Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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06-Jun-2016 00:28:00
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General today announced the appointment of Omar Abdi of Canada as the Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The Secretary-General today met with Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission.

In a statement issued over the weekend, the Secretary-General expressed sorrow at the passing of Muhammad Ali. Named a United Nations Messenger of Peace (MOP) in 1998, Mr. Ali travelled the globe to support children and others caught up in conflict, and to promote reconciliation between people and nations.

The Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, and the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, have welcomed an agreement by the Yemeni parties to release all children who are prisoners.

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, has welcomed the call by His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani for the protection of civilians and their property during the ongoing military operations to liberate Fallujah.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Martin Kobler, today issued a statement congratulating the Libyans on the advent of the holy month of Ramadan.

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) deplored the death of a civilian during an escort operation by the Mission.

In a joint statement issued today, the African Union, the United Nations, the European Union and the International Organization of La Francophonie underlined, once again, the crucial importance of holding a successful political dialogue with all Congolese parties leading to a consensus that would allow for free, fair, transparent and credible elections, in accordance with the Congolese Constitution.

The Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) reported that a five-man team of military engineers from the United Kingdom landed in Juba, South Sudan on Friday.

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, is chairing today, in Yaoundé, the second Meeting of the Heads of Delegations of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission, in his capacity of Chairman of the Mixed Commission.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that in one of its deadliest offensives, Boko Haram attacked a military position in Niger’s Diffa region last Friday killing and wounding soldiers, after a string of attacks, including in the town of Yebi, on 31 May.

A ground-breaking international accord aimed at stamping out illegal fishing went into effect and is now legally binding for the 29 countries and a regional organization that have adhered to it.

A partnership of international organizations, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), today launched a global standard on definitions and requirements to manage food loss and waste.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will be hosting the 13th Rafael M. Salas Memorial Lecture today at 4:30 p.m. in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber.
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