Posted by: APO | 27 October 2007

UN – HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING

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

Friday, October 26, 2007

 BAN KI-MOON URGES GENEROUS SUPPORT FOR CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

  • The Secretary-General welcomes the holding in Brussels Friday of the Donors’ Round Table on the Central African Republic, to mobilize financial resources for implementation of the country’s development programmes. He thanks the European Commission for hosting this important event.
     
  • The Secretary-General commends the Government of the Central African Republic and its partners for the progress made so far in reforming and revitalizing its economy in order to promote sustainable development.
     
  • He calls upon the international community to provide generous support to help the country restore lasting peace through inclusive political dialogue, socio-economic development and strengthened national institutions.
     
  • He reaffirms the readiness of the United Nations to continue to support efforts to stabilize the Central African Republic.

 SECURITY COUNCIL MEETS ON WESTERN SAHARA

  • The Security Council this morning held a meeting with the troop-contributing countries to the UN Mission in Western Sahara. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Western Sahara. Julian Harston, participated in that meeting.
     
  • The Security Council then held consultations on Western Sahara. Both Harston and the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, Peter van Walsum, are briefing on the Secretary-General’s latest report on Western Sahara

NEARLY $6 MILLION NEEDED FOR FLOOD VICTIMS IN BURKINA FASO

  • The United Nations has launched a flash appeal for nearly $6 million to help 93,000 people in Burkina Faso. 
     
  •  This past summer, the West African nation experienced some of its worst flooding in decades.
     
  • Immediate relief efforts addressed the most pressing needs, but additional aid is necessary to help people regain their livelihoods and to improve living conditions.
     
  • The funds will support food security through agricultural programmes, as well as provide health care and safe drinking water and sanitation.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

UNICEF SAYS TRANSFER ATTEMPT OF CHADIAN CHILDREN “TOTALLY IRRESPONSIBLE”: Regarding the case of the Chadian children that had been stopped from being sent to France to get adopted, UNICEF, along with the UN refugee agency, is helping to ensure that the children’s needs are being met. So far UNICEF has distributed high-protein biscuits and toys to the children, and investigations are currently underway to find the children’s family members. UNICEF says that what happened in this case was both “illegal and totally irresponsible.” When children are separated from their parents and their communities through natural catastrophes or armed conflicts, it should not be assumed that they no longer have a close relative living, UNICEF adds.

AFRICAN COUNTRIES COMMIT TO STRENGTHEN STATE CAPACITIES FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE: Following three days of round-the-clock deliberations, delegates at the Seventh Africa Governance Forum, meeting in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, have agreed on a series of recommendations to boost the efficiency and responsiveness of African governments to deliver essential social services to their people.  The “Commitment of Ouagadougou” lays out 11 steps to strengthen the capacities of the state in Africa, including by consolidating the rule of law through ensuring the efficiency, integrity and independence of the judiciary; investing in education; and boosting women’s participation in state-building.  The proposals will be presented at the next African Union Summit.  The Africa Governance Forum is an initiative of the U.N. Development Programme and was convened by the agency’s Regional Bureau for Africa.

THE WEEK AHEAD AT THE UNITED NATIONS

This document is for planning purposes only and is subject to change

Saturday, October 27

In Sirte, Libya, peace talks on Darfur are scheduled to get underway.  The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Darfur, Jan Eliasson, will deliver a message, on behalf of the Secretary-General, at the opening of the talks.

Monday, October 29

This morning, the Security Council is scheduled to hold a private meeting with Troop Contributing Countries to the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), as well as consultations on UNMIS. It is also expected to adopt a resolution on Côte d’Ivoire sanctions.

This morning, the General Assembly’s Third Committee is scheduled to hear statements by Mr. Manfred Nowak, the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; Mr. Walter Kälin, the Representative of the Secretary-General on the human rights of internally displaced persons; and Mr. Martin Scheinin, the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism.  In the afternoon, the Committee is scheduled to hear from Ms. Sima Samar, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, and Mr. Arjun Sengupta, the Chairperson-Rapporteur of the Working Group on the right to development.

Through Wednesday at the U.N. Office at Nairobi, Kenya, the Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee will meet with international, regional and subregional organizations to discuss preventing terrorist movement and more effective border security.

Today and tomorrow in Kigali, Rwanda, the Connect Africa Summit will look at ways to expand the continent’s information and communication technology infrastructure, especially Internet broadband.

Tuesday, October 30

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Economic and Social Council Chamber, there will be an informal, open meeting of the Peacebuilding Commission’s Sierra Leone configuration.

Wednesday, October 31

This morning, the Security Council is scheduled to adopt resolutions on the U.N. Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) and the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS).


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