Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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06-Aug-2018 00:12:28
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General will depart for Japan this evening.

He will meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and with Foreign Minister Taro Kono.

The Secretary-General will also take part in the 73rd Nagasaki Peace Ceremony on Thursday.

The High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu, is in Hiroshima today, where she delivered a message on behalf of the Secretary-General at the Hiroshima Peace Ceremony.

In his message, the Secretary-General said that what occurred in Hiroshima on 6 August 1945 cannot and must not ever happen again.

He noted that tensions between nuclear-armed States are rising and stressed that world leaders must return to dialogue and diplomacy, to a common path towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons and a safer and more secure world for all.

The Secretary-General is saddened by the devastating loss of life, injuries and damage caused by the earthquake on Sunday, 5 August, in Indonesia's East Lombok, just one week after another earthquake in the same region left more than a dozen people dead and over 150 people injured.

The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Indonesia, and wishes the injured a quick recovery.

The United Nations stands ready to support ongoing rescue and relief efforts, if required.

The United Nations remains concerned over reports of continued violence in Syria’s Idleb governorate causing civilian deaths and destruction of civilian infrastructure.

The United Nations strongly condemns attacks against civilians, aid workers and civilian and humanitarian infrastructure. The United Nations continues to call on all parties, and those with influence over them, to ensure the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure in line with their obligations under international humanitarian law.

Meanwhile, an estimated 45,000 to 50,000 internally displaced people live under very difficult living conditions in Rukban camp, on the Berm between Jordan and Syria. Some 80 percent are believed to be women and children. They reportedly need water, hygiene, health, education aid and civil documentation.

The United Nations last delivered humanitarian assistance to the camp in January 2018. The United Nations reiterates its call for a long-term durable solution for those stranded at the Berm, given the volatile security situation and living conditions.

Alice Walpole, Deputy Special Representative for Iraq, said today after the end of the vote recount process there that we are very pleased that it's been concluded and we look forward to the next steps in this process towards formation of the new government.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that heavy clashes were reported in Hodeidah governorate over the last several days, mainly in Ad Durayhimi district south of Hodeidah city. The situation is reportedly calmer today.

Since 1 June, escalating conflict in Hodeidah has displaced more than 350,000 people, most of whom have remained in nearby areas.

Humanitarian partners have provided emergency relief kits to more than 90 per cent of the people who have been recently displaced. Regular humanitarian programmes are also continuing in parallel.

In the Central African Republic, the Humanitarian Coordinator there, Najat Rochdi, has condemned in the strongest terms the significant rise in the number of incidents against aid workers.

She called on all parties to respect and protect civilians and humanitarian workers.

She said humanitarian staff and goods are not a target. She is appalled by the outbreak of violence against civilians in need of protection and against humanitarian workers whose only credo is to save lives.

The number of incidents against aid workers has nearly doubled between the first and second quarter of 2018, from 63 to 118.

Some 2.5 million people, over half of the population of the country, are in need of humanitarian assistance in the Central African Republic. Humanitarians remain committed to assisting the most vulnerable people and to strengthening the resilience of the most affected communities.

In Ethiopia, violent protests in the Somali Region have reportedly led to at least 29 deaths, with further reports of houses of worship, homes and businesses being attacked and destroyed. Flights to Jijiga have been suspended and road travel is restricted.

According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), some 22,000 households were already provided with emergency supplies but over 150,000 households still need assistance. Movements of humanitarian workers has also been restricted for safety reasons.

In Colombia, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that at least 14,108 people have been left homeless due to heavy rainfall since July across Colombia’s Orinoquia region. The flooding of various rivers has worsened humanitarian needs and the number of affected people is likely to rise as rain will continue this month.

According to the Government, 60 per cent of those affected are from rural areas and most of them are children and women. Our colleagues are supporting the Government’s efforts to respond with food rations, hygiene kits and blankets, among other supplies. At the national level, the Humanitarian Country Team will continue to monitor the emergency to provide further aid as required.
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