Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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10-Dec-2019 00:12:12
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Youth standing up for human rights is the theme for this year’s Human Rights Day.

The Secretary-General will be heading back to the UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid. Tomorrow, he will take part in several events, including the High-Level Meeting of Caring for Climate organized by the UN Global Compact and the High-Level Event on Global Climate Action.

In Madrid, at the UN Climate Change Conference, COP25, 15 initiatives have been recognized by the UN Global Climate Action Awards.

In Jordan, yesterday, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, visited a number of installations of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and received information about the Agency’s health programme and services to Palestine refugees.

For the past few weeks, we’ve been telling you about the flooding that has been affecting many parts of Africa. Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that at least 170,000 people have been impacted by heavy rains in the Republic of the Congo – that’s Congo Brazaville. This includes some 30,000 refugees from the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Miroslav Lajčák presented to the Secretary-General the signed letter on the occasion of issuing the Joint Statement to Supplement the 1993 Framework for Cooperation and Coordination between the United Nations Secretariat and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

In an op-ed published today, the Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said a manmade terror is keeping health workers awake at night in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) marks the fortieth anniversary of the signing of the certificate of the eradication of smallpox.

Also on vaccines, the UN is helping the Government of Bangladesh immunize more than 635,000 Rohingya refugees and people from the host community in Cox’s Bazar against cholera.

The first-ever Global Refugee Forum is taking place between 16 and 18 December 2019 in Geneva.
Hosted by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the Government of Switzerland, this global conference, will be attended by leaders and ministers, is the first high-level gathering to follow up on the practical implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees, which was affirmed at the UN in New York one year ago.

I wanted to say that there were rumours that the Secretary-General has made a decision on the appointment of his next Personal Envoy for Western Sahara. This is not true and baseless. The process to select the Personal Envoy for Western Sahara is ongoing. The Secretary-General looks forward to appointing an Envoy as soon as the process is completed.

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