Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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20-Jan-2020 00:20:08
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General is now on his way back to New York.

In Yemen, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, Martin Griffiths, condemned the escalation in military activities.

In a statement issued earlier today, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Iraq, urged the Government of Iraq to initiate a renewed push for reform and expressed concern about ongoing human rights violations.

The Security Council held closed consultations this morning on Cyprus.

Following a six-day visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, Ursula Mueller, the Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator and Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, called on the international community to ensure continued commitment and sustained funding to help alleviate the challenges faced by Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

And over the weekend, Rosemary DiCarlo, the Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs concluded a visit to five African countries: Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Niger, Nigeria and Burkina Faso.

The Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, has strongly condemned the attack on Saturday evening by non-State armed groups against the main accommodation for aid workers in Ngala in the north-eastern state of Borno.

UNESCO said that, while the number of journalists killed worldwide dropped by nearly half in 2019, they continue to face risks and perpetrators enjoy almost total impunity for these crimes.

The World Health Organization said that tobacco smokers who undergo surgery face higher risks of post-surgical complications than non-smokers.

And UNICEF today launched a paper that says that nearly 1 in 3 adolescent girls from the world’s poorest households have never been to school.

Canada, the Netherlands and Switzerland have paid their contribution to the UN's regular budget, which brings us up to 14 Member States who have fully paid up.

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