Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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05-Feb-2016 00:25:20
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General is returning to New York from London, where today he spoke to the United Nations Association of the United Kingdom in Central Hall Westminster, the same place where, 70 years ago today, Trygve Lie was elected the first UN Secretary-General.

The Secretary-General will travel to Canada next week.

The Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, met in Geneva today with members of the newly established Syrian Women’s Advisory Board. The Special Envoy has always stressed the importance of engaging with Syrian women and civil society organisations. Several civil society groups will be invited to Geneva on a rotational basis in order to give the opportunity to as many organisations as possible to share their views with Mr. de Mistura’s office.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) today expressed concern over the reportedly dire living circumstances in France of some 4,000 refugees and migrants in what it calls the Calais "jungle" and nearly 2,500 others on the edges of Dunkerque.

The UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) reports that this morning, a former UN Police camp in Timbuktu was attacked by unknown assailants.

The Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Eugene Owusu, voiced his concern over the recent passing of the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) Bill by the country's legislature, which limits the number of foreign aid workers eligible to work in the country. The Bill is pending presidential approval.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, will begin a four-day official visit tomorrow to Sri Lanka at the invitation of the Government.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said today that upholding women’s human rights is essential if the response to the Zika health emergency is to be effective.

Tomorrow will mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The heads of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have issued a joint statement today calling on the global community to do more to protect the wellbeing and dignity of every girl, and to end the practice of FGM.

Bulgaria has become the 27th Member State to pay its regular budget dues in full.
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