WFP in Syria; New Constitution in Somalia; New UN Personnel; Upcoming Briefings

WFP in Syria: After reports indicating an increase in violence in Aleppo in the last 72 hours, the UN observer mission there renewed its call  to the Syrian government to quell violence in the city. The World Food Program announced that 28,000 people in Aleppo will receive food assistance in the coming days, in addition to the 40,000 people that have already received rations by WFP and its partner, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), despite being $62 million (over half of what is needed) short on its humanitarian budget.

UN Supports New Constitution in Somalia: The SG and United Nations officials hail the “historic” new approval of a Provisional Constitution for Somalia, noted as a “key step” towards ending the country’s transition to stable governance. The Provisional Constitution will provide a legal framework governing the workings of the new Somali Federal Institutions starting on August 20th, when the current transitional government is planned to end.

SG Appoints New Personnel: The Secretary-General has confirmed the appointment of Jamal Benomar as his Special Adviser on Yemen, at the level of Assistant Secretary-General, to lead strengthened good offices for Yemen during the country’s transition. He is also appointing Ernesto Enrique Baca of Argentina as Assistant Secretary-General for the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Project in the Department of Management.

The High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Agenda, announced yesterday, will meet at the end of September, on the margins of the General Debate.

The incoming President of the Security Council for the month of August, Gérard Araud (France), will brief the press tomorrow, August 2nd, at 12:30 PM on the SC’s program of work for the coming month.

The Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations in Syria, Hervé Ladsous, will address the Security Council tomorrow, August 2nd, in a public briefing on the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS), to be followed by informal consultations.