Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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18-Feb-2016 00:26:42
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General today signed the Book of Condolences for former Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali. The UN flag in New York as well as in other cities, including Geneva and Vienna, are flying half-mast today.

The Secretary-General today spoke at the meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), commending the community for its solidarity with helping people in need, including its contributions to Haiti, regional cooperation on humanitarian crises and generosity in offering to host thousands of Syrian refugees.

The Deputy Secretary-General today delivered a key-note address on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) high-level meeting in Paris.

In a statement we issued yesterday evening, the Secretary-General condemned the explosion in Ankara earlier that day, which occurred at rush hour in the heart of the city and claimed the lives of at least 28 people and injured dozens more.

The Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, had a conference call today with the 18 countries who are part of the International Support Group. He said the members of the Support Group were encouraged that 114 trucks have been able to reach 82,000 people in besieged parts of Syria, including Madaya, Mouadhimiyeh, Kafrayah, Fouah and Zabadani. He said that he was quite pleased that so many people had been provided with aid but added that we need to go beyond that and assist all those who are in need in Syria.

In a press statement today, the Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Robert Piper, called on Israel to halt demolitions in the occupied West Bank immediately and to respect international law.

The humanitarian community in Yemen today launched an appeal for $1.8 billion to provide critical and life-saving assistance to 13.6 million people who have been affected by the escalation in conflict across the country.

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has strongly condemned the violence that erupted last night at its Protection of Civilians site in Malakal.
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