HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING BY STEPHANE DUJARRIC,
SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
TUESDAY, 8 NOVEMBER 2016
 
U.N. MISSION IN D.R. CONGO INVESTIGATES EXPLOSION IN GOMA

  • The Spokesman confirmed that an explosion in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), today killed a girl and wounded 32 UN peacekeepers from India, five of whom are seriously wounded. According to preliminary reports, the explosion was caused by an improvised explosive device. All injured peacekeepers, in addition to a Congolese civilian, are receiving medical treatment.
  • A MONUSCO Quick Reaction Force was immediately dispatched at the scene. MONUSCO has also deployed an investigation team, which includes explosives experts.
  • The Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the DRC is expected to travel to Goma to assess the situation on the ground.
IRAQ: 35,000 PEOPLE DISPLACED BY MOSUL MILITARY OPERATION – U.N. RELIEF WING
  • The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) informs that 13,000 additional people have been displaced in Iraq since 4 November, bringing the total number of people currently displaced in context of the Mosul military operation to 35,000. Intensive fighting continues to drive steady displacement from inside Mosul city towards the east. People are also moving southwards from other communities on the front lines. The authorities are providing transport for families to four key emergency sites. At present, more than 20,000 people are being supported at existing camps. The remainder has found shelter in host communities and public facilities.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has delivered medical supplies for more than 90,000 beneficiaries at the hospital in Erbil. Erbil hospital was the main referral hospital in the area, about an hour away from Mosul, where injured people are being brought for treatment. As more areas in and around Mosul become accessible, WHO’s mobile clinics provide communities with urgently-needed health care. A total of 11 WHO mobile health clinics are currently operational in the Governorate of Nineveh, and in total WHO has provided 41 mobile medical clinics and 19 ambulances to date. 
  • Meanwhile, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights continues to receive information about civilians being forcibly moved by Da’esh, as well as abductions and killings of civilians. The Office has information that at least 295 former Iraqi Security Forces personnel have been abducted by Da’esh from around Tal Afar and around Mosul.
SYRIA: U.N. CONCERNED ABOUT SAFETY OF 400,000 PEOPLE IN RAQQA
  • The UN is following the military operation in Syria’s Raqqa district with great concern for the safety and security of more than 400,000 people in need, including over 150,000 internally displaced people.
  • The majority of the population of Raqqa district is reportedly facing critical problems in meeting their immediate needs. Access to Raqqa has been highly constrained due to insecurity and Da’esh’s restrictions on the delivery of humanitarian assistance. The last UN inter-agency convoy to Raqqa was in October 2013.
  • Depending on population movement, the UN and partners plan to respond to the needs of internally displaced people through whichever modality is more appropriate, including cross-line and cross-border operations.
  • The UN reminds all parties of their obligation to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure as required by International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law.
U.N. YEMEN ENVOY TRAVELS TO RIYADH
  • The Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, has concluded his visit to Yemen, where he met with members of Ansarallah and General People’s Congress. He is today in Riyadh, where he intends to discuss the details of the framework with the parties.
VACCINATION CAMPAIGN AGAINST CHOLERA BEGINS IN HAITI
  • Today marks the first day of a vaccination campaign against cholera in areas ravaged by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, with support from the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), UNICEF and other partners.
  • The target population is estimated at 820,000 people over one year of age.
  • Activities will focus on the municipalities most vulnerable to cholera outbreaks in the two southern departments of Grand’Anse and Sud, where there has been significant destruction of water and sanitation supply systems.
2011-2015 WERE HOTTEST FIVE YEARS ON RECORD – U.N. AGENCY
  • A new report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) today says that the period from 2011 to 2015 was the hottest five years on record, with the long-term warming trend having been caused by greenhouse gases.
  • The record temperatures were accompanied by rising sea levels and declines in the Arctic sea ice, continental glaciers and snow cover in the northern hemisphere.
  • This new report was submitted to the climate change conference currently underway in Marrakech, Morocco.
SENIOR PERSONNEL APPOINTMENT
  • The Secretary-General is announcing today the appointment of Maria do Valle Ribeiro of Ireland as his new Deputy Special Representative and Deputy Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). 
  • Ms. do Valle Ribeiro succeeds Ali H. Al-Za’tari of Jordan, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedicated service in Libya and for his contribution to the coordination of the UN system in the country.  
  • Ms. do Valle Ribeiro brings to the job 30 years of development and humanitarian experience in progressively senior leadership positions with the UN and international non-governmental organizations in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.
D.P.R. KOREA PAYS U.N. DUES IN FULL
  • The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has become the 135th UN Member State to pay its regular budget dues in full.