Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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ENGLISH 17-Mar-2017 00:25:26
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
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The Secretary-General met with women’s civil society groups this morning for a town hall meeting, in which he exchanged ideas and views about issues affecting women and girls around the world.

The Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, is travelling today to Mali for a two-day trip. He is expected to meet with Government officials, the UN Mission (MINUSMA)'s leadership and UN personnel. He will then proceed to South Sudan on 19 March, where he will engage with the Government and the humanitarian and diplomatic community. He is expected to address the press in Juba on 21 March. The Under-Secretary-General-designate for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, is accompanying Mr. Ladsous on both trips.

The head of the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, David Shearer, today warned that the situation in the country continues to deteriorate and that local and ethnic divisions have been exploited for political ends. Addressing a meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council on South Sudan, he said that the recent escalation of fighting in Equatoria and Upper Nile regions has led to a significant displacement of civilians. Meanwhile, new armed groups are emerging, leaving the country deeply divided.

The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, said today that it was appalled by the deaths of refugees after a boat carrying them across the Red Sea from Yemen to Sudan was reportedly attacked overnight on Thursday during hostilities off the governorate of Hudaydah. Although details are still unconfirmed, it appears that a number of Somali refugees were among those killed or injured.

As displacement from Western Mosul continues unabated, UNHCR is opening two new camps and asking donors for additional funding to help protect and shelter those forced to flee.

UNICEF says that one year after the Balkan border closures and the EU-Turkey Statement, which were aimed at stopping mass migration flows, refugee and migrant children face greater risks of deportation, detention, exploitation and deprivation.

In response to the situation in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), Francois Fall, has carried out a number of visits to the country to discuss with the concerned parties the situation on the ground. His office has also carried out a number of working-level visits.
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