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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY MARTIN NESIRKY
SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON

MONDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER 2012

JOINT SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR SYRIA BRIEFS THE SECURITY COUNCIL

  • The Security Council held consultations on Syria on Monday. Council Members received a briefing from Lakhdar Brahimi, the United Nations-League of Arab States Joint Special Representative for Syria. Mr. Brahimi provided an update on developments in Syria when he met with the Secretary-General on Saturday night.
  • In that meeting, the Secretary-General and Mr. Brahimi focused on how to address the appalling levels of violence in Syria and how to progress towards an inclusive political solution that will address the legitimate demands of the Syrian people. They agreed that the worsening crisis in Syria represents a steadily increasing threat to regional peace and security.
  • During their meeting on Saturday, the Secretary-General and Mr. Brahimi also discussed the importance of the presence of world leaders at the United Nations in the coming days as an opportunity to encourage increased support for addressing the grave humanitarian crisis in Syria and its impact on the neighbouring countries.

SECRETARY-GENERAL ASKS WORLD LEADERS TO UPHOLD HIGHEST STANDARDS OF RULE OF LAW

  • The Secretary-General addressed dozens of world leaders at the General Assembly’s high-level meeting on the rule of law on Monday. He said that when we reinforce the rule of law, we support the three pillars of the United Nations: peace, development and human rights.
  • The Secretary-General called on all States to commit to the equal application of the law at both national and international levels. He asked leaders to uphold the highest standards of the rule of law in their decision-making at all times and to accept the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice. And he urged States to sign on to today’s declaration, on what he said is a truly historic occasion.
  • The Deputy Secretary-General spoke to reporters about the day’s events, calling the declaration a breakthrough and noting that States have made some 200 pledges on Monday to support the rule of law.
  • Asked about the application of the rule of law, the Spokesperson said that the Secretary-General has made clear that there cannot be a distinction in the rule of law at the national and international level. The Secretary-General will continue to push for the rule of law, which he believes underpins the pillars of the United Nations.

SECRETARY-GENERAL STRESSES NEED FOR BOLD POLICIES TO REACH OBJECTIVES ON SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FOR ALL

  • The Secretary-General was scheduled to speak on Monday at a high-level lunch event on access to justice for women, where he was expected to ask Member States to make concrete commitments in this area.
  • Later, he was scheduled to speak at the opening of a high-level event on his Sustainable Energy for All initiative. In his remarks, the Secretary-General was expected to announce a number of elements to strengthen his initiative.
  • He was expected to stress the need for bold policies, greater investments and innovative partnerships between the public and private sectors.
  • And after that, the Secretary-General was due to speak at the opening session of the special ministerial meeting of the Economic and Social Council, ECOSOC, on sustainable development.
  • In his remarks, he was expected to remind Member States that at the Rio+20 Conference earlier this year, world leaders acknowledged the need for a more effective multilateral system for sustainable development. He was expected to say that now is the time to follow up and to get down to work, and that there is no time to waste.

U.N. HUMANITARIAN OFFICIAL VISITS SUDAN

  • The Director of Operations for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), John Ging, arrived in Sudan on Sunday.
  • During his mission, Mr. Ging is scheduled to visit the Abou Shouk camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Darfur, and to meet with authorities, donors and the humanitarian community in Khartoum, including on the question of humanitarian access to South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.
  • On Wednesday, Mr. Ging plans to travel to South Sudan, where he is expected to visit Maban refugee camp, which hosts some 100,000 refugees from Sudan’s South Kordofan and Blue Nile States, and he’ll also meet with authorities and the humanitarian community.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

U.N. SAYS MILITARY FORCES SHOULD TAKE ALL STEPS TO PROTECT CIVILIANS IN SOMALIA: In response to questions, the Spokesperson said that in military operations anywhere, including the security operations in Kismayo, Somalia, it is vital that military forces exercise maximum restraint and take all steps to protect civilian lives. 

U.N. SAYS IT IS UNCLEAR WHO WOULD COME FROM GUINEA-BISSAU TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY: Asked whether the Secretary-General will meet a Government official from Guinea-Bissau, the Spokesperson said that it was unclear for now who would come from Guinea-Bissau to this week’s General Assembly meeting.

