Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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15-Dec-2016 00:09:28
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General-designate, António Guterres, has announced that he will be appointing Amina J. Mohammed of Nigeria as his Deputy Secretary-General, and Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti of Brazil as his Chef de Cabinet.

Jan Egeland, the Special Adviser on Syria, spoke to reporters in Geneva today and acknowledged that the United Nations has been invited to monitor and assist in the evacuation that will take place from the remaining enclave in Aleppo that is controlled by armed opposition groups. It is a three-pronged evacuation: a medical evacuation of wounded and sick, as well as an evacuation of vulnerable civilians and of fighters.

The Security Council held an open meeting on non-proliferation today.

Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson delivered remarks at the closing of a global migration film festival hosted by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in recognition of International Migrants Day, which is Sunday, 18 December.

UNICEF said today that three years after fighting erupted in South Sudan, children continue to be recruited by armed forces and armed groups, with 1,300 children recruited in 2016. This brings to more than 17,000 the total number of children used in the conflict since 2013.

The Government of Malawi and UNICEF announced the establishment of an air corridor to test potential humanitarian use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) - also known as drones.
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