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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING BY STEPHANE DUJARRIC, SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON

THURSDAY, 05 MAY 2016

 

SECRETARY-GENERAL HIGHLIGHTS STRONG PARTNERSHIPS TO IMPLEMENT CLIMATE ACTION

  • The Secretary-General today opened the Climate Action 2016 summit in Washington D.C. Speaking to a diverse group of representatives from governments, businesses, the civil society, academia and philanthropy, the Secretary-General said that to rise to the challenges of climate change, we need strong partnerships at all levels. He added that no sector of society and no nation can succeed alone. 
  • He commend commitment from large emerging economies, high and middle income countries, and nations at all stages of development, including the United States and China, to secure a low-carbon future that can limit global temperature rise and underpin sustainable development. 
  • The Secretary-General said the event, which comes two weeks after 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement in New York, is about solutions – innovation and imagination; collaboration and partnerships between the public and private sectors. 
  • Following the opening session, the Secretary-General spoke to the media with Dr. Jim Yong Kim, the President of the World Bank; Ms. Ségolène Royal, President of COP21; and Mr. Stephen Catlin, Executive Deputy Chairman of the XL Group.
  • Later today, he visited the Brookland Middle School with Mayor Muriel Elizabeth Bowser and see for himself some of the sustainability projects the school is implementing. 
  • Tomorrow, the Secretary-General will leave Washington D.C. for the Seychelles. Following his visits to Seychelles, Mauritius and Madagascar, the Secretary-General will travel to Portugal.
  • In Lisbon, he is expected to meet with President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, Prime Minister António Costa and Foreign Minister Augusto Ernesto dos Santos Silva. He will be back in New York that on Friday, 13 May.  

YEMEN: U.N. ENVOY CONCERNED OVER RECENT BREACHES TO CESSATION OF HOSTILITIES

The Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, spoke to reporters in Kuwait today to discuss the progress of the ongoing peace talks among the Yemeni parties. He noted that the parties have formed three working groups on the political transition, security issues, and issues related to prisoners and detainees; those working groups convened their first meetings this morning.

The Special Envoy said that there have been a number of breaches to the cessation of hostilities yesterday, which he said was worrying. He said that he is carefully following up on the issue with the concerned parties and reiterates that those breaches must not affect the ongoing peace talks. 

Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed said that the cessation of hostilities has enabled humanitarian agencies to conduct their duties freely and to deliver aid effectively. In the governorate of Taiz, for example, drinking water was distributed and a number of health working groups were established to follow up on medical cases and to provide medical services.

SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS NEW SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR GUINEA-BISSAU

  • The Secretary-General today announced the appointment of Modibo Touré of Mali as his new Special Representative for Guinea-Bissau and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS).
  • Mr. Touré replaces Miguel Trovoada of São Tome and Principe, who completed his assignment on 30 April 2016. The Secretary-General is grateful for Mr. Trovoada’s leadership and for the accomplishments of the Mission during his tenure at UNIOGBIS.
  • Mr. Touré served as Special Adviser to the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region from 2013 to 2015. Prior to that, he was the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative ad interim of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Kenya (2013).
  • He worked in 2012 as the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim in the Central African Republic, and served as UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Chad and Ethiopia.
  • He has held high-level positions in the African Development Bank and served as Minister of New Technologies, Telecommunications and Post Office in Mali.

U.N. TEAM CONTINUES INVESTIGATION IN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

  • A team of officers from the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) are on the ground in Kemo prefecture in the Central African Republic.
  • The OIOS team, which has been on location since the third week of April, continues their ongoing investigations into victims of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN and non-UN troops over in that location.
  • OIOS continues to work with Burundian and Gabonese national investigation officers as well as partners from UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). Together they are interviewing alleged victims along with other identified and relevant witnesses.

HUMANITARIAN CHIEFS IN MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA URGE BOLD ACTIONS DURING FORTHCOMING WORLD HUMANITARIAN SUMMIT

  •  Ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), the Humanitarian Coordinators in the Middle East and North Africa today issued a statement, urging global leaders to attend the Summit, listen to the voices of the region, and take bold decisions that will effect change. Leaders must assume their responsibility to find political solutions to end bloodshed, and prevent further suffering, they added.
  • The Humanitarian Coordinators for Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, the occupied Palestinian territory, Syria and Yemen, said that “a staggering 55 million people” in the region need humanitarian assistance to ensure their basic survival, stressing that we all have a shared responsibility to end this tragedy and preserve people’s basic dignity.

U.N. CHILDREN’S FUND CALLS ON EUROPEAN GOVERNMENTS TO STRENGTHEN PROTECTION OF REFUGEE CHILDREN

  • The UN Children’s Agency (UNICEF) has called on the European governments to give children better protection under the revised EU asylum procedures. The new asylum rules drafted by the European Commission are to be debated in the coming days among the EU 28 member states.
  • UNICEF is calling on the European countries to implement timely decisions to avoid exposing children to risk, to assure swift information sharing among member-states, and to harmonise application of the “best interests” principle for every unaccompanied and separated child.
  • According to UNICEF, more than 400,000 children, who applied for asylum in Europe between January and November 2015, are currently in a legal limbo.

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION HIGHLIGHTS HAND HYGIENE IN HEALTH CARE ON INTERNATIONAL DAY

  • In its message for World Hand Hygiene Day today, the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged all health care workers to increase safety through improving hand hygiene and reducing health care-associated infections.
  • According to WHO, an estimated 8 million lives can be saved worldwide every year in hospitals alone by halting surgical site infections and other health care-associated infections.