Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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20-Feb-2019 00:20:35
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General has been following with great interest and great concern the situation in South Asia.

The UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Central African Republic reports that President Faustin-Archange Touadéra issued two decrees related to the recently-signed Global Peace Agreement between the Government and armed groups, establishing follow-up mechanisms, as well as committees in each prefecture to supervise implementation of temporary security arrangements. The Mission has also conducted several meetings and sensitization sessions on the peace agreement in various parts of the country.

Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, briefed the Security Council by VTC on the Israeli-Palestinian question, where he said that the prospect of sustainable peace is fading by the day as the specter of violence and radicalism grows.

Yesterday afternoon, Michel Kafando, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, briefed the Security Council on the situation in Burundi.

On Burkina Faso, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that more than 100,000 people have been displaced due to armed attacks and insecurity – half of them displaced in the last two months.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that last week, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ministry of Health launched the third phase of the Ebola strategic response plan, requesting $147 million to cover all aspects of the response for six months.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reveals today that spending on health is growing faster than the rest of the global economy. This trend is particularly noticeable in low- and middle-income countries, where health spending is growing on average 6 per cent annually, compared with 4 per cent in high-income countries.

Today, the Secretary-General announced the appointment of Major General Zia Ur Rehman of Pakistan as the Force Commander of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara, better known as MINURSO.

Today is World Social Justice Day. This year’s theme is ‘If you want peace and development, work for social justice’ and that social justice is the underlying principle for a peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations.

Today is UN Kids Day here at Headquarters. The Secretary General opened the day by greeting a group of children in the visitors’ lobby. Throughout the day, kids will be able to take a special tour of the UN, meet and greet with UN Security Officers and even spend some time with Chloe, the staff therapy dog. There will also be a treasure hunt and other activities.

Today our Honour Roll is up to 56 thanks to Micronesia, Slovakia and Dominica who have paid their budget dues in full.

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