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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BRIEFING
BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON

Monday, 15 April 2013

There was no noon briefing on Monday, 15 April, but the highlights of events in the U.N. system are posted below. The briefing will resume on Tuesday, 16 April.

SECRETARY-GENERAL DISCUSSES LESSONS IN CONFLICT PREVENTION IN AFRICA WITH SECURITY COUNCIL

  • The Secretary-General spoke at the Security Council’s debate on conflict prevention in Africa this morning, and he said that there are universal lessons in conflict prevention that apply everywhere around the world.
  • To prevent conflicts, he said, we must strengthen democracy, build stronger, more resilient, accountable State institutions, ensure adequate checks and balances, promote the rule of law and work to establish effective democratic control over the armed forces.
  • The Secretary-General noted the importance of holding elections, with more than 20 African countries holding elections this year. The relatively peaceful elections in Kenya were an example of how electoral disagreements can be handled through the legal process without recourse to violence.
  • He also told the Council that it is not enough to reach peace agreements – they must be fully implemented, monitored and enforced. This is clear in the case of the Central African Republic. The violation of the Libreville Agreements by parties contributed to the resumption of conflict and, eventually, the unconstitutional change of Government.

U.N. MIDDLE EAST ENVOY EXPRESSES APPRECIATION TO PRIME MINISTER FAYYAD

  • The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, met today with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to express appreciation for his achievements.
  • “Prime Minister Fayyad has not only been an interlocutor I personally hold in the highest esteem, but also a valuable partner for the international community, including the United Nations”, Mr. Serry said. 
  • The United Nations recognizes that Prime Minister Fayyad had to contend with circumstances that kept constraining the success of the state-building agenda he led together with President Mahmoud Abbas and which is now – in the absence of a credible political horizon – at serious risk. 
  • The United Nations remains committed to working with its Palestinian partners, under the leadership of President Abbas, towards development, state-building and to achieve the long-overdue negotiated two-State solution.

DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL CALLS FOR IMPORTANT U.N. ROLE IN GLOBAL ECONOMIC GOVERNANCE

  • The Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, spoke this morning at the General Assembly’s thematic debate on global economic governance, saying that the United Nations can and should have an important role to play in addressing issues of global economic governance.
  • He said it is important that the G20 and other multilateral institutions continue to strengthen their engagement with the UN on economic governance and other cross-cutting global challenges. At the same time, it is essential to continue efforts inside and across the UN system to enhance coherence, coordination and cooperation.
  • The Deputy Secretary-General also said he hopes to see continued emphasis by the G20 on financing for development, not least by ensuring that Official Development Assistance is not reduced.  Recent disturbing trends must be reversed.  The 0.7 per cent ODA target must be pursued with renewed vigour.

SOMALIA: U.N. ENVOY OUTRAGED BY DEADLY ATTACKS

  • The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia has expressed his shock and outrage at the deadly attacks on Sunday in the country’s capital, Mogadishu.
  • Augustine Mohiga said that Somalia is making remarkable progress toward stabilization and that these strides will not be overshadowed by terrorist acts.

SECRETARY-GENERAL TO CALL FOR REMEMBRANCE OF RWANDA GENOCIDE AND SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS

  • This evening, the Secretary-General will participate in the annual commemoration of the Rwanda genocide at the UN Headquarters.
  • At the annual commemoration, the Secretary-General will express his strong commitment to helping the international community to prevent future tragedies and supporting the victims of Rwanda genocide.
  • He will also emphasize the importance of the responsibility to protect as well as UN human rights mechanisms in his speech.