Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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17-Jul-2019 00:08:42
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Security Council held an open meeting this morning on the International Residual Mechanisms for Criminal Tribunals. Council members were briefed by Justice Carmel Agius and Serge Brammertz, respectively the President and Prosecutor of the Mechanism.

In the afternoon, the Council will hold an open meeting on the implementation of the youth, peace and security agenda.

Concerning that, today at 3p.m., the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, will brief the UN Security-Council on Youth, Peace and Security. During this briefing, she will launch the policy paper called “WE ARE HERE: An Integrated Approach to Youth-Inclusive Peace Processes” which explores the roles that young people can play in peacebuilding processes.

“We Are Here” is the first global policy paper on youth participation in peace processes and aims to document, assess and highlight where, how, and in what forms young people have participated in – and influenced – peace processes over the last 20 years.

In a statement we issued yesterday evening, the Secretary-General expressed his sadness following an attack at a market in Abyei, during which two UN peacekeepers serving with the UN Interim Security Force came under attack by unknown assailants. One of the peacekeepers was killed and the other was wounded. Five civilians were also killed in the incident.

The Secretary-General conveyed his deepest condolences to the family of the deceased and to the Government and people of Ethiopia. He also wished the injured peacekeeper a speedy recovery and extended his sympathies to the families of the civilians killed.

The UN Mission has deployed peacekeepers to the area to enhance security and determine the circumstances behind yesterday’s attack.

The World Health Organization’s Emergency committee on Ebola met today in Geneva to determine whether the current outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of international concern.

The committee’s recommendations are expected to be announced in about an hour, during a Virtual Press conference that will be broadcast on Twitter @WHO. Journalists who wish to dial in can also do so. I have the number in my office.

UNICEF today calls for improved humanitarian access and protection of the children living in Al-Hol Camp, located in Syria’s northeast. UNICEF estimates that more than 90 per cent of the camp’s 70,000 people are children and women.

Nearly 20,000 of the children are from Syria. The rest, 29,000, come from 62 different countries, including 9,000 from Iraq. Most are under the age of 12.

These children face a dire humanitarian situation, further compounded by the trauma of conflict.

UNICEF is calling on all the member states involved to take full responsibility for the reintegration of children into their local communities, and the safe repatriation of children back to their countries.

In Venezuela, a mass polio vaccination campaign for more than 3.1 million children under the age of five started today, led by the Ministry of Health, with support from UNICEF and the Pan American Health Organization.

More than 7,000 immunization points will be set up across the country to vaccinate all children under five years. In advance of the campaign, UNICEF procured and delivered more than 3.8 million doses of oral polio vaccine and nearly 125,000 doses of inactivated polio vaccine. The children’s agency also helped to produce radio and TV spots to disseminate lifesaving messages on immunization.

According to UN estimates, about 3.2 million children need assistance inside the country.

This morning the High-Level Political Forum of ECOSOC heard presentations of Voluntary National Reviews from the Central African Republic, Eswatini, Iraq, Saint Lucia, Serbia, Tonga, South Africa, Rwanda, Kuwait, and New Zealand.

In the afternoon, presentations of national reviews will be given by Chad, Ghana, Israel, Timor Leste, Tanzania, and Vanuatu.

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