Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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26-May-2016 00:22:27
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General is currently in Nagoya, Japan, where he will attend the outreach session of the G-7 Summit tomorrow. Shortly after arriving in Nagoya, the Secretary-General held a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Viet Nam, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, with whom he discussed the country’s support to United Nations peacekeeping operations, including its preparations to enhance contributions, as well as human rights and regional issues.

The Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, today briefed the Security Council during consultations on the current situation in the country. This was his first briefing to the Council since the conclusion of the last round of talks in Geneva and since the International Syria Support Group met in Vienna on 17 May.

The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, spoke to the media in Kuwait today about the progress of the Yemeni peace talks there. He said that he has convened a number of bilateral meetings with the delegations over the past few days.

As operations are underway to liberate Fallujah, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, has strongly urged all parties to undertake every effort to protect the lives of civilians and preserve the city’s infrastructure in accordance with the relevant principles of international human rights and humanitarian law.

The Department of Field Support (DFS) has reported that the second phase of training for a cohort of future African peacekeepers under the Triangular Partnership Project will commence this June in Kenya.

The United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador, singer Nana Mouskouri, and its Regional Director Marie-Pierre Poirier are visiting Greece amid ongoing refugee and migrant crisis.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) appointed Carlo Petrini, President of Slow Food, as Special Ambassador Zero Hunger for Europe.

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today the creation of a new Health Emergencies Programme which adds operational capabilities for disease outbreaks and humanitarian emergencies.
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