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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING BY STEPHANE DUJARRIC,

SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON

MONDAY, 3 AUGUST 2015

 

SECRETARY-GENERAL WELCOMES AGREEMENT ON POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA

  • In a statement issued yesterday, the Secretary-General welcomed the agreement achieved yesterday evening by Member States on the outcome document of the UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda and which will be held here from 25-27 September.
  • “Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” encompasses a universal, transformative and integrated agenda that heralds an historic turning point for our world. This agreement results from a truly open, inclusive and transparent process. This is the People’s Agenda, a plan of action for ending poverty in all its dimensions, irreversibly, everywhere, and leaving no one behind. It seeks to ensure peace and prosperity, and forge partnerships with people and planet at the core. The integrated, interlinked and indivisible 17 Sustainable Development Goals are the people’s goals and demonstrate the scale, universality and ambition of this new Agenda.
  • Building on the successful outcome of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, the Summit will chart a new era of Sustainable Development in which poverty will be eradicated, prosperity shared and the core drivers of climate change tackled. Critically, the Summit will also contribute to achieve a meaningful agreement in the COP21 in Paris in December. The Secretary-General looks forward to joining Heads of States and Government, civil society, faith and business leaders, and peoples around the world for the adoption of this new agenda in the historic Summit in New York.
  • The Secretary-General commended Member States for their leadership and commitment. He thanked the co-facilitators of the negotiations, Ambassadors Macharia Kamau of Kenya and David Donoghue of Ireland, for their stewardship and tireless efforts. He commended the engagement of civil society, parliamentarians, business, the academic community and all major groups in this historical participatory process during the last two years that makes the 2030 Agenda the “We the Peoples” sustainable development agenda.
  • The UN System stands ready to support Member States in the implementation of the new agenda.

BURUNDI: SECRETARY-GENERAL VOICES CONCERN OVER BREAKDOWN OF SECURITY ENVIRONMENT

  • In a statement, the Secretary-General notes with great concern the continuing deterioration of the security environment in Burundi following an electoral period marked by violence and the violation of human rights, including the right to life.
  • In this context, the Secretary-General strongly condemns the killing of General Adolphe Nshimirimana on August 2nd. And he welcomes President Nkurunziza's message to the nation to remain calm and to the competent authorities to expeditiously investigate this assassination in order to bring the perpetrators to justice. The Secretary-General calls on the Burundian authorities to investigate diligently other recent political assassinations.
  • The Secretary-General renews his appeal to all Burundians to resume an inclusive dialogue without delay and peacefully settle their differences under the facilitation of President Museveni as mandated by the East African Community.
  • The Secretary-General remains committed to supporting peace consolidation and conflict prevention efforts in Burundi.

SECRETARY-GENERAL WELCOMES U.S. PRESIDENT’S NEW ‘AMBITIOUS’ CLIMATE CHANGE PLAN

  • The Secretary-General will travel to Washington, D.C., tomorrow to meet with US President Barack Obama.
  • In response to questions on President Obama's ambitious Clean Power Plan announcement, the Spokesman said that we believe that this Plan shows the United States’ determination to address global warming while also saving money and growing the economy. It also recognises the obligation we all have to leave future generations a planet which provides opportunities for sustainable development.
  • The Plan is an example of the visionary leadership necessary to reduce emissions and to tackle climate change.
  • The Secretary-General appreciates President Obama's strong, personal leadership on climate change. President Obama's leadership by example is essential for bringing other key countries on board and securing a universal, durable and meaningful agreement in Paris in December.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: SECRETARY-GENERAL SPEAKS OUT AGAINST KILLING OF BLUE HELMET

  • In a statement issued yesterday, the Secretary-General condemned the killing yesterday of a peacekeeper from the UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).
  • MINUSCA peacekeepers were attacked in Bangui by an armed group during a search operation intended to arrest a suspected criminal in application of a judicial warrant from the Public Prosecutor Office in Bangui. One peacekeeper was killed and eight were injured. The Mission says that all wounded peacekeepers are responding well to treatment.
  • The Secretary-General deplores in the strongest terms attacks against UN peacekeepers and calls for swift action to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice.
  • Today, the Mission resumed the search operation for the suspected criminal -- which is still ongoing. The Mission reports that new hostile shots were fired against peacekeepers but without any casualties from peacekeepers.

