Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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09-Feb-2018 00:25:07
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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On Friday morning in the Republic of Korea, the Secretary-General travelled down to the coast to Gangneung to attend an official lunch hosted in his honour by President Moon Jae-in. In his toast at that lunch, the Secretary-General said he was visiting in solidarity with the Korean people at a moment of great tension and opportunity. The Secretary-General added that the courageous initiatives of the Republic of Korea’s Government in relation to inter-Korean relations have the full support of the United Nations.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, today called on the Government of Papua New Guinea to take firm measures to combat corruption, build good governance and strengthen the rule of law, particularly in holding businesses accountable for the human rights impacts of their activities.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports today that in 2017 alone, more than two million people were displaced in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, double the total number of internally displaced people in 2016.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is alarmed at the upsurge in violence across Yemen, which is resulting in increased displacement from various frontlines. According to UNHCR and partner data, more than 85,000 people have been displaced countrywide since 1 December 2017.

In Greece, the UN Refugee Agency today said it is very concerned by reports from asylum seekers of sexual harassment and violence in sub-standard reception centres on the country’s islands, despite Government measures to address overcrowding and dire living conditions.

The World Food Programme is warning today that the twin scourges of another prolonged dry spell and an invasive crop-eating worm are set to sharply curtail harvests across Southern Africa, driving millions of people – most of them children – into severe hunger.

Austria and China have paid their full regular budget dues for 2018. The Honour Roll now totals 47.
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