Political progress to resolve the final status of Abyei and issues related to the border between Sudan and South Sudan remains stalled since the outbreak of war between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces in April 2023, senior United Nations officials told the Security Council today, also spotlighting continuing intercommunal violence that caused the death of more than 60 people — including two UN peacekeepers — in January and February.

In Madagascar, following the passage of Tropical Cyclone Gamane in late March, the United Nations continues to support the Government-led response. Focusing on the health response due to the risk of epidemics, humanitarian organizations have provided medicine, mosquito nets and water purification products.

In Somalia, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that more than 124,000 people have been impacted by seasonal rains. The United Nations, with its partners, have pre-positioned supplies in nearly two dozen hotspot districts to meet the needs of nearly 770,000 people who are expected to be impacted.

The Head of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) met Thursday at the UNIFIL base in Ibl el-Saqi with the mayors and religious authorities of south-eastern towns to discuss local needs and the UN’s humanitarian support to impacted communities, including to restore stability along the Blue Line.