HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY MARTIN NESIRKY, SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
FRIDAY, 27 JANUARY 2012
SECRETARY-GENERAL URGES LEADERS IN DAVOS TO LISTEN TO THEIR PEOPLE
This morning in Davos, the
Secretary-General held a press
conference at which he said revolution had swept across North Africa and
He said that from North Africa to
He said during the events of the Arab Spring he had consistently called for leaders to listen to their people. The Secretary-General urged leaders gathered in Davos to do the same.
The Secretary-General also spoke at a discussion on sustainable energy and at a meeting on "Catalyzing Transformational Partnerships between the United Nations and Business". He said that private sector engagement is increasingly recognized as a strategic way to deliver profound change.
The Secretary-General is also participating in a session on
U.N. EMPLOYEE HELD IN
The United Nations confirms that a UN staff member, who had been held since the 15th of January, arrived in a UN safe haven in Sana’a today.
He is in good health and is receiving standard medical examinations and psychological counseling.
The employee is a 34-year-old Norwegian, who has worked as a Governance Team Leader in the United Nations Development Programme. He will recuperate in his home country before resuming his duties with UNDP.
UNICEF LAUNCHES GLOBAL APPEAL TO ASSIST VULNERABLE CHILDREN
The UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, appealed today for US$1.28 billion to fund its humanitarian operations in 2012, assisting children in more than 25 countries globally this year.
The crisis in
The Fund says that while some of these emergencies attract significant attention, others never reach international awareness, and many become ‘silent emergencies’.
The 2012 Humanitarian Action for Children report is available online.
U.N. AGENCY GIVES GREATER ROLE TO REFUGEES IN DADAAB CAMP
The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, is looking at new
ways to ensure uninterrupted assistance and services at
The measures include giving a greater role to refugees in the day-to-day running of the camp.
The Agency says that refugees have always had a role in making camps work but that this role is being expanded in Dadaab. Hospitals, for example, have remained open, staffed by refugees, nationals, and a limited number of international staff.
UNHCR also says that more than 30 camp schools remain open and are run by refugee teachers.
SCREENING SYSTEM AT HEADQUARTERS WORKED, SUSPICIOUS BAGS NOT INTENDED FOR UNITED NATIONS
Asked about suspicious bags found last week at UN
headquarters, the Spokesperson said that an investigation by the
Nesirky also said that the incident showed that the screening system at the United Nations worked. He added that this appeared to be an isolated incident but that UN offices around the world had been alerted to be on the lookout.
SECRETARY-GENERAL HOPES INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY WILL SPEAK IN ONE VOICE ON SYRIA: Asked about a forthcoming Security Council briefing on Syria by the League of Arab States, the Spokesperson said that the Secretary-General had said, today in Davos, that he hoped the international community would speak in one voice. The Secretary-General also reiterated that the violence must stop as well as his support for the diplomatic initiatives that are under way, Nesirky noted.
PEACEKEEPING ADVISOR GROUP SELECTED BY MEMBER STATES: In response to a
question on a senior adviser group on peacekeeping, the Spokesperson said that
Major General Shavendra Silva of
SECRETARY-GENERAL MARKS HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY: The annual Holocaust Memorial ceremony was held today in the General Assembly Hall. This year’s observance is dedicated to the children who were victims of the Holocaust.
In a message, the Secretary-General said children are uniquely vulnerable to the worst of humankind and that we must show them the best the world has to offer. He called on all nations to protect the most vulnerable, regardless of race, colour, gender or religious beliefs.
THE WEEK AHEAD AT THE UNITED NATIONS
28 JANUARY – 3 FEBRUARY 2012
(This document is for planning purposes and is subject to change.)
Saturday, 28 January
There are no major events scheduled for today.
Sunday, 29 January
Today and tomorrow, the Secretary-General will attend the 18th
Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in
Monday, 30 January
This morning, the Security Council will hold consultations on the UN Mission in South Sudan as well as on the Security Council Committee established pursuant to paragraph 30 of resolution 1988 (2011) which oversees the implementation by States of the three sanctions measures (assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo) imposed by the Security Council on individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with the Taliban.
Tuesday, 31 January
There are no major events scheduled for today.
Wednesday, 1 February
Thursday, 2 February
At 11 a.m., Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, will hold a press conference in the Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium.
12:30 p.m., the President of the Security Council, Amb.
Kodjo Menan of
Friday, 3 February
At 12:30 p.m., H.E. Mr. Johnson Toribiong, President of the Republic of Palau and H.E. Mr. Stuart Beck, Permanent Representative of Palau Mission to the UN, will give a press conference entitled "Rethinking Climate Change: Towards an Advisory Opinion from the International Court of Justice".
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