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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING

THURSDAY, 1 NOVEMBER 2012

 

The regular Noon Briefing today was replaced by a briefing by Susana Malcorra, Chef de Cabinet; Gregory B. Starr, Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security; and Yukio Takasu, Under-Secretary-General for Management, on the effects of Hurricane Sandy on UN Headquarters in New York

 

LIBYA: U.N. ENVOY WELCOMES FORMATION OF GOVERNMENT

  • The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya, Tarek Mitri, today welcomed the formation of the country’s new Government.
  • He wished the new Government success in addressing the many challenges Libya is facing, including the building of security institutions, promoting national reconciliation, upholding the rule of law, securing human rights and implementing transitional justice.
  • He also noted that the recent events in Bani Walid highlight the urgent need for Libyans to foster dialogue, work together towards national reconciliation and strengthen State civilian and security institutions to affirm the authority of the Libyan State over its national territory and ensure protection of all citizens and stability in the country.
  • The Special Representative reiterated that the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the whole of the United Nations will continue to work closely with the Government and the National General Congress in support of Libya.

 

U.N. REFUGEE AGENCY DISMAYED BY BOAT SINKING OFF BANGLADESH COAST

  • The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says that it is dismayed by reports of a boat that sank off the coast of Bangladesh with an estimated 130 people on board, among them possibly refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
  • The fishing boat reportedly left Bangladesh last weekend and was overcrowded. It is believed to have sunk in the Bay of Bengal early on Tuesday. Reports indicate that six people have been rescued.
  • At this point, the victims’ identities and reasons for embarking on this perilous boat journey are not known.
  • The Agency says that unscrupulous smuggling networks are exploiting the desperation of people facing violence and poverty.
  • There are fears that more irregular boat movements could take place in the Bay of Bengal in the coming months.
  • The Agency is calling on countries in the region to coordinate more closely on operations for search and rescue at sea, and to jointly seek comprehensive solutions to the root causes of irregular maritime movements while keeping borders open and ensuring access to international protection for people in need.