Briefing by Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

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18-Nov-2015 00:29:03
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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In a statement issued today, the Secretary-General condemned the bomb attack on 17 November in the city of Yola, in the north-eastern state of Adamawa, Nigeria, which resulted in dozens dead and scores injured.

The Secretary-General called the President of France, François Hollande, this morning, to present his condolences to the families of the victims of the 13 November terrorist attacks in Paris, as well as to the Government and people of France. He reiterated his condemnation of these attacks.

The Secretary-General welcomed today’s action by the General Assembly to elect Filippo Grandi of Italy as the next United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The Secretary-General today spoke at the Second UN Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters, ahead of World Toilet Day which will be observed tomorrow.

The Secretary-General will be in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Sunday, 22 November, where he will take part in the 7th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-UN Summit. He is expected to meet with leaders in the region, including Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak.

The Secretary-General on 2 July 2015 transmitted to the President of the General Assembly the report of the Independent Panel of Experts regarding the investigation into the conditions and circumstances resulting in the tragic deaths of Dag Hammarskjöld and of the members of the party accompanying him.

The Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, visited Tehran today, where he met with the Iranian Foreign Minister and Deputy Foreign Minister. The Special Envoy and his interlocutors reiterated their support for a political solution to the conflict in Yemen.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that recent military operations in and near Iraq’s Sinjar District have displaced over 4,000 people between 12-17 November. Preliminary information indicates that people had to flee rapidly and have no belongings.

The UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonovic, concluded his five-day visit to Somalia, calling on the country’s international partners to increase their support to the Federal Government in its efforts to advance human rights.

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today it is deeply concerned about the impact on children from both violence and increasing poverty and vulnerability in Burundi.

The World Food Programme (WFP) said today that, due to timely contributions from key donors, it is able to continue food distributions for more than 1.5 million people in the Somali region of Ethiopia.

The World Food Programme (WFP), together with a partner organization, today started distributing food to some 7,000 patients in hospitals and students in schools in conflict-affected areas in Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine.

A new UN report issued today spotlights the wealth of opportunities that exist to limit greenhouse gas emissions while increasing ambitions to keep the global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius.
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