Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General and WHO Official on Ebola Outbreak in DRC

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25-May-2018 00:44:08
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General followed by Peter Salama (on screen), Deputy Director-General of Emergency Preparedness and Response at the World Health Organization (WHO), briefs reporters, via videoconference, on the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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The Secretary-General, accompanied by the Deputy Secretary-General, is convening today the 14th Seminar for his current Special and Personal Representatives and Envoys, which is taking place in Mont Pèlerin, Switzerland.

The Secretary-General has taken note with concern the latest report on the downing of MH17.

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The UN Mission in Libya has condemned the car bomb attack that took place today in Benghazi. The attack targeted a populated residential neighbourhood and left at least seven dead, including a toddler, and more than 10 injured.

In Somalia, the United Nations and its partners expressed concern over today’s armed clashes near the Tukaraq area between Puntland and ‘Somaliland.’

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the Government in Ethiopia are today highlighting critical response priorities and funding gaps following a review of the humanitarian situation in the country.

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The UN Mission in the Central African Republic reports that investigations are ongoing in Bria (Haute Kotto) where, earlier today, UN Police arrested an anti-Balaka leader on suspicion of involvement in an attack on a Formed Police Unit patrol that resulted in the death of a peacekeeper in December last year.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, welcomed the ruling issued unanimously in Guatemala against four high-ranking former military officials for crimes against humanity, aggravated sexual violence and enforced disappearance.

Today is Africa Day. In his message for the Day, the Secretary-General said that Africa is increasingly driving its own future and highlighted the relationship between the African Union and the UN. Over the past two years, both organizations have signed agreements on peace and security as well as the implementation of complementary development agendas, he said.

Myanmar has paid its regular budget dues, bringing the Honour Roll to 100.
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