Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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28-Mar-2016 00:41:09
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General strongly condemned the suicide bombing on 27 March 2016 at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in the Pakistani city of Lahore, that killed at least 60 people and wounded over 100, including many women and children.

On 28 March the Secretary-General arrived in Tunisia, on the last leg of his joint visit with the President of the World Bank Group, Dr. Jim Yong Kim.

On 27 March, the Secretary-General and the President of the World Bank Group, Dr. Jim Yong Kim were in Jordan where they visited the Zaatari refugee camp, meeting with several residents there.

On 24 March, the Security Council formulated a consensus position on Western Sahara as expressed to the press by His Excellency Mr. Ismael Abraão Gaspar Martins, President of the Security Council in March.

The Security Council met on 28 March to discuss the role of women in conflict prevention and resolution in Africa.

The Spokesman for the Secretary-General said that on 28 March the Secretary-General learned with sadness of the passing of Raquelina Langa, a remarkable young woman from Mozambique.

Over the weekend, a delegation led by the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for the Central African Republic (CAR), Diane Corner, and including members from the conduct and discipline team, human rights unit, as well as representatives of UNFPA, UNHCR, and UNICEF visited Kemo prefecture to gather more information on new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse – and to engage with local communities and authorities.

Hervé Ladsous, the Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, is travelling to the Central African Republic to represent the Secretary-General at the inauguration ceremony of the newly elected president of CAR, Faustin-Archange Touadera – that will take place on 30 March.

In Sudan, the Government signed on 27 March an Action Plan with the United Nations to prevent the recruitment and use of children by Sudan Government Security Forces.

The first-ever survey on youth and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in Asia-Pacific was launched on 28 March in Bangkok by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
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