HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING BY STEPHANE DUJARRIC, SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL ANTÓNIO GUTERRES THURSDAY, 25 MAY 2017
One month after the High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen, the United Nations thanks the Member States who have fully paid their pledges.
We thank: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Canada, China, Denmark, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, New Zealand, the Russian Federation, Slovenia, Sweden and the United States.
From Iraq, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that a floating bridge has been put in place by the Iraqi Security Forces north of Mosul’s Old City area, re-connecting west and east Mosul, after military operations had largely severed bridges in the city.
In addition to its military use, the bridge will be used to facilitate the transportation of displaced civilians.
The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General.