Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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ENGLISH 22-Dec-2016 00:15:05
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
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The Secretary-General yesterday transmitted to the Security Council a detailed summary of the report of the United Nations Headquarters Board of Inquiry that was established to review and investigate the 19 September 2016 incident involving a United Nations/Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) humanitarian convoy in Urem al-Kubra, near the city of Aleppo, Syria.

Evacuations escorted by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) continued overnight and continued throughout today from besieged neighbourhoods in Syria’s eastern Aleppo. While operations are ongoing, the evacuation is believed to be in its final stage. The UN estimates that thousands more remain in eastern Aleppo enclaves.

The Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Lise Grande, has condemned in the strongest terms the killing of civilians and aid workers in two separate incidents in eastern Mosul city. According to initial reports, four aid workers and at least seven civilians queuing for emergency assistance in eastern Mosul city were killed by indiscriminate mortar fire, with up to forty others injured.

The Secretary-General met today with the outgoing Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia to the United Nations, Mamadou Tangara, to discuss the deteriorating political situation in the country.

In a statement issued yesterday on developments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), upon the resumption of the mediation led by the Conférence épiscopale nationale des églises du Congo (CENCO), the Secretary-General calls on Congolese political leaders to place the interests of the country and the people above partisan and personal considerations.

The World Food Programme (WFP) warned today that without immediate funding, it will be forced to end its support to 150,000 people uprooted by violence in the Central African Republic.

In a message issued today, the Secretary-General is pleased to welcome the High-Level Commission’s Report on Health Employment and Economic Growth. He says that the Ebola outbreak and the crisis in Syria have all too vividly illustrated the importance of protecting, supporting and investing in the health and social workforce. The Secretary-General encourages all stakeholders to review the report and its recommendations and agree on a way forward to ensure all countries can take bold action to build a sustainable global health workforce and align public and private investments to do so. Health workers save lives and they are critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and targets to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, everywhere.

Brazil and Poland have becoming the latest Member States to pay their UN dues in full, bringing the total number of States which have done so to 141.
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