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SPOKESPERSON’S DAILY HIGHLIGHTS

BY EDUARDO DEL BUEY, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON

MONDAY 16 JANUARY 2012

SECRETARY-GENERAL SPEAKS AT WORLD FUTURE ENERGY SUMMIT

  • The Secretary-General is in Abu Dhabi today, and he addressed the opening of the World Future Energy Summit, which focuses on sustainable energy.

  • He told the audience that energy is central to everything we do – from powering our economies to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, and from combating climate change to underpinning global security.

  • He said energy is the golden thread that connects economic growth, increased social equity and preserving the environment.

  • The Secretary-General said his high-level group on sustainable energy had created a framework for a robust action agenda to be ready for this June’s Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development.

  • He also had a wide range of bilateral meetings, including with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. Readouts of these bilateral meetings are available online.

  • The Secretary-General gave a press conference on sustainable energy, and we’ll issue a transcript as soon as we have it.

  • The Secretary-General arrived in Abu Dhabi yesterday from Beirut, where earlier in the day he had opened a major UN conference on the democratic transition under way in the Arab world. The speech is available online and in the Spokesperson’s office.

  • On Saturday, the Secretary-General visited the UN Interim Force in Lebanon to meet those serving in the mission and to pay tribute to all those who have lost their lives since the mission began in 1978.

SECRETARY-GENERAL’S SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR WEST AFRICA BRIEFS SECURITY COUNCIL

  • This morning the Secretary-General’s Special Representative Said Djinnit presented the Secretary-General’s report on the activities of the United Nations Office for West Africa to the Security Council.

  • The Special Representative noted that the situation in West Africa continues to improve and that a number of states in the region have held credible elections.

  • However, he also cautioned that piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, organised crime and drug trafficking, and the activities of groups such as Boko Haram in Nigeria continue to pose serious threats to the region.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

ABDUCTION OF U.N. STAFF MEMBER IN YEMEN: Asked about the abduction of a UN staff member in Yemen, the Deputy Spokesperson confirmed the information but said that the United Nations could not further comment on this.

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