Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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10-Oct-2019 00:09:24
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General arrived in Copenhagen, Denmark, early this morning and he met with the Danish Parliament’s Foreign Policy Committee.

The UN Refugee Agency warned that civilians are now in harm’s way, with tens of thousands of people on the move to escape the fighting and seek safety.

The Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Jamie McGoldrick, expressed his deep concern today about the impact that violence at protests has had on children.

The Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix is in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, where he just briefed the African Union Peace and Security Council, along with the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, Smaїl Chergui, on their joint trip to Sudan and the Central African Republic.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, briefed the Security Council.

Today is World Mental Health Day. This year’s theme focuses on suicide prevention. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every 40 seconds, someone loses their life to suicide and close to 800,000 people die by suicide every year. Furthermore, for each suicide, there are more than 20 suicide attempts.

The Secretary-General is concerned about the recent developments in Ecuador. He recalls the right of peaceful assembly, in accordance with international law, and calls on all actors to reduce tensions, avoid acts of violence and exercise maximum restraint.

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