Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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18-Feb-2019 00:13:09
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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In Yemen, the members of the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC) met for their fourth joint meeting on 16 and 17 February in Hudaydah city. They made important progress on planning for the redeployment of forces as envisaged in the Hudaydah Agreement.

Our humanitarian colleagues 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. Although fighting is reportedly less intense, there are continued reports of civilians being killed and injured.

The Heads of the international election observation missions and the United Nations present in Nigeria, put out a joint statement over the weekend following the postponement of the elections in the country.

You will have seen that over the weekend, we announced that the Secretary-General, following consultations with the Chairpersons of the regional groups of Member States, had informed the General Assembly of his intention to appoint Inger Andersen of Denmark as the new Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says that heavy rains and cyclones have triggered a recent surge in Desert Locust populations, causing an outbreak in Sudan and Eritrea that is rapidly spreading along both sides of the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

For budget, we start the week on a happy note, with five Member States having paid their dues in full. Our sincere thanks go to Albania, Kyrgyzstan, Malta, Saint Lucia and Viet Nam. The Honour Roll now totals 53.

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