HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING BY STEPHANE DUJARRIC

SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL ANTÓNIO GUTERRES

TUESDAY, 27 AUGUST 2019

 

 

Noon Briefing Guest
In a short while, Luis Alfonso de Alba,  the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Summit will  give you an update on preparations for the summit.
 
Secretary-General’s trip
The Secretary-General is traveling, he arrived earlier today in Yokohama, in Japan, where he will attend the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development, better known as the TICAD.
Tomorrow, he will take part in the opening session, and we expect that he will meet with leaders present for the event. And you may have a Press Encounter that we will share with you, of course
 
Democratic Republic of the Congo
The United Nations welcomes the announcement of the composition of the Government in the Democratic Republic of the Congo which includes a number of women, this represents a positive development for the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The United Nations looks forward to working with the Government, including through MONUSCO and the UN Country Team, to support the country on its path to sustainable peace, development and stability.
 
Yemen
The Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, has received feedback by both parties on his proposal to implement the agreement of Hudeydah.
Mr. Griffiths confirmed that he received an official response to his proposal by one party while an official response by the other party is pending. He said he is looking forward to receiving the pending official response in the next few days.
The proposal was submitted to the parties for their consideration in the beginning of August of this year with the aim to generate the required momentum to implement important and fundamental steps of the Agreement, and to allow both parties to enter into a broader political process and achieve a negotiated political settlement to the conflict.
 
Security Council
The Security Council this morning heard from Nickolay Mladenov, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Process, He told Council Members, by VTC from Jerusalem, that there’s rising specter of violence in the West Bank and Gaza and warned of possible regional escalation.
He stressed that with the current deadlock in the Middle East Peace Process, the situation on the ground has become an explosive mix of unilateral moves and terror attacks. Mr. Mladenov reiterated the lasting peace can only be based on the idea that Israelis and Palestinians live side-by-side in peace and mutual recognition as both people have right to their own statehood.
And his remarks has been shared with you.
 
IOM
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is launching 5 campaigns to prevent the risks of irregular migration and to encourage informed decision-making among young Central American migrants.
The campaigns will take place in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua.
The five campaigns were developed based on the results of interviews and coordination with local partners to identify the type of information that is most needed by migrants.
The campaigns also promote the use of a website set up by IOM, where users can find information about regular migration channels and opportunities for local learning, work and entrepreneurship.
 
Migrant Shipwreck
We have learned this morning about another migrant shipwreck off the coast of Libya. According to the UN Refugee Agency, at least 40 people are estimated to have drowned.  And about 60 people have been rescued and brought to a coastal town in Libya. The rescue operation, carried out by the Libyan Coast Guard and local fishermen, is still ongoing.
In a Twitter post earlier this morning, a UNHCR spokesperson said we cannot accept these boat tragedies as “normal”. More rescue capacity is needed, he added, as well as greater efforts to give people hope so they don’t risk these dangerous journeys in the first place. Following today’s tragedy, it is estimated that some 900 people have lost their lives while attempting to cross the Mediterranean this year alone.
 
FAO
The Agriculture and Food Organization (FAO) said that almost 5 million pigs in Asia have now died or been culled because of the spread of African swine fever (ASF).
This contagious viral disease was first detected in Asia a year ago this month. According to FAO, while not dangerous to humans, the disease causes up to 100% fatality in pigs, leading to severe economic losses in the sector.
The disease is now present in Cambodia, China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Laos, Mongolia and Viet Nam.
 
Press Encounter
After Security Council consultations are done, the Permanent Representatives of the UK, France and Germany, otherwise known as the E3, will speak to you at the stakeout.