The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Vassily A. Nebenzia (Russian Federation):
The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Abdou Abarry (Niger):
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Henrietta Fore voiced deep concern over reports that child marriage in Afghanistan is on the rise, with families offering daughters as young as 20 days old for future marriage in return for a dowry. Some 28 per cent of Afghan women aged 15–49 were married before 18.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of Noeleen Heyzer of Singapore as his new Special Envoy on Myanmar.