Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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27-Jun-2017 00:19:42
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General began his meetings in Washington, D.C. today by seeing more than 20 members of the House Foreign Affairs committee.

In a statement issued this morning, the Secretary-General said that he is encouraged by the reconvening of the Conference on Cyprus in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, this week, and that he welcomes the determination shown by all participants in taking this important step.

This morning we issued a statement on Nigeria.

Staffan de Mistura, the Special Envoy for Syria, briefed the Security Council today and he said that the situation on the ground presents a mixed picture. While there have been some positive developments, he said that we are at a time of testing whether the political will exists for a real de-escalation and more meaningful political talks.

Over the weekend, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Lise Grande, strongly condemned the terrible loss of life in Mosul, including the 23 June attacks in eastern and in the old city of Mosul where up to a dozen civilians were killed and potentially hundreds injured.

Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that the number of suspected cholera cases has topped 200,000, with more than 1,300 deaths, in Yemen.

The UN Mission is Colombia said yesterday that it has now stored the totality of individual arms of the FARC-EP that were registered – that is a total of 7,132 arms.

In Vienna, experts from all over the world are gathering this week at The Science and Technology 2017 Conference to share knowledge and technological advances in monitoring nuclear tests.

I also want to flag the launch yesterday by our colleagues at the World Food Programme of #ASK1TOASK1 campaign, asking all Canadians to join the challenge to raise 150,000 meals for children in Haiti through the ShareTheMeal app to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Yesterday was the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Yesterday was the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. In a tweet, the Secretary-General reiterated the UN’s and his personal opposition to torture in all its forms, and added that “we must resist this barbaric practice.”

Today is the first time the Micro- Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day, which spotlights the impact that these businesses that employ less than 250 persons have in economies worldwide.

The Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today deplored the killing of reporter Véronique Robert, who died on 24 June in France after being injured by an explosive device in Iraq’s Mosul.

Tomorrow, at 1:00p.m., there will be a press conference on the Sustainable Development Goal 4, - Education. Speakers will include the President of the General Assembly, Peter Thomson, UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova and a civil society’s representative from Tanzania.
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