HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY MARTIN NESIRKY, SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
TUESDAY, 14 FEBRUARY 2012
SECRETARY-GENERAL STRESSES NEED FOR CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY TO BUSINESS LEADERS
- On Tuesday morning, the Secretary-General spoke at the KPMG Summit on the Business Perspective for Sustainable Growth.
- In his speech to business leaders, the Secretary-General said that we need corporate sustainability to be in the DNA of business culture and operations.
- At Rio+20, business and investors later this year in Brazil have a true opportunity to show leadership.
HAITI: SECURITY COUNCIL MEETS PARLIAMENTARIANS, VISITS U.N. PROJECTS
- The Security Council met with Haitian Parliamentarians on Tuesday morning in Port-au-Prince. The members of the Council then received a briefing on military activities at Fort National from the Force Commander of the UN Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).
- They traveled to Miragoane where they will meet with UN Police and see their work with the Haitian National Police (HNP). Council members will then travel to Leogane where they will visit a project by the UN's mission engineering peacekeepers and meet with officials.
- The Security Council delegation is scheduled to meet with President Michel Joseph Martelly later on Tuesday in Port-au-Prince.
SECRETARY-GENERAL TO DEPART FOR VIENNA
- The Secretary-General leaves on Tuesday night for a visit to Vienna.
- He will address the opening session of the Third Ministerial Conference of the Paris Pact Partners on Combating the Afghan Illicit Opiate Trade. He will also hold bilateral meetings on the sidelines of that event.
- The Secretary-General will attend a ceremony to commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.
- He will also give an address at the Hofburg Palace on the theme “Empowering People in a Changing World”.
- While in the Austrian capital, the Secretary-General will meet with President Heinz Fischer and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger.
- The Secretary-General is due back in New York on Friday.
SECRETARY-GENERAL CONDEMNS ATTACKS AGAINST DIPLOMATIC PERSONNEL, PREMISES
- In response to a question on attacks on Israeli diplomatic workers in India and Georgia, the Spokesperson said that the Secretary-General recalled his condemnation of attacks against diplomatic personnel and premises wherever they take place.
- He called on the host authorities to investigate these incidents and bring the perpetrators to justice.
- Asked about any communications between Israel and the United Nations on the bombing and attempted bombing yesterday of Israeli Embassy vehicles in India and Georgia, the Spokesperson said he was unaware of any such contacts, but reiterated the Secretary-General's condemnation of these acts and the need for the host authorities to investigate them and bring the perpetrators to justice.
U.N. CHILDREN’S FUND, PARTNERS READY TO ASSIST IN WAKE OF MADAGASCAR CYCLONE: The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the national office for disaster response and other humanitarian partners are gearing up their relief operation for people affected by cyclone Giovanna that struck Madagascar on Tuesday.
SELECTION OF PEACEKEEPING ADVISORS MATTER FOR MEMBER STATES: Asked about a letter from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, on the selection of Shavendra Silva of Sri Lanka by the Asia Group of Members States to an advisory body on peacekeeping, the Spokesperson said a letter has been received earlier this month. He noted that there was a General Assembly resolution on setting up the body and that the selection of this person was a matter for Member States.
*** The guest at the Noon Briefing was Catherine Bragg, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator.
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