HIGHLIGHTS OF THE U.N. SYSTEM
WEDNESDAY, 14 AUGUST 2019

 
DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL’S TRAVELS
This morning, the Deputy Secretary-General departed for Washington, D.C. to conduct discussions with the senior officials of the Brookings Institute and the World Bank on sustainable financing strategies and means of implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
The Deputy Secretary-General will return to New York on Wednesday night.
 
LIBYA
The Secretary-General has condemned in the strongest terms the car bomb attack on 10 August 2019 in Benghazi and emphasized that those behind the attack should be identified and held accountable. He has expressed his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and has wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured.
We are not aware of any claims of responsibility for the car bomb. We will try to ascertain the facts behind the incident, including by conducting an internal inquiry.
The United Nations Security Council, in an emergency session on 10 August, also condemned the attack in the strongest terms.
The United Nations emphasizes that lasting peace and stability in Libya, including an end to the worsening humanitarian crisis, will come only through a political solution and the parties should engage in dialogue without delay. The UN continues to stand ready to facilitate that dialogue.
 
YEMEN
In response to questions asked about the situation in Yemen, the Spokesman said the following:
We are closely following the developments on the ground in Aden. We are particularly concerned by the impact of the violence on civilians.  According to the United Nations Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator, preliminary reports indicate that as many as 40 people have been killed and 260 injured.
We continue to urge all parties to exercise maximum restraint and to adhere to international humanitarian law and international human rights law. We welcome the initiative by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to convene a meeting in Jeddah between the relevant stakeholders to resolve their differences through dialogue.
It is critical that all parties work to ensure that the events of the past days do not lead to further instability in Aden or elsewhere in Yemen. We emphasize that the conflict in Yemen can only be resolved through an inclusive political process.
 
VENEZUELA
The United Nations and partners today finalized the Venezuela Humanitarian Response Plan, which appeals for $223 million to provide humanitarian assistance to 2.6 million Venezuelan children, women and men until the end of the year.
The Plan includes 98 projects that will be implemented by more than 60 UN agencies and partners and covers the areas of health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, education, food security and protection. There is a particular focus on the western and southern border regions and the Capital District. The plan is available in English and in Spanish
 
CENTRAL AMERICA
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs today said there have been nearly 127,000 cases of dengue in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua in Central America, as of 8 August this year. At least 124 deaths have been recorded, according to authorities.
Children and adolescents are the most affected. In Honduras, children under 15 represent two-thirds of confirmed deaths.
The United Nations and humanitarian organizations are supporting governments-led responses with medical supplies and equipment; community vector control and surveillance; door-to-door awareness campaigns and fumigation; and direct technical support for community health centers.
 
BURUNDI
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that Burundi has started an Ebola vaccination campaign for health and front-line workers.
The campaign is being implemented under the leadership of the Ministry of Public Health and AIDS Control, with the support of WHO. Financial support is provided by GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance.
Burundi has received doses of the Ebola vaccine (rVSV-ZEBOV) to provide protection against the Zairian strain of the virus, which is currently affecting the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Although this vaccine is not yet approved and its commercial use is not yet authorized, it has been shown to be effective and safe during Ebola outbreaks in West Africa. Further scientific research is required before the vaccine can be licensed.
 
AFGHANISTAN
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is gravely concerned by reports that 11 civilians were killed during Eid al-Adha.
The attack occurred during a pro-government search operation in Paktya, a province located in the east of the country.
The Mission says that human rights team is already monitoring the situation and reiterates that accountability is essential.
 
OMBUDSPERSON’S REPORT
Today the official version of the Seventeenth report of the Ombudsperson to the Security Council, Daniel Kipfer Fasciati, has been published in all six languages.
The report says that, during the reporting period, four new cases were submitted to the Office, all of which were accepted. The total number of delisting petitions submitted to the Office since its establishment is 88 as of 1 August 2019.
The full report is available at https://www.undocs.org/S/2019/621