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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING

 

 

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

MONDAY, 13 DECEMBER 2010

 

 

SECRETARY-GENERAL TO DISCUSS CLIMATE TALKS IN CANCÚN, WHICH HE SAYS HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL

  • The Secretary-General will meet with Member States in an informal plenary meeting of the General Assembly this afternoon, to discuss the UN climate change negotiations that concluded over the weekend in Cancún, Mexico. He will also talk about recent developments in Haiti and Côte d’Ivoire, among other topics.
     

  • As the Secretary-General made clear in a statement on Saturday, the climate change talks in Cancún have delivered important success for a world much in need of it. Governments came together in common cause, for the common good, and agreed on a way forward to meet the defining challenge of our time.
     

  • He noted that Governments reached agreement on a package of measures to build a low-carbon, climate-resilient future together. The outcomes in Cancún have given us important tools. Now we must use them, and strengthen our efforts in line with the scientific imperative for action. While there is much work yet to do, the success of the UN conference on climate change in Cancún has set the world on the path to a safer, more prosperous, and sustainable world for all.

 

U.N.-AFRICAN UNION TEAM TRAVELS TO SITE OF DEADLY ATTACK IN SOUTH DARFUR

  • An integrated assessment team from the UN-African Union peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) traveled today to Khor Abeche village, located 80 km northeast of Nyala, in South Darfur, following attacks carried out on Friday and Saturday by Sudanese Armed Forces. The team travelled with food and non-food items provided by several humanitarian actors and will later report on its findings.
     

  • The two incidents in the village resulted in two civilians dead and 24 wounded. Four of the casualties remain at UNAMID's level 1 clinic in Khor Abeche.
     

  • At present, approximately 600 of those affected are in front of UNAMID's team site where the Mission is providing them with temporary humanitarian assistance.
     

  • Today, UNAMID peacekeepers conducted patrols to the village and observed Sudan Liberation Army/Minni Minawi combatants in the general area. The current security situation in Khor Abeche is improving, but remains tense.

 

U.N. MISSION REPORTS THAT SITUATION IN CÔTE D’IVOIRE HOTEL REMAINS TENSE

  • Asked about developments in Côte d’Ivoire, the Spokesperson said that the UN Mission there (UNOCI) reports that the situation at the Golf Hotel remains tense. Armed elements from both camps were observed reinforcing positions. The Mission continues to provide security around the Hotel.
     

  • The Special Representative, Choi Young-jin, has said that peacekeepers are under orders to protect Alassane Ouattara’s administration, in accordance with the Mission’s mandate.
     

  • Asked about the Secretary-General’s contacts on this issue, the Spokesperson said that the Secretary-General has spoken to leaders in the region on Côte d’Ivoire, but has not been able to speak to Laurent Gbagbo. Choi Young-jin has reached out to Gbagbo’s entourage as well as to Gbagbo personally.

 

U.N. MISSION SETS UP COMMITTEE TO LOOK INTO OBSTACLES TO CÔTE D’IVOIRE’S PEACE PROCESS

  • The UN Mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) has announced today that it has set up a committee to look into obstacles to the peace process in the country. The committee is headed by the Chief of the Human Rights Section, Simon Munzu.
     

  • Among other things, it will look into obstructions to the work of UNOCI and other international actors.
     

  • The committee was established following Resolution 1946, which the Security Council adopted last October. That resolution calls for an examination of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, including access to the media and incitement to hate and violence.
     

  • The head of the committee told the press today in Abidjan that teams were already at work to collect the relevant information.

 

SECRETARY-GENERAL LOOKS FORWARD TO DISCUSSIONS BY QUARTET ON MIDDLE EAST

  • Asked about the Secretary-General’s position on settlements, the Spokesperson noted that the Secretary-General has reiterated his urging Israel to fulfil its Roadmap obligation to freeze all settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.
     

  • The Secretary-General believes it is more important than ever to promote a negotiated end-game for a two-State solution. He is looking forward to these matters being discussed in the days to come among all members of the Quartet. Asked about a new Quartet meeting, the Spokesperson said there were no indications of a date.
     

  • Asked about the situation at crossing points in Gaza, Nesirky noted that the Secretary-General had welcomed, in his discussions last week with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, the positive development in exports being allowed out of Gaza.

 

DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL ARRIVES IN ZAMBIA TO ATTEND SUMMIT ON ILLEGAL EXPLOITATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES

  • Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro will arrive this afternoon in Lusaka, Zambia, where she will represent the Secretary-General at a Special Summit being held on 15 December on the illegal exploitation of natural resources in the Great Lakes Region.
     

  • The Deputy Secretary-General will deliver remarks at the Summit, which will be attended by Heads of State of the Great Lakes Region. They are expected to adopt a number of measures to combat the illegal exploitation of natural resources.
     

  • The Deputy Secretary-General will hold bilateral meetings with the Zambian Government and other participating delegations. Asha Rose-Migiro will also meet with UN officials based in Lusaka, as well as visit a project being carried out by the UN Country Team.
     

  • The Deputy Secretary-General will then travel to Conakry, Guinea, to represent the Secretary-General at the inauguration ceremony of Alpha Condé, President-elect of Guinea. The ceremony is scheduled to take place on 21 December.
     

  • The Deputy Secretary-General will arrive back in New York on the morning of 23 December.

 

DOZENS OF FOOTBALL STARS SET TO PLAY IN U.N. DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME-BACKED MATCH TO SUPPORT HAITI, PAKISTAN

  • Tomorrow's 8th Annual Match Against Poverty will feature UN Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassadors Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane, among more than 30 international footballers, hosted by the Olympiacos Football Club in Piraeus, Greece.
     

  • Proceeds from the match will go in part to support the people of Haiti and Pakistan. The match will be broadcast live on more than 20 international television networks, including in Haiti and Pakistan.
     

  • In a message to the event, the Secretary General will say that we will not forget the people of Haiti and Pakistan in their time of need.

 

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

OPIUM CULTIVATION SOARS BY MORE THAN 20 PER CENT IN SOUTH-EAST ASIA: Opium poppy cultivation surged by more than 20 per cent in South-East Asia over the past year, according to a new report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). With opium prices remaining high, the potential value for opium production in the region rose to nearly $220 million – an increase of $100 million over the 2009 estimate.

 

U.N. LOOKS FORWARD TO WORKING CONSTRUCTIVELY WITH KOSOVO’S AUTHORITIES: Asked about the elections in Kosovo, the Spokesperson said that the United Nations takes note that the elections in Kosovo were held on Sunday in a largely peaceful manner, and the UN looks forward to continuing to work constructively with Kosovo's authorities in the period ahead.

 

SECURITY COUNCIL REFORM NECESSARY TO REFLECT TODAY’S REALITIES: Asked about Security Council reform, the Spokesperson noted that the Secretary-General has said that reform of the Council is necessary to reflect today’s realities. These matters, he added, need to be decided by the Member States.

 

 

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