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Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary General

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING

BY MARTIN NESIRKY

SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

 

FRIDAY, 4 JANUARY 2013

 

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: U.N. CHILDREN’S FUND URGES END TO CHILD RECRUITMENT

  • The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today that it had received credible reports that rebel groups and pro-government militias are increasingly recruiting and involving children in armed conflict in the Central African Republic.
  • UNICEF is calling for the immediate cessation of child recruitment by all armed groups in the Central African Republic and urges all parties to protect children against the harmful impact of, and their involvement in, armed conflict in the country.
  • Even before the conflict erupted last month, about 2,500 children – both girls and boys – were associated with multiple armed groups, including self-defence groups, in the Central African Republic. While it is impossible to give a precise figure, reports indicate that this number will rise because of the recent and escalating conflict.

 

U.N. REFUGEE AGENCY REPATRIATION SCHEME ENDS IN LIBERIA

  • The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has wrapped up its repatriation operation for tens of thousands of Liberians who were forced into exile because of 14 years of civil war in their country.
  • The final 724 Liberians returned from Guinea on the last weekend of 2012, officially ending a programme that began a year after peace was restored in Liberia, in 2004.
  • In total, the Agency helped more than 150,000 Liberian refugees go home, mainly by road convoys and flights. As part of the program, each returning refugee received a small cash grant to help them restart their lives.

 

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

SECRETARY-GENERAL AWARE OF DIALOGUE UNDERWAY IN ASIA-PACIFIC: Asked about the use of the Secretary-General’s “good offices” in the Asia-Pacific region, the Spokesperson said that the Secretary-General is aware that regional dialogue exists and he generally encourages Member States to make use of regional organisations and arrangements for such dialogue.

 

U.N. SPOTLIGHTS FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS IN BAHRAIN: Asked about the situation in Bahrain, the Spokesperson said that the Secretary-General has spoken consistently about what needs to happen in Bahrain. People must be allowed to exercise their fundamental freedoms.

 

U.N. MISSIONS LOOK INTO REPORTS OF RAPE: Asked about investigations into alleged rapes in conflicts, the Spokesperson said that wherever there are credible reports, the United Nations Missions in those areas seek to verify reports. In the specific case of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, a human rights investigation is under way.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD AT THE UNITED NATIONS
5 – 11 JANUARY 2013


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

 

Saturday, 5 January

 

There are no major events scheduled for today.

 

Sunday, 6 January

 

There are no major events scheduled for today.

 

Monday, 7 January

There are no major events scheduled for today.

 

Tuesday, 8 January

 

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

 

Wednesday, 9 January

 

This morning, the Security Council will receive a briefing and hold consultations on the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA).

 

Today, in Geneva, the new report, “Domestic workers across the world,” will be launched by Sandra Polaski, Deputy Director-General for Policy for the International Labour Organization (ILO).

 

Thursday, 10 January

 

There are no major events scheduled for today.

 

Friday, 11 January

 

There are no major events scheduled for today.