***The Guest at the Noon Briefing was Tibor Toth, the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). He briefed the journalists on the status of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty as it marks its 16th anniversary.
 

THE WEEK AHEAD AT THE UNITED NATIONS
25 SEPTEMBER – 1 OCTOBER 2012


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

Tuesday, 25 September

Today, the General Debate of the 67th regular session of the General Assembly will open, ending on 1 October.

At 11:15 a.m., in Conference Room 6 of the North Lawn Building (NLB), there will be a meeting on preventing sexual violence in conflict.

At 11:30 a.m., in Conference Room 3 (NLB), there will be a panel discussion on “Towards 2015: Open dialogue with the High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda”, organized by the Permanent Mission of Japan.

At 11:45 a.m., in the Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium, there will be a press conference by Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), and Gabriel Jaramillo, General Manager of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

At 12:35 p.m., at the NLB stakeout, Michelle Bachelet, the Executive Director of UN Women; Zainab Hawa Bangura, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on sexual violence in conflict; and William Hague, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom, will speak to the press.

At 3:00 p.m, in the Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium, there will be a press conference by Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

At 3:30 p.m., in Conference Room 7 (NLB), there will be a panel discussion on “Alternative policy approaches to drug control in Guatemala that seek to be more effective in protecting security and human rights, as well as promoting social and economic development”, organized by the Permanent Mission of Guatemala.

At 4:00 p.m., in Conference Room 6 (NLB), there will be the first meeting of the Secretary-General’s high level panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda.

At 4:00 p.m., in Conference Room 2 (NLB), there will be a high-level event on “Peacebuilding: Way Towards Sustainable Peace and Security” convened by the Prime Minister of Bangladesh in its capacity as chair of the Peacebuilding Commission.

At 4:00 p.m., in the Economic and Social Council Chamber (NLB), there will be a meeting on “Women, disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control”.

At 6:00 p.m., at the NLB stakeout, the three Co-Chairs of the Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda will speak to the press.

At 7:00 p.m., in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), there will be a special event on “Every Woman Every Child”.

Wednesday, 26 September

At 9:00 a.m., in Conference Room E (NLB), there will be a meeting of the Pacific Island Forum States.

At 9:00 a.m., in Conference Room 4 (NLB), there will be a high-level event on “Shared responsibility and global solidarity –– Leveraging the AIDS response for Africa’s sustainable development”, organized by the President of the Republic of Benin, Chair of the African Union, in collaboration with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

At 10:00 a.m., in the Economic and Social Council Chamber (NLB), there will be a high-level meeting on the Sahel at the ministerial level.

At 10:00 a.m., in Conference Room 4 (NLB), there will be a meeting on “Sourcing sustainable solutions for the AIDS response in Africa: shared responsibility and global solidarity”.

At 10:30 a.m., in the Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium, there will be a press conference by the Convention for biological diversity.

At 11:00 a.m., in Conference Room 2 (NLB), there will be a high-level event on “The New Deal: g7+ perspectives and experiences”, co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Afghanistan, Liberia and Timor-Leste.

At 12:00 p.m., in Conference Room 6 (NLB), there will be a meeting on the final report of the UN Commission on Lifesaving Commodities for Women and Children and the first annual report of the Independent expert review group.

At 1:15 p.m., in the Economic and Social Council Chamber (NLB), there will be a high-level meeting to launch the Secretary General's global Education First initiative.

At 1:15 p.m., in Conference Room 3 (NLB), there will be a high-level event on “Freedom of religion or belief: An individual’s choice”, co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Canada, the Netherlands and Senegal.

At 1:15 p.m., in Conference Room 5 (NLB), there will be a high-level event on “Seeking justice through informal and customary systems”, co-organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women) and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Germany.

At 2:45 p.m., the Security Council will hold a high-level meeting on Peace and Security in the Middle East.

At 3:00 p.m., in Conference Room 3 (NLB), there will be a parliamentary meeting on “Parliaments and the rule of law: Toward justice for all”, co-organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), with the sponsorship of the Permanent Mission of Italy.

