MIL-OSI Video: Secretary General travel, Gaza & other topics – Daily Press Briefing (16 January 2024)

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Source: United Nations (Video News)

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


The Secretary-General has arrived in Switzerland and his programme at the World Economic Forum in Davos is starting just about now with a series of meetings with leaders from governments and the private sector.  
Tonight, he will attend a dinner organized by Global Investors for Sustainable Development.  
Tomorrow morning, he will deliver a special address on the “State of the World”, where he will highlight existential threats posed by the climate crisis and the development of Artificial Intelligence without guard rails. He will warn leaders that these two issues are exhaustively discussed by governments, by the media, by leaders and yet we have no effective global strategy to deal with either.  
The Secretary-General will renew his call to prevent further damage by pushing for reform of our institutions and rebuilding trust to get our world back on track to safety, prosperity, and peace.  
On Thursday, the Secretary-General will head to Thun, also in Switzerland, where he will attend a retreat with his Special Representatives.   

On Gaza, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that, since the escalation of hostilities, aid missions have reported two instances where convoy members were detained by Israeli forces, as well as of two instances of attacks on convoys. Additionally, reluctance by the Israeli authorities to open main supply routes and facilitate timely crossing through the Israeli military-controlled checkpoint has exposed humanitarian actors to security risks.
Furthermore, the capacity of humanitarian agencies to operate safely and effectively remains heavily compromised by restrictions applied by the Israeli authorities on the import of critical humanitarian equipment.
As of yesterday, only one of the three water pipelines from Israel was functioning. The Middle Area water pipeline, with a production capacity of close to
17,000 cubic metres of water per day, urgently needs repairs. UN partners working in water, hygiene, and sanitation have estimated that this could take up to four weeks with sustained access and the necessary supplies.
Also yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the Nasser Medical Complex is caring for 700 patients, which is double its normal capacity. This requires patients to receive treatment on the floor. The hospital continues to receive a high volume of trauma and burn cases, while the Intensive Care Unit and burn unit are severely understaffed, delaying treatment.
Senior Humanitarian and Reconstruction Coordinator, Sigrid Kaag, is today in Egypt, where she continues her meetings.


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