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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING

BY MARTIN NESIRKY, SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON

FRIDAY, 07 OCTOBER 2011

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE AWARDEES TESTAMENT TO ROLE OF WOMEN IN PEACE, SAYS SECRETARY-GENERAL

  • In a statement, the Secretary-General says that the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize honours three inspirational women of uncommon courage, strength and commitment — Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and social activists Tawakkul Karman of Yemen and Leymah Gbowee of Liberia.

  • With this decision, the Norwegian Nobel Committee sends a clear message: women count for peace. It is a testament to the power of the human spirit and underscores a fundamental principle of the United Nations Charter: the vital role of women in the advancement of peace and security, development and human rights.

  • Across the world, we recognize that women are the cornerstone of family and community. Overwhelmingly they are the educators, the health care providers, the weavers of our social fabric.

  • Throughout North Africa, the Middle East and beyond, we hear the voices of women calling for justice and democracy.

  • As this prize attests, they are increasingly taking long-overdue leadership, as economic actors; political activists; local, national and even global decision-makers.

  • Today, as we salute these three remarkable leaders, we at the United Nations reaffirm our determination to advance the cause of women across the full spectrum of our work. That is why we created a dynamic new UN agency, UN Women, to drive this change. The eradication of sexual violence in conflict and the full inclusion of women in building peace and democracy is not an option. It is a necessity for creating a better future for all of the world’s people.

U.N. HUMANITARIAN CHIEF FUNDS TO ALLEVIATE HORN OF AFRICA CRISIS

  • Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, says that the generosity of donors – who pledged and contributed millions of dollars to the Horn of Africa crisis in the past year – has saved millions of lives.

  • People and governments have proven that when needed, they can come together to save lives and end suffering.

  • The regional aid effort will need to continue well into 2012, both to meet immediate needs and to tackle the underlying problems and vulnerabilities which have put so many people in danger, she notes.

U.N. REFUGEE AGENCY OPENS NEW CAMP IN WESTERN ETHIOPIA FOR SUDANESE REFUGEES

  • The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has opened a new camp this week in western Ethiopia to accommodate refugees fleeing the continuing hostilities across the border in Sudan’s Blue Nile state.

  • So far, 533 refugees have been moved to the new camp which has capacity for 3000 people, with a possibility for further expansion. The UN Refugee Agency plans to move some 400 refugees daily from the border to this area where it can provide protection and assistance.

  • According to UN Refugee Agency, more than 27,500 people have fled Blue Nile state for Ethiopia in the last month. And with refugees still arriving, UN Refugee Agency is working to speed up their relocation to safer areas.

  • The Agency says that at the beginning of the influx, the new arrivals were mainly women, children and the elderly but more recently, staff at the border points have seen larger numbers of men arriving, and more injuries.

LEADERS OF GREEK CYPRIOT, TURKISH CYPRIOT COMMUNITIES MEET

  • The leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities met for six hours in Nicosia.

  • The Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Lisa Buttenheim, told reporters afterwards that they had a broad discussion, and that they will meet again on Tuesday, 11 October.

DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL TO TRAVEL TO REPUBLIC OF KOREA, THAILAND, SWITZERLAND AND LUXEMBOURG

  • The Deputy Secretary-General will depart on Friday evening for the Republic of Korea to address the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organisation (WTO).  That meeting will look at the role which tourism can contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • The Deputy Secretary-General will also speak at the World Knowledge Forum and hold bilateral meetings with Korean Government officials.

  • She will then travel to Bangkok and Geneva for Regional Coordination Mechanism meetings and hold bilateral meetings with Government officials.

  • Her last stop is Luxembourg City where she will open a High-Level Symposium on development.

  • The Deputy Secretary-General will return to New York on 23 October.

*** The guest at the noon briefing was Margot Wallström, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, who spoke to reporters by telephone.

