Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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24-Aug-2016 00:18:09
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General is saddened by the reports of lives lost and damage caused by earthquakes today in Italy and Myanmar.

The Secretary-General is pleased to announce the release of his follow-up note to the 2015 report of the Independent Panel of Experts appointed by him pursuant to General Assembly resolution 69/246. The Panel’s role was to examine and assess new information relating to the tragic death of the former Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold and of the members of the party accompanying him.

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) reports that the situation in Juba remains calm but tense. UN peacekeepers maintain a proactive posture to re-establish a secure environment outside of the Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites in the capital, in the aftermath of fighting last month. This includes increasing the frequency of patrols in the city. Peacekeepers also continue to patrol in and around the protection sites close to UN House, including intensified patrolling along the Yei road, where a number of incidents of sexual violence against civilians were documented by the Mission last month.

The Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Mr. Robert Piper, met today with the Chairman of the Central Elections Commission (CEC), Dr. Hanna Nasir, to discuss the latest preparations for the upcoming local council elections scheduled to take place on 8 October 2016.

We are pleased to announce two new members to the Honour Roll – Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Saint Kitts and Nevis. Both Member States have paid their regular budget dues in full, bringing the total to 103.
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