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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING

BY EDUARDO DEL BUEY, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON

WEDNESDAY, 02 NOVEMBER 2011

IN TRIPOLI, SECRETARY-GENERAL SALUTES LIBYAN PEOPLE

  • The Secretary-General has made a short visit to Tripoli on Wednesday, together with the President of the General Assembly.

  • The Secretary-General will arrive in Cannes on Wednesday afternoon to attend the G20 summit meeting.

  • The Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly met members of the National Transitional Council and civil society

 

  • In remarks to the press, the Secretary-General said he was honoured to be visiting Tripoli at this historic moment and to salute the brave people of Libya. 

  • He said Libyans had paid a heavy price for freedom. He offered his condolences and sympathies to those who lost family members or were wounded. 

  • The Secretary-General said the path to democracy was not easy. Building a state with effective and accountable institutions would take time.

  • But the Libyan people have shown that they have the skills, resources, determination and will to rise to these challenges.

  • The Secretary-General said that as Libya moves forward, it would be critical that the people find consensus on major issues and remain united. That, in turn, will require a great deal of pragmatism and compromise, especially during this very important initial phase.

  • He said Libyans inspired the world in throwing off tyranny. In building a future of peace and dignity for all, he was confident that they would inspire the world again. He said the United Nations was in Libya to help - in every way we can and in any way Libyans choose.  

  • The Secretary-General also visited a mass grave site and met with the families of the pro-revolution sympathizers who were killed there. 

  • The Secretary-General reiterated during the visit to Tripoli that questions of transnational justice must be resolved with wisdom and restraint. He said that it was important to hold perpetrators of human rights crimes to account, as well as promote national reconciliation. 

U.N. HUMAN DEVELOPMENT REPORT LAUNCHED

  • The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched on Wednesday the 2011 Human Development Report, ‘Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All,’ in Copenhagen with UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt.

  • The Report argues that development progress in the world’s poorest countries could be halted or even reversed by mid-century unless bold steps are taken now to slow climate change, prevent further environmental damage, and reduce deep inequalities within and among nations

SENIOR U.N. RELIEF OFFICIAL BEGINS CENTRAL AMERICA VISIT

  • Catherine Bragg, Assistant-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, began a four-day visit to Nicaragua and El Salvador to highlight the impact of recent flooding in Central America.

  • Last week, the United Nations launched Flash Appeals to help Nicaragua and El Salvador countries cope with the effects of the devastating floods for the next six months.

  • For its part, the World Food Programme (WFP) is helping people in Central America affected by the flooding.

  • The Programme’s Regional Director says that recurrent natural disasters are exacerbating the food security situation of both rural and urban populations in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua.

  • These people are also suffering from the impact of high food prices, he added.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

SECURITY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS LIBYA: On Wednesday afternoon, the Security Council will meet to discuss the situation in Libya.

DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL SPEAKS TO U.S.-U.N. BODY: In an address to the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America on Tuesday evening, the Deputy Secretary-General underscored the five common imperatives for our future: sustainable development, conflict prevention, building a safer and more secure world, supporting countries in transition, and helping women and young people.

***The guest at the Noon Briefing was Hilde Johnson, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS).

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