Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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09-Jan-2020 00:27:40
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General spoke earlier today at the Security Council meeting on upholding the UN Charter.

Ghassan Salame, the Special Representative and head of the UN mission in Libya, welcomed the recent calls for a ceasefire in Libya by a number of countries and international and regional organisations, the most recent of which was the joint call yesterday by the Presidents of Turkey and the Russian Federation.

Turning to Syria, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs remains deeply concerned about the safety and protection of over three million civilians in the area around Idlib, and over half of whom are internally displaced, following ongoing reports of airstrikes and artillery shelling.

The UN peacekeeping Mission in Mali reports that this morning, several mortars and/or rockets were fired at its camp in Tessalit, in the Kidal region.

In Nigeria, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that the UN and its partners are working with community organizations to help families affected by recent armed attacks targeting communities in the Michika and Madagali Local Government Areas in Adamawa State.

In Sudan, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, and the Prime Minister, Abdalla Hamdok, visited Kauda in South Kordofan today.

In the Philippines, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF are continuing to help the Government vaccinate nearly half a million children under 10 in remote islands against polio.

Regarding China, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today that Chinese authorities have preliminarily determined that there is a new coronavirus, which was identified in a person with pneumonia in a hospital in Wuhan, in China.

The food price index from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) states that food prices around the world are at their highest levels in five years.

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