Posted by: APO | 5 October 2007

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING


HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING

BY MICHELE MONTAS
SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON

Friday, October 5, 2007

 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: THOUSANDS FLEE FIGHTING IN EAST

  • The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says over the past week some 5,000 people fled fighting between government forces, renegade troops and rebels in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Most have found refuge at a camp near the town of Goma.
     
  • The agency says that some among the displaced persons traveled on foot for several days to safety. This new influx has brought the total of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the camp to over 80,000.
     
  • The United Nations now estimates that over 370,000 civilians have been displaced in North Kivu since December 2006. The UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC), meanwhile, says that fighting continued intermittently in Karuba, near Goma.
     
  • Yesterday, the Mission strongly condemned the arrest by the Congolese Army of three local officials of the Military Tribunal of Kisangani. The three were arrested sometime last week. They were cuffed, undressed and severely beaten, says a MONUC team who visited them at a Kisangani hospital.

FORCE COMMANDER IN CÔTE D’IVOIRE MEETS
WITH GOVERNMENT AND FORMER REBEL LEADERS

  • The Force Commander of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI), Gen. Fernand Marcel Amoussou, met this week with the leaders of the government and former rebel armies at the Mission’s headquarters in Abidjan.
     
  • They discussed the structure and work of the Integrated Command Centre, which was created to unify the Ivorian military parties, and how it can support the ongoing pre-election identification scheme.
     
  • They also talked about other aspects of the implementation of the Ouagadougou peace agreement.

 U.N. DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME HEAD VISITS AFRICA
 TO ENCOURAGE EFFORTS TO REACH MDG’S

  • The Administrator for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Kemal Dervis, began a 10-day trip to Africa today to encourage renewed efforts in many countries that are not on track to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). 
     
  • He stated that while the leadership to achieve the MDGs must come from within Africa, African countries cannot achieve this alone and must be supported by international organizations and development partners.
     
  • He is visiting three of the four African “One UN” pilot countries: Mozambique, Rwanda, and Tanzania.

 NAIROBI GARBAGE DUMP ENDANGERS CHILDREN’S HEALTH

  • The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is warning about the environmental dangers, especially for children, posed by one of Africa’s largest waste dumps.
     
  • The 30-acre Dandora Municipal Dumping site in Nairobi receives 2,000 tons of rubbish every day.  A UNEP study found that almost half the children living nearby had high levels of lead in their blood or suffered from respiratory diseases. 
     
  • UNEP is calling for urgent action to address the problem, and says it is ready to help the local authorities improve their waste management strategies.

 OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

ETHIOPIAN FLOOD VICTIMS RECEIVE EMERGENCY FOOD AND WATER: In Ethiopia, where nearly a quarter of a million people have been affected by flooding since the rainy season began, the World Food Programme (WFP) has so far provided nearly 2,000 metric tons of emergency food aid, while UNICEF has sent emergency water kits. 


 


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