Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

The Secretary-General has been following closely the recent waves of street demonstrations that have been taking place in several countries around the world.

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, welcomed last night’s address by Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, which emphasized the need for unity, dialogue and action.

The Secretary-General will depart New York on the evening of Wednesday, 9 October, to head to Copenhagen in Denmark.
Building on the momentum generated by last month’s Climate Action Summit, the Secretary-General will take part in the C40 World Mayors Summit to show his support for the tremendous efforts undertaken by cities, more than 100 of which committed to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the UN Climate Summit in September. In Copenhagen, he will urge cities to continue enhancing resilience to climate change and accelerating the transition to a green economy.

Tonight, the Deputy Secretary-General will go to Geneva to attend and deliver remarks at the 17th annual session of UNHCR’s Executive Committee as well participate in the High-Level Segment on statelessness. She will also meet UN officials while there and she will be back in New York on 7 October.

The head of the Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, will visit the Middle East from 5 to 11 October to discuss with key counterparts and partners current efforts by UN Missions, agencies, funds and programmes in the region.

Mark Lowcock, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, will visit three European countries: Sweden, the Netherlands and France.
Between Monday and Wednesday next week, he will meet with Government officials in each of the countries to discuss issues related to humanitarian action.

In other news, our colleagues in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are marking an important milestone today. The 1,000th person to survive Ebola after receiving treatment has returned home.

The UN closely following the ongoing electoral process in the country. The UN commends Tunisia for the successful holding of the first round of Presidential elections on 15 September and calls for peaceful and transparent elections to be held for the Parliament on 6 October and the second round of the Presidential contest on 13 October.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that more than 90,000 people have been affected by floods caused by heavy rains and thunderstorms in Yemen since 27 September. Most of the affected people – 70 per cent – are in Hajjah governorate. Humanitarian agencies have stepped in to provide initial assistance.

The UN Chamber Music Society will hold a concert for Climate Action on Tuesday 8 October at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Cameroon has paid its dues to the regular budget bringing the total to 128.

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Office of the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General

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