Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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19-Feb-2019 00:16:59
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General will travel next week to Geneva, where, on Monday, he will speak at the opening of the 40th session of the Human Rights Council. He will also speak at a special session of the Conference of Disarmament on that day.

The Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, briefed the Security Council by video conference this morning on what he called the significant progress made in implementing the agreements reached in Stockholm. He welcomed the agreement on the redeployment of the parties -- first from Saleef and Ras Issa and then from the port of Hudaydah -- as a first step. Mr. Griffiths said that despite deadlines being missed, the parties have constantly showed their commitment to the agreement.

The UN and our humanitarian partners today issued a call for $4.2 billion to help up to 19 million people in need in Yemen.
After four years of conflict, the humanitarian crisis in Yemen is the world’s worst, with 10 million people being one step away from famine.

The United Nations condemns the reported bombing in the city of Idlib yesterday, which resulted in civilian deaths and injuries, many of whom of women and children.

The Secretary-General announced today that he has appointed seven experts to serve on the newly established Civil Society Advisory Board on the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse. The aim of the Board is to foster closer interaction with civil society and external experts and organizations as part of the UN’s efforts to combat sexual exploitation and abuse.

In response to questions on the UN peacekeeping mission’s role during the violence that took place in Batangafo, in the Central African Republic, in late October last year, the Spokesperson said the following:
When the violence erupted on 30 and 31 October 2018, including setting fire to the internally displaced people’s (IDP) camp by ex-Seleka, peacekeepers intervened by removing the ex-Seleka fighters and helping to protect humanitarian and local administration officials as well as hundreds of IDPs who fled towards the mission’s temporary base.

In response to questions on a recent incident involving the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan, known as UNMOGIP, the Spokesperson said the following:
The observer group reported on 16 February that a UN vehicle in the city of Jammu was surrounded by a group of protesters who placed a Pakistan flag in front of the vehicle. The vehicle attempted to bypass the flag but was unable to do so.

New data released today by the UN Refugee Agency shows that despite record levels of forced displacement, just 4.7 percent of global refugee resettlement need were met last year. This means that out of 1.2 million refugees in need of resettlement in 2018, only 55,692 were resettled.

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