This morning, the Secretary-General addressed – in a video message - the 9th Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption, which is taking place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, until 17 December.
This morning, the Security Council voted on a resolution sponsored by Ireland and Niger on the link between climate change and security issues. The resolution did not pass, with 12 votes in favour, two Member States voting against – India and the Russian Federation – and one Member State - China - abstaining.
The Deputy Secretary-General is back in New York, following her trip to Nigeria.
From Ethiopia, the World Food Programme (WFP) and its NGO partners strongly condemn the commandeering of its trucks and assets, as well as forcible threats to their staff, as they continue to be targeted by military groups in Dessie and Kombolcha in the Amhara region.
We wanted to update you on recent steps taken to address allegations of sexual misconduct by peacekeeping personnel in the Central African Republic. When the new disturbing allegations came to light, the UN took decisive action. On 14 September, the Secretary-General decided to repatriate the Gabonese military contingent from the UN Mission in the country (MINUSCA). The UN continues to have constructive exchanges with troop- and police-contributing countries.
Turning to Afghanistan. As part of the winterization response the UN, along with its partners, have distributed winter packages, including heating and fuel assistance, to almost 5,800 people in Laghman Province. An additional 23,000 people will receive similar assistance in Nangarhar, Kunar and Nuristan provinces this week.
The Special Adviser for Libya, Stephanie Williams, arrived in Tripoli yesterday. In close coordination with the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ms. Williams will lead the good offices and mediation efforts and engagement with Libyan, regional and international actors to pursue the implementation of the three intra-Libyan dialogue tracks and support the holding of presidential and parliamentary elections.
Libya has now paid its regular budget dues. This payment takes us up to 140 fully paid-up Member States.
The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has launched an appeal for $835 million to reach over 54 million women, girls and young people in 61 countries next year - the agency’s largest ever humanitarian appeal.
Tomorrow, at 11:00 a.m., there will be a briefing in this room the by President of the General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid.