Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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03-Jun-2016 00:24:32
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General attended the French ministerial conference meeting on the Middle East peace process in Paris today, telling the gathered officials that although they all agree that a two-state solution is the only viable option for a sustainable peace, the two-state solution is at great risk.

The Security Council, in its consultations today, heard an update on the situation in Syria from the Special Envoy, Staffan de Mistura, and from the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien.

The prisoners and detainee issue took centre stage in the sessions of the Yemeni Peace Talks that took place yesterday in Kuwait. The two delegations exchanged their respective lists of prisoners through the office of the United Nations Special Envoy, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed. The parties in the Prisoners Committee continued discussing a draft principles agreement, in view of finalizing it in the coming days.

The first-ever United Nations Chiefs of Police Summit (UN COPS) took place today. In a video message to the Summit, the Secretary-General said that UN Police work in some of the most challenging situations on earth protecting communities, bringing stability and restoring confidence.

A new report by the United Nations Human Rights Office shows that, after two years of conflict, the situation in eastern Ukraine remains volatile and continues to have a severe impact on human rights, especially for people living in the territories controlled by armed groups.

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said that five years after the start of the conflict in Sudan’s South Kordofan State, people are still fleeing the region, with most crossing into neighbouring South Sudan.

In response to questions on the 15-day ultimatum given by the President of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, to armed groups to surrender, the Spokesman said that the United Nations has stressed once again that the crisis in Burundi is a political crisis, which will be resolved only through a political solution.

The Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, today spoke at the high-level thematic conversation on children and youth affected by violent extremism.

Ten refugee athletes will compete for the Refugee Olympic Team during the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The Office for the Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today said that the impact of the 2015-2016 El Niño remains deeply alarming, the phenomenon now affecting over 60 million people.

On the eve of the World Environment Day (5 June), the Executive Director of the UN Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, warned that many animal and plant species are being pushed to the edge of extinction due to the barbarous acts of organized crime.
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