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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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Today is the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. In his message for the Day, the Secretary-General calls for a renewal of our commitment to end modern slavery, so that our children will live in a world free of racism and prejudice with equal opportunity and rights for all.

The Secretary-General spoke at the open debate in the Security Council this morning on children and armed conflict and said that the world’s children are increasingly under threat in theatres of war.

A new report by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the UN Human Rights Office, related today, documents violent attacks and threats against Libyan rights defenders in the country.

Today is the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members. In a message, the Secretary-General said that the disturbing and widespread violence and turmoil of the past year took a toll on United Nations and associated personnel, with 33 UN and associated personnel detained by State authorities in 15 countries. One staff member is missing and two contractors remain in the custody of abductors.

The Department of Public Information is pleased to unveil, a web portal in all six official languages. The website presents a gateway to the rich history of the UN — its founding, its eight Secretaries-General, and its many milestones over the decades.

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