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Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General and SRSG on Sexual violence in Conflict
14 Apr 2015 -  Today, guest Zainab Bangura, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict will brief you on the Secretary-General's latest report which is scheduled to be discussed in the Security Council tomorrow. On Nigeria, one year ago, over 276 girls were abducted by Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, in Borno State, in Nigeria. While some of the girls were fortunate to have escaped, the fate of many still remains unknown. We must never forget the kidnapped Chibok girls, and I will not stop calling for their immediate release and their safe return to their families. A Chilean peacekeeper serving in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) died of gunshot wounds when his vehicle came under fire in the North East Department on 13 April, yesterday. The Secretary-General will travel to Washington, D.C., later this week, and he will appear on Thursday at the National Press Club. The Secretary-General will discuss the challenges and opportunities the United Nations faces in its seventieth year, from fostering sustainable development and dealing with climate change to confronting violent extremism, and he will take questions during an hour-long session and I believe that will be visible on C-SPAN. The Security Council adopted a resolution by 14 votes in favour and one abstention, placing an embargo on arms and related material to, or for the benefit of, Ali Abdullah Saleh, Abdullah Yahya Al Hakim, Abd Al-Khaliq Al-Huthi and other designated officials. On Yemen, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid al Hussein, reminded all sides to the conflict in Yemen today to ensure that attacks resulting in civilian casualties are promptly investigated and that international human rights and international humanitarian law are scrupulously respected. On Syria, upon instructions by the Secretary-General to enhance efforts towards operationalising the Geneva Communiqué, starting in May, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Syria, Staffan de Mistura, will proceed with a series of in-depth, separate consultations with the Syrian stakeholders and regional and international actors to take stock of their views as of today on the Geneva Communiqué. The Security Council which is now holding a meeting on the Central African Republic. Babacar Gaye, the Head of the UN Mission in that country, said that the humanitarian situation remains difficult, with 50,000 newly displaced people since January 2015, and that the fragmentation of armed groups impedes humanitarian access. From South Sudan, the Deputy Special Representative of the UN in South Sudan, Moustapha Soumaré, visited Malakal today. He met with local officials and with community leaders of the approximately 26,000 internally displaced people who are being sheltered by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and he toured the Mission’s two protection sites, as well as an extension site currently under construction to relieve overcrowding at the existing facilities for displaced people. From Geneva, our colleagues at the [Office of the] High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) have expressed concern following the Kenyan Government’s recent announcement that the Dadaab refugee camps, hosting some 350,000 Somali refugees, should be closed. Humanitarian update from Ukraine, Government figures, according to [the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs], indicate that an estimated 1.2 million people have now been internally displaced by the conflict in the country. UNHCR alone says that nearly 778,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries. On the subject of water, the Secretary-General delivered a video message today to the high-level session on the two Water Conventions during the seventh World Water Forum taking place in Daegu in the Republic of Korea. Daniel Craig was here and just about an hour ago, he met the Secretary-General, and Daniel Craig was designated as the UN Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Other Explosive Hazards for the next three years. As the first UN Global Advocate on this issue, Mr. Craig will be raising awareness about United Nations mine action, promoting our vision of a world free from the threats of mines and explosive remnants of war, visiting UN mine action programmes, and assisting in raising political and financial support for mine action activities. United Kingdom has paid its 2015 dues. This brings to 72 the number of Member States to have paid in full and we thank them all. The UN Relief and Works Agency [for Palestine Refugees in the Near East’s] (UNRWA) Commissioner-General, Pierre Krähenbühl, today concluded his humanitarian mission to Damascus.
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