Violence in the DRC & other topics - Daily Press Briefing (12 March 2019)

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Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
Daily Press Briefing:
- Secretary General's Travels
- Deputy Secretary General's Travels
- Gender
- Security Council
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Syria
- Yemen
- Philippines
- Labour
- Environment
- Honour Roll
SECRETARY-GENERAL’S TRAVELS
The Secretary-General will be heading to Washington tonight, where he will have bilateral meetings with members of the US Administration, as well as members of the US Congress, and this is part of his regular engagement with US officials and US authorities.
Tomorrow in Washington, the day will be focused on the Administration, with a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The Secretary-General will also meet with US National Security Advisor John Bolton.
On Thursday, he will be spending most of the day on Capitol Hill, meeting with members of Congress.
He will be back in New York on Thursday.

DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL’S TRAVELS
Tonight, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, will depart for Nairobi in Kenya to participate, on behalf of the Secretary-General, in the Fourth UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) and the One Planet event, which forms part of the build-up to the Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit in 2019.
The Deputy Secretary-General will also meet with Government officials, as well as UN officials in Nairobi.
Then, on 16 March, she will head up to London to engage with academia on insecurity and prosperity at the 8th African Development Forum organized by the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

GENDER
This morning, the Secretary-General spoke at the high-level event on Women in Power. He said he was here to listen to the voices of women leaders who are helping to shift power in today’s world and reiterated the UN’s determination to achieve gender parity and push back against resistance to changes within the Organization. “We need to push back against the push back,” the Secretary-General said.
The Secretary-General also stressed that gender parity is key to advance peace and security, promote human rights, and ensure development for all.
He thanked the women leaders at the event for their leadership, for setting an example, and for powering the change the world needs.
This afternoon, the Secretary-General will be having a town hall meeting with members of civil society on the margins of the meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women.
There will also be a press briefing on the High-Level Event on ‘Women in Power’ organized by the President of the General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, along with the President of Croatia; the President of the Republic of Estonia; the President of Trinidad and Tobago; and the Prime Minister of Iceland.
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