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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY MICHELE MONTAS
SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
Monday, September 24, 2007
BAN KI-MOON COMMENDS
PEACEFUL MYANMAR RALLIES
URGES CONTINUED RESTRAINT
Ki-moon is closely following events in Myanmar. He
peaceful approach the demonstrators are using to press their interests, and he
calls upon the Myanmar authorities to continue to exercise restraint.
hopes that the Government will seize this opportunity to engage without delay in
dialogue with all the relevant parties to the national reconciliation process on
the issues of concern to the people of Myanmar.
Secretary-General, through his good offices mandate, is committed to continue to
intensify his assistance in this process with a view to promoting national
reconciliation, the restoration of democracy and full respect for human rights
CHANGE CALLS FOR CONCERTED GLOBAL SOLUTION,
BAN KI-MOON SAYS AT OPENING OF KEY MEETING
nearly 160 countries, including more than 70 heads of state, are taking part in
a high-level, informal discussion on climate change. The Secretary-General
convened this meeting to give participants an opportunity to exchange views on
the challenges of climate change and how to respond to it.
opening plenary this morning, the Secretary-General stressed that science has
proven that climate change is real, and it is affecting most those who are the
least able to cope.
He called for national
action, with industrialized countries taking the lead in reducing their
emissions and support for adaptation being provided for poor countries.
But national action alone
is not enough, he said. Climate change must be confronted within a global
framework, namely the
UNs climate change process. He stressed the need for a breakthrough at the
upcoming negotiations in Bali, Indonesia, on a successor to the
When todays plenaries
wrap up, the Secretary-General will issue a Chair Summary of the event.
BAN KI-MOON WELCOMES AGREEMENT
BY MONTREAL PROTOCOL SIGNATORIES
The Secretary-General welcomes the agreement reached over the weekend by
the signatories of the
to sign up to an accelerated freeze and phase-out of hydrochlorflurocarbons
(HCFCs), the chemical compound which damages the ozone layer and also
contributes to climate change.
The Secretary-General is especially pleased that this historic agreement
was reached on the eve of the High-Level Event on Climate Change convened by
him on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly.
He notes that international efforts to protect the ozone layer and to
combat climate change are mutually supportive. He also notes that the
agreement reached in Montreal includes a commitment to make sufficient funding
available to implement the strategy of phasing out HCFCs.
The Secretary-General hopes Member States will demonstrate the same
urgency and boldness as they turn to the sources of greenhouse gases.
NATIONS TO OFFSET CARBON EMISSIONS
CAUSED BY CLIMATE CHANGE MEETING
The United Nations will
substantially offset the
carbon emissions caused by today's High Level Event on Climate Change, which
is estimated at about 500 tons of carbon dioxide.
These carbon emissions are
primarily from the energy use for the meeting, the travel of UN staff involved
in the organization of the meeting, special invitees and speakers, and heads of
state and government and ministers who have come to New York only for the
The carbon emissions from
the Event will be offset by a small-scale hydroelectric project located in
Intibuca, Honduras, near the city of La Esperanza. In addition to providing
power stability to the electric grid in the area, this high quality renewable
energy project provides significant local social and environmental benefits,
such as rural electrification and reduced dependency on fuelwood, increased
employment of local people, and improvement of the watershed through
The effort to offset the
carbon footprint of the Event, which will cost $15,800, is supported by the
ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE BEGINS
PLANNING WORK FOR DECEMBER DONOR MEETING
this morning addressed the
Ad-Hoc Liaison Committee, which is chaired by Norway and serves as the main
coordination mechanism for development assistance to the Palestinian people.
Among other things,
the meeting will help prepare for an international pledging conference in
In his remarks, the
Secretary-General said living conditions were worsening for a growing number of
Palestinians. Institutions -- weakened by several years of crisis, by fiscal
uncertainty, and by recent divisions must be rebuilt and reformed if they are
to lay credible foundations for a future State. He added that a political
solution was required to deliver long-term security to Israel.
also said he was particularly concerned for the welfare of the ordinary people
of Gaza, who find themselves and their goods increasingly cut off from the
MEET WITH ENVOY, ARAB PARTNERS
Principals Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, U.S. Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, High Representative for
European Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana, Portuguese Foreign Minister
Luis Amado, and European Commissioner for External Relations Benita
Ferrero-Waldner met on Sunday in New York to discuss the situation in the
They were joined by Quartet Representative Tony Blair.
