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UN Updates: March 26, 2015

*Keywords: SG=Secretary-General, DSG=Deputy Secretary-General

SG: Tomorrow the SG will open the first-ever Chiefs of Defence Conference at the ECOSOC Chamber. The event will gather chiefs of defense and senior military officials from more than 100 Member States to discuss issues central to UN peacekeeping.

SG-travels: Tomorrow the SG will travel to Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt, to participate in the 26th summit of the League of the Arab States on March 28 and 29, before traveling to Kuwait City, Kuwait, on March 30, to chair the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria.

UNHCR: A new UNHCR report released today shows that in 2014 there were 866,000 asylum applications reported, representing a 45% increase compared to 2013, attributed to armed conflicts, deterioration of security or humanitarian situations and human rights violations. The top 5 source countries of asylum-seekers were Syria (representing one in every five asylum claims), Iraq, Afghanistan, Serbia and Kosovo, Eritrea. The top 5 industrialized receiving countries were Germany, USA, Turkey, Sweden and Italy.

CAR: Today the SC, in a unanimous resolution adopted this morning, agreed to boost the UN peacekeeping presence in the CAR (MINUSCA), amid the ongoing fighting, authorizing 750 additional military personnel, 280 police officers and 20 correction officers. The Council also extended the mandate of MONUSCO until March 31 2016 and endorsed the SG’s recommendation to reduce the Mission force by 2,000 troops

Middle East: Today Robert Serry, ongoing Special Coordinator for the Middle East who will be replaced by Nikolay Mladenov, former head of UNAMI, briefed the SC for the last time. He told the Council that the only way to preserve the goal of a two-State solution, as Israel and Palestine are not ready to recommence talks, may be for the international community to present a framework for negotiations.

Yemen: Today the SG noted Saudi Arabia’s announcement to begin military operations in Yemen at the request of the Government, and called on all parties to ensure the protection of civilians – adding that the only way to solve the ongoing crisis is through negotiations.

Palestine: At the release of OCHA’s new report entitled “Fragmented Lives”, James Rawley, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the territory, said that 2014 was a traumatic year for people living in Palestine and the occupation of its territories continues to undermine the ability of Palestinians to live a normal life. 

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