Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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29-Jul-2019 00:17:54
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Security Council held an open meeting on Libya this morning. Briefing Council members, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Ghassan Salame, said that the armed conflict in the country shows no signs of abating, with the war around Tripoli having left nearly 1,100 people dead, including more than 100 civilians.

The Secretary-General today announced the appointment of Karla Gabriela Samayoa Recari of Guatemala as his Deputy Special Representative and Deputy Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia.

Today, the Secretary-General is appointing Rosine Sori-Coulibaly of Burkina Faso as his new Special Representative for Guinea-Bissau and Head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau, or UNIOGBIS for short.

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned yesterday’s attack on the political office of vice-presidential candidate, Amrullah Saleh, in Kabul. According to international media, at least 20 people were killed. On its Twitter account, UNAMA recalls that candidates are civilians and reiterates that violence has no place in Afghanistan’s presidential campaign.

Yesterday evening, we issued a statement in which the Secretary-General expressed his sadness at the loss of life and destruction of property caused by landslides in the Guizou province of China.

UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Achim Steiner returned today from a five-day mission to Yemen, where he traveled to Aden, Sana’a, and Hudaydah.
In a statement, Mr. Steiner said that the magnitude of the devastation and human suffering that he witnessed firsthand is difficult to comprehend. He added that the only viable solution for Yemen is peace.

Our humanitarian colleagues remain deeply concerned for the safety and protection of civilians in northwest Syria, where some 3 million women, children and men remain caught in the crossfire.

Our humanitarian colleagues also tell us that there have been three successive earthquakes in the remote northern Batanes area of the Philippines on Saturday.

Today, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced an innovative partnership to construct a first-of-its-kind factory that will convert plastic waste collected in Côte d'Ivoire into modular plastic bricks.

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