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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING

 

 

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

FRIDAY, 5 NOVEMBER 2010

 

 

WE CANNOT AFFORD TO LET RECOVERY FALTER, SECRETARY-GENERAL WRITES IN LETTER TO G-20 LEADERS

  • The Secretary-General will travel next week to Seoul, where he will meet with G-20 leaders and discuss development issues with them. He has sent a letter to the G-20 leaders, describing the consultations he has had with Member States on development.
     

  • He said that, while there may be divergences within the G-20 on some issues, there is one point on which we can all converge: we cannot afford to let the recovery falter at this stage. Otherwise, the world’s poor and the vulnerable will again have to pay an unacceptable price.  He urged the leaders to continue their efforts to sustain economic recovery globally and to lay the foundations for more inclusive, resilient and green growth, including through a concerted focus on delivering the Millennium Development Goals.
     

  • In his letter, the Secretary-General stressed that G-20 nations can contribute to development by addressing vulnerabilities as they emerge; dealing with climate change directly; and addressing food and nutrition security comprehensively.  As the MDG Summit has proven we can and must pull together to ensure a more secure, prosperous and equitable world for all.
     

  • Asked about representation of nations at the G-20, the Spokesperson noted that the Secretary-General intends to speak on behalf of all 192 UN Member States when he attends the summit. He noted that development would be on the agenda of the summit.

 

CLIMATE CHANGE FINANCING OPTIONS FINANCIALLY FEASIBLE AND POLITICALLY VIABLE, SECRETARY-GENERAL SAYS

  • The Secretary-General received the final report of the High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing. The Secretary-General had asked the Group to identify new, innovative and additional sources of financing to meet the goal set by industrialized countries, last year in Copenhagen, of $100 billion dollars a year by 2020.
     

  • He said that the options identified in the report are both financially feasible and politically viable. He said that the Advisory Group has given us a path; it is now up to Governments to consider the options and to act.
     

  • The Secretary-General also said that the report will feed into the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process and that it could help governments in their discussions on climate finance – one of the most difficult areas in the negotiations.

 

SECRETARY-GENERAL URGES GUINEA-BISSAU’S LEADERS TO DEMONSTRATE COMMITMENT TO STABILITY

  • The Security Council this morning heard an open briefing on Guinea-Bissau by the Secretary-General’s Representative for that country, Joseph Mutaboba.
     

  • The Secretary-General’s latest report to the Security Council on Guinea-Bissau says that it is the responsibility of that country’s civilian and military leaders to demonstrate their firm commitment to long-lasting stability for their country. He urges them to forge a national consensus on the best way to ensure the stability of Guinea-Bissau.
     

  • He further appeals to the authorities not to spare any effort to maintain stability and ensure respect for constitutional order and the rule of law, as well as to be resolute in fighting impunity and promoting national reconciliation. He also recommends a one-year extension of the mandate of the UN Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS).
     

  • The Council followed its meeting with consultations, also on Guinea-Bissau.

 

PEACEKEEPER SHOT BY UNKNOWN ARMED MEN IN NORTH DARFUR

  • A peacekeeper for the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) was shot by unknown armed men while on guard duty at a water point in Kutum, in North Darfur.
     

  • UNAMID forces nearby retaliated with gunfire, which forced the perpetrators to flee.   The peacekeeper was rushed to a nearby UN medical centre for treatment and later evacuated to the Mission’s hospital in El Fasher; he is in a stable condition.
     

  • The Mission is appealing to the Sudanese authorities to speedily investigate this incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.
     

  • In response to a question, the Spokesperson confirmed that three crew members working for the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS), contracted to the World Food Programme (WFP), were abducted in Nyala town, in South Darfur, on Thursday. They are all Latvian nationals and are helicopter crewmen. He added that he had no more information at this time.

 

U.N. HUMANITARIAN CHIEF WARNS OF POTENTIAL VIOLENCE BECAUSE OF SUDAN REFERENDUM

  • Valerie Amos, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, is in Sudan, where she said today that the January referendum on the future of Southern Sudan could create new humanitarian needs if violence breaks out. She said that Southern Sudan was at a critical juncture.
     

  • Amos stressed that the already difficult humanitarian operating environment in the South had deteriorated. She noted the worrying trend of increased interference in humanitarian operations by Southern Sudanese state authorities and security forces. Since February, there have been 118 reports of interference, harassment, and restriction of aid workers' access to beneficiaries by state authorities.
     

