Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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11-Feb-2019 00:24:13
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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he Secretary-General is expected back in New York this afternoon, after having been in Addis Ababa, where he attended the 32nd Session of the Ordinary Assembly of the African Union.

The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, spoke at the World Government Summit in Dubai.

In a joint statement, Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock and Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths said that the urgency of United Nations access to the Red Sea Mills in Hodeida is growing by the day.

Ján Kubiš arrived today in Beirut to take up his new position as United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon.

Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, briefed the Security Council today on the threats posed by Da’esh. He said that the group remains a threat as a global organization with centralized leadership, despite a fall in international attacks and plots in 2018. This threat, he said, is increased by returning, relocating or released foreign terrorist fighters.

On Nigeria, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), is starting today a mission to the country ahead of the presidential elections, scheduled on 16 February.

Chambas was in Senegal where he visited the campaign offices of the five candidates running for the presidential elections in that country – those will be taking place later this month.

Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that, last week, the Philippines Government declared a major measles outbreak in Metro Manila and Central Luzon, and it has now expanded to other areas.

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, has wrapped up a four-day visit to Myanmar.

On Haiti, the Core Group has called on the Haitian society actors, and primarily the country's leaders, to engage in a constructive and inclusive dialogue in order to identify and implement realistic and lasting solutions to the political and economic crisis currently occurring in the country.

Today is the International Women and Girls in Science Day. This year’s theme is "Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth."

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