HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING BY STEPHANE DUJARRIC, SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
THURSDAY, 30 JULY 2015
CHALLENGES FACING SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES REQUIRE OUR COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY – SECRETARY-GENERAL
- This morning, the Secretary-General addressed the Security Council debate on peace and security and challenges facing Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
- Speaking about the unique vulnerabilities of such states, including climate change, sustainable development and transnational organized crime, the Secretary-General stressed that issues facing these States are global challenges that require our collective responsibility.
- He added that addressing these issues will demand partnership, capacity and leadership, and called for more resources to work together for sustainable development and a life of dignity for all.
U.N. LIBYA ENVOY CONTINUES CONSULTATIONS ON POLITICAL DIALOGUE
- The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya, Bernardino León, today met with a delegation from city of Azzawiya, including members of the House of Representatives, the municipality and revolutionaries, to consult on the next steps in the Libyan political dialogue.
- The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) says that the representatives of Azzawiya stressed their full support for the Libyan political agreement, and expressed their readiness to assist in its implementation.
- During the meeting, the Special Representative also welcomed local ceasefire and reconciliation agreements in western Libya, including between Azzawiya and Zintan.
- Mr. León is expected to hold consultations today and tomorrow in Algiers with representatives of the General National Congress to discuss ways to reinforce and move forward the dialogue process.
WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME BEGINS DISTRIBUTING FOOD TO 340,000 IN YEMEN’S ADEN
- The World Food Programme (WFP) has begun distributions of food to around 340,000 people in eight of the worst-affected areas of the southern Yemeni port city of Aden.
- WFP partners are distributing two-month food rations – including wheat flour, pulses and cooking oil – in districts of Aden that had not been reached since April because of conflict.
MORE COUNTRIES SIGNING UP TO GLOBAL PACT TO CURB ILLEGAL FISHING, U.N. AGENCY SAYS
- The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today expressed optimism that a growing number of countries are ratifying an international agreement to combat illegal fishing.
- According to FAO, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing is estimated to strip between $10 billion and $23 billion from the global economy. It may account for up to 26 million tonnes of seafood a year, more than 15 percent of the total global output.
- Twelve countries have, so far, ratified the agreement, which was brokered by FAO in 2009, and it will come into force once we have 25 ratifications.
NEW U.N. REPORT WARNS OF DISAPPEARING HABITAT FOR ORANGUTANS
- According to a new UN-backed report, more than 80 per cent of orangutans’ remaining habitat in Borneo could be lost by the year 2080 without changes to current policies on land-use.
- Borneo is the largest island in Asia and is jointly ruled by three nations: Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia. The island’s deforestation rate has been among the highest in the world for more than two decades.
COUNTER-TERRORISM EFFORTS MUST INCLUDE PROTECTION OF WOMEN, GIRLS, U.N. ENVOY STRESSES AT ANTI-DA’ESH MEETING
- The Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Bangura, is in Quebec City, today, where she addressed the Anti-ISIS Coalition Meeting, which is being hosted by the Canadian Government and will see the participation of officials from more than 20 countries involved in the fight against the group.
- The Special Representative stressed the need to include protection of women and girls in any counter-terrorism efforts.
- She described how Da’esh is trafficking women and girls to raise money for its cause, increase recruitment and retain fighters, and create what it calls a new state.
- The Special Representative met yesterday with Foreign Minister Robert Nicholson, and also held meetings with other senior officials and civil society.
- Following her meeting with the Foreign Minister, the Canadian Government announced an additional $8 million to address sexual and gender-based violence in conflict. Of that, $3 million will be allocated to the Special Representative's office.
- Speaking to the media, Mrs. Bangura thanked Canada for being a strong supporter of women and girls in conflict areas.
- Mrs. Bangura visited in Iraq and Syria, as well as neighbouring countries, in April. Since her return, her office has worked to finalize a comprehensive, multi-pronged strategy to address sexual violence in the Middle East. It is built on four pillars: security, politics, justice and service-delivery.
SAN MARINO BECOMES 108TH MEMBER STATE TO PAY U.N. DUES IN FULL
- San Marino has becomme the 108th Member State to pay its regular budget dues in full.