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Secretary-General's Travel, Brazil, Sudan & other topics - Daily Press Briefing
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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

Good afternoon. The Secretary-General is right now on his way to New York, where he’ll land later this evening. 

During his press encounter today in Geneva, the Secretary-General said he was shocked by what he saw in the country but emphasized that he trusts Brazil and the Brazilian institutions. 

The Secretary-General welcomes the launch of the final phase in the political process towards restoring a civilian-led transition in Sudan. 

Just heading south to South Sudan, as intercommunal conflict persists in the Greater Jonglei area, the UN Mission there, otherwise known as UNMISS, said today that it is continuing its efforts to help restore calm and assist displaced people. 

You will have seen that a couple hours ago we issued a statement on Syria following the Security Council vote this morning on the cross-border resolution.

Also on Syria and related to humanitarian aid, yesterday a UN inter-agency cross-line convoy of 18 trucks carried nearly 600 metric tons of humanitarian supplies from Aleppo to Sarmada. 

Quick note on Ukraine, where on Saturday, our humanitarian colleagues were able to send a convoy with life-saving assistance to Orikhiv, in Zaporizka oblast, to support people we have not been able to access due to intense fighting. 

Just on Côte d’Ivoire, as we made clear over the weekend, we welcome the return home from Mali of the 46 Ivoirian soldiers and commend Togo and the region for all their efforts in securing this outcome.  

And a quick note from Burundi where our team, led by acting Resident Coordinator, John Agbor, is stepping up its response efforts as health authorities declared a cholera outbreak last week. 

Lastly some good news from our friends at the World Meteorological Organization and the UN Environment Programme - we don’t often get good news from them.