Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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22-Feb-2019 00:18:15
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General congratulates the Government of the Philippines, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, civil society groups and local communities on the establishment of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority today. This follows the confirmation on the 21 January and 6 February plebiscite on the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

This morning, the Secretary-General delivered the keynote address at the UN Association of the US Global Engagement Summit. He told some of the 1,500 participants that over the years, the US has played a critical role in helping provide multilateral answers to global challenges and stressed that today “we need the engagement of the US more than ever.”

Yesterday afternoon, the Secretary-General spoke at the annual hearing of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the United Nations.

This evening, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed will head to Barcelona, Spain, to deliver a keynote address at the World Mobile Congress and to participate in meetings with CEOs. The Deputy Secretary-General will highlight the power of mobile technology as a tool for development and action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also while advocating for the need to bridge the digital divide, ensure gender parity and mitigate the social and environmental risks of new technologies.

The Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, appealed today for all eligible Nigerian citizens to turn out massively to exercise their constitutional rights to vote tomorrow. As you know, these elections were previously scheduled to take place last Saturday.

Nearly 7 million people in South Sudan could face acute food insecurity at the height of this year’s May-to-July lean season, according to a report released today by the South Sudanese Government and our colleagues at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

The Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, is in Brussels, where he met Belgian officials yesterday.

Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that, on 19 February, eight civilians were killed and another 10 were injured in Hudaydah when an artillery shell landed on Al Azeeb market in the Al Mateenah area.

Our colleagues at the FAO have today released a new report in which they present mounting evidence that the biodiversity that underpins our food systems is disappearing – putting the future of food, livelihoods, health and environment under severe threat.

Today we say thank you to Namibia and Serbia, who have joined the Honour Roll, now totaling 59.

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