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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY MARTIN NESIRKY,
SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON

FRIDAY, 3 MAY 2013

DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL TO TRAVEL TO LONDON TO PARTICIPATE IN SOMALIA CONFERENCE

  • On 5 May, the Deputy Secretary-General will travel to London to participate in the Somalia Conference, which will take place on 7 May; that conference is co-hosted by the Governments of Somalia and the United Kingdom.
  • At the Conference, the Deputy Secretary-General will deliver a keynote speech on behalf of the Secretary-General. On the margins of the Conference, he will hold bilateral meetings with high-level Government officials from Somalia, the United Kingdom and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Asked about the invitees for the conference, the Spokesperson noted that the co-hosts of the conference, the UK and Somali Governments, handled those arrangements.

SECRETARY-GENERAL STRONGLY ENCOURAGES EFFORTS TO RESUME CREDIBLE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN NEGOTIATIONS

  • On Thursday, the Secretary-General met with the Israeli Justice Minister and Chief Negotiator in the Israeli-Palestinians peace talks, Tzipi Livni. They discussed the current state of play of the Middle East peace process as well as regional developments, in particular in Syria.
  • The Secretary-General strongly encouraged efforts towards the resumption of credible negotiations to achieve the two-state solution, expressing hope that renewed US engagement would lead to a substantial initiative soon.
  • He welcomed the positive engagement of the Arab League Peace Initiative follow up committee. He stressed the importance of creating an environment conducive to a resumption of talks, and encouraged Israel to take positive steps in this regard.
  • He reiterated that the announcement of the E-1 settlement should be rescinded.
  • While reiterating his concern over the situation of Palestinian prisoners, he expressed appreciation for the announcement by the Government of Israel of the forthcoming release of several hunger striking prisoners.

U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICE CONCERNED ABOUT LARGE NUMBER OF CASUALTIES IN NORTH-EASTERN NIGERIA

  • The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Friday that it is very concerned about the large number of casualties, reportedly including many civilians, and massive destruction of houses and property, as well as displacement that has taken place over the past few weeks in north-eastern Nigeria.
  • The Office of the High Commissioner called on the Nigerian Government to make sure its efforts to achieve security are in full compliance with human rights principles. It urged security forces and the military to respect human rights and avoid excessive use of force when conducting operations.
  • While welcoming the important step the Government has made by establishing a Committee to open talks with Boko Haram, the Office of the High Commissioner urged the Nigerian authorities to make sure that perpetrators of serious human rights violations are held accountable.

U.N. SPECIAL ENVOY FOR GREAT LAKES REGION OF AFRICA MEETS SENIOR OFFICIALS IN BURUNDI

  • Mary Robinson, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa, was in Burundi on Friday, as part of her first visit to the region.
  • She met with the President of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, as well as the Great Lakes peace envoys of both the African Union and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region. 
  • The Special Envoy called on leaders to maintain the political will and urgency for peace. She added that there had been agreements before but this time had to be different and that implementation should start now.
  • On Saturday, the Special Envoy will be in South Africa.
  • Asked whether Mary Robinson was discussing sexual violence in the DRC, the Spokesperson said she would, including with women’s groups in the country.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

U.N. SAYS THAT U.N. INTERNSHIPS ARE NOT FOR SALE: Asked about a web site that claimed to sell an internship at the United Nations, the Spokesperson said that UN internships are not for sale and he added that they are not paid. The United Nations is trying to establish the full details of this case. 

THE WEEK AHEAD AT THE UNITED NATIONS
4 – 10 MAY 2013


(This document is for planning purposes and is subject to change.)


Saturday, 4 May

There are no major events scheduled for today.

Sunday, 5 May

There are no major events scheduled for today.

Monday, 6 May

In the morning, the Security Council will be briefed on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, followed by consultations.

At 1:15 p.m., in Conference Room 3 (CB), there will be a briefing on “The work of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS)” by the Chair of the Committee, co-organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Non Governmental Organization Working Group on Food and Hunger.

At 3:00 p.m., in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber in the Conference Building (CB), there will be a special event on “Meeting challenges of the health Millennium Development Goals and beyond”, co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Bangladesh and Norway.

In Geneva, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will begin the 26th Annual Meeting of the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions. The meeting will end on 8 May.

In Geneva, OHCHR will begin the 50th session of the Committee against Torture. The session will end on 31 May.

In Geneva, the International Law Commission will begin the 1st part of the 65th session. The meeting will end on 7 June.

In Geneva, the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) will hold a monthly press briefing on Bangladesh building collapse; Kenya floods/emergency appeal; and Population Movement from Sudan into Chad /allocation from IFRC Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF).

Tuesday, 7 May

The Deputy Secretary-General will be in London for the Somalia Conference.

In the afternoon, the Security Council will be briefed by the Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

At 9:00 a.m., in Conference Room 1 in the North Lawn Building (NLB), there will be a launch of the State of the World’s Mothers Report 2013–– Surviving the First Day, co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Zambia and Save the Children.

Wednesday, 8 May

Today is Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War (Until 9 May).
In the morning, the Security Council will be briefed on Libya by the International Criminal Court.

In the afternoon, the Security Council will hold consultations on the on the situation in Lebanon (United Nations Security Council Resolution 1559 Report).

At 3:00 p.m., in the ECOSOC Chamber (CB), there will be a high-level event on “Human security”, organized by the Human Security Unit, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and co-sponsored by the Member States of the Human Security Network and the Permanent Missions of Honduras, Japan and Mexico.

In Geneva, the International Labour Organization (ILO) will hold a press conference on the launch of "Global Employment Trends for Youth" by José-Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, Assistant Director-General, and Ekkehard Ernst, Senior ILO Economist.

In Geneva, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will hold a press conference on the launch of a new UNEP report, Green Economy and Trade: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities (Embargoed until 8 May 2013 at 11:00 a.m. CET) by Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP.

In Geneva, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) will hold a press conference on the publication entitled The Palestinian Economy in East Jerusalem: Enduring Annexation, Isolation and Disintegration by Mahmoud Elkhafif. Coordinator of the Assistance to the Palestinian people, UNCTAD.

Thursday, 9 May

In the morning, the Security Council will hold consultations on Sudan and South Sudan.

In the afternoon, the Security Council will be briefed on United Nations Integrated Peace-Building Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS), followed by consultations.

Friday, 10 May

In the morning, the Security Council will be briefed by the Security Council subsidiary bodies.

At 12:00 p.m., in the Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium, Mr. Yukio Takasu, Under-Secretary-General for Management, will be the guest at the Noon Briefing.