Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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ENGLISH 15-Mar-2017 00:23:38
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
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In a statement, the Secretary-General said that: “For six years now, the Syria people have been victims of one of the worst conflicts of our time.

Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O‘Brien said in a video statement today that the toll taken on civilians in Syria after six years of conflict is inexcusable.

Yesterday, the UN, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Syria Arab Red Crescent delivered humanitarian assistance, including food, nutrition and medical assistance, for 60,000 people in need in the besieged four towns of Madaya and Az-Zabadani in Rural Damascus) and Foah and Kafraya in Idleb.

Today, staff at UN Headquarters are gathering at the "Knotted Gun" sculpture in the Visitor's Centre Plaza. They are marking six years of brutal war in Syria and will be holding photos of a six-year-old Syrian child.

The Security Council is holding a ministerial open debate today on the theme “Trafficking in Persons in Conflict Situations: Forced labour, slavery and other similar practices.”

Severe food insecurity threatens more than 17 million people in conflict-ridden Yemen, according to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis released by the United Nations and its humanitarian partners today. The World Food Programme (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and UNICEF all participated in the analysis.

Later today, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will symbolically mark the global gender pay gap of 23 per cent by interrupting work at 4:10 pm.

In response to questions on the Central African Republic, the Spokesman said that the UN Mission in the country conducted investigations in July 2016 on a Cameroonian contingent that was allegedly involved in illegal activities. The investigation concluded that there was no evidence of any wrongdoing.
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