UN / GAZA ARTICLE 99 UN CHARTER

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Invoking a rarely used article of the UN Charter, Secretary-General António Guterres called on the Security Council to “press to avert a humanitarian catastrophe” in Gaza and appealed for a humanitarian ceasefire to be declared. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 06 DECEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

06 DECEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Given the scale of the loss of human life in Gaza and in Israel, in such a short amount of time, the Secretary-General has today delivered a letter to the President of the Security Council, invoking Article 99 of the United Nations Charter. This is the first time that António Guterres has done this since he became Secretary-General in 2017. Article 99 states that ‘the Secretary-General may bring to the attention of the Security Council any matter which in his opinion may threaten the maintenance of international peace and security.’ In the letter, which we are sharing with you, the Secretary-General urges the members of the Security Council to press to avert a humanitarian catastrophe, and he appeals for a humanitarian ceasefire to be declared.”
4. Wide shot, briefing room

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Invoking a rarely used article of the UN Charter, Secretary-General António Guterres called on the Security Council to “press to avert a humanitarian catastrophe” in Gaza and appealed for a humanitarian ceasefire to be declared.

Speaking to reporters in New York today (06 Dec), UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said that this was the first time Guterres had felt compelled to invoke Chapter 99, since taking office in 2017.

In a letter to the Council, the UN chief invoked Article 99, contained in Chapter XV of the Charter.

This says that the UN Secretary-General “may bring to attention of the Security Council any matter which in his opinion, may threaten the maintenance of international peace and security.”
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