Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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09-Oct-2019 00:25:01
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General strongly condemns the attack that took place today on a synagogue in Halle, Germany, in which at least two people were reportedly killed. He regards this as yet another tragic demonstration of anti-Semitism - perpetrated on the holy day of Yom Kippur - which needs to be fought with the utmost determination.

The Secretary-General is traveling to Copenhagen, Denmark, this evening.

This morning at the Security Council, the head of the UN Peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), Leila Zerrougui, highlighted positive dynamics that could lead the country towards stability and durable peace.

The Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Yacoub El Hillo has condemned continued attacks on civilians in Libya and called for respect of international humanitarian law and the protection of civilians.

A special report by the UN Human Rights Office and the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) examines the impact on civilians of United States’ airstrikes on alleged drug-processing facilities on the 5th of May 2019 in Afghanistan’s Bakwa District, and verifies 39 casualties following that operation. Those casualties included 14 children and one woman, from multiple airstrikes on more than 60 sites that the United States Forces-Afghanistan identified as drug-production facilities. Moreover, the UN is working to verify credible reports of at least 37 additional civilian casualties, the majority of whom were women and children.

A new study led by the World Health Organization shows that more than one-third of women in four lower-income countries experienced mistreatment during childbirth in health facilities.

UNICEF will now be able to receive, hold and disburse donations of cryptocurrencies ether and bitcoin, through its newly-established UNICEF Cryptocurrency Fund. In a first for United Nations organizations, UNICEF will use cryptocurrencies to fund open source technology benefitting children and young people around the world.

In answer to a question we’ve been asked about a potential tripartite meeting on the issue of Cyprus to be hosted by the Secretary-General, no date or location has been confirmed.

Mozambique has paid its regular budget dues in full. This takes us to 130 Member States who have paid in full.

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