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Daily Press Briefing and guest: Catherine Bragg (OCHA) on her recent visit to Central America
8 Nov 2011 -  By the Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General.

Catherine Bragg, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) will brief on her recent visit to Central America.

Elements of Today's Noon Press Briefing:

GUEST
Today I have as my guest, Catherine Bragg, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs. She will brief you on her recent visit to Central America.

SYRIA
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said today that the death toll in Syria now exceeds 3,500.
The Office said that High Commissioner Navi Pillay is deeply concerned about the situation and by the Syrian Government's failure to take heed of international and regional calls for an end to the bloodshed.
More than 60 people are reported to have been killed by military and security forces in recent days, including at least 19 on Sunday, the Office said.

LIBERIA
The UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has confirmed two deaths after an outbreak of violence yesterday at the party headquarters of the Congress for Democratic Change.
UN Police were sent on location and a helicopter from the UN Mission was dispatched to patrol the area
At this time, the investigations are still ongoing to ascertain the circumstances of the incident.
The UN Mission deplores the loss of life and calls on all parties, supporters and all Liberians to exercise maximum restraint and not resort to violent acts.
The Mission is in contact with the relevant authorities in order to prevent any escalation of the situation.

SECURITY COUNCIL
This afternoon at 3 p.m. the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Roger Meece, will present the Secretary-General’s report on the U.N. Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) to the Security Council.
Afterwards, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Sexual Violence in Conflict Margot Wallström will brief the Security Council in closed consultations.
Immediately afterwards, she will be available to members of the media and that is expected at around 4:30pm in the Security Council stakeout area.

GLOBAL PULSE
This afternoon, the Secretary-General will give the keynote address at a high-level briefing for Member States on the Global Pulse initiative.
He is expected to say that the initiative seeks to take the pulse of vulnerable communities and help us to understand where people and communities are in trouble.
The Secretary-General will say that with the strong support of Member States, we will pioneer a 21st-century approach that will help us keep up with fast-moving crises and keep international development on track.