HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING BY FARHAN HAQ, ASSOCIATE SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
FRIDAY, 24 JUNE 2016
UK TO CONTINUE TO BE ‘SOLID PARTNER’: U.N. SECRETARY-GENERAL
· Earlier today the UN released a Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the UK referendum on the European Union:·
The Secretary-General has followed discussions surrounding the referendum in the United Kingdom closely. The vote to leave the European Union came at the end of intensive deliberations and rich discussions, not just in the United Kingdom, but across Europe.·
Now, as the United Kingdom and other EU Member States embark on the process of charting a way forward, the Secretary-General trusts in Europe's well-proven history of pragmatism and common responsibility in the interest of European citizens.
· At the UN, we look forward to continuing our work with the United Kingdom and the European Union – both important partners.
· The Secretary-General expects the European Union to continue to be a solid partner for the United Nations on development and humanitarian issues, as well as peace and security, including migration.
· He also expects that the United Kingdom will continue to exercise its leadership in many areas, including international development. He very much hopes that this will continue.
· When we work together, we are stronger.
SECRETARY-GENERAL, IN CANNES, CALLS FOR CAMPAIGN FOR HUMANITY
· The Secretary-General arrived in Cannes, France, today after having attended the ceremony marking the signing of the Colombian peace accord in Havana.
· The Secretary-General attended the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, which brings together the leaders of the global advertising industry. In his remarks to the plenary meeting, the Secretary-General asked the industry leaders to create the biggest campaign for humanity: a campaign for the Sustainable Development Goals – the biggest anti-poverty, pro-planet action plan ever adopted. He asked the industry leaders to help us transform a complex and abstract agenda into a personal and emotional story about how we can build a better world.
· Following the speech, the Secretary-General had an opportunity to meet the winners of specific campaigns designed for particular SDGs by young leaders from the advertising world.
· The Secretary-General has since departed Cannes for Paris where, tomorrow, he will have a working breakfast with President Hollande. Before leaving Paris for Kuwait, the Secretary-General will speak at the Sorbonne, where he will receive an honorary doctorate.
U.N. HUMANITARIAN AID CONTINUES IN SYRIA
· A UN inter-agency convoy delivered life-saving assistance yesterday for 37,500 people in need in the hard-to-reach town of Jirud in Rural Damascus. The convoy contained food, health, nutrition and non-food items.
· Another convoy yesterday delivered assistance to some 22,500 people in the Sheikh Maqsood neighbourhood in eastern Aleppo city.
· Since the beginning of the year, more than 900,000 people have received multi-sectorial assistance, including food for at least one month, through inter-agency operations in hard-to-reach areas. This includes assistance for more than 334,000 people in 16 out of 18 besieged locations. This is a significant increase since March, when the number of beneficiaries who were reached stood at 240,000.
· The UN has on 19 June submitted the July access plan to the Government of Syria. The plan requests access to 1.2 million beneficiaries in 35 besieged, hard-to-reach and crossline priority locations. This plan must be approved in full and without any conditions.
PEACEBUILDING AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ARE CONNECTED: U.N. DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL
· The Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, spoke, this morning, at the joint meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Peacebuilding Commission. Stressing the importance of connecting peacebuilding and sustainable development, the Deputy Secretary-General said that more attention needs to be paid to the periods both before the outbreak of violence and at the end of violent conflicts.
· He added that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will not be reached if we are not able to sustain peace in the world, urging for more investment sustaining peace before, during and after conflicts.
NEW UN HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICIAL APPOINTED
· The Secretary-General is appointing Andrew Gilmour of the United Kingdom, as Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights and Head of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in New York.
· Mr. Gilmour succeeds Ivan Šimonovic of Croatia to whom the Secretary-General is deeply grateful for his exceptional leadership and advice on human rights issues and the integration of human rights in peace and security matters.
· Mr. Gilmour is currently Director for Political, Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Human Rights affairs in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, a position he has held since April 2012. During this time, he has been responsible for spearheading the implementation of the Human Rights up Front initiative.