Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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07-Jan-2020 00:37:35
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Starting off with Australia: As the people of the country bravely battle the wildfires ravaging their country, the Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the victims and wishes those injured a speedy recovery.

Turning to Syria, Mark Cutts, the Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, said today that he is alarmed at the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Idlib, in the north-west of the country, where over 3 million civilians remain trapped in a war zone — the vast majority of them women and children.

On Sudan, we are reporting along with our partners, excuse me, we are continuing to help people affected by clashes between communities in and around El Geneina, the capital of West Darfur State.

Turning to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We have mentioned over the past months that the country is struggling to end a measles epidemic. Today, the World Health Organization said the death toll from the epidemic has surpassed 6,000 people, and said the outbreak is currently the worst in the world.

The Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, is in Mexico City to participate in the inaugural ceremony of the Joint Training Centre for Peace Operations in Mexico, which will take place tomorrow.

Yesterday we issued a statement in which the Secretary-General said he is following with concern the events surrounding the election of the president of the National Assembly.

The World Health Organization’s Emergency Committee said today that the risk of the spread of polio remains what it calls a public health emergency of international concern.

The Secretary-General is appointing Ms. Daniela Kroslak of Germany as Deputy Head of the UN Mission to support the Hudaydah Agreement, or UNMHA for short.

The Secretary-General will speak at the opening of an exhibit sponsored by the Italian Mission to the UN and titled Recovered Treasures: The Art of Saving Art.

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