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International Day Against Nuclear Tests, Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
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Today is the International Day against Nuclear Tests.   

Over the weekend, we issued a statement in which the Secretary-General expressed disappointment at the inability of the tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) to reach consensus on a substantive outcome and to capitalize on this opportunity to strengthen the NPT and advance its goals.

The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, attended the eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development - better known as TICAD8, and that was done on behalf of the Secretary-General.  

Just another travel note, Miroslav Jenča, the Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and the Americas, is in Azerbaijan where he held meetings in Baku with government officials, civil society representatives, and the UN country team. From Azerbaijan, he will head to Georgia, and then Armenia. 

Turning to Ethiopia, our colleagues are telling us that the humanitarian situation in northern Ethiopia continues to be alarming. There are unconfirmed reports of displacement in frontline areas in Amhara and the Afar regions.

Turning to Libya, I can tell you that we continue to closely monitor the situation in and around Tripoli, following violent clashes on Saturday.                              

Our team, led by Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Julien Harneis, is stepping up its response to severe rains and flooding across Pakistan which have reportedly killed over 1,000 people, including hundreds of children. 

Our peacekeeping Mission in Mali has temporarily strengthened its presence in the northern region of Menaka, following an increase in attacks by terrorist groups. 

This morning, via videoconference, the Special Envoy for Syria, Geir O. Pedersen, briefed Security Council members, saying he was worried that in recent months there have been troubling signs of military escalation including an increase in strikes this last month alone.

The UN Woman Police Officer of the Year is awarded to Chief Warrant Officer Alizeta Kabore Kinda of Burkina Faso. 

At 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, in the press briefing room, there will be a hybrid press briefing by the Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, Victor Madrigal-Borloz.

I will end on a positive note, two new Members States have paid up their dues. That is Belarus and Rwanda, and that takes us to 119 fully paid-up nations.

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