Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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10-May-2017 00:19:12
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The UN Mission in the Central African Republic today reports that the search for the missing peacekeeper continues in collaboration with local actors in Mbomou and Bangassou.

The Secretary-General arrived today in London ahead of the London Somalia Conference, which is taking place tomorrow.

The Deputy Secretary-General will depart New York for Vienna today.

The Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, starts a new regional tour today. He arrived in Riyadh today to attend a World Bank meeting on Yemen and meet with Yemeni and regional authorities. He will then attend the Doha forum on 14-15 May.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that the Nimrud bridge, 30 km south of Mosul, re-opened to foot traffic yesterday, and today it is planned to be re-opened to vehicles as well. The bridge had been closed since 2 May as a result of high water levels caused by heavy rains. Closure of the bridge had added further complexity to the Mosul response operation, forcing humanitarians to pre-position supplies on the western bank of the Tigris and find alternative channels for medical evacuations.

In Libya, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs led a scoping mission to Benghazi yesterday to strengthen coordination on humanitarian issues in the area and work on establishing more systematic humanitarian visits to Benghazi.

Today the Executive Council of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) opened its annual session in Geneva with a focus on strengthening weather and climate services to protect lives, property and the economy from increasingly extreme and unusual weather.

Today millions of people around the world are celebrating the Day of Vesak. The Day acknowledges the contribution that Buddhism has made for over two and a half millennia to the spirituality of humanity.

Today is World Migratory Bird Day, which highlights the need for international cooperation to conserve these creatures and their habitats for the benefit of mankind.

In response to questions on the formation on 9 May of a new Government in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Spokesman said that the United Nations continues to encourage all Congolese stakeholders to implement the 31 December political agreement, including the establishment of transitional institutions envisaged under the agreement.

The Spokesman paid tribute to longtime UN staff member Jim Sutterlin who died peacefully on 8 May. During his career at the UN, he worked as a speechwriter for Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, as a Director of the office of Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, and as one of the officials who prepared Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali’s influential report, “An Agenda for Peace”.
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