Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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13-Jun-2016 00:20:43
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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In a statement issued today, the Secretary-General condemned the abhorrent attack carried out on 12 June in Idlib city, Syria, which hit a vegetable market and the only bakery in the area.

The Secretary-General wrote to the Governor of Florida and the Mayor of Orlando to convey his deepest condolences to the people of Florida for the loss of life and injuries in yesterday's horrific and hateful act of terror in Orlando that targeted members of the LGBT community. He said that such violence is despicable, and contrary to the values of equality, peace and mutual respect that underpin the United Nations.

The Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, spoke at the 10th anniversary of the Human Rights Council (HRC) today in Geneva.

The Secretary-General today spoke at the election of the President of the 71st session of the General Assembly. Congratulating President-elect Peter Thomson, the Permanent Representative of Fiji, the Secretary-General said that, in addition to Ambassador Thomson’s staunch commitment to development, he brings with him the very valuable perspective of a small island developing State to the post.

The Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs’ (OCHA) latest Annual Humanitarian Overview said that the needs in the occupied Palestinian territory continue to be driven by Israel's prolonged occupation and continued conflict.

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya, Martin Kobler, today condemned in the strongest terms the recent killing of 12 prisoners in Tripoli after their release was ordered by the court.

The Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, wrapped up a three-day visit to South Sudan and spoke to the press there. He said that he had come to evaluate the situation on the ground as well as progress made in the implementation of the peace agreement following the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that the security situation in Niger’s Bosso department remains volatile following the deadly attack, reportedly led by Boko Haram on 3 June. An estimated 40,000 people have been displaced.

The new Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar, arrived today in the country.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) released today its Projected Global Resettlement Needs for 2017, which states that 1.19 million people will need resettlement in 2017.

At 5 p.m. today at the John F. Kennedy Airport, the Secretary-General will briefly meet the pilots and founders of the Solar Impulse – the first solar plane that does not use any fuel.

The Department of Public Information (DPI) today launched the 100-day countdown to the International Day of Peace, which will be observed on 21 September.

Ahead of World Blood Donor Day tomorrow, the World Health Organization (WHO) stressed that voluntary, unpaid blood donations must be increased rapidly in more than half the world’s countries.

Pope Francis visited the World Food Programme (WFP) in Rome today. In remarks to staff, he gave support to the goal of eradicating hunger. He called on Member States to increase their cooperation with WFP.
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