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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY EDUARDO DEL BUEY,
DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON

WEDNESDAY, 12 JUNE 2013

 

SECRETARY-GENERAL TO TRAVEL TO CHINA NEXT WEEK

  • The Secretary-General will depart New York on Monday, 17 June, for China, where he is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday, 18 June.
  • He will hold meetings with President Xi Jinping, Premier of the State Council Li Keqiang, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and State Councilor Yang Jiechi, among other officials, to discuss issues of common interest.
  • The Secretary-General will visit a peacekeeping training centre of the Ministry of National Defense in Beijing, as well attend a workshop on clean energy held by China’s Industrial Energy Conservation and Clean Production Association and hold talks with Xie Zhenhua, Vice Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission.
  • The Secretary-General will also meet with business leaders who are participating in the Global Compact Network in China.
  • The Secretary-General will return to New York on the morning of Friday, 21 June.

SECURITY COUNCIL BRIEFED ON THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL TRIBUNALS

  • The Security Council held an open meeting on Wednesday on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).
  • The Council was briefed by Theodor Meron, the President, and Serge Brammertz, the Prosecutor, of the former Yugoslavia tribunal.
  • From the Rwanda tribunal, the Council heard from Vagn Joensen, its President, and Hassan Bubacar Jallow, its Prosecutor.

SECRETARY-GENERAL SAYS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES NEED TO MOBILIZE PEOPLE BY EMBRACING THEIR CULTURE

  • The Secretary-General spoke to the General Assembly on Wednesday on culture and sustainable development. He said that development programmes need to take cultural settings into account and mobilize people by embracing their culture.
  • He also said culture is at the top of the sustainable development agenda as emerging countries are looking for ways to sustain and accelerate their growth and write the next chapter of their development.

U.N. HUMANITARIAN CHIEF TO VISIT NIGERIA THIS WEEK

  • Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, will travel to Nigeria from Thursday until Saturday.
  • During her stay in the capital Abuja, Ms. Amos is scheduled to meet senior government officials, including the Vice President of Nigeria, as well as senior representatives of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Nigerian business community and the UN Country Team to discuss disaster preparedness.
  • Ms. Amos also plans to visit four States that were severely affected by the floods last year and are now preparing for this year’s rainy season.

U.N. LABOUR AGENCY CALLS FOR ACTION TO ELIMINATE CHILD LABOUR IN DOMESTIC WORK

  • The International Labour Organization (ILO) says in a new report issued today that an estimated 10.5 million children worldwide are serving as domestic workers in people’s homes, in hazardous and sometimes slave-like conditions.
  • According to this report, six and a half million of these child labourers are aged between five and 14 years-old and more than 71 per cent are girls.
  • The report, launched to mark World Day against Child Labour, calls for concerted and joint action at national and international levels to eliminate child labour in domestic work.

THIRTY-EIGHT COUNTRIES HAVE MET TARGETS IN FIGHT AGAINST HUNGER, U.N. FOOD AND AGRICULTURE AGENCY SAYS

  • The Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, confirmed on Wednesday that thirty-eight countries have met internationally-established targets in the fight against hunger, chalking up successes ahead of a deadline set for 2015.
  • FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has said that these countries are proof that with strong political will and cooperation, it is possible to eliminate hunger rapidly.
  • Mr. Graziano da Silva urged all countries to keep up the momentum, aiming for the complete eradication of hunger, in keeping with the Zero Hunger Challenge launched in 2012 by the Secretary-General.
  • He added that although hunger has declined over the past decade, 870 million people are still malnourished.

APPOINTMENT OF NEW U.N. ENVOY FOR CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

  • The Secretary-General has appointed Lieutenant General Babacar Gaye of Senegal as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office for the Central African Republic (BINUCA) based in Bangui, Central African Republic.  Lieutenant General Gaye succeeds Ms. Margaret Vogt of Nigeria.
  • Lieutenant General Gaye is currently serving as Assistant Secretary-General and Military Adviser for Peacekeeping Operations.

SECRETARY-GENERAL SAYS JOURNALISTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO WORK FREE FROM FEAR

  • Asked about the difficulties reportedly faced by journalists covering the events in Turkey, the Deputy Spokesperson said that the Secretary-General has said repeatedly that media professionals should be able to practice their trade free from the fear of persecution or prosecution.

*** The Guest at the Noon Briefing was Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.  She briefed reporters on the annual report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict.