Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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ENGLISH 25-Aug-2017 00:26:08
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
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The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the attacks carried out against the Myanmar security forces in northern areas of Rakhine State. He extends his heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of all those killed and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. He hopes those responsible for this unacceptable violence will be swiftly brought to justice.

The UN Human Rights Office in Yemen has confirmed that 33 civilians were killed and 25 injured in the airstrike by Coalition Forces that hit a hotel in Sana’a governorate on Wednesday.

UNICEF’s Syria Representative, Fran Equiza, today spotlighted what he calls the staggering impact of the war on children across Syria, with heavy fighting having displaced thousands of families from Raqqa city and Deir-ez-Zour.

In Somalia, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, urged the country to continue with the processes of reconciliation and State-building.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that the situation continues to worsen in Bangassou. 2,000 internally displaced people remain confined in the Catholic Church. Discussions are ongoing between the UN and Government partners for their relocation.

The Secretary-General is appointing Kenneth Gluck of the United States as his Deputy Special Representative and Deputy Head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic, or MINUSCA for short.

The World Food Programme (WFP) has begun distributing aid to 180,000 people following flooding in Nepal which has affected 1.7 million people.

The UN Human Rights Office today expressed its concern over a rapid series of ministerial and administrative measures which have resulted in the suspension of radio programmes and licences, threatened a main English-language newspaper with closure, and shut down a foreign non-governmental organisation.

The Food and Agriculture Organization warned today that global warming is expected to have a significant impact on future yields of everything from rice to fish, particularly in countries situated closer to the equator.

Yesterday, Modibo Ibrahim Touré, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Guinea-Bissau, briefed the Security Council.

In a message to the Snow Leopard Ecosystem Protection International Forum in Kyrgyzstan, the Secretary-General said we are all responsible for the survival of this species, and called on countries to invest in its habitat preservation, combat poaching, and tackle climate change – all causes for the decline in snow leopard numbers. Investing in this species is essential to preserve biodiversity, ensure prosperity in the region and achieve sustainable development, he added.
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