HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY EDUARDO DEL BUEY,
DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
WEDNESDAY, 27 FEBRUARY 2013
IN VIENNA, SECRETARY-GENERAL NOTES ROLE OF ALLIANCE OF CIVILIZATIONS IN BUILDING BRIDGES, REDUCING TENSIONS
- The Secretary-General has been attended the Fifth Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations in Vienna today.
- In his remarks at the opening of the Forum, the Secretary-General said that, whenever tensions divide communities, the opportunity exists for the Alliance to build bridges and to help people move from conflict to collaboration. He said it was particularly important for the alliance to work where the risk is greatest. The Secretary-General also took part in a press conference.
- The Secretary-General has held a series of bilateral meetings with visiting dignitaries in Vienna, including the Emir of Qatar, the Spanish Foreign Minister and the Turkish Prime Minister. The Secretary-General also met the Foreign Minister of Iran.
- On Thursday, the Secretary-General will meet the heads of UN agencies based in Vienna and UN staff, and will have further meetings with Austrian leaders before traveling to Geneva.
U.N. RELIEF CHIEF BRIEFS SECURITY COUNCIL ON SYRIA
- The Security Council held consultations on Syria and received an update on the humanitarian situation there by the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos.
- Ms. Amos said at the Syria Humanitarian Forum in Geneva last week that people do not feel safe or secure in Syria, and the number of people in need has quadrupled since June last year.
- This afternoon, the Security Council has scheduled consultations on Mali.
D.R. CONGO: U.N. MISSION SHELTER HUNDREDS OF CIVILIANS FOLLOWING CLASHES
- The UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) reports that, earlier today, near its base in Kitchanga, north Kivu, heavy fighting took place between Congolese armed forces soldiers and elements of the Alliance des Patriotes pour un Congo Libre et Souverain (APCLS), an armed group.
- One civilian was killed and nine others were injured.
- One MONUSCO peacekeeper was shot in the arm. He is in stable condition.
- The mission is currently sheltering around 400 civilians at its base in Kitchanga. MONUSCO reports that the situation remains tense in the area.