Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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21-Feb-2019 00:21:24
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General spoke this morning at the opening of the organizational meeting of the 2019 session of the Special Committee on Decolonization.

The Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation will hold its third meeting tomorrow at UN Headquarters with the Secretary-General.

The Secretary-General met yesterday Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine. The Secretary-General and the President discussed the latest developments concerning the conflict in eastern Ukraine and in the areas of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. They also exchanged views on humanitarian and human rights related issues.

Parfait Onanga-Anyanga gave his last briefing to the Security Council as Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central African Republic earlier today.

Today, the Government of Cameroon, the UN and humanitarian partners released the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan requesting $299 million to assist 2.3 million people in need in the country.

As fighting in the areas of Hajin in Syria’s Deir Ezzour Governorate appears to reach its final stages, thousands of women, children and men are expected to be evacuated and move towards Al-Hol camp in Al Hasakeh Governorate in the coming days.

A measles and rubella vaccination campaign led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF has now reached nearly 12 million children in Yemen.

Tomorrow, at 9:00 a.m. in the General Assembly Hall, the Secretary-General will open the United Nations Association of the United States Global Engagement Summit. He will deliver the keynote address to some 1,500 U.S. high school and college students and share a ‘call-to-action’ for them to take local actions to tackle climate change.

Today is International Mother Language Day. This year, the Ombudsman's office is inviting people to send them their favorite proverb in their mother tongue about peace, well-being and other topics. A compilation of the proverbs will be published on their website and social media.

Turkey has joined the Honour Roll, bringing the total number of Member States which have paid their regular budget dues in full to 57.

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