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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING

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

FRIDAY, 20 JULY 2012

 SECURITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY VOTES TO EXTEND MANDATE OF U.N. MISSION IN SYRIA BY 30 DAYS

  • The Security Council voted unanimously this morning to adopt a resolution that would renew the mandate of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) for a final period of 30 days, taking into consideration the Secretary-General’s recommendations to reconfigure the Mission and taking into consideration the operational implications of the increasingly dangerous security situation in Syria.
  • The Security Council expresses its willingness to renew the mandate of UNSMIS thereafter only in the event that the Secretary-General reports and the Security Council confirms the cessation of the use of heavy weapons and a reduction in the level of violence by all sides sufficient to allow UNSMIS to implement its mandate.
  • The Secretary-General was requested to report to the Council on the implementation of the resolution, Resolution 2059 (2012), within 15 days.

SECRETARY-GENERAL URGES SECURITY COUNCIL, U.N. TO USE ALL AVAILABLE TOOLS TO END VIOLENCE IN SYRIA

  • The Secretary-General spoke to reporters in Ljubljana, Slovenia, today on Syria, saying that the Security Council and the United Nations must do all they can do, using all available tools under the UN Charter.
  • He added that he and the Joint Special Envoy for Syria, Kofi Annan, would press ahead to try and end the violence and abuses in Syria. “We cannot abandon our collective responsibility to enable a peaceful, democratic, Syrian-led transition that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people,” the Secretary-General said.
  • He once more called on all the parties, starting with the Syrian Government and opposition forces, to stop the killing, and especially the use of heavy weapons against the civilian population. 

SECRETARY-GENERAL MEETS WITH SLOVENIAN PRESIDENT, PRIME MINISTER, ASSEMBLY; TRAVELS TO CROATIAN CAPITAL

  • This morning, the Secretary-General met with Slovenia’s President, Prime Minister and President of the National Assembly
  • In an address to the Parliament, the Secretary-General said that Slovenia is a small but crucially important country that has a long and proud history of looking outward.
  • He then travelled to the Croatian capital, Zagreb, where he spoke at an event organized by the Academy for Political Development. He noted that, 20 years ago, Croatia hosted five UN peacekeeping missions, and today it sends its troops out to nine missions around the world.
  • Also in Zagreb, the Secretary-General spoke at the Andrija Stampar School of Public Health and met with Dr. Dzenana Rezakovic, a fellow alumna of the Vista Programme.
  • He then travelled to the Croatian islands of Brijuni, where he will spend most of his weekend.

PEACEKEEPERS ATTEMPTING TO EASE TENSIONS IN EAST DARFUR

  • Peacekeepers of the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) proceeded to Abu Jabra in East Darfur on Thursday after receiving reports of fatal clashes between groups of Rezeigat and Misseriya. The fighting is understood to have been triggered by a dispute over land and grazing rights.
  • The Mission transported local authorities and tribal leaders to the area to hold discussions with the communities and ease tensions.
  • UNAMID is continuing to monitor the situation closely and work with local authorities and traditional community leaders to promote reconciliation.

U.N. HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR FOR SOMALIA SAYS 3.8 MILLION SOMALIS NEED FOOD ASSISTANCE

  • One year after famine was declared in parts of Somalia on 20 July 2011, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mark Bowden, called attention to the plight of 3.8 million Somalis who need assistance.
  • He said that, despite some improvements in food security, the humanitarian situation in Somalia remains critical, with 2.51 million people in urgent need of aid and a further 1.29 million at risk of sliding back into crisis. And he warned that the progress we have made since last year can easily slip backwards if high levels of assistance are not sustained.
  • The revised appeal for all of 2012 is $1.16 billion, half of which has been received.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD AT THE UNITED NATIONS
21-27 JULY 2012

(This document is for planning purposes and is subject to change.)

 Saturday, 21 July

The Secretary-General is on an official visit to Croatia. In the coming days, he will also travel to Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, before concluding his visit to the region in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Sunday, 22 July

There are no major events scheduled for today.

Monday, 23 July

In Geneva, there will be a screening of three features from United Nations Television's award-winning monthly news magazine programme, 21st Century.

Tuesday, 24 July

The Security Council has scheduled consultations on Somalia, Somalia/Eritrea and the work of the Sanctions Committee dealing with resolutions 751 and 1907. In the afternoon, it has scheduled a briefing on the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

Wednesday, 25 July

The Security Council has scheduled meetings to adopt resolutions on Somalia and the UN Mission in Iraq (UNAMI). It has also scheduled an open debate on the Middle East.

Thursday, 26 July

The Secretary-General is wrapping up his trip to Southeastern Europe in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he is to address the Parliament and meet with Government officials, leaders of political parties and representatives of the international community.

The Security Council has scheduled meetings to adopt resolutions on the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) and UNAMID. It has also scheduled consultations on Sudan and South Sudan. In the afternoon, it intends to have a briefing on the UN Office in Guinea-Bissau.

Friday, 27 July

The reports to the Security Council on the UN missions in Abyei and in Kosovo are due today.