Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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08-Feb-2018 00:26:55
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning the Secretary-General went to Yonsei University in Seoul to deliver remarks at the inaugural Global Engagement and Empowerment Forum on Sustainable Development. In his remarks, the Secretary-General called for a new deal for fair globalization. He told the audience, which included former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the President of the General Assembly, Miroslav Lajčák, that engagement is essential if you really want to transform the Sustainable Development Goals into a blueprint that can be a basis for a new deal for fair globalization.

Vladimir Voronkov, the head of the UN Office on Counter-Terrorism, briefed the Security Council on the Secretary-General’s recent report on the threat posed by Da’esh, and he said that the fight against Da’esh is entering a new phase. But despite setbacks in Iraq, Syria and the southern Philippines, Da’esh and its affiliates continue to pose a significant and evolving threat around the world.

The Secretary-General, along with his Special Envoy Nickolay Mladenov, would like to express their gratitude to the State of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates for their prompt and generous contributions to the urgent UN appeal aimed at averting an imminent humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza. This contribution will ensure that the vulnerable people of Gaza are able to access life-saving health, water and sanitation services.

In response to a question on the response by the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) to Israeli construction activity near the Blue Line, the Spokesman said that, according to UNIFIL, the Israeli Defense Forces construction works are taking place south of the Blue Line and not in sensitive areas.

The UN remains deeply concerned by the continued intense fighting in eastern Ghouta and its impact on close to 400,000 civilians in the besieged enclave.

Today in Abuja, Edward Kallon, the Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, launched the Humanitarian Response Plan for the north-eastern part of the country. The appeal is for $1.05 billion to reach 6.1 million people with assistance.

The Food and Agriculture Organization today launched a $1.06 billion-dollar appeal to help vulnerable communities in 26 countries fight back against hunger.

Today, in the Economic and Social Council Chamber, countries are celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

Today, the Secretary-General is appointing Lisa Filipetto of Australia as Head of the UN Support Office in Somalia, known as UNSOS. Ms. Filipetto will succeed Hubert Price, to whom the Secretary-General expresses his gratitude for his dedication and effective leadership of UNSOS.

Morocco has paid its 2018 regular budget dues in full, which brings the Honour Roll to 45.
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