Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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11-Feb-2020 00:12:57
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General opened today’s Security Council meeting on the Middle East, and he expressed a deep sense of concern as we witness growing tensions and instability around the globe, particularly in the Middle East.

Since December, nearly 700,000 people have been forcibly displaced in Idlib and surrounding areas in the north-west of Syria, most of these are women and children.

Lise Grande, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, said that clashes that hit and badly damaged two hospitals in Marib on 7 February were a completely unacceptable breach of international humanitarian law.

In Cairo on 9 and 10 February, 28 Libyan economic experts gathered for the second round of talks under the Libyan Economic and Financial Track, one of the three intra-Libyan tracks that the UN Support Mission in Libya is organizing - along with the military and political.

The Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, will visit Abyei from 12-13 February, as part of his regular visits to field missions to assess the situation on the ground.

The World Health Organization today announced the launch of a UN Crisis Management Team, which will help WHO focus on the health response while UN agencies will bring their expertise on the wider social, economic and developmental implications of the outbreak.

WHO said it is encouraged by the current trend of decreasing ebola cases.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said it’s seeking $107 million to support life-saving humanitarian operations.

It is now projected that over 1 million people will be displaced by the middle of the year.

The UN Refugee Agency said today it is concerned by the deteriorating humanitarian situation in eastern Beni.

At 3 p.m. in the Trusteeship Council Chamber, the Secretary-General will participate in the ‘Drive For Five: A Call To Action For The Education of Adolescent Girls.’

Today is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. In his message, the Secretary-General said science is being held back by a gender gap and added that we need to dismantle gender stereotypes and support careers of women scientists and researchers.

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