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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 senior officials of the UN’s humanitarian system today issued a statement expressing their horror, outrage and frustration as the crisis in Syria enters its fifth year. And they restated their commitment as humanitarian leaders to continue to do their best to help all those caught in the middle of this war.

The Secretary-General arrived a few hours ago in Sendai, in the north of Japan. Tomorrow, he will take part in the opening of the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

The Security Council members are in Bujumbura today. They are expected to meet with the President, as well as other members of the Government, officials of the National Electoral Commission (CENI), representatives of political parties and politically affiliated youth groups, as well as diplomats, representatives of the UN Electoral Observation Mission in Burundi (MENUB) and the UN country team as well.

The UN Mission in Haiti welcomes the formal proposal of a calendar for elections in 2015 by the Electoral Council, and is looking forward to the prompt publication of a calendar, so that the Electoral Council and the relevant Government entities can focus on operationalization.

For the first time since 2014, a cross-line international aid convoy reached areas beyond Government control in Myanmar’s Kachin State yesterday. This first convoy to Myitkina is expected to be followed by another seven missions to the area, bringing much needed humanitarian supplies to conflict-displaced communities, including shelter and household items, and providing aid agencies with an opportunity to assess shelter, protection and early recovery needs.

Also on Human Rights, our Human Rights colleagues today welcomed the recent adoption by the parliaments of Suriname and Côte d’Ivoire of laws to eliminate capital punishment from their countries’ penal codes.

Bolivia, Cambodia and China have now paid their regular budget in full, bringing the number of Member States who have done so to 59.

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