Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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14-Feb-2019 00:19:37
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Today, the Secretary-General is appointing Chandramouli Ramanathan of India as Controller, at the Assistant Secretary-General level, for Programme Planning, Budget and Finance in the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance.

The UN and its humanitarian partners today released the 2019 Humanitarian Needs Overview for Yemen. The crisis remains the worst in the world with an estimated 80 percent of the population – that’s nearly 24 million people – in need of some form of humanitarian or protection assistance, including 14.3 million people who are in acute need. The number of people in acute need is now 27 percent higher than last year.

We remain concerned for the protection of civilians who remain trapped in the last Da’esh-held areas of Hajin, in Syria’s south-eastern Deir Ezzour Governorate, and for those who are able to flee the fighting. There are continued reports of civilians being killed and injured due to ongoing hostilities and air strikes around Hajin.

The UN Mission in Haiti, MINUJUSTH, reports that anti-government protests in the capital, Port-au-Prince, and throughout the country continue for the eighth day.

World Health Organization (WHO) today briefed the media in Geneva on current global measles outbreaks.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today called on European countries and regional organizations to take urgent action to ensure no child is born, or remains, stateless in Europe.

Yesterday evening we issued a statement acknowledging that the Secretary-General had received official notification of the entry into force of the Prespa Agreement as of 12 February 2019, which, among other things, expresses the agreement by the parties to the name “Republic of North Macedonia”. He welcomes this development, which settles the long-standing dispute between Athens and Skopje and demonstrates that even seemingly intractable issues can be resolved through dialogue and political will.

Ethiopia, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates, have paid their budget dues in full and on time, bringing the Honour Roll to 47.

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