Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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17-Feb-2016 00:27:36
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General today briefed Member States on the high-level signature ceremony for the Paris agreement on climate change, which will take place in New York on the 22nd of April.

United Nations and Syrian Arab Red Crescent operations are underway to deliver life-saving humanitarian assistance to over 100,000 people in Moadamiyeh, Madaya and Zabadani in Rural Damascus; and in Foah and Kafraya in Idleb.

In a statement issued today on the anniversary of the 17 February 2011 revolution which toppled the dictatorship in Libya, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya, Martin Kobler, commended Libyans for their unmatched will and sacrifice to achieve peace and a life of freedom.

The Special Advisers to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, and on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh, have expressed concern at the heavy toll on civilians of the conflict in Yemen.

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Guinea-Bissau, Miguel Trovoada, today briefed the Security Council. He said that the country was in a political impasse with state institutions and the main political actors divided. He added that this was delaying the implementation of essential reforms.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that the number of civilians displaced as a result of the recent conflict in the Jebel Marra area has increased from 38,000 to 73,000 people.

The UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) reported that the situation continues to remain calm following Sunday's Presidential and legislative elections.

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has underscored that two years of erratic rain and drought have combined with one of the most powerful El Niño events in 50 years to wreak havoc on the lives of the most vulnerable children.

The humanitarian organizations in Ukraine together with the Government today appealed for $298 million to help 2.5 million of the most vulnerable people in the country in 2016.

The UN and the Government of Colombia launched today in Bogota a new Multi Partner Trust fund to respond to stabilization and peacebuilding needs.

The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday launched a global Strategic Response Framework and Joint Operations Plan to guide the international response to the spread of Zika and the neonatal malformations and neurological conditions associated with it.

On the occasion of the passing of Mr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, a book of condolence will be open to Permanent Missions, UN Staff, and the public on 18 and 19 February from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Visitors' Lobby.
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