Attack in Germany & other topics - Daily Briefing (9 October 2019)

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Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General.
Highlights:
- Germany
- Secretary-General Travels
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Libya
- Afghanistan
- WHO
- UNICEF
- Cyprus
- Financial contribution

Germany
The Secretary-General strongly condemns the attack that took place today on a synagogue in Halle, Germany, in which at least two people were reportedly killed. He regards this as yet another tragic demonstration of anti-Semitism - perpetrated on the holy day of Yom Kippur - which needs to be fought with the utmost determination.
The Secretary-General sends his deep condolences to the families of the victims, the Government and people of Germany.  He wishes a swift recovery to those who were wounded in the attack.
In this context, the Secretary-General recalls the United Nations Plan of Action to Safeguard Religious Sites and calls for all governments to support that plan. Houses of worship around the world must be safe havens for reflection and peace, not sites of bloodshed and terror.
Secretary-General Travels
The Secretary-General is traveling to Copenhagen, Denmark, this evening.
Building on the momentum generated by last month’s Climate Action Summit, he will take part in the C40 World Mayors Summit to show his support for the tremendous efforts undertaken by cities, more than 100 of which committed to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the UN Summit in September.
The Secretary-General will deliver the keynote address at the C40 plenary session on Friday on the theme, “The future we want is inclusive – and climate action must lift everyone up.”
Tomorrow, the Secretary-General will participate in a working lunch with the Foreign Policy Committee of the Danish Parliament and will hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen.
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