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Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General
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The Secretary-General launched the 2015 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction.

The Secretary-General will be traveling to Japan next week. He will leave New York on Thursday, 12 March. His first stop will be in Sendai, where he will take part in the World Conference, which begins on 14 March, on Saturday.

The Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today delivered remarks at the General Assembly’s commemoration of World Wildlife Day. Focusing on the need to combat wildlife crime, the Deputy Secretary-General said that illegal wildlife trade has become a mushrooming transnational form of crime.

The Security Council this morning adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the Panel of Experts assisting the Democratic Republic of Korea Sanctions Committee, until5 April 2016.

From Yemen, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Yemen, Jamal Benomar, is meeting President Hadi in Aden today. Yesterday afternoon he briefed the Security Council in closed consultations.

On Iraq, the UN and its humanitarian partners are rushing aid to thousands of displaced families in Iraq’s Samarra District, following clashes in multiple parts of Salah al-Din Governorate.

From Lebanon, the Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Sigrid Kaag, met today with Defence Minister Samir Moqbel in Beirut. They discussed the security situation in Lebanon, with a particular focus on the country’s eastern border.

From Geneva, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović spoke at the opening of the Human Rights Council’s high-level discussion in Geneva on the question of the death penalty. He said that currently, around 160 countries from all regions of the world have either fully abolished the death penalty, or do not practise it.

The World Health Organization called today on countries to reduce sugars intake among adults and children to less than 10 per cent of their total energy intake. According to WHO, a further reduction to below 5 per cent or roughly 25 grams — that is 6 teaspoons per day — would provide additional health benefits and reduce risks of obesity, overweight and tooth decay.

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