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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING

 

 

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

MONDAY, 1 NOVEMBER 2010

 

 

SECRETARY-GENERAL ARRIVES IN BEIJING ON LAST LEG OF ASIA VISIT

  • On the first day of his visit to Beijing, the Secretary-General met with Chinese President Hu Jintao. They discussed a wide range of issues, including climate change, the Millennium Development Goals, the Korean Peninsula and Africa. The Secretary-General noted that China could play a greater role in peacekeeping and in the search for political solutions to African crises, including in Somalia and Sudan. The President expressed his strong support for the United Nations and in particular the efforts of the Secretary-General in many of these areas.
     

  • In response to a further question, the Spokesperson added that the Secretary-General and the President did not discuss human rights. Asked about Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, the Spokesperson said the topic of human rights was not raised; he noted the statement issued on that topic last month.
     

  • On Sunday, the Secretary-General was in Shanghai, where he spoke at the Shanghai Expo, which he said had helped Shanghai secure its reputation as one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities. He noted that the Expo had brought up innovations in construction and new uses of natural resources; discussions on how to cut energy and water use; an appreciation of the importance of mass transit systems; and a call for special attention to be given to the unique problems of the world's slums. The Secretary-General said, “In all this, I hope that China will be an urban pioneer.”
     

  • He also spoke to students at Nanjing University on Sunday.

 

COTE D’IVOIRE: SECRETARY-GENERAL SAYS ELECTIONS ARE MILESTONE TO RESTORE LASTING PEACE

  • In a statement issued earlier today, the Secretary-General welcomed the holding of the presidential election in Côte d'Ivoire on Sunday and commended the Ivorian people for exercising their right to vote in a peaceful manner. He called the election an important milestone in the efforts to restore lasting peace in the country.
     

  • The Secretary-General acknowledges the efforts of the Ivorian Independent Electoral Commission and the national and international partners that contributed to for the organization and conduct of this election. He calls on all parties and candidates to play their part in maintaining a calm environment and urges them to accept the proclaimed and certified results, filing any complaints through the legally-established mechanisms.
     

  • The Special Representative of the Secretary-General will continue, in the context of his certification mandate, all efforts to safeguard the process. The United Nations remains deeply committed to support the Ivorian peace process.

 

SECRETARY-GENERAL ENCOURAGES TIMELY FORMATION OF INCLUSIVE GOVERNMENT IN KYRGYZSTAN

  • The Secretary-General takes note of the official announcement today of the results of the 10 October parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan. He congratulates the people of Kyrgyzstan on the elections, which were assessed by observers as positive, transparent, and well organized.
     

  • He encourages the timely formation of an inclusive Government that will ensure peace, stability, and prosperity.

 

U.N. IRAQ ENVOY CONDEMNS ATTACK ON BAGHDAD CATHOLIC CHURCH

  • Ad Melkert, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the Catholic Church that took place last night in Baghdad.
     

  • Melkert extends his condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and the Government of Iraq and wishes a speedy recovery to those who were wounded.
     

  • He also expressed concern that acts of violence targeting the Iraqi people, of all different backgrounds, continue to claim lives. Every effort should be exerted by all Iraqi leaders to expedite agreement on pending issues. That includes the formation of a government, in order to ensure Iraq’s ability to protect its citizens.

 

SECRETARY-GENERAL WELCOMES “LANDMARK TREATY” ON BIODIVERSITY ADOPTED IN NAGOYA, JAPAN

  • The Secretary-General welcomes the adoption of an historic new protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity on Saturday morning in Nagoya, Japan, which sets ground rules for improving access to, and the equitable sharing of, the world's genetic resources. The new treaty, he said, provides an innovative approach to conserving and protecting the world’s rapidly diminishing living resources, while providing benefits to all, in particular, local communities in developing countries.
     

  • The Secretary-General said the landmark treaty was a positive step in efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, and demonstrated that countries were committed to pragmatic cooperation in meeting the challenges of sustainable development. He also welcomed the adoption of a new ten-year plan by the 193 countries of the Convention that contains achievable targets to reduce the loss of biodiversity. He also thanked the Government of Japan for hosting a successful conference.

 

SOMALIA: BAN KI-MOON COMMENDS SOMALIS FOR REACHING CONSENSUS ON NEW PRIME MINISTER

  • In a statement issued Sunday, the Secretary-General commended the Somali leadership, particularly President Sheikh Sharif, the Speaker of Parliament, Sharif Hassan, and members of the Transitional Federal Parliament on reaching a consensus on procedural arrangements that allowed for the confirmation of the new Prime Minister through a consultative and transparent process.
     

