Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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29-May-2019 00:07:13
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General addressed the students at RWTH Aachen University in Germany this afternoon, and he gave the students an overview of the challenges facing the world, focusing on climate change and the impact of new technologies. He told the students that he was encouraged by the youths’ engagement on climate change, an issue that his own generation had failed to deal with properly.

Geir Pedersen, the Special Envoy for Syria, is briefing the Security Council this morning in closed consultations. He will discuss the latest developments regarding the political process and the implementation of resolution 2254.
Mr. Pedersen will talk to journalists at the stakeout once those consultations have finished.

The UN Mission in the Central African Republic, MINUSCA, reports that three suspects, who were allegedly involved in the attacks against villages in western Central African Republic, were detained on 24 May and handed over to authorities in Bangui on 27 May.

Regarding a question asked yesterday on Colombia, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, and President Duque discussed yesterday in Bogota points of progress and challenges in the implementation of the peace agreement. Mr. Ruiz Massieu, in comments to the press, welcomed the President’s commitment to consolidate peace.

Yesterday afternoon, the Secretary-General announced the appointment of Mohamed Khaled Khiari of Tunisia as Assistant Secretary-General for Middle East, Asia and the Pacific in the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations.

A team of experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) has arrived in Pakistan following an HIV outbreak in Sindh province, where more than 600 cases – more than half of them being children under the age of five – have been identified so far.

Today is the International Day of Peacekeepers. In a message, the Secretary-General said that it has been 20 years since the Security Council first mandated a peacekeeping mission to protect civilians.

Ahead of World No Tobacco Day on Friday, the World Health Organization is highlighting the damage tobacco causes to lung health. This year’s theme is: Don’t let tobacco take your breath away.

Today the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) launched a report which outlines how artificial intelligence (AI) is being used to optimize television and radio broadcasts.
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