Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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19-Mar-2019 00:17:14
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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As we announced last week, the Secretary-General is traveling this afternoon to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to attend the Second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation.

Martin Griffiths, the Special Envoy for Yemen, said today that, following constructive discussions with both parties, there is significant progress towards an agreement to implement phase one of the redeployments of the Hudaydah agreement.

The Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, has been in Damascus for the past two days, where he had good in-depth discussions with Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2254. Special Envoy Pedersen stressed that progress was made and that he looks forward to returning to continue the good cooperation that has been established.

We have an update on the impact of Tropical Cyclone Idai from our colleagues at the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

On the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, the UNICEF Executive Director, Henrietta Fore, and the Secretary General of the International federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, El Hadj As Sy, are on a joint mission there and arrived in the eastern part of the country.

From Myanmar, the Acting Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Knut Ostby, said today that he is deeply concerned about new reports of fighting between the Arakan Army and Myanmar security forces.

Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that they are concerned about armed clashes in the Southern Philippines between the army and non-state armed groups. The fighting has uprooted more than 47,000 people.

The Security Council heard a briefing today from the ambassador of Indonesia, in his capacity as chair of the Sanctions Committee dealing with Resolution 1540, which concerns the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

The Secretary-General, along with World Food Programme Executive Director David Beasley and Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General José Graziano da Silva are announcing the appointment of Ute Klamert of Germany as Assistant Executive Director, Partnerships and Governance, of the WFP, at the Assistant Secretary-General level.

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