Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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18-Jul-2017 00:25:09
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Burkina Faso and Lithuania have become the 114th and 115th Member States to pay their UN dues in full.

UNICEF said that Italy’s proposed code of conduct for NGOs carrying out search and rescue missions could put many lives at risk, especially those of children.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) today said it’s appealing for $421.2 million dollars to help provide alternatives to refugees undertaking dangerous journeys to Europe.

The World Food Programme (WFP) said today that, while the fight for Iraq’s Mosul has ended, there has been extensive damage to homes and essential infrastructure, leaving thousands of families with nothing to return to and in continued need of emergency food assistance.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is deeply concerned that, after recent fighting in Benghazi, people taken prisoner by members of the Libyan National Army may be at imminent risk of torture and even summary execution.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned today that the Republic of Congo is currently confronted with a humanitarian emergency in the Pool region.

In the Lake Chad basin, an innovative radio education programme is supporting 1.3 million children who have been displaced by the violence of the conflict with Boko Haram.

The Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, today concluded his visit to the Central African Republic, before travelling to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In Bangui, he called on the international community to sustain support to the CAR to avert the risk of a repeat of the devastating large-scale crisis that gripped the country only four years ago. Mr. O’Brien expressed extreme concern at the upsurge of violence in the country since the beginning of this year. If we do not act now, he said, we will see increasing need and even greater vulnerability of already weakened people.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) warned today that recent violence in southern border areas of the Central African Republic is driving more people to flee, including into remote areas of northern Democratic Republic of the Congo, putting immense pressure on difficult-to-reach local communities close to the border.

Today, the Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed will begin a trip to Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She will be joined by the Executive Director of UN Women, Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, and the African Union Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, Bineta Diop.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Haiti, Sandra Honoré, spoke to the press following her briefing to the Security Council.

Today is Nelson Mandela International Day.
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