  • The Secretary-General also congratulated Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on his new appointment and encourages him to form his cabinet without further delay in order to complete the priority tasks of the transitional period.
     

  • The Secretary-General deeply appreciates the efforts of his Special Representative, Augustine Mahiga, in cooperation with the African Union and IGAD, and with the support of the wider international community, in helping to resolve the political stalemate. He hopes that the Transitional Federal Institutions will continue with this spirit of putting the interest of their nation first, for the sake of unity, stability and peace for the Somali people.

 

U.N. STANDS READY TO SUPPORT SOUTHERN SUDAN REFERENDUM COMMISSION

  • The United Nations Integrated Referendum and Electoral Division, together with its international partners, stands ready to support in all aspects the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission as the national authority in charge of conducting the referendum.
     

  • Denis Kadima, Director of the Division, said that its technical assistance includes designing voter registration forms, preparing staff training, developing complaint regulations, designing voter education materials and procuring materials and equipment.
     

  • The UN provides logistical support to deliver those items to locations throughout Sudan and in the eight countries where Southerners will exercise their right to vote.

 

U.N. HELPS HAITI PREPARE FOR HURRICANE TOMAS

  • The Government of Haiti, humanitarian agencies and the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) have initiated a response to Hurricane Tomas based on a working projection that the storm could affect up to half a million people, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
     

  • Over the weekend, the Government and the humanitarian leadership have worked together to initiate contingency plans, mobilize stocks, and identify gaps and needs as Hurricane Tomas approaches, in addition to managing the ongoing responses to the cholera epidemic and the earthquake.
     

  • The World Food Programme (WFP) has pre-positioned food supplies in 32 locations in the most vulnerable areas across the country. These supplies will be sufficient to feed 1.1 million Haitians for 6 weeks.
     

  • The UN and the humanitarian community are also supporting communicating disaster preparedness and response messages. A large scale public information campaign is under way, focusing in particular on camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs). Warnings are being sent out to all in camps via SMS and radio.

 

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

UNITED KINGDOM ASSUMES SECURITY COUNCIL PRESIDENCY FOR NOVEMBER: The United Kingdom has assumed the rotating Presidency of the Security Council for the month of November, replacing Uganda. UK Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, the Council President for this month, will brief on the programme of work for November on Tuesday.

 

I.C.T.R. SENTENCES FORMER BUSINESSMAN TO 30 YEARS OF PRISON FOR GENOCIDE: The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has sentenced a former businessman to 30 years in prison for genocide and extermination as a crime against humanity. Gaspard Kanyarukiga was found guilty of planning the killing of Tutsis at a church in 1994, but was acquitted on an alternative charge of complicity in genocide. He was arrested in 2004 in South Africa.

 

SECRETARY-GENERAL TO MEET WITH GREEK CYPRIOT AND TURKISH CYPRIOT LEADERS: Upon the invitation of the Secretary-General, a meeting is scheduled to take place between the Secretary-General and the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities on 18 November in New York.  The meeting is taking place in the framework of the ongoing negotiation process to achieve a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem, conducted by the two communities under the auspices of the United Nations.

 

SECRETARY-GENERAL CONDEMNS ISTANBUL TERRORIST ATTACK: In response to a question, the Spokesperson said that the Secretary-General is aware of the bombing in Istanbul and he condemns any terrorist attack, including the Istanbul attack, which took place in a busy metropolitan area.

 

CONGRATULATORY LETTER TO BE SENT TO BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT-ELECT: Asked about the election of Dilma Rouseff in Brazil, the Spokesperson said that the Secretary-General was aware of her election as President and added that a congratulatory letter would go to her from the Secretary-General.

 

SECRETARY-GENERAL TO DISCUSS DEVELOPMENT ISSUES AT G-20 SUMMIT: The Spokesperson, in response to a question, said that the Secretary-General would be present at the G-20 summit in Seoul, and would take the opportunity to discuss development and bring the views of the 192 Member States at that summit.

 

U.N. NOT AWARE OF PRESENTATION OF AWARD BY OFFICIAL IN CHINA: Asked about an award presented in China by Under-Secretary-General Sha Zukang, the Spokesperson said that the United Nations had not been aware of that event until the first media reports on it circulated online last week.

 

 

  

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