Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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22-Mar-2019 00:12:53
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore is in Mozambique’s Beira to see the impact of Cyclone Idai on children and families there.

The Secretary-General will visit the Islamic Cultural Centre of New York, and he will visit the mosque and intends to speak to the press while he is there.

The Secretary-General is saddened by the tragic loss of lives after a passenger ferry capsized yesterday in the Tigris River near the Iraqi city of Mosul. The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the victims, the Government and people of Iraq and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.

The Secretary-General was deeply saddened to learn about the loss of life and injuries caused by the explosion at a chemical plant in Yancheng City, Jiangsu Province of China. He extends his sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wishes those injured a speedy recovery.

Horst Köhler, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, spoke to reporters in Geneva today after the second roundtable meeting on Western Sahara.

The UN Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, concluded his visit to Syria and has been in Lebanon, where he met with President Michel Aoun, Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Speaker Nabih Berri.

Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that more measles cases continue to be recorded in the Philippines, with nearly 23,000 cases – including 333 deaths officially reported – so far. This marks a 385 per cent increase compared to the same period last year.

Today is World Water Day, and this year’s theme is ‘Leaving no one behind,’ which is the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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