Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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20-Dec-2019 00:12:02
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning the Secretary-General was at the Holy See in Rome, where he had a private audience with His Holiness, Pope Francis. During their meeting, they discussed a wide-ranging number of issues, including the climate crisis, poverty and inequality and many others.

Geir Pedersen, the Special Envoy for Syria briefed the Security Council by VTC and said that the past 12 months have seen a steady stream of violence, punctuated by escalation, in many areas of Syria. All of this serves as a constant grim reminder of the need for a political process in Syria.

Yesterday in her briefing to the Security Council Rosemary DiCarlo, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacebuilding and Political Affairs, said that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear issue, and resolution 2231, are crucial to nuclear nonproliferation as well as regional and international security, adding that we therefore regret the withdrawal of the United States from the JCPOA in May of last year and the recent steps taken by Iran to reduce its nuclear-related commitments under that Plan.

The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, yesterday afternoon briefed the Member States on kickstarting the Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals.

The UN and other humanitarian organizations have dispatched medical supplies to treat 10,000 people due to the heavy rains that have affected some 300,000 people in Uganda.

The UN Migration Agency, IOM, today said there has been a sharp decline in the number of migrants dying while attempting to cross international borders.

The UN team and its partners in Lesotho launched today a $34 million Flash Appeal to help more than 260,000 people who are facing food insecurity due to a severe drought in Lesotho.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo continues to face an acute and multifaceted humanitarian crisis which will require, in the months to come, substantial funding and reinforced coordination.

Today is International Human Solidarity Day.

Tajikistan has become the 145th Member State to pay its budget dues in full.

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