HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY EDUARDO DEL BUEY, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
THURSDAY, 5 JULY 2012
FIGHT AGAINST POVERTY BECOMES “MORE URGENT EACH DAY” SAYS SECRETARY-GENERAL
- The Secretary-General addressed the Development Cooperation Forum at UN Headquarters on Thursday morning.
- The Secretary-General told the meeting that the international community has a shared calling: to lift people out of poverty and support long-term sustainable development.
- He said the task becomes more urgent each day as inequality between and within countries continues to rise.
- He added that governments alone cannot get the job done and that the active involvement and support of all major groups of civil society is needed.
U.N. PROUD TO HAVE HELPED IN CREATION OF INDEPENDENT LIBYA
- The Secretary-General has said that the United Nations is proud to have assisted in the birth of an independent Libya.
- In a video message to the Libyan people ahead of the 7 July election, he said voting for a new National Congress was a right they had been denied for more than four decades.
- He added that the election is a milestone in Libya’s long march toward democracy and “truly, a moment for national celebration”.
SECRETARY-GENERAL DISCUSSES MALI CRISIS WITH QATAR AND SAUDI ARABIA LEADERS
- The Secretary - General on Tuesday called His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar and on Wednesday, His Majesty King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, King of Saudi Arabia and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to share his concern over worsening security and humanitarian situation in Northern Mali and the wider Sahel region.
- They discussed the deeply regrettable destruction by Islamist rebel groups of holy sites in the ancient city of Timbuktu and exchanged views on steps that could be taken to stop these unjustified attacks, including through the mobilisation of religious leaders in the Islamic community.
- They also discussed with concern the ongoing violence in Syria and the need to find an urgent solution.
SECURITY COUNCIL CALLS FOR SANCTIONS ON MALI
- On Thursday morning the Security Council passed a resolution calling for sanctions against groups in Mali that are linked to Al-Qaeda.
- Resolution 2056 notes the increased terrorist threat and calls on Member States to “undertake measures to prevent the proliferation of all arms” in the Sahel region.
- The resolution also expresses “serious concern about the insecurity and rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation” in the region.
- And the Council condemned the desecration of sites of holy, historic and cultural significance.
- On Thursday, the Security Council was also due to discuss the Secretary-General’s reports on Sudan and South Sudan as well as the situation in Burundi and the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus.
U.N REITERATES OPPOSITION TO MILITARISATION OF SYRIA CONFLICT
- Asked about the situation in Syria, the Deputy Spokesperson said that the Secretary-General, Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan, and General Robert Mood of the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) have all stated that militarization by all sides is not conducive to the peaceful resolution of the conflict.
- Del Buey added that the Secretary-General has long called for all parties to stop the violence and begin a political dialogue.
**** The guest at the Noon Briefing was Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict. Ms.Coomaraswamy who briefed the media on her recent trip to Myanmar and the signing of an action plan to release children from the Myanmar Armed Forces.