HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY MARTIN NESIRKY,
SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
FRIDAY, 4 OCTOBER 2013
SECRETARY-GENERAL TO VISIT HUNGARY AND BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
- The Secretary-General will depart New York on Monday, 7 October, for Hungary.
- On Tuesday, the Secretary-General will participate in the Budapest Water Summit and make remarks at the opening ceremony. In Budapest, he will meet with President János Áder, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, and Foreign Minister János Martonyi of Hungary.
- He will also meet with Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, who serves as the Chairman of the Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation. He will then give a lecture at Budapesti Corvinus University, where he will receive an Honorary Doctorate.
- The Secretary-General will then travel to Brunei Darussalam, where on Thursday, 10 October, he will take part in the 5th summit of the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations.
- On the margins of the summit, he will hold bilateral meetings with ASEAN leaders.
- The following day, Friday, 11 October, the Secretary-General will have an audience with His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah and a meeting with H.R.H. Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei Darussalam.
- The Secretary-General will return to New York on Saturday, 12 October.
SECURITY COUNCIL TO ARRIVE IN KINSHASA
- The 15 members of the Security Council are expected to arrive later on Friday in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the first leg of a five-day visit to the Great Lakes Region of Africa.
- On its way to Africa, the delegation stopped in Brussels, where it met with the Political and Security Committee of the European Union. The discussion focused there on the situation in the Great Lakes Region.
SECRETARY-GENERAL SPEAKS ON URBANIZATION AND GLOBAL MIGRATION
- On Friday morning, the Secretary-General spoke at a World Habitat Day event on the theme, “Resilient Design for Sustainable Urbanization.”
- In his remarks, the Secretary-General said that as the effects of climate change increase, urban resilience becomes ever more necessary.
- On Friday afternoon, the Secretary-General will speak at an event of the Global Migration Group on the theme, “Work, Priorities and Future Directions.”
- He is expected to say that the Group has presented strong evidence of migration’s impact on development and has highlighted the human rights challenges that are a central part of the picture.
- The Deputy Secretary-General will close the High-Level Event on Migration that started Thursday.
RESCUE EFFORTS ON LAMPEDUSA FOCUS ON HELPING SURVIVORS FROM SINKING, SAYS U.N. REFUGEE AGENCY
- The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says that rescue efforts on southern Italy's Lampedusa Island are now focused on helping people who survived the sinking there.
- The most recent information from the Agency says that there are 155 survivors, one Tunisian national and the rest Eritrean. The Agency’s staff members have also said that the search operation had been called off because of rough seas.
- The survivors are currently being sheltered in a reception centre, already overcrowded and holding some 1,000 people from other recent boat arrivals. The UN Refugee Agency is in discussion with the Italian authorities regarding the details of moving theses people who have survived this boat sinking and others to better facilities.
SYRIA SUBMITS FINAL CHEMICAL WEAPONS DISCLOSURE
- The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ahmet Üzümcü, spoke at a meeting of the OPCW Executive Council on 3 October.
- He said that the Organisation’s Technical Secretariat had received information from Syria that was additional to the disclosure on its chemical weapons programme which Syria had submitted on 21 September.
- The additional submission is being reviewed by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The Director-General is expected to provide an update to OPCW Member States when he addresses the Executive Council again on Tuesday.
- Asked about Syria’s cooperation with the OPCW-UN team, the Spokesperson said that the team has said that the cooperation from the Syrian side has been good. They have received technical diagrams and other information which they have been studying.
- He added that the team is expected to make site visits in the coming days.
- Asked about the team, he said that it included inspectors from the OPCW, as well as other staff from the United Nations who provide logistical and other support.
- He said that it was an advance team and added that the Secretary-General, in consultation with the OPCW Director General, would present recommendations to the Security Council in the coming days on a larger presence in Syria.
- Asked why the earlier investigation team did not go to Khan al-Asal, Nesirky said that there were a number of factors, including that, with the passage of time, there was a deterioration of material for samples to determine whether chemical weapons were used or not. However, the team was able to obtain useful information by other means.
