Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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10-Jun-2016 00:29:55
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General today addressed the Security Council debate on the protection of civilians. Stressing that protecting civilians is an over-arching responsibility that involves all the critical functions of the United Nations, including human rights, humanitarian, political and peacekeeping, the Secretary-General said that the organization remains committed to supporting Governments in their efforts to protect their people, and persuade parties to conflict to abide by their obligations.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights today condemned the gun attack in Tel Aviv on Wednesday in which four Israelis were killed and a number were injured. This is the largest loss of Israeli life in a single attack since the current surge in violence.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that the joint United Nations-Syrian Arab Red Crescent truck convoy has delivered food for 2,400 people in Daraya, Syria, as well as water, hygiene, sanitation and other supplies for 4,000 people. This was the first food supply in Daraya in years.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has strongly condemned a series of rocket and mortar attacks against several residential areas in Taizz, in Yemen, between 3 and to 8 June, which killed 18 civilians, including seven children, and injured 68 others. Several markets were hit while full of people who were shopping ahead of Ramadan.

The Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, will travel to Geneva, Switzerland to give a keynote address on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Human Rights Council (HRC), which is to be held on Monday.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) today said that $ 670 million is needed in 2016 to help refugees stuck in Greece and the Balkans. So far approximately $329 million has been received from donors.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) published today a study on the long-term impact of bearing witness to the Tribunal.

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) has published a comprehensive Annual Report on its activities.
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