Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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21-Jan-2019 00:10:09
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Ten peacekeepers from Chad serving in the UN Mission in Mali were killed and at least 25 injured yesterday following an attack against the Mission’s camp in Aguelhok, in Kidal.

On Syria, we are gravely concerned by continued reports of civilian casualties due to ongoing hostilities and security incidents in several parts of the country.

Humanitarian colleagues in Somalia report that today, the Federal Government of Somalia and aid agencies launched the 2019 Somalia Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), which seeks more than a billion dollars to provide life-saving assistance and livelihood [support] to 3.4 million Somalis who are impacted by conflict, climatic shocks and displacement.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that it is concerned over the potential impact that the fuel crisis in Gaza might have on the lives and health of patients whose treatment requires uninterrupted supply of power.

The Under Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, presented the gender parity strategy for uniformed personnel. The strategy outlines common approaches for creating an enabling environment as well as initiatives to improve communications and outreach.

The Government of Kenya and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) have announced today an upcoming high-level conference on population and Development; the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25: Accelerating the Promise, will be held in the Kenya from 13-15 November.

Matthew Nimetz said that on 16 January, the Government of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia formally delivered to the Government of Greece a Note Verbale which states that it “has completed the necessary internal legal procedures for the entry into force of the Agreement, in accordance with its Constitution”.

The Secretary-General expressed his condolences and solidarity with the people and Government of Mexico following the deadly explosion of an oil pipeline on Friday in Hidalgo State.

We are now at 18 countries on our Honour Roll for 2019. The 3 new inductees are Armenia, Luxembourg and Switzerland. And we thank them.

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