Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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23-Apr-2019 00:19:39
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning, the Secretary-General spoke at the Security Council’s open debate on Women and Peace and Security: Sexual Violence in Conflict.

The Secretary-General will be going to the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka late this afternoon, early evening, to sign the condolence book. Meanwhile on the ground, following the terrorist attack on Easter Sunday, the UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Hannah Singer, said she met with the President, the Prime Minister, the army commander and religious leaders to convey the United Nations’ condolences.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says it has received reports in the past few hours from Libya that say that the Qasr Ben Ghashir detention center in Tripoli was breached by armed actors; some 890 refugees and migrants are located in the detention centre. There are as yet unconfirmed reports of multiple injuries. The humanitarian community is closely following the evolving situation in order to provide assistance as soon access can be granted to the area.

In Syria, The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says it remains concerned for the people of Rukban, where dire conditions continue to cause suffering for tens of thousands of people stranded there.
Following the announcement of the opening of corridors in February, over 5,400 people have now left Rukban for shelters around Homs. Of those who have arrived at the shelters, some 3,750 people have been allowed to leave and stay with relatives.

The ongoing conflict in Yemen has already reversed human development by 21 years, that’s according to a new study released by the UN Development Programme.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that Malawi, where nearly 870,000 people were affected by last month’s Cyclone Idai, was hit by rainstorms a few days ago, which have caused flooding and landslides, leaving three people dead, in addition to damaging houses and schools.

The UN World Health Organization (WHO) today welcomed the launch of the world’s first malaria vaccine in Malawi. In a landmark pilot programme, the vaccine, known as RTS,S, will be made available to children in Malawi under the age of two.
Ghana and Kenya will introduce the vaccine in the coming weeks. The pilot aims to reach 360,000 children a year across the three countries.

Today is World Book and Copyright Day. This year, the Day focuses on the importance of protecting indigenous languages. This is in line with the International Year of Indigenous Languages. And this year’s World Book Capital is the city of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates and there will be several events to mark the Day there including a poetry contest for youth, a conference on freedom of speech and [workshops] for creating Braille books, among others.

Fiji has just joined the Honour Roll by paying their full payment to the regular budget which brings it up to a total of 85.
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