HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK
This morning, the Security Council adopted a resolution imposing sanctions on Eritrea. The text bans weapons sales to and from the country and imposes travel restrictions on the country's political and military leadership. It also freezes their assets.
The Security Council also adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, (MONUC), until May 31st 2010. The text also requests the Secretary-general to conduct a strategic review of the situation in the country and of MONUC’s progress toward achieving its mandate.
Council members also held consultations on Guinea.
BAN KI-MOON APPOINTS NEW DEPUTY ENVOY IN D.R. CONGO
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Fidele Sarassoro of Côte D’Ivoire as his Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, (MONUC).
He will also serve as United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator. He succeeds Ross Mountain of New Zealand. The Secretary-General is grateful to Mr. Mountain for his excellent leadership and dedicated humanitarian service, and for his contribution to improved coordination of the United Nations system in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Since 2006 Mr. Sarassoro has served as United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative in Ethiopia, where he spearheaded the establishment of a high-level coordination mechanism to address access and humanitarian delivery issues.
BAN KI-MOON APPOINTS NEW DEPUTY ENVOY IN IRAQ
Also today, the Secretary-General announced the appointment Jerzy Skuratowicz of Poland as his Deputy Special Representative for Iraq. Mr. Skuratowicz will head the Political, Electoral and Constitutional support component of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, (UNAMI). He will replace Andrew Gilmour, who has taken up a new appointment as the UN’s Head of Office in Belgrade. The Secretary-General is grateful to Mr. Gilmour for his dedicated service and commitment to assisting the people of Iraq.
Mr. Skuratowicz currently serves as the Deputy Regional Director a.i., for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Africa Sub-Regional Office for Western and Central Africa.
WEBSITE ON CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE LAUNCHED
The Department of Field Support, (DFS) has launched a new section within the Conduct and Discipline Unit’s website, to make publicly available aggregated data on misconduct in peacekeeping operations and special political missions, from 2007 to 2009.
This information is being made publicly available in accordance with the General Assembly resolution that requests, “the implementation of an effective outreach programme to explain the policy of the United Nations against sexual exploitation and abuse and to inform the public on the outcome of all such cases involving peacekeeping personnel, including cases where allegations are ultimately found to be legally unproven”.
This information can be accessed at the CDU website: http://cdu.unlb.org/under “statistics”. Please, note that this is a first stage and a work in progress. The Department of Field Support will continue to work on improving the content of the page and welcomes any feedback.
REFUGEE AGENCY ISSUES GUIDELINES TO COUNTER DISCRIMINATION, INTOLERANCE
The UN refugee agency has outlined a strategy for countering racism and xenophobia, which the organization says is a frequent cause of flight and which can threaten UNHCR's efforts to protect asylum seekers, refugees and the stateless.
Changing intolerant attitudes is a task too great for one organization to achieve on its own. To successfully combat racism and xenophobia, the guidelines call for the engagement of a broad range of groups such as governments, law officers, UN bodies, non-governmental organizations and the media.
SECRETARY-GENERAL TO TAKE SOME HOLIDAY REST IN NEW YORK: Just to come back to the question about the Secretary-General’s holiday plans. I checked with him this morning. My hunch was right. He will be taking some rest over this coming long weekend. He’ll be at home here in New York with some of his family. He’ll be back at work on Monday.
NO SECURITY BREACH IN THE RESIDENCE OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL: Asked about an alleged unauthorized attendee at an event in the Secretary-General's residence last night, the Spokesperson said there was no security breach at the Secretary-General's residence. Though the security arrangements of the Secretary-General cannot be discussed in details, the Spokesperson gave the assurance that the security detail of the Secretary-General is extremely rigorous and work very hard for the Secretary-General's safety.
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