Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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30-May-2019 00:17:09
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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On Thursday morning, the Secretary-General received the 2019 Charlemagne Prize in Aachen, Germany. In his remarks, he said that as a committed European and Secretary-General of the United Nations, this prize is especially meaningful for him and that, through him, tribute is being paid to the commitment, service and sacrifice of the women and men of the United Nations.

I have an update on the most recent reported allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse. This is for the first quarter of 2019, which concluded on 31 March. Please note that not all of the allegations reported have been fully verified, and many are in the preliminary assessment phase.

You have a rare treat because I have no fewer than five personnel announcements to tell you about.
Today, the Secretary-General is appointing Tatiana Valovaya of the Russian Federation as Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva. She will succeed Michael Møller of Denmark, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his commitment and dedicated service to the Organization.

The Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan today strongly condemned yesterday’s attacks on humanitarian offices and the looting of aid supplies in the Kalma camp for internally displaced people in South Darfur.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said that, amid the clashes in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, 149 vulnerable refugees and asylum-seekers were safely evacuated today to Rome.

Haiti and Timor-Leste have paid their 2019 budget dues. This takes the total of fully-paid up Member States to 102.
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