Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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12-Feb-2020 00:14:21
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Security Council today marked the International Day against the use of child soldiers with a briefing attended by the King and Queen of the Belgians, which also marked the launch of the Practical Guidance for mediators to protect children in situations of armed conflict.

In response to questions about UN humanitarian aid to Yemen, the Spokesman said the following:
The Secretary General is following the humanitarian situation in Yemen closely. He reiterates the importance of sustaining the humanitarian operation, which is being implemented in challenging conditions but is providing life-saving assistance to millions of Yemenis.
The Secretary-General supports continuing dialogue with all the interested parties to ensure that help reaches all those who need it, in accordance with humanitarian principles.

Ongoing hostilities in Idlib and Aleppo continue to pose grave risks to civilians in Syria, that’s according to our humanitarian colleagues.

The UN in Libya regrets that its regular flights, which transport its staff to and from Libya, have not been granted permission by the Libyan National Army to land in Libya.

In Vienna today, a two-day high-level regional conference on challenges posed by foreign terrorist fighters finished today.

Tomorrow, the UN Development Programme is launching ‘Mission 1.5’ a major climate change engagement campaign that will connect global citizens with their governments and policymakers on climate action.

This Valentine’s Day, the UN will launch ‘What It Takes’, a global campaign recognizing the generosity, hard work, heart and hope that goes into humanitarian responses - from the donors who contribute essential funding - to the women and men who put themselves on the front lines to deliver aid.

Bosnia and Herzegovina and Lithuania have paid their budget dues in full. This takes the number of fully paid-up Member States to 46.

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