HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING BY STEPHANE DUJARRIC,
SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
FRIDAY, 26 DECEMBER 2014
SECRETARY-GENERAL CONDEMNS ATTACK AGAINST A.U. MISSION IN SOMALIA
- In a statement issued today, the Secretary-General strongly condemned yesterday’s attack on the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) base camp in the Mogadishu International Airport, which resulted in the death of a number of AMISOM soldiers and civilian contractors.
- The Secretary-General has conveyed his sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives, and wishes a swift recovery for the injured.
- The Secretary-General also commended AMISOM for its quick response to the attack. He is relieved that all UN staff are safe and expresses his solidarity with AMISOM and UN personnel working for peace in Somalia.
- The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, joined the Secretary-General to reaffirm the UN’s resolve to support the Government and people of Somalia in their continuing journey toward peace and stability.
SUDAN: SANCTIONING OF U.N. STAFF UNACCEPTABLE, WARNS SECRETARY-GENERAL
- In another statement issued yesterday, the Secretary-General condemned the Government of Sudan's decision to expel the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator, and the Country Director of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).
- He added that sanctioning of UN personnel sent to Sudan to carry out their duties in accordance with the UN Charter is unacceptable.
- The Secretary-General called on the Government of Sudan to reverse its decision immediately and urges it to cooperate fully with all UN entities present in Sudan.
THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE DISCPLACED BY FLOODING IN INDONESIA
- The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that according to the Indonesian disaster management authority, an estimated 78,800 people have been displaced by floods in Ache province last week.
- In West Java province, some 14,200 people have been displaced by flooding in Bandung district. Local authorities are currently handling the emergency response and international humanitarian partners stand ready to support should any additional assistance be required.
U.N. MARKS 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF INDIAN OCEAN TSUNAMI
- Commemorating the tenth anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami yesterday, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) commended the people of Aceh, Indonesia’s western-most province, for their resilience and their achievements in rising from devastation.
- For UNICEF, the emergency response to the tsunami, particularly in Aceh, where 170,000 people were killed and 800 kilometres of coastline devastated, remains one of the largest humanitarian operations in the organization’s history.
- The unprecedented support and financial contributions by individual and corporate donors helped UN agencies such as UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) roll out one of the most complex and wide-reaching emergency operations ever mounted.
- UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos and head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Margareta Wahlström today attended commemorative events in Phuket, Thailand.
- At an event looking at how far the world has come in the ten years, Ms. Amos noted that the tsunami illustrated that help is needed before, during and after a disaster hits
- Noting that the impact of long-term help in Thailand is evident today, Ms. Amos added that the Government and partners have worked to rebuild communities and help them better prepare for future shocks.