At 3:40 p.m., in Conference Room 6 (NLB), there will be a Secretary General’s Mini Summit on Somalia.

At 4:00 p.m. in Conference Room E (NLB), there will be a meeting of the Millennium Development Goals Advocates.

Thursday, 27 September

Today is World Tourism Day.

Today is World Maritime Day.

At 9:00 a.m., in the Economic and Social Council Chamber (NLB), there will be a high-level meeting on eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

At 10:00 a.m., in Conference Room 4 (NLB), there will be a ministerial meeting in support of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), co-organized by the Friends of the CTBT (Australia, Canada, Finland, Japan and the Netherlands) and the Co-Chairs of the Article XIV Conference of the CTBT (Mexico and Sweden).

At 10:00 a.m., in Conference Room 7 (NLB), there will be an event on death penalty.

At 10:00 a.m., in Conference Room 5 (NLB), there will be a high-level event on “The civil society and the education on human rights as a tool for promoting religious tolerance”, co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Italy and Jordan.

At 10:00 a.m., at the Millennium United Nations Plaza Hotel, there will be a high-level event on “Multilateral partnership in MDG’s acceleration: Experience from implementation of Nigeria’s MDGs Conditional Grant Scheme at the subnational Level” co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Nigeria and the United Nations Millennium Campaign.

At 11:00 a.m., at the Permanent Mission of Turkey (821 United Nations Plaza, 8th Floor), there will be a high-level launch of the United Nations guidance for effective mediation, co-organized by the Executive Office of the Secretary General and the Permanent Missions of Finland and Turkey, on behalf of the Group of Friends of Mediation.

At 12:00 p.m., Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), will be the guest at the Noon briefing.

At 12:30 p.m., in the Economic and Social Council Chamber (NLB), there will be a meeting on the “Legacy of Polio”.

At 1:15 p.m., in Conference Room 6 (NLB), there will be a high-level launch of the publication “Powerful synergies: Gender equality, economic development and environmental sustainability”, co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Kenya and Nigeria, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Millennium Campaign.

At 3:00 p.m., in Conference Room 4 (NLB), there will be a high-level meeting on scaling up nutrition.

At 3:00 p.m., in Conference Room 6 (NLB), there will be a meeting on water and food security, organized by the Permanent Mission of Qatar.

At 4:00 p.m., in Conference Room 3 (NLB), there will be a high-level meeting on Sudan and South Sudan.

At 6:30 p.m., in the Economic and Social Council Chamber (NLB), there will be a side event on poverty.

Friday, 28 September

Today is World Rabies Day.

At 9:00 a.m., in the General Assembly Hall, there will be a high-level meeting on countering nuclear-terrorism, with a focus on strengthening the legal framework.

At 3:15 p.m., in Conference Room 2 (NLB), there will be a high-level interactive presentation on “Transnational organized crime in Central America and the Caribbean: A threat assessment”, co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Italy and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

At 5:00 p.m., in Conference Room 7 (NLB), there will be a meeting of the Secretary-General’s Group of Friends of Myanmar.

Saturday, 29 September

Today is World Heart Day.

Sunday, 30 September

There are no major events scheduled for today.

Monday, 1 October

Today is World Habitat Day.

Today is the International Day of Older Persons.

Today, the General Debate of the 67th regular session of the General Assembly will end.

Today, Guatemala will assume the rotating Presidency of the Security Council for October.

At 10:00 a.m., in Conference Room 3 (NLB), there will be a Conference on Small States, organized by the Forum of Small States (FOSS), on the occasion of its twentieth anniversary.

At 10:00 a.m., in Conference Room 6 (NLB), there will be a panel discussion on “The inclusive city: Management of diversity at the local level”, co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Italy and the Alliance of Civilizations.

At 3:00 p.m., in Conference Room 2 (NLB), there will be a high-level meeting on “Fifteen years of the Chemical Weapons Convention: Celebrating success. Committing to the future”, convened by the Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

At 3:00 p.m., in Conference Room 6 (NLB), there will be a high-level working session on “Urban futures: South meets North” on the occasion of World Habitat Day and the International Day of Older Persons. It will be co-organized by the International Council for Caring Communities (ICCC) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).