Briefing by Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

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24-Nov-2015 00:17:31
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, met early this week in Istanbul with representatives of the Syrian opposition. Yesterday, he met with a delegation of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (SOC), and then today, he met with delegations from armed opposition groups.

The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, continues to hold consultations with both Yemeni parties.

The Special Adviser of the Secretary-General, Jamal Benomar, has in recent days held meetings with the African Union in Addis Ababa and with Ugandan senior officials in Kampala.

The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) said today that it is alarmed by reports that at least four people have been killed and many injured, from both sides, in violent clashes over the weekend during protests in the Terai area of southern Nepal.

The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) today said that the executions over the weekend of Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujhid in Bangladesh brings to four the number of people hanged following convictions by the country’s International Crimes Tribunal.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) today warned of new humanitarian problems at crossings from Greece into the Balkans resulting from the profiling of people based on their alleged nationalities.

The Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, Christopher Ross, was in Algeria, where he met with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Ministers of the Algerian Government.

Ahead of the climate change conference starting in Paris (COP21) next week, a new UNICEF report says that more than half a billion children live in flood-prone areas and 160 million live in high drought severity zones, leaving them highly exposed to the impacts of climate change.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released today new guidelines to assist countries in better conserving and sustainably using genetic resources in times of climate change.
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