  • Amos said, “The security of humanitarian staff is essential to carrying out humanitarian programmes, especially as the final stages of a highly political process are unfolding.”

 

HAITI: U.N. AGENCIES CONTINUE TO PREPARE TO RESPOND TO HURRICANE TOMAS

  • In Haiti, UN agencies continue to prepare to respond to Tomas, which has now strengthened to a hurricane, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
     

  • The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that additional emergency supplies and equipment are urgently needed. Tarpaulins and tents in stock only cover 60% of the estimated number of people who could be affected by Tomas.
     

  • On Thursday, more than 2,000 people from the exposed Corail camp for internally displaced persons were evacuated to a nearby building.
     

  • UN agencies and their partners are also continuing their efforts to contain and prevent cholera in the country. The World Health Organization (WHO) says it has sent emergency health kits to Port au Prince which contained medicines to treat 10,000 persons for three months. Other emergency kits were sent to other areas with the capacity to treat between 10,000 to 20,000 persons, also for three months. 
     

  • The World Food Programme (WFP) says that its essential staff are on standby for a rapid response and that a food distribution could start in a matter of hours after the hurricane passed.

 

MILLIONS STILL IN NEED OF IMMEDIATE HELP 100 DAYS AFTER START OF PAKISTAN FLOOD CRISIS

  • Rauf Engin Soysal, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Assistance to Pakistan, says that millions of people there remain in need of immediate help, one hundred days after the flooding crisis began in the country.
     

  • The emergency is far from over, with an estimated 14 million people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Many face serious challenges on a daily basis and need supplies of safe drinking water, food, health care and shelter, especially as the harsh winter begins and temperatures drop in northern Pakistan.
     

  • The humanitarian crisis is still widespread, with displaced people scattered across vast areas and floodwaters still engulfing their homes, particularly in the province of Sindh.
     

  • To date, funding for the UN Floods Relief and Early Recovery Response Plan, which amounts to $1.93 billion, is only 40 per cent funded.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD AT THE UNITED NATIONS[1]
6 November-12 November 2010

Saturday, 6 November

 

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

 

Sunday, 7 November

 

There are no major events scheduled for today.

 

Monday, 8 November

 

The guest at the noon briefing will be Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.

 

The 2010 United Nations Pledging Conference for Development Activities and the 2010 United Nations/Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Pledging Conference for the World Food Programme will be held today in the Economic and Social Council Chamber (NLB).

 

Tuesday, 9 November

 

This morning, the Security Council will hear a briefing and then hold consultations on piracy off the coast of Somalia.

 

At 11:15 a.m., the International Federation for Human Rights (Féderation Internationale des droits de l'homme, FIDH) will hold a press conference to discuss human rights in Iran. Participants include Dr. Shirin Ebadi, 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner, and Mr. Antoine Madelin, International Advocacy Director (FIDH), who will moderate the press conference.

 

Margot Wallström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict will be the speaker at the “Sexual Violence in Conflict” event organized by the United Nations University Office at the UN, from 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in Conference Room 7 (NLB).

 

Wednesday, 10 November

 

The Secretary-General will arrive in Seoul, Republic of Korea where he will participate in the G-20 Summit, tomorrow and Friday.

 

This morning, the Security Council will hear a briefing on the Development Fund for Iraq/International Advisory and Monitoring Board.

 

At 1:30 p.m., the Contact Group on Piracy off the Somali Coast, under the chairmanship of the Republic of Korea (ROK), will hold a press conference. Participants include Mr. Moon Hayong, Ambassador for the International Counter Terrorism Cooperation for the Overseas Koreans and Consular Affairs (ROK); Mr. Bae Hanji, Director of International Security Affairs Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (ROK); Mr. Shin Boonam, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations.

 

Thursday, 11 November

 

Today, the Security Council will hold an open debate on Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 

Friday, 12 November

 

This afternoon, the Security Council will hold a debate on the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).

 

At 1:15 p.m., the United Nations University will hold a presentation entitled “Food Systems and Health in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

 


 

[1]This document is for planning purposes only and is current as of  DATE \@ "HH:mm" 13:15  DATE \@ "dddd, dd MMMM, yyyy" Friday, 05 November, 2010. 

 

 

 

  

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