Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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13-Feb-2018 00:23:25
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General has arrived in Kuwait, where tomorrow morning he will speak at the opening session of the Kuwait International Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq.

The Deputy Secretary-General will depart New York today for Stockholm, Sweden, to give a speech at the inauguration of “The first Agenda 2030 for Children: End Violence Solutions Summit”, a high-level conference convened by the Government of Sweden.

Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Miroslav Jenča, briefed the Security Council this morning on Myanmar.

Today, Matthew Nimetz, Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General, met jointly with Nikos Kotzias, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece, and Nikola Dimitrov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, at the United Nations Office at Vienna.

In a statement, Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had agreed with the United Nations on the modalities to transfer, by 31 March, $930 million in support of the 2018 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have been clear that the funds are to be used on the basis of humanitarian need alone, without regard for other considerations. An additional $70 million will be provided bilaterally by the two countries to support port rehabilitation and infrastructure in Yemen.

The UN Refugee Agency said today it is deeply saddened by reports of four Congolese refugees who drowned as they were seeking safety in Uganda, after their boat capsized on Lake Albert.

The UN continues to be very concerned about the unfolding situation in the Maldives. We are getting more information about the recent events, including the reported house arrest of SDG youth leader Safaath Ahmad.

The Triangular Partnership Project for Enabling Capabilities for Peacekeeping, which was launched by the Department of Field Support in 2015, is set to expand. This project brings together troop-contributing countries interested in receiving training, Member States that can contribute to the training and the UN with a common goal to strengthen UN peacekeeping through professional training and equipment.

The World Health Organization presented its 2018 annual review of the Blueprint list of priority diseases.

Today is World Radio Day. The theme this year is “Radio and sports” and highlights the values of fair play, teamwork and equality in sport as well as the power of radio to combat racist and xenophobic stereotypes on and off the field.
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