Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
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The Secretary-General-designate has announced that he is appointing Fabrizio Hochschild of Chile as his Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination in the Executive Office.

The Security Council met this morning on South Sudan. A draft resolution to impose an arms embargo failed to pass.

Regarding the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said today that the high casualty figures during recent protests suggest a serious disregard by the various police, defence and security forces of the need to exercise restraint in policing demonstrations.

The UN Human Rights Office today expressed its serious concern over the ongoing prosecution of Nabeel Rajab, a cofounder of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says that 100 people are feared to have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea yesterday, bringing the number of casualties in the Mediterranean this year to more than 5,000.

The World Health Organization (WHO) published today the results of a major trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine in Guinea, showing this vaccine to be highly protective against the deadly virus.

The Spokesman congratulated Sherwin Bryce Pease on his election as President of the UN Correspondents Association.

Croatia and Jordan have paid their UN regular dues in full, bringing the total number of Member States which have done so to 143.
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