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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING

 

 

BY FARHAN HAQ, ACTING DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON

FRIDAY, 26 NOVEMBER 2010

 

 

The noon briefing has been suspended, because of a US holiday, and will resume on Monday, 29 November; this web page will be updated as needed until briefings resume.

 

SECRETARY-GENERAL MEETS WITH U.N. AMBASSADORS TO PRESS FOR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS FOR HAITI

  • The Secretary-General met in New York this morning with a large number of Ambassadors to UN Missions from the Americas, Europe and Asia, to press them to send trained medical professionals to Haiti to help deal with the cholera outbreak there.
     

  • The Ambassadors were also briefed by videoconference by the senior officials of the UN Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).
     

  • The meeting comes one day after the Secretary-General spoke by telephone with President René Préval of Haiti, to discuss the response to the cholera epidemic.
     

  • The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that, according to the information received from the Haitian authorities, there have been 29,871 hospitalized cases and 1,603 cholera deaths so far. 
     

  • Meanwhile, only $19.4 million of the $164 million sought in the UN appeal for cholera assistance for Haiti has so far been received.

 

PAKISTAN: U.N. CHILDREN’S FUND SENDS MISSION TO FLOOD-STRICKEN SINDH PROVINCE

  • The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that it sent a mission to flood-hit Shadatkot in Sindh, Pakistan, from 21-23 November. The mission found near-total devastation in rural areas, with returnees finding no homes, food, schools or livelihood.
     

  • Although the majority of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) are returning to Sindh, stagnant flood waters are hindering more returns. Some 40,000 IDPs are still housed in across 270 schools and another 54,000, including some 30,000 children, remain in camps in Balochistan, according to UNICEF.
     

  • UNICEF said it has provided 2.8 million people in Pakistan with clean drinking water on a daily basis, along with vital sanitation and hygiene facilities.
     

  • To date, UNICEF has received $169 million in funding against its $251 million appeal, including $41 million in pledges.

 

U.N.-REPUBLIC OF KOREA JOINT CONFERENCE ON DISARMAMENT, NON-PROLIFERATION TO BE HELD IN EARLY DECEMBER

  • The 9th United Nations-Republic of Korea Joint Conference on Disarmament and Non-proliferation Issues will take place in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, from 2-3 December.
     

  • The annual event, organized jointly by the Office for Disarmament Affairs (ODA) through its Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific (UNRCPD) and the Government of the Republic of Korea, will draw more than 40 representatives from governments, international organizations, academic and research institutions, as well as civil society.
     

  • This year’s conference, under the overall theme of “The Nuclear Renaissance and International Peace and Security”, will address global nuclear energy expansion and its challenges and opportunities, implications for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, as well as enhancing nuclear security and preventing nuclear terrorism.

 

U.N. AGENCY WELCOMES SERBIA-CROATIA AGREEMENT ON REFUGEE, RETURN ISSUES

  • The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) welcomes the agreement announced on Thursday by the Presidents of Croatia and Serbia to resolve the two countries’ mutual refugee and return issues.
     

  • UNHCR says that resolving these issues successfully would be an important step towards ending one of the most protracted refugee situations in Europe, a legacy of the wars that took place in the region in the 1990s.
     

  • Some 65,000 Croatian refugees live in Serbia, mostly in private accommodations but some in collective centres where the conditions are poor. In Croatia, although there have been substantial refugee returns in recent years, some returnees have had difficulties in obtaining housing and taking advantage of socio-economic re-integration programmes.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD AT THE UNITED NATIONS[1]
27 November-3 December 2010

Monday, 29 November

 

Today is the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. A Special Meeting will take place in Conference Room 2 (NLB) from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The meeting will be followed by a performance by the East Jerusalem-based Ashtar Theatre, entitled “The Gaza Monologues”.  At 3:00 p.m., the General Assembly will open its annual debate on the agenda item “The question of Palestine”.  At 6:00 p.m., the opening of an UNRWA exhibit “Summer Games in Gaza” will take place in the North-East Gallery (Public Lobby). 

 

Today and until 10 December, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will hold the sixteenth session of its Conference of the Parties (COP-16) in Cancun, Mexico.

 

Today, the Security Council is expected to adopt a resolution on DRC sanctions. It will also hold consultations on its 1718 Committee and its 751/1907 Committee.

 

Tuesday, 30 November

 

The Secretary-General will be in Astana, Kazakhstan, where he will address, tomorrow, the opening of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Summit.

 

This morning, the Security Council will hold consultations on Cyprus.

 

The guest at the Noon Briefing will be John Ging, Director of Operations for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Gaza.

 

The Global Consolidated Appeal laying out the financial requirements of all humanitarian appeals in 2011 will be launched in Geneva by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos.

 

Wednesday, 1 December

 

Today, the United States will assume the monthly rotating Presidency of the Security Council.

 

At 11:00 a.m., in the Dag Hammarskjold Library Auditorium, there will be a press conference to launch the World Economic Situation and Prospects Report.

 

The guest at the Noon Briefing will be Mike Smith, Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate. He will brief correspondents on the issue of "bringing terrorists to justice", a requirement of Security Council Resolution 1373, and a special event taking place around this theme at United Nations Headquarters, from 1-3 December.

 

Today is World AIDS day.

 

Thursday, 2 December

 

At 11:00 a.m., in the Dag Hammarskjold Library Auditorium, there will be a press conference by the Human Security Report Project at Simon Fraser University to launch their new report. The press conference is sponsored by the Canadian Mission.

 

Friday, 3 December

 

At 1:15 p.m., in the Dag Hammarskjold Library Auditorium, there will be a press conference by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) about the global economic crisis.

 

Today is the International Day of Persons with Disability.

 


 

[1]This document is for planning purposes only and is current as of  DATE \@ "HH:mm" 12:49  DATE \@ "dddd, dd MMMM, yyyy" Friday, 26 November, 2010. 

 

 

 

 

  

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