Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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17-Jan-2020 00:15:07
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This Sunday, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, the fifth Secretary-General of the United Nations, will celebrate his 100th birthday, and Secretary-General António Guterres written him a letter to extend his best wishes on that celebration.

At an event organized today to mark the 10th anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, the Secretary-General laid a wreath and paid tribute to the hundreds of thousands of Haitians who lost their lives on January 12, 2010.

Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, condemned the new attack the Mopti region, during which 14 people were killed and 2 more were injured.

Turning to Libya, the UN Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) today called for the immediate release of Siham Sergewa, an elected member of the House of Representatives, who was seized at night from her home in Benghazi six months ago.

Turning to Sudan, the UN Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) co-hosted a high-level meeting in London in which 19 donors affirmed the importance of scaling up aid to Sudan this year.

From Geneva, our colleagues at the World Health Organization (WHO) today warned that the fall in private investment and the lack of innovation in developing new antibiotics are undermining efforts to combat drug-resistant infections.

And today we say thank you to our friends in Dublin and welcome the Republic of Ireland to the Honour Roll.

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