Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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29-Oct-2015 00:18:12
The Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Stephane Dujarric, briefs the press.

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The Secretary-General today attended an event at the Royal Palace in Madrid marking the 60th anniversary of Spain’s membership at the United Nations. Speaking to Spain’s leaders, including King Felipe VI, the Secretary-General applauded Spain’s leadership over the years and said that he looks to Spain, united in its diversity, to do even more on the global stage in the future.

In response to questions on the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), the Spokesman said that 26 October, one of Mission’s barges resupplying fuel travelling on the Nile North of Malakal was blocked in Kaka by over 100 heavily armed men affiliated with the SPLA In Opposition who detained the UNMISS peacekeepers and the crew manning the barge. The fuel was looted.

The UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) reports that the country’s electoral commission announced yesterday that presidential and parliamentary elections would be held on 13 December, with run-off presidential polls on 24 January. A new president and a deputy were elected for the National Electoral Authority.

The UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, will represent the Secretary-General at the Vienna Conference on Syria on Friday.

The World Food Programme (WFP) is deeply concerned about the dire food security situation in the city of Taiz in southern Yemen, where a lack of humanitarian access has left tens of thousands of people without food assistance for more than a month.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that initial assessments indicate that several camps and sites where internally displaced people live near Baghdad have been affected by flooding, affecting thousands of displaced people. Some displaced people are reportedly sheltering in schools, religious buildings or with host families as tents have been destroyed or damaged across numerous locations.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres launched yesterday in Washington a new report entitled "Women on the Run" which looks at the consequences of the violence being perpetrated by organized, transnational criminal groups in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and certain parts of Mexico.

The World Health Organization (WHO) released its Global tuberculosis report 2015, showing this year’s death rate is nearly half of what it was in 1990.

The World Health Organization (WHO) published yesterday the first global estimates of HSV-1 infection, or herpes simplex virus.

The Secretary-General noted with concern the reports of violent clashes between protesters and the police in Brazzaville, ahead of the referendum, which resulted in a number of casualties and wounded. He is aware of the tensions between the opposition parties and the Government. He is also concerned about reports of detention of opposition leaders.

In response to questions on the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the African Union Commission of Inquiry, the Spokesman said that in line with relevant Security Council resolutions, UNMISS supported the African Union Commission of Inquiry.
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