Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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12-Feb-2019 00:15:17
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General met the Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Jorge Arreaza.

The Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Bintou Keita, and Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support Oscar Fernandez-Taranco are completing their visit to Darfur in Sudan, and they will now travel to the Central African Republic from tomorrow through 15 February.

The Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, is in Berlin today for meetings with the German Foreign Minister and senior Government officials.

The humanitarian response in north-west Syria is continuing, while humanitarian workers take increased risk mitigation measures after an increase in fighting among non-State armed groups last month and expanded control by the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in the area.

Jan Kubis, the new Special Coordinator for Lebanon, met for the first time today with President Michel Aoun in Beirut. He congratulated the President on the new government is in place in the country and expressed his expectation that the session of the parliament that is under way will take the necessary steps.

Security Council will hold an open meeting on Ukraine. Assistant Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Miroslav Jenča and Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ursula Mueller will be among the briefers.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, says it is seeing a surge in refugee arrivals from South Sudan into the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

In Geneva, the World Health Organization and the International Telecommunication Union today issued new international standards for the manufacture and use of audio devices, which include smartphones and audio players, to make them safer for listening.

In Addis Ababa, the First International Food Safety Conference opened today. The conference is being organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Health Organization, the World Trade Organization and the African Union. It seeks to ensure food safety at every stage of the food supply chain – from harvest and processing to storage, distribution, preparation and consumption.

Algeria and Eswatini have paid their budget dues in full, bringing the number of Member States on the Honour Roll to 43.

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