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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 new round of talks on Libya was kicked off today in Morocco and Security Council is also expected to meet on the UN Support Mission in Libya for a technical rollover.

In Lebanon, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, met with Prime Minister Salam and the Minister for Social Affairs and other senior officials, as they discussed the impact of the Syria crisis on neighbouring countries and the need for more support.

On Yemen, UN agencies and humanitarian partners today launched a revised aid appeal for Yemen, seeking more than $747 million to address the urgent needs of 8.2 million people in 2015.

On Ebola, the World Health Organization today announced the launch of a Phase III trial in Guinea to test the VSV-EBOV vaccine, to check its effectiveness to prevent Ebola.

From Geneva, our colleague the High Commissioner for Human Rights urged today States not “to lose their grasp” of the human rights principles underlying their societies in their struggle against violent extremism.

On Iraq, humanitarian agencies report that a small number of families continue to arrive in Samarra every day, but getting accurate numbers of displaced people remains challenging as no assessment has yet been conducted.

Our colleagues at the Food and Agriculture Organization want to flag that their price index has declined to a 55-month low in February, dropping 1 per cent from January and 14 per cent below its level a year earlier.

We thank Saint Lucia for paying up its dues bringing the number up to 53.

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