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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING

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

FRIDAY, 04 NOVEMBER 2011

AT G20 SUMMIT, SECRETARY-GENERAL URGES UNITED LEADERSHIP

  • The Secretary-General is travelling back to New York from Cannes, France.

  • On Friday morning, he met with the G20 leaders on the last day of the Summit, where he urged them to deliver united leadership to address the urgent problems of the world economy.

  • He took part in the morning working sessions and made interventions on food, energy and climate change. He also attended the working luncheon on the adoption of the G20 Communiqué.

  • Earlier on Friday, he met with the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

SECURITY COUNCIL MEETS ON CYPRUS

  • On Friday morning, the Security Council met in closed session for consultations on Cyprus.

  • Afterwards, the President of the Council and the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser spoke to reporters.

DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL SET TO TRAVEL TO URUGUAY

  • The Deputy Secretary-General will be travelling to Uruguay from 6 to 11 November to attend the High-level Intergovernmental Conference on “Delivering as One,” the UN’s progress for fostering greater cooperation and even more efficient teamwork in the field.

  • The meeting will be an opportunity to share the experiences of the “Delivering as One” approach, take stock of the progress made, and identify challenges. The pilot countries of “Delivering as One” are expected to agree on an outcome statement to send a strong message supporting this approach.

  • The Deputy Secretary-General will also participate in an event on the Secretary-General’s UNiTE campaign to end violence against women and attend a special meeting of women Ministers and Parliamentarians of MERCOSUR with Michele Bachelet, the Executive Director of UN Women.

  • The Deputy Secretary-General will visit the national peacekeeping school and meet with the President and the Foreign Minister of Uruguay, as well as Ministers from other countries attending the Intergovernmental Conference.

HEAVY RAINS AFFECTING UPROOTED SOMALIS

  • The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reports that thousands of displaced Somalis are being affected by heavy rains and flooding in parts of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.

  • In the Somali capital, Mogadishu, the shelters of nearly 3,000 people in a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been flooded. The Agency has distributed plastic sheets, buckets and other items.

  • In Kenya’s Dadaab refugee complex, some 5,000 refugees have lost their homes due to floodwaters. The Agency and its partners have moved them to drier parts of the camp.

  • And in a related development, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has announced that it is opening its first humanitarian transit hub for nutrition supplies destined for Somalia.

  • Situated in Dubai, the new warehouse will help to speed up the delivery of supplies to Somalia.

U.N. REACHES 60,000 PEOPLE WITH FOOD AID IN CAMBODIA

  • The World Food Programme (WFP) has reached 60,000 people affected by flooding in Cambodia with food assistance.

  • It aims to reach 150,000 people – first with emergency supplies, and then eventually with food-for-work and other schemes in a recovery phase.

  • The Programme is working with the Government and relief partners to determine how many people are in need and for how long they will need food assistance.

  • There is more information available on the World Food Programme’s website.

INDONESIA: U.N. REFUGEE AGENCY SADDENED BY DEADLY BOAT ACCIDENT

  • The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says it is greatly saddened by a boat accident earlier this week off the coast of western Java in Indonesia.

  • The passengers included Iranian, Afghan and Pakistani nationals.

  • At least nine people died in the incident, which once again underlines the steps people are willing to take in their search for protection or a better future.

  • The Agency adds that the incident adds urgency to its calls to the international community to cooperate more closely to address irregular migration and provide protection to refugees. This would avert the need for people to undertake such perilous journeys by boat.

U.N. ENVOY WRAPS UP VISIT TO MYANMAR

  • Wrapping up his five-day visit in Myanmar, the Chef de Cabinet and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Myanmar, Vijay Nambiar, said his visit is a signal of the importance the Secretary-General and the United Nations attach to the need for international understanding, encouragement and support for Myanmar’s transition.

  • Mr. Nambiar added that an important purpose of the visit was to directly relay to the Myanmar leadership and other stakeholders the Secretary-General’s encouragement of the important steps taken in recent months to advance the reform agenda led by President Thein Sein, as well as the significant efforts made by all concerned to advance national dialogue and reconciliation.

  • It is of crucial importance, Mr. Nambiar said, for Myanmar’s regional and global standing to maintain the positive momentum that these initiatives have generated. He also said that the release of the remaining political prisoners as part of the recent amnesty process and the enactment of the proposed amend to the political party registration law are steps that can and should be taken as a matter of priority. Continuous dialogue is also needed to bring about peace and development in border areas.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

THE SITUATION IN BAHRAIN; Asked about the situation in Bahrain, the Spokesperson said that the Secretary-General has repeatedly spoken out for leaders to listen to the voices of the people and to understand their aspirations. He added that promised reforms should be implemented quickly.

DEVELOPMENTS IN SYRIA: Asked about developments in Syria, the Spokesperson reiterated the Secretary-General's view that the agreement between Syria and League of Arab States must be implemented fully and without delay. As the Secretary-General said in Tripoli, more than 3,000 people have been killed, and killings on both sides must stop, and to date they have not. It is crucial that President Assad keeps his word.

FLOTILLA HEADS TOWARDS GAZA: Asked about the stopping of a flotilla trying to land in Gaza, the Spokesperson said the Secretary-General is working with all sides to cool things down. He added that there is a need to avoid provocative actions at this time. He reiterated that conditions in Gaza are unsustainable and that the closure of Gaza needs to end so that there can be free movement of people and goods.

WEBCASTING COMMITTEE MEETINGS: Asked about decisions to webcast or broadcast committee meetings, the Spokesperson said that such requests need to come from the committees. The Secretariat has to find funding from finite resources. He added that the Department of Public Information is looking into this issue.

THE WEEK AHEAD AT THE UNITED NATIONS

5 – 11 NOVEMBER 2011

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

Saturday, 5 November

There are no major events scheduled for today.

Sunday, 6 November

Today is the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict.

Today, the Deputy Secretary-General begins a five-day official visit to Uruguay.

Monday, 7 November

Today is an official United Nations holiday [Eid al-Adha].

Tuesday, 8 November

At 10:00 a.m., the Secretary-General will make the opening remarks at a special event entitled, “The right to development at 25: Policy coherence in the global partnership for development,” on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Right to Development. The event is being organized by the New York Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

At 12:00 p.m., in the Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium, Catherine Bragg, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, will be the guest at the Noon Briefing. She will talk to reporters about her recent visit to Central America.

At 2:45 p.m., the Secretary-General will give the keynote address at the high-level briefing for Member States on the UN Global Pulse in Conference Room 1 (NLB). The General Assembly President will give the opening address and the event will be hosted by Robert C. Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning and Policy Coordination.

This afternoon, the Security Council will receive a briefing and hold consultations on the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).

Wednesday, 9 November

This morning, the Security Council will hold an open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.

Thursday, 10 November

Today is the World Science Day for Peace and Development [United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization].

This morning, the Security Council will hold elections for the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Friday, 11 November

This afternoon, the Security Council will be briefed by the Department of Political Affairs (DPA).

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