RUNDOWN FOR THURSDAY 23 MARCH 2017

UN / LONDON MOMENT OF SILENCE (1:00) 

The United Nations Security Council strongly condemned today the “cowardly terrorist attack” which struck London on Wednesday. UNIFEED 

UN / BORIS JOHNSON TERRORISM (1:52) 

The Secretary of State of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, said that “the world is uniting to defeat” those who launched Wednesday’s terrorist attack in London. UNIFEED 

GA / GUTERRES CLIMATE CHANGE (1:52) 

Addressing a General Assembly High-Level action event aimed at invigorating political momentum on climate change, Secretary-General António Guterres underlined that human activity is causing dangerous global warming, and stressed that “we are dealing with scientific facts, not politics.” UNIFEED 

UN / SOMALIA (3:12) 

The United Nations representative for Somalia, Michael Keating, said the African Union peacekeeping mission (AMISOM) remained the “backbone of security” in the country and a rushed drawdown in its presence “could be disastrous.” UNIFEED 

UN / SOUTH SUDAN (2:42) 

Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council that the conflict in South Sudan “continues to generate profound suffering” to civilians, “who face seemingly endless violence and are being forced to flee their homes.”  The Council issued a statement expressing “deep alarm” at the situation in the country. UNIFEED

WHO / TUBERCULOSIS (1:59) 

On the eve of the World Tuberculosis Day (24 Mar), the World Health Organization is launching new ethics guidance to help ensure that countries implementing the End TB Strategy adhere to sound ethical standards to protect the rights of all affected. WHO 

IMF / G20 MOZAMBIQUE (1:43) 

The recent G20 ministerial meeting in Germany showed a consensus for free trade measures and the IMF is ready to support open trade “conducted under fair rules and well-enforced,” International Monetary Fund (IMF) Spokesperson Gerry Rice told reporters in Washington today. IMF 

IRAQ / MOSUL DISPLACED FAMILIES (1:33) 

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said thousands of displaced Iraqis from western Mosul have been arriving at the Hammam al-Alil camp, a few kilometres south of the city. UNHCR 

FAO / RESEARCH VESSEL (3:00) 

A state of the art, multi-purpose research vessel, the Dr. Fridtjof Nansen, is the third ship launched in a unique partnership between Norway and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). FAO [EMBARGOED UNTIL 24 MARCH 2017 09:00 GMT]