Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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27-Jan-2020 00:23:21
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General spoke at the UN’s Holocaust Memorial Ceremony, which this year marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.

Due to scheduling considerations, the Secretary-General’s press conference has been postponed by a week, and will now take place on Tuesday, 3 February.

The UN remains deeply concerned about the safety of over 4 million civilians in northwest Syria, over half of whom are internally displaced, following reports of ongoing airstrikes and shelling over the weekend.

The UN Human Rights Office, in a new report today on the airstrikes last July on the Tajoura detention centre in Libya, renewed its call on all parties to the conflict in that country to conduct independent, impartial and thorough investigations to ensure accountability for the violations of international law.

On the Coronavirus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros, arrived in Beijing today.

A new report from Colombia on the situation of children and armed conflict concludes that the Peace agreement between the Colombian Government and the FARC-EP, which contained child protection provisions, contributed to a significant decrease in violations committed against boys and girls.

Although measles case incidence showed a decreasing trend in December, the cumulative number of cases and deaths has continued to increase, with over 6,000 deaths reported last year.

In Madagascar, last week, following heavy rain and flooding caused by a tropical disturbance, there has been an impact to 107,000 people, and at least 31 deaths. More than 16,000 have also been displaced.

In a statement issued over the weekend, the Secretary-General said he was deeply saddened by the loss of life and destruction of property in the wake of an earthquake in the Elazig province of Turkey.

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