Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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01-Nov-2019 00:20:16
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Conference of Parties Bureau has agreed that COP 25 will take place from 2-13 December in Madrid, Spain.

The Secretary-General met this morning with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. The Secretary-General expresses his deep appreciation for the strong cooperation and support of Turkey to the United Nations.

The Secretary-General expresses his deep condolences to the families of the victims of the landslide in the city of Bafoussam, in Western Cameroon, and affirms the readiness of the United Nations to contribute to ongoing efforts to address the needs of the affected population.

The Secretary-General was deeply saddened by the loss of life following a fire, which erupted on a train travelling between Karachi and Rawalpindi, in Pakistan, yesterday.

The UN Human Rights Office has signed an agreement with Colombia, which will allow the Office to remain and operate in the country with its full mandate for a further three years.

Juan Gabriel Valdés, adviser to the Secretary-General, traveled to Quito on 29-30 October. The visit follows a request to the United Nations by the Government of Ecuador, indigenous organizations and different social sectors for support in reaching an understanding about how to bridge their differences.

The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, will visit Venezuela from 4 to 6 November 2019 to learn first-hand about the humanitarian situation and strengthen cooperation and coordination among the various humanitarian organizations operating in the country.

According to information verified by the UN Office for Human Rights, at least 42 people have died and 86 were injured in Haiti since the latest round of protests began on September 15th. Most of them suffered gunshot wounds. Reports indicate that security forces were responsible for 19 of the deaths while the rest were killed by armed individuals or unknown perpetrators.

More than 35,000 people have been affected – with 19,000 people displaced – by the worst flooding in seven years in north-east Nigeria’s Adamawa state.

In Somalia, Beletweyne district and other areas have been severely affected by unusually heavy rains and flooding, and humanitarian needs are dire.

Major Seynabou Diouf of the Senegal National Police has been selected as the 2019 United Nations Female Police Officer of the Year.

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