U.N. IRAQ ENVOY VOICES CONCERN OVER REPORTED KILLINGS IN AIRSTRIKE NEAR RAMADI, URGES ACCOUNTABILITY

  • The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, expressed serious concern at reports that up to 40 civilians may have been killed and more than 30 wounded in an airstrike in Rutba, west of Ramadi, last Friday. According to preliminary reports, three houses hosting internally displaced persons were hit in the airstrike. Children were reportedly among the casualties. Mr. Kubiš reminded all parties to the conflict that their obligation to take all feasible precautions to protect civilians from the effects of attacks.
  • He called on the Government of Iraq to investigate the incident, adding that it is necessary to ensure justice and accountability for violations and abuses, whenever they have taken place and by whatever party.

SENIOR U.N. POLITICAL OFFICIAL HOLDS MEETINGS IN HAVANA ON COLOMBIA PEACE TALKS

  • Following the invitation made to the United Nations by the parties to the Colombian peace talks, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Miroslav Jenca travelled with a small team to Havana on 1 August.
  • The team has held meetings with representatives of the delegations of the Colombian Government as well as the FARC-EP, particularly with the members of the technical sub-committee currently discussing end-of-conflict issues. The team is receiving the views of the parties regarding the accompaniment potentially required from the United Nations and will subsequently inform the Secretary-General accordingly.
  • The team is scheduled to depart Havana tomorrow.

SOMALIA: U.N. WELCOMES COMMITMENTS MADE ON ELECTORAL PROCESS, BOLSTERED SECURITY

  • The United Nations, together with the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the European Union (EU), the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) as well as United States and United Kingdom today welcomed the commitments made at the High-Level Partnership Forum in Mogadishu.
  • According to the UN Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), 32 delegations attended this landmark event, making it the largest international conference to take place in Somalia in decades.
  • Participants made commitments to deliver a transparent and inclusive electoral process in 2016, strengthen security, and accelerate the delivery of concrete results to the people of Somalia.

SOUTH SUDAN: RESTRICTRICTIONS, LACK OF FLIGHT CLEARANCES BLOCKING AID TO UPPER NILE, U.N. RELIEF WING SAYS

  • The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that restrictions put in place by the authorities on the movement of barges from Bor to Malakal on River Nile, in South Sudan, as well as the lack of flight clearances to use the Malakal airport are threatening the aid operation in Upper Nile State.
  • The situation is dire for at least 65,000 people in Malakal and Wau Shilluk who are estimated to be affected by access and transport constraints, with humanitarian partners reporting shortages of medicine, fuel and water treatment chemicals. Negotiations are taking place to ensure supplies are delivered to Upper Nile and to avert a further deterioration of the already dire situation.
  • During his recent visit to South Sudan, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Stephen O'Brien, called for rapid and unhindered access to provide assistance to conflict-affected communities. He said that people need our help immediately. Families in desperate need are depending on aid to survive and humanitarian agencies need all possible help to reach them rapidly and safely.

U.N. COMMENDS MYANMAR’S RESPONSE TO DEADLY FLOODS

  • The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that according to the Government of Myanmar, 39 people have died and more than 200,000 across large parts of the country have been affected by the heavy monsoon and the rains and the flooding.
  • Acting Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Myanmar, Eamonn Murphy, commended the ongoing efforts being led by the Myanmar authorities and military, civil society groups, and local organizations, as well as the Myanmar Red Cross Society.
  • For its part, the World Food Programme (WFP) is providing at least 150,000 people in the worst-affected areas with one-month rations of rice, pulses, cooking oil, salt and other supplies.
  • The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned that vulnerable children in Myanmar face a ‘double catastrophe’ as floods and the hardship faced by children living in poverty and those recovering from violence and conflict.