Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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13-Oct-2017 00:17:07
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Tomorrow, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed will depart New York for Fiji to participate in the preliminary meeting to the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has been responding to urgent humanitarian needs in and around the Libyan city of Sabratha, the site of three weeks of fierce fighting, since last Friday. 3,000 Libyan families have been displaced and more than 10,000 refugees and migrants are stranded and in need of urgent assistance. The most pressing needs for those displaced or returning include temporary shelter, basic aid items and medical support. Today, UNHCR is delivering aid kits to local authorities coordinating the response for the internally displaced people. The agency has also sent trucks with emergency assistance including sleeping bags, hygiene kits, food and blankets to respond to immediate needs.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that, as of yesterday, there were over 820,000 suspected cholera cases and over 2,150 associated deaths in Yemen since 27 April 2017. This is the largest single-year cholera outbreak ever on record. The outbreak has spread to 92 per cent of Yemen’s districts.

Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ursula Mueller today wrapped up a three-day visit to Ukraine, where she saw first-hand the conflict on both sides of the so-called contact line.

The UN Migration Agency has named Ukrainian singer and winner of last year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Jamala, as its Goodwill Ambassador focusing on counter-trafficking.

In an incident in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 15 September, 37 asylum-seekers from Burundi and one soldier of the Congolese Army were killed after days of tension, with 117 asylum-seekers, six soldiers, and four officers of the Police nationale congolaise (PNC) were also injured in the protest that took place in Kamanyola, South Kivu province.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights today welcomed the decision by the Nigerian authorities to start the trials of Boko Haram suspects, many of whom have been in prolonged pre-trial detention, including some since 2009.

Yesterday, the first-ever roadmap to combat animal tuberculosis, or bovine TB, and its transmission to humans, referred to as zoonotic TB, was launched in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The UN Human Rights Office today said they are deeply concerned by a wave of arrests in Azerbaijan, Egypt and Indonesia of more than 180 people who are perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

Today is the International Day for Disaster Reduction.

The Secretary-General is appointing Major General Francis Vib-Sanziri of Ghana as the Head of Mission and Force Commander of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).

Jamaica has paid its 2017 regular budget dues, making it the 136th Member State to have done so.
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