Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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01-Jun-2017 00:21:41
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General is today participating in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

This evening, the Deputy Secretary-General will depart New York for Geneva, to participate in meetings with Principals of Europe-based UN entities as well as Member States. This engagement is part of the ongoing consultations regarding the repositioning of the UN development system, in support to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and mandated by the 2016 Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review.

The report of the Secretary-General, “Reinvigorating the AIDS response to catalyse sustainable development and United Nations Reform,” was presented at the General Assembly today.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has signed an agreement with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to improve health services for refugees and other displaced communities. The agreement will strengthen UNHCR’s humanitarian response to ensure refugees have access to treatments for HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.

The Secretary-General has appointed Jan Beagle of New Zealand as the next Under-Secretary-General for Management. She will succeed Yukio Takasu of Japan, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his commitment and dedicated service to the Organization.

The African Union–UN Mission in Darfur reports that, yesterday, a peacekeeper from Nigeria was killed by an unidentified group in a carjacking incident in Nyala, South Darfur State. The Mission strongly condemns this attack, which constitutes a violation of international law. It calls on the Government of Sudan to swiftly apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

The Humanitarian Coordinator in the Central African Republic, Najat Rochdi, today urged the international community to urgently rally behind humanitarians striving to assist thousands of civilians. Speaking at a briefing to Member States in Geneva, Ms. Rochdi said that the frequency and brutality of attacks in Bangassou, Bria, Alindao and other localities have reached levels not seen since August 2014. There are deeply worrying signs of manipulation of religion as driver behind the latest wave of attacks, she said, adding that the window of opportunity to prevent the crisis from further escalation risks being shut very soon.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Michael Keating, has welcomed the discussions that took place earlier this week between Presidents Abdiweli Mohamed Ali “Gaas” of Puntland and Ahmed Ducaale Geelle “Xaaf” of the Galmudug state to build peace in the central regions.

In a statement issued yesterday, the Secretary-General invited the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades to New York for a joint meeting to discuss the Cyprus talks and the way forward. Both leaders have accepted the invitation.

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today that at least 2.7 million children live in residential care worldwide but that these figures are likely to be just the tip of the iceberg, with wide gaps in data collection and accurate records found in the majority of countries.

The first meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing was held in Oslo, Norway, today.

Today is the Global Day of Parents. The day honours parents throughout the world, providing an opportunity to appreciate all parents in all parts of the world for their selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship.
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