Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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20-Mar-2019 00:19:48
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General arrived in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, early this morning.
He met with President Mauricio Macri, congratulating Argentina for successfully hosting the Second High-level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation and commending the Government’s leadership concerning other UN global priorities, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Tonight, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, will travel to Geneva, Switzerland, to attend the opening of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Regional Forum for Sustainable Development and meet with UN Resident Coordinators in the region. While in Geneva, she will also brief Member States, participate in an Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, convene a Principals’ discussion on the Sustainable Developemt Goal 3 Global Action Plan and visit UNAIDS.

Our humanitarian colleagues report that the UN’s humanitarian chief, Mark Lowcock, yesterday allocated US$20 million from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to complement the efforts of the governments of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi to provide assistance to communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Idai.

This morning, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya, Ghassan Salamé, briefed the Security Council via video teleconference on the situation in that country.

Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that, as of yesterday, nearly 123,000 people were affected by flooding caused by heavy rains earlier this month in Afghanistan.

Just to let you know that 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 Societies, El Hadj As Sy, concluded today their joint mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, acknowledged today’s final appeal judgement by the Hague Branch of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, largely upholding the verdict issued in 2016 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) against Radovan Karadzic and increasing his sentence from 40 years to life imprisonment.
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