Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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24-May-2016 00:35:30
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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In a statement issued today, the Secretary-General welcomed the conduct of the municipal elections in Lebanon which are expected to conclude on 29 May. They are a testament to Lebanon’s enduring democratic tradition and further proof that the people of Lebanon deserve to be represented at all levels.

The Secretary-General today wrapped up his visit to Istanbul following the closing of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS). Speaking to the press with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoðan, the Secretary-General stressed that we have the wealth, knowledge and awareness to take better care of one another, but that we need action.

The United Nations Humanitarian Chief Stephen O’Brien will visit Hatay in southern Turkey tomorrow and Thursday. He is expected to meet with refugees, senior Turkish officials and local and international NGOs involved in cross-border aid. He will also visit a medical centre and school for orphans.

At the World Humanitarian Summit today, the Vulnerable 20 or V20 Group of Finance Ministers launched a new global partnership with UN agencies, including the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Bank (WB).

The Security Council held an open debate on the United Nations-African Union Cooperation today. Addressing the Council this morning, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, said that strengthening global and regional partnerships in Africa is critical to maintaining peace and security in the continent.

The United Nations Independent Investigation in Burundi, which was set up by the Human Rights Council (HRC) to investigate human rights violations in the country since April 2015, has completed the deployment of a team of human rights monitors on the ground.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said that a series of worrying steps have been taken by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo since January last year to shrink the democratic space in the country ahead of the elections.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today urged the Government of Iraq to ensure that the protection of civilians is paramount in its military operations to retake Fallujah.

In a press statement issued yesterday, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, expressed his gratitude to the Government of Yemen for the decision to return to the negotiating table and he called on all the parties to make progress, in order to alleviate the burden placed on the Yemeni people.

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) remains concerned about the water and sanitation situation in Sri Lanka following the floods. More than 300,000 people, including women and children, have been affected by tropical cyclonic storm Roanu. Aid agencies estimate that more than 100,000 children have been affected in the flood emergency.

The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr. Margaret Chan, presented letters of emergency preparedness certification to two teams from Russia and one from China.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) launched today its inaugural World Wildlife Crime Report, highlighting how poaching and illegal trade of wildlife present serious environmental dangers and undermine the rule of law by potentially fuelling conflicts.
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