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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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The inquiry launched by the Secretary-General to determine the facts surrounding the violent demonstration that took place on 27 January 2015 in Gao, Mali, in front of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) Regional Headquarters has submitted its report.

The Security Council, in its first consultations for the month of April, adopted its programme of work for the month. And this morning, the Council also adopted a resolution endorsing the drawdown of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to a military ceiling of 3,590 personnel and a police ceiling of 1,515 personnel.

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) today strongly condemned recent air strikes conducted on the airport in Zintan, a town in western Libya.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that intense air strikes on Idleb, Syria, and surrounding areas and heavy shelling of two villages north-east of Idleb city are causing civilian casualties and extensive damage.

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has condemned today’s suicide attack in Khost Province.

The Secretary-General today is announcing the appointment of a High-level Panel on the Global Response to Health Crises.

The Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Toby Lanzer, has issued a statement today calling for people’s freedom of movement during the planting season to allow them to access their land, plant crops, tend to livestock and trade without fear of violence.

The Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights says that yesterday, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha of Thailand was granted permission to revoke martial law and to replace it with extraordinary powers under the Interim Constitution.

In his message for World Autism Awareness Day, the Secretary-General says that he is greatly encouraged by the growing public awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the increase of public services to many of those affected.

Food prices are continuing to drop worldwide. That’s according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO): it says today that its Food Price Index continued to decline in March, dropping 1.5 per cent from February, and 18.7 per cent below its level a year earlier.

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today expressed concern about the future development of Small Island Developing States in the face of extreme weather events.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that up to 1,200 people have been affected by the typhoon Maysak in Micronesia.

Andorra has paid its budget, becoming the 68th Member State to pay in full.

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