Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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ENGLISH 08-Mar-2017 00:18:56
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
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Today, the Secretary-General was in Nairobi, where, this morning, he met with President Uhuru Kenyatta. Speaking to the press afterwards, the Secretary-General expressed his solidarity with the Kenyan people in dealing with the drought that has hit the country. He added that he had deep gratitude for Kenya’s commitment to multilateralism and also the Government’s commitment to peacekeeping and peace-enforcing, including its role in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

The Security Council held consultations this morning on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Last night, Council members issued a press statement in which they strongly condemned the most recent ballistic missile launches conducted by the DPRK on 5 March.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights addressed the Human Rights Council, beginning his remarks by commemorating International Women’s Day and celebrating the courage and strength of women’s movements around the world.

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned today's complex attack on Kabul's Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan Hospital. Attackers reportedly disguised as medical doctors detonated a suicide vehicle-borne explosive device at the entrance gate to the hospital, after which several attackers armed with AK-47s, grenades and suicide vests entered the facility. The armed attackers proceeded to target patients and medical workers before Afghan security forces ended the assault.

Displacement due to ongoing fighting in western Mosul continues to rise rapidly. Some 53,500 people have been displaced from western Mosul since the renewed military operations there began on 19 February. This is an increase of approximately 3,500 people overnight.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya, Martin Kobler, yesterday condemned the military escalation in Libya’s Oil Crescent region which jeopardizes the political process and risks igniting wider conflict. Mr. Kobler stressed that the immediate priority is to de-escalate tensions, prevent further loss of life and ensure that Libya’s national infrastructure and natural resources are under the control of legitimate authorities.

In a statement issued yesterday, the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States, and the European Union commended the parties to the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali for the effective launch of the interim authorities in Kidal, Ménaka and Gao.

The UN Department of Field Support (DFS) launched today its new website on conduct and discipline.

Bulgaria, Samoa and San Marino have paid their regular budget dues in full, bringing the total number of Member States which have done so to 56.
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