Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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28-Apr-2016 00:17:43
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General addressed both houses of the Austrian parliament in Vienna earlier today, becoming the first foreign leader to do so. In his speech, he said that the world urgently needed global citizenship to address the many threats it faces.

The Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, spoke to the press yesterday in Geneva following his briefing to the Security Council by video link. He made clear that the latest round of intra-Syrian talks have been overshadowed by a substantial and worrisome deterioration of the cessation of hostilities.

The Security Council today heard from the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Stephen O’Brien, who urged the members of the Council to explore every possible avenue to end the violence in Syria.

The Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, held several rounds of talks yesterday in Kuwait on a general framework for negotiations proposed by the United Nations to end the conflict in Yemen.

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has strongly condemned the attack that took place on 25 April against its compound in Bentiu, where a rocket propelled grenade landed inside the perimeter of the compound and partly damaged one of the containers located in the humanitarian hub.

The UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) reported that it has increased patrols and established a Temporary Operating Base in Koui following clashes earlier this week between anti-Balaka and Retour, Reclamations, Rehabilitation elements in Ouham-Pende prefecture.

Prosecutor Serge Brammertz of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is visiting Zagreb, Croatia today and tomorrow as part of preparations for his regular bi-yearly report to the Security Council.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) are joining forces to eradicate an animal disease called Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR), which strikes livestock, specifically goats and sheep.

The latest Economic and Social Survey for Asia and Pacific says that increasing productivity remains the key to revive economic growth and implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the region.
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