Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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10-Jan-2020 00:27:35
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General tomorrow will take part in a ceremony in Lisbon to kick off that city’s designation as European Green Capital. On Monday, 13 January, the Secretary-General will travel to Pau in France to attend a working dinner hosted by President Emmanuel Macron as part of a summit with the leaders of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, otherwise known as the G5 Sahel countries. The Secretary-General will be back in New York on Tuesday.

Rosemary DiCarlo, the Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, will arrive in Dakar in Sengal on Sunday, ahead of a week-long visit that will take her, not only to Senegal, but also to Guinea-Bissau, Niger, Nigeria and Burkina Faso.

In a video message released today, the Secretary-General paid tribute to the hundreds of thousands of Haitians who lost their lives and to the millions more who lost their homes, family members and so much more in the devastating earthquake of ten years ago.

The Security Council is continuing its ongoing meeting on upholding the Charter, which began yesterday.

Turning to Libya, we are deeply concerned by the deaths of two more health workers yesterday, who were killed by shelling in Al Washka, about 137 km west of the city of Sirte.

Turning to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where a new UN report says that killings, rapes and other forms of violence targeting the Hema community in the Ituri province may amount to crimes against humanity.

On Ethiopia, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that, due to climate and man-made crises, some 8.4 million people are in need of assistance.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) today welcomed El Salvador’s new law to law that will help protect internally displaced people.

We congratulate UNHCR, because today they were awarded the Olympic Cup by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for its work in supporting refugees and their host communities through sport.

Thanks to Armenia, Portugal and Ukraine, and freshly India, which paid up today, for their full contributions to 2020’s regular budget.

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