Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
Today, the Secretary-General is appointing Daniela Kroslak of Germany as his new Deputy Special Representative for the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Mali, otherwise known as MINUSMA. Ms. Kroslak succeeds Joanne Adamson of the United Kingdom.
Mourad Wahba of Egypt has been appointed by the Secretary-General as the independent expert to lead the assessment mission of the mandate of the UN Mission in Haiti, known as BINUH.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the UN Refugee Agency today announced that on Tuesday, January 11th , at 11.30 a.m. in Geneva, two humanitarian appeals will be launched, one for Afghanistan and the other for the wider region.
Turning to Ethiopia, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said he is deeply saddened that three Eritrean refugees, two of them children, were killed on Wednesday in an airstrike that hit the Mai Aini refugee camp in northern Ethiopia.
In the Philippines, the World Food Programme is warning that nutrition and food security are at risk in communities hit by the Super Typhoon Odette three weeks ago. Odette has made landfall nine times over an area the size of Austria over two days and affected seven million people.