Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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26-Apr-2017 00:19:33
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General opened the meeting of the UN system’s Chief Executives Board at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) headquarters in Geneva.

The Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, Ali al-Za’atari, and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, Kevin Kennedy, issued a joint statement today on the appalling damage and destruction of medical facilities in northern Syria, which is depriving hundreds of thousands of people of basic health services.

In a video message, the Secretary-General today offered his congratulations on the 20th anniversary of the historic Chemical Weapons Convention and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today it procured 2.5 billion doses of vaccines to children in nearly 100 countries in 2016, reaching almost half of the world’s children under the age of five.

The $57.9 billion UN Joint Staff Pension Fund said it has received a 2017 rating of AAA from the Asset Owners Disclosure Project, for incorporating climate change considerations in its investments. AAA is the highest rating. The Asset Owners Disclosure Project rated 500 asset owners globally and 17 of them were rated AAA.

Today at 1:15 p.m. in Conference Room 5, the International Labour Organization and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction are launching a report highlighting the role of indigenous people in tackling climate change.

The UN System in Brazil expressed grave concern following the apparent assassination of Mr. Silvino Nunes Gouveia, a prominent human rights activist, last Sunday. He was the regional head in the State of Minas Gerais of an organization called ‘Movement of Rural Workers without Land’ — dealing with the delicate theme of land ownership and land use in the vast country.
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