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Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

A statement issued this morning said the Secretary-General continues to follow developments in Sri Lanka closely. He stands in solidarity with the Sri Lankan people and calls on all stakeholders to engage in dialogue to ensure a smooth transition of government and to find sustainable solutions to the economic crisis.    

Today, the Secretary-General is appointing Claudio Cordone of Italy as his new Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs and Electoral Assistance of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, or UNAMI. 

Hans Grundberg, the Special Envoy for Yemen, briefed the Security Council, by vtc, on the situation in that country since the renewal of the truce. He said that, to date, the truce has been holding for over three months.  

The UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Alice Wairimu Nderitu, is in Bosnia and Herzegovina on an official visit to participate in events to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide. 

The UN team in Bangladesh, led by Resident Coordinator Gwyn Lewis, is continuing to support the Government’s response to recent floods that have impacted nine districts in the northeastern parts of the country. 

The annual report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict was published this morning. It will be presented to the Security Council next Tuesday – the 19th of July. 
The High-Level Political Forum began this morning with the introduction of the report on the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns. This afternoon, the forum will focus on Small Island Developing States and building back better in vulnerable situations.   
Today is World Population Day. 
Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, the Assistant-Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs; John Wilmoth, who is Director of that department’s Population Division; and Patrick Gerland, the Chief of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ Population Estimates and Projection Section, briefed reporters on the launch of the World Population Prospects for 2022.