Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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08-Oct-2019 00:20:50
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General is following with great concern recent statements regarding northeastern Syria, in particular the risk to civilians from any potential military actions. He calls on all parties to exercise maximum restraint.

The Secretary-General has written to Member States about the worst cash crisis facing the United Nations in nearly a decade.

The latest Member State to have paid up in full is Syria which brings us up to 129.

The Secretary-General spoke to the Fifth Committee of the General Assembly today, and not only on the budget crisis but also the statement was meant to introduce the proposed programme budget for 2020 – the first one to cover an annual, rather than a two-year, period.

In the Security Council this morning, Mahamet Saleh Annadif, the head of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Mali, welcomed the launch of an inclusive national dialogue, and called on all Malians to take part in the initiative to ensure a “massive and inclusive participation.”

Unrest in the country has created serious challenges for the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable.
UN staff in the country report that a relatively calm weekend provided opportunities for several organizations to resume their operations.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, is in the Gambia for a three-day mission.

Yesterday, UNICEF chartered a plane carrying 1.6 million doses of Oral Cholera Vaccines to Sudan.

Yesterday, the Secretary-General officially transmitted to the General Assembly the report of the Eminent Person, Mohammed Chande Othman, on the way forward in the search for the truth relating to the conditions and circumstances resulting in the death of Dag Hammarskjöld, UN former Secretary-General and members of the party accompanying him.

The World Health Organization (WHO) launched its first world report on vision.

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