Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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15-Jan-2020 00:16:41
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General will be going to Berlin to take part in the Libya Conference on Sunday.

This afternoon, the Secretary-General will be at the handover of the chairmanship of the Group of 77, and that takes place at 3 pm this afternoon.

Back in the Security Council this morning, the head of the UN’s Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, reiterated our concern about the deteriorating security situation in Mali and the Sahel.

Turning to the Central African Republic, following clashes last week in the city of Alindao, the UN peacekeepers are now patrolling the city to protect civilians, including some 400 people displaced by the violence who have sought shelter at the UN base.

Our colleagues at the UN Country Team in Kenya today voiced their deep distress at the rising cases of terrorist attacks on schools, teachers and students, especially in the north-east of the country.

Turning to Syria, I want to say that we remain deeply concerned for the safety and protection of over three million civilians in Idlib and surrounding areas in north-west Syria, over half of whom are internally displaced, following new reports of airstrikes and shelling.

And just a quick update from the Philippines and our colleagues at the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and they are telling us that the Philippines authorities are reviewing contingency plans having to deal with the ongoing situation with the Taal volcano.

We are delighted to welcome two new members to this year’s Honour Roll, and those are Djibouti and Luxembourg, and we thank them heartily for their paying their budget dues on time and in full, which brings us up to six members on the Honour Roll.

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