HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY EDUARDO DEL BUEY, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON
FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
TUESDAY, 31 JULY 2012
SECRETARY-GENERAL TO BRIEF GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON RECENT G20 SUMMIT, TRAVELS TO ASIA AND EUROPE
- The Secretary-General is scheduled to brief the General Assembly at an informal briefing on Tuesday afternoon to follow-up to the recent G20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, and to report on his recent travels to Asia and Europe.
- On this occasion, the Secretary-General will also formally announce the composition of his High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
THOUSANDS SEEKING REFUGE AS SYRIA VIOLENCE CONTINUES
- The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says that with armed violence raging in Aleppo, thousands of frightened residents are seeking shelter in schools, mosques and public buildings. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and other national associations are registering about 300 displaced families a day who are in need of urgent assistance.
- Growing numbers of people from Aleppo are fleeing across the Hatay border into Turkey. Many report difficulties along the route, including snipers and road blocks, which may be hindering others from making the journey.
- Well over 70,000 people have sought formal protection in Turkey since the outset of the crisis, the Agency says.
- Meanwhile, the Jordanian Government estimates that some 150,000 Syrian refugees have entered the Kingdom since March last year.
- In Lebanon, 34,096 displaced Syrians are receiving protection and assistance through the efforts of the Government and UN and non-governmental organization partners.
DARFUR: SECURITY COUNCIL EXTENDS MANDATE OF U.N.-AFRICAN UNION MISSION
- The Security Council adopted a resolution on Tuesday morning extending the mandate of the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) by a year.
- The Council decided, following the Secretary-General’s recent report, that UNAMID’s uniformed personnel will be reconfigured so that UNAMID shall consist of up to 16,200 military personnel, 2,310 police personnel and 17 formed police units of up to 140 personnel each.
- The resolution was adopted with 14 votes in favour and one abstention (from Azerbaijan).
- On Monday afternoon, the Council President issued a press statement in which the members of the Security Council restated their demands for the full restoration of constitutional order in Guinea-Bissau. Council members called on all political actors and civil society to engage in a consensual, inclusive and nationally-owned transition process and in a genuine dialogue.
U.N. ENVOY URGES IRAQ TO REFRAIN FROM VIOLENCE REGARDING CAMP ASHRAF
- Martin Kobler, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, attended a meeting on Tuesday on the issue of Camp New Iraq (formerly Camp Ashraf). At that meeting, Mr. Kobler urged the Government of Iraq to refrain from violence under any circumstances and to be generous when it comes to the humanitarian needs of the camp’s residents. The United Nations supports only a peaceful, humanitarian solution to the issue of Camp New Iraq.
- At the same time, he urged the residents of Camp New Iraq to begin preparations for the next move to Camp Hurriya without delay. Especially vulnerable persons and minors should be included in the next group.
- He added that the United Nations has gone every extra mile and will continue to leave no stone unturned to fulfill this humanitarian mission.
SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS U.N. MULTILINGUALISM COORDINATOR
- The Secretary-General has today appointed Under-Secretary-General Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal as Coordinator for Multilingualism.
- These functions are in addition to Mr. Launsky-Tieffenthal’s responsibilities as head of the Department of Public Information (DPI).
U.N. MISSION IN D.R. CONGO ACTING TO PROTECT CIVILIANS: Asked about M23 advances in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Spokesperson said that the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the country (MONUSCO) was taking action to protect civilians in the area.
SECRETARY-GENERALURGES GLOBAL UNITY ON SYRIA: Asked about possible General Assembly action on Syria, the Spokesperson said that the Secretary-General has wanted the international community to work together and speak with one voice.