Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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03-Oct-2019 00:20:06
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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For the General Debate, a total of 195 speakers participated, including the Holy See, the State of Palestine and the European Union. Uzbekistan was the only country that did not speak. Among the speakers, there were 82 Heads of State and 43 Heads of Government.

In an op-ed published today in various media around the world, the Secretary-General stressed that, while we have a long way to go, the climate movement has begun. Young people, leaders in business, finance, governments and civil society are mobilizing and acting, as was seen in the lead-up to and during the Climate Action Summit last week.

In a statement issued today, the Secretary-General expressed his deep sadness on the death of Professor Diogo Freitas do Amaral from Portugal, as he was a renowned jurist and scholar and a brilliant politician who wholly dedicated his life to public service. He also served as President of the 50th Session of the General Assembly.

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq met with a number of protesters in Baghdad last night and reiterated her call for calm, emphasizing the importance of a direct dialogue between the people on the street and Iraq’s leadership.
She said that the protesters’ demands for economic reforms, jobs, reliable public services, accountability, prudent and impartial governance are legitimate and longstanding.

We are continuing to follow very closely the situation in Haiti.

In Mali, Malian soldiers were killed and wounded in attacks that took place at the beginning of the week.
The UN peacekeeping mission there provided support to the national authorities yesterday by transporting additional Malian troops to reinforce security in Boulekessi, the site of one of the attacks.

Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the head of the Department of Peace Operations, is scheduled to arrive in Bangui in the Central African Republic tomorrow for a joint high-level mission. He will be joined by the African Union’s Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui, and the European Union’s Director General of African Affairs, Koen Vervaeke.

At the Security Council, the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes, Huang Xia, said the region is taking positive steps towards stability that should be fully supported by the international community.

On Somalia, a two-day UN-backed forum wrapped up in Mogadishu yesterday, with participants agreeing on the way for to address remaining challenges together.

As we mentioned earlier this week, Ursula Mueller, the Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, is visiting Djibouti to draw attention to the effects of climate change and its humanitarian impact in the country and the region.

In a new report issued on the impact of conflict on children in Afghanistan, the Secretary-General said he is deeply disturbed by the scale, severity and recurrence of grave violations endured by boys and girls.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today that global food prices were steady this month.
The latest FAO Food Price Index averaged 170 points, virtually unchanged from August and 3.3 per cent higher than in the same month in 2018. FAO said lower sugar prices were offset by increased quotations for vegetable oils and meat.

Twenty-three boys and two girls were released today from Nigerian Army administrative custody after being cleared of suspected ties with armed groups, according to UNICEF.

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