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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 will travel for an official visit to Rome, Italy, on 18 March. In Italy, in Rome, he is scheduled to meet with the country’s President, the Prime Minister as well as the Foreign Minister.

Today the Security Council is meeting on the cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations. Just the meeting, the Secretary-General met with Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and she is also the Vice-President of the European Commission.
Also today, the Secretary-General spoke at the opening session of the Commission on the Status of Women, noting that the session takes place on the twentieth anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action — a landmark in the struggle for the human rights of women.

We issued a statement expressing the Secretary-General’s outrage by the continuing destruction of cultural heritage by Daesh, amid reports of the razing of the ancient city of Hatra, a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Site in the north of the country.

From Lebanon, the UN Coordinator for Lebanon, Sigrid Kaag, praised the efforts of the Lebanese Army in safeguarding Lebanon’s stability and security after meeting with representatives of the Lebanese armed forces in Ras Baalbek today.

Over the weekend, the Secretary-General condemned two attacks in Mali, one attack yesterday targeted the UN Mission in Mali’s camp in Kidal. Two Malian children and a Chadian UN peacekeeper were killed and 11 peacekeepers and three civilians were also wounded in the attack. The other attack, on Saturday in Bamako, resulted in the death of five and injured seven others, including two experts working for the United Nations.

From Somalia, our humanitarian colleagues there report that according to aid organizations, thousands of people were forcefully evicted from displacement sites in Mogadishu in the first week of March.

From the Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC): Yury Fedotov today spoke at the opening of the new session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, and praised the Commission’s vital role as a policymaking body on narcotic drugs within the UN system.

A senior appointment to announce for today: the Secretary-General announced the appointment of Stephen O’Brien of the United Kingdom as the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.

Monaco, the Principality of Monaco, has paid its regular budget assessment, bringing the total number of Member States who have paid in full to 55.

There will be a press conference by Chandra Roy Henriksen, Chief of the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, along with others to discuss indigenous women's rights.

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