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Chief Executives Board, Climate, Sudan & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
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Good afternoon.  In a short while, we will be joined by Guilherme Canela De Souza Godoi, Chief of Section of the Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  He will brief ahead of World Press Freedom Day, which is tomorrow, and on the conference that is taking place today in the General Assembly Hall.

The Secretary-General left Doha this afternoon and is on his way to Nairobi, following the end of the meeting convened by him with special envoys on Afghanistan. 

I mentioned he will be in Nairobi. On Thursday and Friday, 4 and 5 May, the Secretary-General will chair the biannual session of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB).  The CEB brings together the heads of the UN system organizations. 

Early this morning, the Secretary-General addressed, in a video message, the Petersberg Climate Dialogue which is taking place in Berlin. 

In Sudan, the fighting continues to exact a heavy toll on civilians.  The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that many will die due to lack of essential services, as well as disease outbreaks. 

The Secretary-General is appointing Leonardo Santos Simão of Mozambique as his new Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel, Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), and Chairman of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission.  

Today is World Tuna Day.  

And today, we thank our friends in Gaborone and Port of Spain.  The full payments to the regular budget from Botswana and Trinidad and Tobago take us to 99 fully paid-up Member States.

And tomorrow, our guests will be the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Chief Economist, Arif Husain, and the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Chief Economist, Máximo Torero.  

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