Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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27-Mar-2018 00:16:22
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General is expected to meet at 5 pm today with Prince Mohamad Bin Salman Al Saud, Crown Prince, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Secretary-General is pleased to confirm that, pursuant to General Assembly resolution 72/252, he has reappointed Mohamed Chande Othman, former Chief Justice of Tanzania, to continue his work in relation to the investigation into the tragic death of Dag Hammarskjöld and of the members of the party accompanying him.

Mark Lowcock, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, briefed the Security Council this morning by videoconference on the humanitarian situation in Syria, and he said that the last few months have been some of the worst yet for Syrian civilians. Among other recent examples of the violence, he said that more than 1,700 people have been reportedly killed by airstrikes in eastern Ghouta in recent weeks.

In a statement yesterday, the Secretary-General said he is shocked at reports of remarks attributed to Myanmar Senior General U Min Aung Hlaing. He urges all leaders in Myanmar to take a unified stance against incitement to hatred and to promote communal harmony. Such leadership is critically needed to advance institutional measures to combat discrimination and implement the recommendations of the Rakhine Advisory Commission.

In a statement, the Secretary-General said he was saddened to learn about the deadly fire at a shopping mall in the city of Kemerovo in the Russian Federation.

In Ukraine, the UN Refugee Agency’s Assistant High Commissioner for Operations, George Okoth-Obbo, today called on the Government to address the plight of conflict-affected persons and to secure their rights, including access to pensions and freedom of movement.

Today, the UN Refugee Agency and the Council of Europe announced the launch of the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees, a project that aims to assess refugees’ education level, work experience and language proficiency in absence of full documentation.

The World Health Organization held a pledging conference yesterday for their Contingency Fund for Emergencies.
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