HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING

BY STEPHANE DUJARRIC
ASSOCIATE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
 OF THE UNITED NATIONS

UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK

Friday, January 23, 2004 

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IN DAVOS, ANNAN STRESSES NEED TO REBALANCE WORLD AGENDA

  • The Secretary-General told the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, today that, in just a few short years, the prevailing atmosphere has shifted from a belief in the near-inevitability of globalization to a deep uncertainty about the very survival of our global order.

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SECRETARY-GENERAL DISCUSSES ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONCERNS

  • In the margins of the forum, the Secretary-General had a full program of bilateral meetings.
  • He met with Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, and discussed with him Israel’s separation barrier, which he sees as an obstacle to the Road Map for peace.
  • In separate meetings with Shalom and with Palestinian Foreign Minister Nabil Shaath, he discussed conditions for resuming the Israeli-Palestinian dialogue and raised the matter of the pending advisory opinion of the World Court on the separation barrier, as requested by the General Assembly.

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