Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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18-Mar-2019 00:19:18
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General’s report on “Special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and abuse” is out today as a document. It should be up if it is not already up already on the UN documents website. As you know, this is the annual update, looking back at 2018, on our efforts to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation and abuse, in line with the Secretary-General’s strategy on this.

yesterday, we issued two separate statements by the Secretary-General in which he expressed his sadness at the loss of life, destruction of property and displacement of people by Tropical Cyclone Idai in Zimbabwe and by flash floods, landslides and an earthquake in Indonesia.

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Leila Zerrougui, is here in New York, where she briefed the the Security Council this morning.

Also on the DRC, Emergency Relief Mark Lowcock and the UNICEF Executive Director, Henrietta Fore, as well as the Secretary General of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies started a joint mission there to show international solidarity with the Congolese people and demonstrate the willingness of humanitarian actors to work jointly with the Government to respond to the dire humanitarian needs.

And on Mali, the UN Mission there reports that, yesterday, unidentified assailants attacked a Malian armed forces camp in Dioura in northwest Mopti town in the center of the country. The assailants caused numerous casualties and burned down the camp before fleeing. The Mission organized the medical evacuation of the injured soldiers.

The Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, is visiting Damascus, where he has held constructive discussions with the Foreign Minister, Walid al-Muallem, in the framework of the implementation of Security Council resolution 2254. Mr. Pedersen indicated that the work is progressing and that he looks forward to further discussions.

Nickolay Mladenov, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, strongly condemned the campaign of arrests and violence used by Hamas security forces against protesters, including women and children, in Gaza over the past days. He was particularly alarmed by the brutal beating of journalists and staff from the Independent Commission for Human Rights and the raiding of homes.

And the Africa Climate Week kicked off today in the Ghanaian capital of Accra, with policymakers, the private sector and other stakeholders meeting to share best practices, success stories and learning points to advance national climate [action] plans.

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