RUNDOWN FOR THURSDAY 17 AUGUST 2017

UN / DRC (2:03) 

The Chair of the Security Council sanctions committee on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ambassador Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta of Egypt, said “the implementation of mineral traceability in the DRC has considerably reduced instances of armed groups directly and indirectly benefiting from the exploitation and trade of tin, tantalum and tungsten.” UNIFEED 

GENEVA / SYRIA STAKEOUT (3:08) 

In a press conference today at the United Nations in Geneva, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura informed about possible next steps in new negotiations between the Syrian government and the yet to be formed unified Syrian opposition. UNTV CH 

SOUTH SUDAN / BENTIU SRSG VISIT (2:00) 

The head of the United Nations mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said the UN could not “abandon” those displaced due to the conflict in the country, adding however that most of the mission’s resources are “tied up” in protecting displacement camps. UNMISS 

UGANDA / SOUTH SUDANESE REFUGEES (1:24) 

As the number of South Sudanese refugees reached one million, UNHCR has named 14-year-old Tabu Sunday as the symbolic millionth person seeking safety in neighbouring Uganda. UNHCR 

SOUTH SUDAN / WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY ADVANCER (3:22) 

Ahead of the World Humanitarian Day marked on August 19th, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has sent out an appeal for those targeting aid workers in conflict to stop. UNMISS