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The United Nations (UN) was established after World War II with the aim of preventing future wars. The organization is financed by assessed and voluntary contributions from its member states.
The UN’s chief administrative officer is the Secretary-General, currently Portuguese politician and diplomat António Guterres, who began his five year-term on 1 January 2017.
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United Nations published this video item, entitled “Terrorist attack in Pakistan – Daily Briefing (4 January 2020)” – below is their description.
Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
– Sir Brian Urquhart
– Central African Republic
– Resident Coordinators
– World Braille Day
In a statement issued earlier today, the Secretary-General strongly condemned the terrorist attack and killing of at least 11 coal miners in the Balochistan province of Pakistan yesterday. He extended his sincere condolences to the families of the miners and the people and Government of Pakistan.
The Secretary-General trusts the Pakistani authorities will do everything possible to bring the perpetrators of this terrorist act to justice.
In Niger, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that as of yesterday, an estimated 1,000 people have been displaced following attacks on two villages in the country’s Tillaberi region. Many of them have sought refuge in nearby towns.
People fearing further attacks are also reportedly fleeing areas around the two villages attacked over the weekend.
A joint interagency assessment mission with the government is scheduled for tomorrow. Meanwhile, the UN, along with its humanitarian partners, is mobilizing relief items to provide emergency assistance as soon as possible to people affected by these attacks – including people still in the villages, displaced people and host communities.
In a statement issued last night, the Secretary-General strongly condemned the attacks. He expressed his deepest condolences to the bereaved families and the people and Government of Niger and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.
The Secretary-General added that he trusts that the Nigerien authorities will spare no effort in identifying and swiftly bringing the perpetrators of this heinous act to justice while enhancing the protection of civilians.
He also reaffirmed the solidarity and support of the United Nations to the Government and people of Niger in their fight against terrorism, violent extremism and organized crime.
SIR BRIAN URQUHART
Yesterday, the Secretary-General said that he was deeply saddened at the passing of Sir Brian Urquhart, the legendary long-time United Nations official. He offered condolences to his family and to his legions of admirers within and beyond the United Nations.
The Secretary-General said that Sir Brian’s imprint on the United Nations was as profound as that of anyone in the Organization’s history. As one of the Organization’s earliest employees, he set the standard for the international civil service: dedicated and impartial. He said that we are grateful for his brilliant and incomparable contributions as a stalwart servant of “we the peoples”.
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