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Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and the injuries to scores of people as a result of deadly explosions in Tianjin, China.

The Secretary-General had a videoconference with the heads of peacekeeping operations, force commanders, police commissioners, and line departments.

The Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, will travel to Addis Ababa on 14 August to represent the Secretary-General at the IGAD-PLUS Summit on the situation in South Sudan.

The Acting Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Deputy Special Representative Gyorgy Busztin, condemned in the strongest possible terms the devastating truck bomb attack that took place today at Jameela market in Sadr City, in east Baghdad.

The Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, has wrapped up his visits to Yemen and Djibouti.

The UN Relief and Works Agency tells us that Saudi Arabia has approved an assistance package worth $35 million.

The World Food Programme’s Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin, concluded a visit to Jordan and Lebanon by calling upon the international community to continue to support Syrian refugees displaced in neighbouring countries.

The Security Council held a meeting on Ebola.

The World Food Programme (WFP) said that it has started cash distributions in government-controlled areas to 60,000 people in Ukraine, most of whom are internally displaced in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions.

The Secretary-General has appointed Elia Armstrong of Canada as Director of the Ethics Office.

Regarding Fijian peacekeepers in South Sudan, I can tell you that UN Peacekeeping has no indication that Fiji plans to withdraw their personnel from the Mission in South Sudan.

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