SG: the SG was in Tunis today, where he spoke to civil society, explaining that he’s there to show solidarity, listen to the people’s concerns and offer the UN’s help. He also met with the President, PM and Foreign Minister, as well as civil society and youth leaders, and heard about Tunisia’s map for a democratic transition. UN electoral experts are already on the ground and the UN stands ready to do more if requested. The SG will be back in NY tomorrow.
Libya: UNHCR is currently learning about new arrivals at Libya’s border with Egypt, as well as thousands displaced in Libya, and is sending blankets and other supplies to Benghazi. There are also reports of people fearing reprisals by government supporters. For its part, WFP has ramped up food provisions and has moved enough food for 100,000 people in Eastern Libya. Food prices have risen sharply in recent weeks. WHO says border situation under control, but humanitarian organizations do not have access in most of Libya and there’s a shortfall of drugs to treat NCDs. UNICEF is currently supporting campaign to vaccinate under-5 children in the largest temporary camp on the Libya/Tunisia border. On the security side, Belgium, Ukraine, Norway, Spain and UAE have notified the Secretary-General of their support for the implementation of 1973, in addition to the UK, France, U.S, Denmark, Canada, Italy and Qatar.
Security Council: this afternoon the Council adopted a resolution extending UNAMA’s mandate by 12 months. Members were also briefed on the Middle East, and met on nonproliferation.
Bahrain: the SG continues to be concerned about the situation in Bahrain, which he raised in Cairo yesterday. OHCHR has also expressed their concern about arbitrary arrests in the country.