HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY EDUARDO DEL BUEY,
DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
THURSDAY, 23 MAY 2013
SECRETARY-GENERAL AND WORLD BANK PRESIDENT TRAVEL TO RWANDA, MEET PRESIDENT
- The Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Martin Nesirky, called in from Kigali, where the Secretary-General and the President of the World Bank, Dr. Jim Yung Kim, had arrived today and were about to meet with President Paul Kagame
- They had arrived in Kigali after a visit to Goma in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
- In Goma, the Secretary-General and Dr. Kim visited a hospital that treats victims of sexual violence. The two leaders also spoke to reporters in Goma.
- In Kigali, the Secretary-General spoke at the Rwandan Police Headquarters, and his remarks focused on the fight against violence against women and girls. He also visited a centre for disabled ex-combatants.
- Both Dr. Kim and the Secretary-General visited the Gisozi Genocide Memorial Site, where they were able to lay wreaths.
- On Friday, the Secretary-General and World Bank President will fly to Uganda. That will be the last leg of their joint visit to Africa.
- Asked about rapes committed in 2012 in Minova, the Spokesperson said that the Secretary-General had spoken with President Joseph Kabila of the DRC about the Congolese Armed Forces’ primary responsibility to protect civilians. Nesirky said that the Secretary-General has made clear that there should be no impunity.
SECURITY COUNCIL HOLDS CONSULTATIONS ON SUDAN, SOUTH SUDAN AND U.N. FORCE FOR ABYEI
- The Security Council held consultations this morning on Sudan and South Sudan, as well as the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).
- The Council was briefed by Edmond Mulet, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations.
U.N. HUMANITARIAN CHIEF FINISHES VISIT TO SUDAN
- The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, wrapped up a visit to Sudan on Thursday.
- Speaking to the press in the capital, Khartoum, Ms. Amos said that the purpose of her visit was two-fold:to look at humanitarian operations in the country and to build trust and confidence so that the UN is in a stronger position to help meet the humanitarian needs of people in Sudan.
- While in the country, Ms. Amos met with the President, as well as other senior officials, UN agencies and others, in Khartoum and in Darfur. She saw first-hand the humanitarian situation in Darfur, where she visited the Zamzam camp.
- Ms. Amos stressed that we cannot let Darfur slip off the radar screen of the international community. With 1.4 million people still living in camps, and a majority of the people in Darfur still suffering from inadequate access to basic health care, education and other services, the challenges remain enormous.
- She also said that we also need to change the way we work. After ten years of major humanitarian operations in Darfur, we need to find more sustainable ways of supporting displaced people who have no other option but to remain in the camps. We need to build stronger bridges between humanitarian and development work.
GLOBAL ECONOMY PROJECTED TO SLOWLY GAIN MOMENTUM WHILE EMPLOYMENT GAINS REMAIN WEAK, U.N. REPORT SAYS
- Global economic activity is projected to slowly gain momentum, but employment gains will remain weak, says the UN World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2013 mid-year update, launched this morning at a press conference.
- The report shows ongoing weaknesses in developed economies, which continue to face major risks and uncertainties.
- The Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, Shamshad Akhtar, said that the main priority for policy makers worldwide should be to support a robust and balanced global recovery, with a focus on promoting job creation.