

Africa: At the GA’s debate on investment in Africa today, the SG noted that foreign direct investment now surpasses ODA, but financing gaps exist and investment needs to be directed toward vital developmental needs.

New Envoy for African Great Lakes Region: The SG appointed Said Djinnit of Algeria as Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region.

International Criminal Justice Day: Today marks International Criminal Justice Day recognizing the importance of accountability for international crimes to ensure peace, security, human rights and fundamental freedoms. The SG celebrated the 10th anniversary of the UN Relationship Agreement with the ICC and called for universal ratification of the Rome Statute which is the founding treaty of the ICC.