Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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10-Dec-2015 00:24:01
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General is continuing his series of bilateral meetings in Paris with various delegations, including the President of the Conference of the Parties (COP21), French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. The Secretary-General also had separate bilateral meetings with China’s Special Envoy on Climate Change, Xie Zhenhua; Catherine McKenna, Canada’s new Minister of Environment and Climate Change; Izabella Teixera, Minister of Environment of Brazil; the Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Enele Sopoaga; and Hoesung Lee, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

In a message to mark Human Rights Day today, the Secretary-General stresses the need to take more concerted global action to promote the timeless principles we have collectively pledged to uphold.

The Secretary-General was honoured to learn about the decision by the International Olympic Committee to award the Olympic Cup to the United Nations. He is pleased to receive it on behalf of the Organization.

The President of the Security Council has informed Council members that a public meeting will take place this afternoon on the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has condemned the Taliban attack at Kandahar airport yesterday, which has reportedly killed dozens of civilians, including four children.

Two convoys of assistance from the World Food Programme (WFP) have arrived in the central Yemeni city of Taiz with badly needed food supplies for residents living in dire conditions under a virtual state of siege.

The Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, will chair the 28th High Level meeting of Heads of the United Nations Missions in West Africa, tomorrow in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Today, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on behalf of the United Nations with the Government of Singapore to work collaboratively on software development in support of UN Peacekeeping.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners today launched a new framework to eliminate human rabies.

In response to questions, the Deputy Spokesperson said that the UN is aware of the use of the UN emblem on materials used during recent political demonstrations in the Maldives. The UN had not granted permission for this use of the UN emblem and emphasizes that it does not endorse, sponsor or have any connection to the content used on those materials.
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