Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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26-Feb-2016 00:29:48
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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In a statement issued today, the Spokesman said that the Secretary-General is following with great concern the increasing number of border restrictions along the Balkan land route, including in Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are joining forces to set up special support centres for children and families along the most frequently used migration routes in Europe.

The Secretary-General will travel next week to Geneva and Madrid and then on to Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Algeria, including Tindouf, Rabouni and Algiers. On Monday, 29 February, in Geneva, he will address the Human Rights Council on the first day of its 31st session.

The Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, today spoke at the General Assembly Thematic Panel Debate on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P).

The Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, will brief the Security Council at 3 p.m. today, just hours in advance of the expected cessation of hostilities that is to go into effect at midnight tonight in that country.

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, strongly condemned the attack on Rasul Al-Azam mosque in Baghdad on Thursday.

The Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Kyung-wha Kang, concluded today a two-day visit to South Sudan, calling on all parties to the conflict to protect civilians and grant safe and unhindered humanitarian access.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said that harassment of civil society organizations continues as democratic space shrinks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo - with six members of the LUCHA movement sentenced to two years in prison by the district Court of Goma on Wednesday.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that an El Niño-induced drought in Swaziland has left at least 300,000 people - a third of the national population - in dire need of assistance, especially of food and water, according to our humanitarian partners.
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