Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

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11-Jun-2015 00:12:10
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

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The Secretary-General was in Kyrgyzstan today, where he attended the opening of the International Conference on the “Development of Parliamentarianism”.

The Secretary-General also visited the city of Osh, together with the Prime Minister.

In Osh, he also met with civil society representatives and local authorities.

The Secretary-General arrived a short while ago in Uzbekistan, the next leg of his visit to Central Asia.

Tomorrow, the Deputy Secretary-General will travel to Johannesburg, South Africa, to represent the Secretary-General at the twenty-fifth Ordinary Session of the African Union Summit, which will take place on 14-15 June.

On Saturday, the Deputy Secretary-General will participate in the Meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council.

From Burundi, you will have seen that Said Djinnit left his work as facilitator for the dialogue in Burundi, but will remain Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region.

Back here, the Security Council heard a briefing this morning by Abdoulaye Bathily, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa.

Meanwhile, the World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that starting next Monday, half a million refugees in Dadaab and Kakuma camps in Kenya will receive 30 per cent less food due to shortage of funds for relief operations.

Meanwhile, Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, welcomes Egypt’s decision to open the Rafah crossing from 13 to 15 June in both directions, following consultations between President (Mahmoud) Abbas and the Egyptian authorities.

Our colleagues at the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs today welcome the announcement of an allocation of $200 million from Kuwait to help alleviate the suffering of people in Iraq.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, expressed deep regret today that Pakistan has executed more than 150 people, including juvenile offenders, since it cancelled its moratorium on the death penalty in the aftermath of the Peshawar school attack in December.

Yesterday, I was asked about a hunger strike of Venezuelan students in front of the Secretariat building.

Our colleagues from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights met with the students and the High Commissioner for Human Rights was then briefed on the reasons for their action.

I was also asked yesterday about a breakdown of civilian casualties in Yemen. I think it was Joe who asked, or maybe not but anyway, I can tell you that our Human Rights Office says that at least 1,037 civilians, including 130 women and 234 children, lost their lives in Yemen between 26 March and 20 May, while at least another 2,453 civilians have been wounded.

I was also asked by some of your colleagues about the Secretary-General’s position on the opening of the First European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, tomorrow. I can say the Secretary-General’s position is that he welcomes the opening of the First European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, and commends the people and the Government of Azerbaijan for the organization of the Games and hopes that they will promote greater international and regional cooperation.

Sunday is World Blood Donor Day — and ahead of that day, the World Health Organization is calling for increased regular blood donations from voluntary, unpaid donors.
And a senior personnel appointment today: the Secretary-General is announcing today the appointment of Kelly T. Clements of the United States as Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees.

Ms. Clements will succeed T. Alexander Aleinikoff, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedicated service and commitment to the work of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Most recently, Ms. Clements has served as United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration. More details are available in my office.
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