Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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13-Feb-2019 00:10:36
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Security Council held an open meeting this morning on Iraq. In her first briefing as the Secretary-General’s new Special Representative, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert told the Council that, although there had been a smooth transition of power to Adel Abdul-Mahdi as Prime Minister, the Government remains incomplete with four ministerial positions still vacant.

The Secretary-General appointed Dr. Shannon Hader of the United States as the Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of Programme for UNAIDS.

The head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has condemned the recent violence in the eastern part of the country -- which, according to local authorities, has caused the death of two people, injuring several others.

The International Labour Organization today (ILO) released its World Employment and Social Outlook which says that 3.3 billion people employed globally last year had inadequate working conditions. The report also found that while there’s been progress in reducing unemployment, the quality of work is not improving in many parts of the world.

Today World Radio Day. This year’s theme is “Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace.” In his message, the Secretary-General said that even in today’s world of digital communications, radio reaches more people than any other media platform, and added that for the UN, especially for UN peacekeeping operations, radio is a vital way of informing, reuniting and empowering people impacted by war.

The Russian Federation has paid its dues in full. The total is now 44.

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