Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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16-Sep-2016 00:21:54
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Marking the International Day of Peace, the Secretary-General today called on combatants around the world to lay down their weapons and observe a day of global ceasefire and non-violence.

The Secretary-General will be leaving New York later this afternoon to travel Montréal in Canada to address the opening of the Fifth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The number of refugees in South Sudan has now reached one million, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). This includes more than 185,000 people who have fled since violence erupted in Juba in July. Most of those fleeing are women and children. With this milestone, South Sudan joins Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia as countries which have produced more than a million refugees.

The UN Mission in Colombia is now ready to begin verifying and monitoring the bilateral ceasefire and laying down of arms once the peace agreement is signed on 26 September.
The UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Toby Lanzer, has wrapped up a four-day mission to Niger’s Diffa region, where Boko Haram violence has uprooted hundreds of thousands of people, disrupted livelihoods and increased food insecurity.

In response to questions, the Spokesman said that the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has confirmed that Lieutenant Colonel Alfred Mayuyu has been repatriated.

On 19 September, the UN will introduce its inaugural class of Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the Social Goods Summit. The Social Goods Summit is taking place in Manhattan.

Preparations for the upcoming general debate are underway. As of 15 September, 86 Heads of State have signed up for the General Debate, 1 Crown Prince, 5 Vice Presidents, 49 Heads of Government, 51 Ministers and 3 Observers for a total of 195, which is 2 more than last year.
Bangladesh and Sierra Leone have paid their UN dues in full, bringing the total number of Member States which have done so to 113.
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