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Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General and Humanitarian Coordinators on the Sahel Humanitarian Strategic Response Plan

Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General and Robert Piper, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, and David Gressly, Humanitarian Coordinator for Mali, to brief journalists on the Sahel Humanitarian Strategic Response Plan
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The Secretary-General briefed the Security Council on Yemen this morning, and he warned that the country is collapsing before our eyes and we cannot stand by and watch. He said that a dangerous political crisis continues in Sana’a. He said that President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi and Prime Minister Khaled Bahah and Government ministers and other state officials must be granted freedom of movement.

The Security Council also today adopted a resolution condemning any engagement in direct or indirect trade, in particular of oil and oil products, and modular refineries and related material, with ISIL, ANF and any other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities designated as associated with Al-Qaida.

On Myanmar, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Myanmar, Vijay Nambiar, welcomed today the commitments made today in Myanmar to end armed conflict in the country and to resolve grievances through dialogue.

from UNHCR [Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees], High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said that, following the deaths of at least 300 people trying to reach Europe from Libya earlier this week, there can be no doubt that Europe’s Operation Triton is a woefully inadequate replacement for Italy’s Mare Nostrum.

The Humanitarian Coordinator in the occupied Palestinian territory, James Rawley, participated today in the release of the Strategic Response Plan for 2015, which aims to address the humanitarian needs of 1.6 million Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.

Turning to Ebola, the World Bank announced today it has mobilized up to $15 million in emergency financing to provide 10,500 tons of maize and rice seed to more than 200,000 farmers in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, in time for the April planting season. As you know, those countries were the three hardest-hit countries in terms of the Ebola outbreak.

Today is the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers. In a message, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, said that children are increasingly vulnerable to recruitment and use by armed groups, as conflicts around the world become more brutal, intense and widespread.

From UNHCR, George Okoth-Obbo of Uganda is being appointed as Assistant High Commissioner for Operations and Volker Türk of Austria will take up his post as Assistant High Commissioner for Protection.

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