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Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General
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Angela Kane has informed the Secretary General of her intention to step down as High Representative for Disarmament Affairs. He would like to express his tremendous gratitude for her outstanding service and successful advocacy of disarmament and non-proliferation issues with Member States, civil society and the public.

This morning, the Secretary-General spoke over the phone to Singapore’s Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, expressing his condolences for the recent passing of his father, former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

The Secretary-General met with the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bhutan today. The Secretary-General commended Bhutan’s achievements in democratic transition and sustainable development.

Following discussions with Libyan parties over the last few months, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya, Bernardino León, visited Tobruk and Tripoli to present some ideas to expedite the talks.

Jamal Benomar, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Yemen, returned to Sana'a yesterday after a visit to Riyadh and Doha in the context of ongoing consultations with the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

The High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, is on a two-day visit to Cameroon, a country that is hosting refugees from two of today’s major displacement crises in Africa: Nigeria and the Central African Republic.

The Prime Minister of Vanuatu and the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the Country launched an appeal today for nearly $30 million to cover the needs of the 166,000 people affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam.

The Security Council is holding consultations this morning on Sudan and South Sudan, as well as on the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Golan. This afternoon, the Council has scheduled meetings on non-proliferation and on Sudan/South Sudan.

The third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction wrapped up in Sendai, Japan, last week. As you’ll recall, the Secretary-General attended the first two days of the meeting.

Today is World Tuberculosis Day. In his message for the day, the Secretary-General said we are within sight of one of the great global health victories, having the opportunity not just to reverse the spread of tuberculosis but, by 2035, to end this epidemic.

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