THE WEEK AHEAD AT THE UNITED NATIONS

8 – 14 OCTOBER 2011

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

 

Saturday, 8 October

Today, the Deputy Secretary-General arrives in the Republic of Korea, where she will address the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organisation (WTO). While in the country, she will also speak at the World Knowledge Forum and hold bilateral meetings with Korean Government officials. Her trip will also take her to Bangkok and Geneva, where she will participate in Regional Coordination Mechanism meetings and hold bilateral meetings with Government officials.Her last stop will be Luxembourg City, where she will open a High-Level Symposium on development.

Sunday, 9 October

Today is World Post Day (Universal Postal Union).

Today, the Secretary-General will depart for a three-country visit that will take him to Norway, Denmark and Sweden.

Monday, 10 October

Today is World Mental Health Day (World Health Organization).

Today, Gabriela Knaul, the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, will begin a visit to Turkey. It ends on 14 October.

Today, the Secretary-General will be in Norway, where he will attend the “Energy for All – Financing Access for the Poor” conference and participate in a high-level panel on the theme, “Energy and the Road Towards Rio+20.” He will also join King Harald V in the 150th anniversary celebrations of the birth of Fridtjof Nansen, the renowned Norwegian explorer. The Secretary-General will hold talks with Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and meet with members of the Norwegian Parliament. He will visit the site of the 22 July bomb attack in Oslo.

At 10:00 a.m., in Conference Room 6 of the North Lawn Building (NLB), Cheick Sidi Diarra, Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Africa, will make remarks and present two reports of the Secretary-General: “New Partnership for Africa’s Development: ninth consolidated progress report on implementation and international support” and “Implementation of the recommendations contained in the report of the Secretary-General on the causes of conflict and the promotion of durable peace and sustainable development in Africa.”

At 1:00 p.m., in Conference Room 6 (NLB), there will be a panel discussion on the theme, “The role of Governments in protecting conflict-affected children.” It will be moderated by Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict. Speakers will include Ishmael Beah, former child soldier from Sierra Leone and international child rights advocate.

At 1:15 p.m., in the Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium, there will be a press conference with Silvia Pimentel, Chairperson of Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, and Rashid Manjoo, Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences.

At 1:15 p.m., there will be a panel discussion on the theme, “Women’s access to justice,” organized by UN-Women. Participants will include Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director of UN-Women, and Rea Abada Chiongson, Gender Advisor of the Justice for the Poor Programme of the World Bank.

Tuesday, 11 October

Today, the Secretary-General will be in Denmark, where he will attend the 3G Global Green Forum, a high-level public-private partnership which brings together leaders from government, business, finance and civil society. He will meet Queen Margrethe II, Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and other senior officials, and visit the site of the new UN City in Copenhagen, which is being constructed.

At 12:00 p.m., in the Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium, Angela Kane, Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Management, will be the guest at the Noon Briefing.

At 1:15 p.m., there will be a high-level roundtable on the “Role of Regional Organizations and Institutions on the Protection of Children from Violence” in Conference Room 4 (NLB). Participants will include Marta Santos Pais, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Violence against Children, and Anthony Lake, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Wednesday, 12 October

Today, the Secretary-General will be in Sweden, where he will visit Dag Hammarskjöld's grave in Uppsala. In Stockholm, he will meet with Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and other top officials.

This morning, the Security Council will adopt a resolution on the authorization of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and hold an open debate on security sector reform.

At 12:00 p.m., in the Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium, Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, will be the guest at the Noon Briefing.

At 1:15 p.m., there will be a Women’s International Forum meeting on “The Arab awakening: Promise and challenges,” sponsored by the Executive Office of the Secretary-General. It will be held in Conference Room 6 (NLB).

At 1:15 p.m., there will be a briefing by Yuefen Li, head of the Debt and Development Finance Branch of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), on “The global financial crisis and strategies to avoid unsustainable debt.” The event will be held in Conference Room 7 (NLB).

Thursday, 13 October

Today is the International Day for Disaster Reduction.

Today is World Sight Day (World Health Organization).

Friday, 14 October

This morning, the Security Council will adopt a resolution on the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and will be briefed by the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) in consultations.

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