Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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23-May-2019 00:20:15
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Security Council is holding an open debate today on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.

Yesterday afternoon, the Council met on Somalia and heard from Raisedon Zenenga, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative.

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has condemned the attack that took place on Tuesday in Ooham-Pende Prefecture. As of today, more than 50 people are being reported to have been killed, and we expect a statement a bit later today.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations is stepping up its response to the Ebola epidemic, which is now in its tenth month in the country and has claimed more than 1,200 lives.

Yesterday afternoon a note was issued on the Secretary-General’s phone conversation that day with his Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, Horst Köhler, who informed the Secretary-General of his decision to step down from his role for health reasons.

The UN remains deeply alarmed by ongoing reports of airstrikes, artillery shelling and clashes in and around the de-escalation zone in northwestern Syria, resulting in over 100 deaths since late April, as well as repeated attacks on civilian infrastructure and an increased level of displacement.

The Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) Ad Hoc Advisory Group arrived in Haiti yesterday for an official visit that lasts through tomorrow. The objective of the mission is to assess and make recommendations on Haiti’s long-term economic development. It will also explore the prospects for deepening the partnership between the Haitian Government and the international community in support of the country’s efforts on economic recovery and development.

Today is the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, which is one of the most serious and tragic injuries that can occur to women during childbirth. An estimated 2 million women in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Arab region, as well as Latin America and the Caribbean are living with this injury, and some 50,000 to 100,000 new cases develop worldwide each year.

Tomorrow we will be marking International Peacekeepers’ Day. The Secretary-General will be speaking at a ceremony and he will also deliver the Captain Diagne Award to the family of a fallen peacekeeper from Malawi and we will also have the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Mr. Jean-Pierre Lacroix here at the briefing at noon sharp to speak about peacekeeping.
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