Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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ENGLISH 09-Mar-2017 00:14:08
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
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The Secretary-General today released his report, Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: A New Approach, for consideration by the General Assembly. The report outlines a victim-centered strategy rooted in transparency, accountability and ensuring justice.

Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed spoke to the Security Council this morning at a meeting on its recent mission to the Lake Chad region. Council members spent nearly a week earlier this month visiting the Lake Chad area, including stops in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.

Today, the Secretary-General is announcing the appointment of Louise Arbour of Canada as his Special Representative for International Migration.

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) is alarmed by the escalation of violence in Dera’a Governorate, south of the Syrian capital, Damascus.

Humanitarian workers were able to distribute aid in newly retaken areas inside western Mosul for the second time on Wednesday. Emergency packages of food rations, water, and essential hygiene supplies were provided to more than 5,000 people in a south-western neighbourhood. Further such distributions are planned to assist the very vulnerable families in this area.

The UN Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday to meet with Yemeni and Saudi officials to discuss a political solution to the conflict.

Fifteen outstanding young women researchers have been named as the recipients of this year’s International Rising Talent fellowships as part of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science awards.
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