Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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13-Jun-2017 00:13:42
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General is in Turkmenistan, where he participated in a high-level dialogue on implementing the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia. He highlighted the acute and growing regional threat posed by terrorism and violent extremism in the region, with extremist organizations actively seeking to recruit citizens of Central Asia.

The Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Alexander Zouev, just briefed the Security Council on mine action. In his remarks he said that the threats posed by landmines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices exacerbate humanitarian crises and hinder emergency responses.

The latest UN human rights report on Ukraine says that parties to the conflict in the country’s east have repeatedly failed to implement ceasefire agreements, allowing hostilities to escalate and claim more lives as the fighting entered its fourth year.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said today that it is extremely concerned by the outbreak of food poisoning in a camp housing thousands of people who have fled the fighting in Iraq’s Mosul.

Our colleagues at the World Food Programme say they urgently need US$172 million for their operations in northeastern Nigeria as the lean season begins, driving up food prices, depleting the meagre resources of millions of people affected by conflict and intensifying hunger.

Unless new funding quickly arrives, the World Food Programme (WFP) may be forced to suspend its voucher food assistance in July for nearly 150,000 people in Gaza and the West Bank, the majority of whom are women and children.

Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that participants in a joint UN-African Union mission wrapped up their Horn of Africa tour in Nairobi today with financial pledges to support the humanitarian response in the drought-hit region.

In Geneva, more than 2,500 information and communication technology (ICT) experts and advocates from around the globe are taking part this week in the World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2017 (WSIS Forum 2017).

Our colleagues at the UN Refugee Agency today announced a joint campaign with the Football Club Barcelona Foundation to rally support for refugee children.

Today is International Albinism Awareness Day.

The Permanent Mission of Nicaragua has informed Member States that Father Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann, the former President of the General Assembly, passed away last week and a book of condolences is open for signing through Thursday at the Nicaraguan Mission. We offer our condolences to Father D’Escoto’s family and friends, and to the people and Government of Nicaragua, on their loss.

The UN Human Rights Office today expressed its concern over the rise in the number of lèse majesté prosecutions in Thailand since 2014 and the severity of the sentencing.
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