Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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22-Apr-2019 00:18:26
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General will depart New York on Wednesday, 24 April, to travel to Beijing in China, to take part in the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

Today is Mother Earth Day. The Secretary-General urged people to take climate action in every way they can, not just on Earth Day but every day. He also linked to a video which stresses that we only have one Earth and we need to protect it.

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Ghassan Salame, is continuing his efforts to advocate for de-escalation in Libya.

The Secretary-General joins the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali in condemning in the strongest terms the attack perpetrated yesterday against Malian armed forces in Guiré, in Koulikoro region, approximately 360 kms from Bamako.

The Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, will represent the Secretary-General at the 8th Moscow Conference on International Security, which is taking place from 23-25 April.

The top UN officials for refugees, migration and humanitarian affairs will jointly visit Bangladesh this week from Wednesday to Friday to highlight the ongoing need to support the humanitarian needs of nearly one million Rohingya refugees, as well as people living in host communities.

In Iran, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that one month after the heavy rains and devastating flooding that affected the country, an estimated 78 people have died. Overall, 10 million people have been affected by the floods; 2 million are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance. In addition, 366,000 people have been displaced.

The eighteenth session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues got underway. This year’s session is focused on the generation, transmission and protection of indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge.

The UN Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC) welcomes the financial contributions made by Bloomberg Philanthropies of $5.5 million dollars to support its work on global climate action.

Yesterday, we issued a statement on the terrorist attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, in which the Secretary-General expressed his outrage at the attacks which took place on a sacred day for Christians around the world.

Over the weekend, the Secretary-General spoke to Nana Akufo-Addo, the President of Ghana, to personally extend his condolences on the sudden passing of Major General Francis Vib-Sanziri of Ghana, who was the Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Disengagement Observation Force, otherwise known as UNDOF, which operates in the Golan.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the weekend saw further attacks on health centres in North Kivu Province. Our colleagues at the World Health Organization (WHO) report that Dr Richard Valery Mouzoko Kiboung, an epidemiologist deployed by the WHO, was killed in an attack on Butembo University Hospital on Friday. Two other people were injured in the attack.

Today is Associate Spokesperson Vannina Maestracci’s last day in the Spokesperson’s Office, and, sadly, also her last day at the United Nations, as she embarks on a new adventure in Montreal.
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