Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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23-Jan-2020 00:15:47
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General welcomes the Order of the International Court of Justice, indicating provisional measures in the case of The Gambia against Myanmar on the alleged breaches of the Genocide Convention.

The Secretary-General is delivering his special address to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, is deeply alarmed by the latest round of violence in Yemen, which resulted in the death of many innocent civilians.

The UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) reports that a group of armed members of the Misseriya community attacked a Dinka community in the Kolom area, north-west of Abyei town, yesterday, killing at least 32 people, including women and children, and wounding dozens.

The UN’s Humanitarian Chief, Mark Lowcock, has released $10 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to help scale up the response to the devastating desert locust outbreak in East Africa.

On Somalia, the UN, the Somali Government and humanitarian partners have launched the 2020 Humanitarian Response (HRP) in Mogadishu, calling for $1 billion to provide life-saving assistance and livelihood support to 3 million people, nearly half of whom are internally displaced.

About 170,000 people across the Republic of Congo – that’s Congo-Brazzaville – have been affected by heavy rains in the past 4 months, including 30,000 Central African and Congolese refugees.

Michelle Bachelet, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, is in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for a five-day official visit.

An update from Geneva, where the World Health Organization’s Emergency Committee is meeting again today to determine whether the Coronavirus outbreak constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and what recommendations should be made to manage it: yesterday, WHO’s Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the committee had an excellent discussion, but he added it was also clear that, to reach a decision, they needed more information.

Today, we are delighted to welcome Fiji, Norway and the Republic of Korea to the Honour Roll.

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