- He said that the United Nations and the team had tried for months to get to the Khan al-Asal site and persevered in the effort to get into Syria, where it was able to determine the use of chemical weapons in al-Ghouta on 21 August and continues its work on other pending credible allegations.
SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS DEPUTY REPRESENTATIVE FOR U.N. OFFICE IN COTE D’IVOIRE
- The Secretary-General has appointed M’Baye Babacar Cissé of the Republic of Senegal as his Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI). He will replace Ndolamb Ngokwey of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
- Mr. Cissé has served with the United Nations since 1980, most recently as Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director, in Regional Bureau for Africa at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
THE WEEK AHEAD AT THE UNITED NATIONS
5 – 11 OCTOBER 2013
(This document is for planning purposes and is subject to change.)
Saturday, 5 October
Today is World Teachers’ Day.
Sunday, 6 October
There are no major events scheduled for today.
Monday, 7 October
Today is World Habitat Day.
The Secretary-General will depart New York for Hungary. The Secretary-General will participate in the Budapest Water Summit and meet with the President, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Hungary. He will then give a lecture at Budapesti Corvinus University, where he will receive an Honorary Doctorate. The Secretary-General will then travel to Brunei Darussalam, where on Thursday, 10 October, he will take part in the 5th summit of the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations.
On the margins of the summit, he will hold bilateral meetings with ASEAN leaders. The following day, Friday, 11 October, the Secretary-General will have an audience with His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah and a meeting with the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei Darussalam. The Secretary-General will return to New York on Saturday, 12 October.
At 10:00 a.m., in the General Assembly Hall in the North Lawn Building (NLB), there will be a High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development.
At 1:15 p.m., in Conference Room 6 (NLB), there will be a briefing on the release of the International Telecommunication Union’s annual report Measuring the Information Society 2013, organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
At 1:30 p.m., in Conference Room 3 in the Conference Building (CB), there will be a panel discussion on “Nuclear terrorism: An assessment of the threat and the means to reduce it”, organized by the Permanent Mission of the Netherlands.
In Geneva, there will be a press conference on Post-Disaster Housing on the occasion of World Habitat Day by Sven Alkalaj, UNECE Executive Secretary, and Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNISDR.
In Geneva, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights will hold the 66th session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, pre-sessional Working Group. It will end on 11 October.
In Geneva, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights will hold the 11th session of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the effective implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action. It will end on 18 October.
Tuesday, 8 October
There are no major events scheduled for today.
Wednesday, 9 October
Today is World Post Day.
At 12:00 p.m., Mr. Yukio Takasu, Under-Secretary-General for Management, will be the guest at the Noon Briefing.
In Geneva, there will be a press conference on the outcome resolutions on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians at 129th Assembly by the Inter-Parliamentary Union Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians.
Thursday, 10 October
Today is World Mental Health Day.
Today is World Sight Day.
In the morning, the Security Council will adopt resolutions concerning the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and the authorization of the International Security Assistance Force, followed by consultations on Sudan/South Sudan and the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).
In the afternoon, the Security Council will hold consultations on the Middle East (Syria).
At 10:00 a.m., in Conference Room 6 (NLB), there will be a briefing on “The status of duty-free and quota-free market access on the road to the Ministerial Conference in Bali” by the New York Office of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), co-organized with the Committee for Development Policy Secretariat and the Group of Least Developed Countries (LDCs).
At 12:00 p.m., in the Press briefing room, Ms. Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the implementation of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, will be the guest at the Noon Briefing.
At 1:15 p.m., in the Economic and Social Council Chamber (CB), there will be a panel discussion on “Disaster Resilience and Disability: Ensuring Equality and Inclusion” in observance of the International Day for Disaster Reduction 2013, co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Norway, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).
Friday, 11 October
Today is International Day of the Girl Child.
At 1:15 p.m., in Conference Room 7 (NLB), there will be a panel discussion on “The added value of effective youth participation” with the Envoy of the Secretary-General on Youth and the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka, organized by the Permanent Mission of Belgium.