The Quartet expressed
support for the international meeting on Israeli-Palestinian peace called for by
President Bush in his July 16 statement, according to a
that was read out by the Secretary-General at a press conference following the
He said that Quartet
Representative Tony Blair briefed the Quartet on his meetings and discussions in
the region, and discussed the way forward on the development of a functioning
Palestinian economy, and the institutions of governance that will form the
foundation of a Palestinian state.
The communiqué added
that the Quartet expressed concern over conditions in Gaza. It agreed on the
importance of continued emergency and humanitarian assistance without
obstruction. It expressed its urgent concern over the continued closure of major
crossing points given the impact on the Palestinian economy and daily life, and
also expressed its grave concern over the continued rocket fire from Gaza into
principals later held a working iftar and dinner with their Arab partners.
MEETING OFFERS SUPPORT FOR IRAQ, U.N. MISSION
On Saturday, the
Secretary-General and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki co-chaired a
high-level meeting at the foreign ministers level on
Secretary-General, speaking at a
afterward, said that there was a very positive and supportive tone from all the
participants at the meeting. And there was strong Iraqi support for an enhanced
within the framework of the new mandate in Security Council resolution 1770
He added that th4ere
was an emphasis by many speakers on the key United Nations role in helping to
promote national reconciliation. Neighbouring States pledged their support for a
stronger United Nations role in promoting regional cooperation. In this context,
many speakers also stressed the need for strengthened border security.
GATHERING URGES SUSTAINED
INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT FOR AFGHANISTAN
and Afghan President Hamid Karzai co-chaired on Sunday a
meeting of the countries belonging to the Joint Coordination and Monitoring
Board of the Afghan Compact about
According to a
communiqué issued afterward, the meeting addressed the security situation in
Afghanistan, in particular the increase in violent and terrorist activities by
the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, illegal armed groups, criminals, and those involved in
the narcotics trade against the local population and government, national
security forces and international military and civilian personnel.
Speaking to reporters
afterward, the Secretary-General
said that, while the
participants agreed that the challenges are enormous and difficult, they also
hope that the Afghanistan Government, under the leadership of President Karzai,
will continue to focus their efforts in good governance, eradicating corruption,
eradicating opium cultivation and drug trafficking, and promoting more education
and sanitation and health facilities.
REPRESENTATIVE COMPLETES FIRST VISIT TO SOMALIA
The new Special
Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould Abdallah,
was in Mogadishu over the weekend for a working visit with the leaders of
the Transitional Federal Government. He met with President Yusuf, Prime Minister
Gedi, Honorable Aden Mohamed Nur, Speaker of the Transitional Federal Parliament
and other officials.
Ould Abdallah held
another meeting with Ali Mahdi Mohamed, the chairman of the National
Reconciliation Congress. He called for the full implementation of the outcome of
the Congress and called for broadening it. He encouraged NRC members to pursue
their objectives vigorously.
Ould Abdallah also
held a separate meeting with the local UN staff and commended them for their
courage in discharging their duties in difficult conditions.
AID FOLLOWING INDONESIAN QUAKES: As part of continuing relief efforts following the recent earthquakes in
Indonesia, the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF)
has delivered family tents, school tents, basic household items, anti-mosquito
nets and water purification items to two districts of Bengkulu province.
Similar items were dispatched from its warehouse in Medan to Pesisir Selatan and
Mentawai Islands districts, West Sumatera province. UNICEF plans to deliver a
total of 2,000 bottles of water purification substances in West Sumatera.
IN HISTORIC FIRST,
FOOD AGENCY BUYS LESOTHO MAIZE FOR LIBERIAS HUNGRY:
The World Food Programme (WFP) has
a historic purchase by buying maize directly from a group of small-scale farmers
in Lesotho, the first ever direct purchase in that country. This is a win-win
situation, said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran. It helps provide
income for small-scale farmers while saving money for WFP.
The maize will help feed thousands of poor, hungry children attending
nearby primary schools in the isolated and impoverished district of Qachas Nek.
VISITS RUSSIA: Actor Rupert Everett,
UNAIDS Special Representative, is currently in Russia, where he is
visiting AIDS and Tuberculosis (TB) projects. This is his first official
trip with UNAIDS since being appointed a Special Representative on World AIDS
Day last December. While in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Everett is meeting with
networks of People Living with HIV and activist groups, and witnessing how
effective prevention programmes are set up.
Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, to brief on the success of
the Montreal Protocol on protecting the ozone layer and its relevance to the
multilateral climate change process.
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