Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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ENGLISH 10-Mar-2017 00:24:08
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
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The Security Council met for its regular debate on Afghanistan this morning, during which the Council renewed the mandate for the UN Mission there (UNAMA).

Humanitarian workers in Iraq were able to again access to western Mosul yesterday, providing emergency packages of food rations, water, and essential hygiene supplies to almost 4,000 people in two south-western neighbourhoods.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reports that intensified hostilities across western and central Yemen continue to force tens of thousands of people to flee their homes, with many now struggling to cope in abysmal conditions. More than 62,000 people have been reported to be displaced within the last six weeks.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that more than 338,000 people in South Sudan’s Leer, Mayendit, Koch and Panyijiar have received humanitarian assistance since localized famine was declared in Leer and Mayendit.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that in Madagascar, Cyclone Enawo has left the country, conditions are conducive for assessments to take place. The category 4 cyclone has flooded towns and cities; destroyed houses, schools and infrastructure, including hospitals; and has displaced thousands of people.

Violence continues to uproot thousands of people in Colombia, despite a peace agreement signed last November between the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Monday sees the start of the 60th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, Austria.

Ecuador has made its payment to the regular budget, becoming the 58th Member State to pay in full.
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