Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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02-Mar-2020 00:23:48
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General has just received a message from Mr. Salame expressing his intention to leave his post as Special Representative for Libya.

Turning to the COVID-19, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, spoke to reporters today in Geneva.

Turning to Syria, Kevin Kennedy, the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, today said that a one-day inter-agency UN mission had been conducted across the border from Turkey into northwest Syria, where the needs for humanitarian aid and protection are growing more desperate by the day.

On a related note, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is appealing for calm and an easing of tensions on Turkey’s borders with the European Union, following the increase in movements of people that we have seen in the past few days.

Today at 2 p.m. in the Visitors’ Centre, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, will speak at the opening of the Spotlight Initiative’s One in Three exhibit.

Also, speaking of invitations, I would like to flag that, tomorrow morning, at 11:45, there will be a ceremony to mark the Special Agreement on the border dispute between the Gabonese Republic and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

In Vienna, the 63rd session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs started today. Ghada Waly, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), called for concrete progress in strengthening responses to the world drug problem.

Also yesterday, the UN Humanitarian Chief, Mark Lowcock, who was speaking on behalf of the Secretary-General at the 2020 Riyadh International Humanitarian Forum, thanked Saudi Arabia for its generous support of the UN’s humanitarian work around the world.

Over the weekend, we also issued a statement welcoming the efforts to achieve a lasting political settlement in Afghanistan.

We want to say thank you to France, Greece and Serbia for paying their budget dues in full.

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