Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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31-Jul-2019 00:19:36
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General strongly condemns the attack this morning on a bus traveling along the Kandahar-Herat Highway in Afghanistan. The Secretary-General reiterates that international humanitarian law explicitly prohibits indiscriminate attacks and directed against civilians and appeals to all parties to the conflict in Afghanistan to uphold their obligations to protect civilians.

The Secretary-General expresses his deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Afghanistan. He wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.

About the attack against the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) earlier this week, the Secretary-General condemns the deadly attack and expresses his deep condolences to the bereaved families and the Government of Burundi. He wishes a swift recovery to the injured. The Secretary-General pays homage to the AMISOM troops and their sacrifices in pursuit of peace in Somalia. He reiterates the resolve of the United Nations to work with the African Union and AMISOM to support the people and Government of Somalia.

Tomorrow will mark one year since the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared an outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu Province. And yesterday, in Goma, a miner working in the province of Ituri became the city’s second case of Ebola. He reportedly died this morning.

In reaction to this new case, the Ebola Emergency Response Coordinator, David Gressly, and the World Health Organization Assistant Director-General for Emergency Response, Dr. Ibrahima Socé Fall, said they are mobilizing all aspects of the response to stop the spread of Ebola in Goma.

Surveillance at all points of entry, and points of control in the area are being stepped up. They are also increasing community engagement, risk communications and active case finding.

In a joint statement to mark the one-year milestone, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, and the UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, as well as the World Food Programme Executive Director added that “this latest case in such a dense population center underscores the very real risk of a spike in disease transmission, perhaps beyond the country’s borders, and the very urgent need for a strengthened and global response and increased donor investment.”

Both statements are now online.

Tomorrow, at 11 am, David Gressly and and Dr. Fall will join us by VTC, to provide an update on the outbreak and to answer your questions.

On Yemen, preliminary reports from local health authorities in Qatabir District in Sa’ada Governorate in Yemen indicate that 14 people were killed, including four children, in an attack on Al Thabit market on Monday. An additional 26 people, including 14 children, were reportedly wounded. Several of the wounded are in critical condition.

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, Lise Grande, said that this is a terrible turn of events, following three months in which the number of reported civilian casualties in Sa’ada has been falling. She said the latest deaths were a reversal of everything everyone has been working towards these last weeks and months.

Health partners are providing medical supplies to the facilities receiving the wounded, including trauma kits to treat up to 100 casualties.

International humanitarian law requires that all parties to the conflict to take all feasible steps to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure.

The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS, better known as UNAIDS, launched a new website to identify national laws and policies related to AIDS response.

Covering areas as diverse as a country’s ability to diagnose HIV among young babies, the existence of discriminating laws against transgender people or whether people are prosecuted for even carrying condoms, the Laws and Policies Analytics website aims to give a full overview of the country’s laws and policies regarding the HIV response.

It allows policy data to be viewed jointly with other information on the HIV epidemic and response.

Under the 2016 UN Declaration on HIV and AIDS, countries committed to accelerate the efforts to significantly increase the availability of high-quality data on HIV.

The website hosts data from over 140 countries that can be searched by country or region through an interactive map or on a specific topic.

Tomorrow at 3 p.m., there will be a briefing here by Ambassador Joanna Wronecka of Poland, the Permanent Representative of Poland who will be speaking in her capacity as the President of the Security Council for the month of August.

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