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United Nations Daily Highlights, 09-08-04

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From: The United Nations Home Page at <http://www.un.org> - email: unnews@un.org

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING

UN

HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK

During August, the Spokesperson's noon briefings will only take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Developments within the UN system will be posted daily on this website daily throughout this period.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

SECURITY COUNCIL AGREES ON AUGUST WORK PROGRAMME

The

Security Council this morning agreed on its programme of work for August, in its first consultations this month under the United Kingdoms Security Council Presidency.

Then, this afternoon at 3:00, the Council expects to vote on a resolution concerning children and armed conflict.

SECURITY COUNCIL TO HEAR BRIEFING ON IRAQ, SUDAN AND DR CONGO

After that, Council members will receive their first briefing from the Secretary-Generals new Special Representative for Iraq, Ad Melkert. Melkert will discuss the Secretary-Generals recent

report on the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI). Council members are to discuss Iraq in an open meeting followed by consultations.

In its closed consultations, the Security Council will also hear from Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain Le Roy on Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

HUMAN RIGHTS CHIEF IS CONCERNED BY NIGERIA VIOLENCE

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights today expressed deep

concern over reports of violence in northern Nigeria, following reported attacks by the Boko Haram sect. High Commissioner Navi Pillay was particularly worried by accounts of civilians being killed during the fighting, as well as displacement and wide-scale arrests and detentions.

Pillay recognizes that the Nigerian Government faced a major crisis, with fighting taking place right in the heart of state capitals. But at the same time, she hopes that the Government makes every effort to achieve security with full adherence to legality and respect for human rights. She stresses that every effort should be made to avoid unlawful killings and arbitrary arrests and detentions.

The High Commissioner also calls upon the Government of Nigeria to fully investigate all incidents and hold those responsible to account.

BURKINA FASO PEACEKEEPERS DEPLOY IN DARFUR

A first group of 134 peacekeepers from Burkina Faso arrived today in Darfur to serve with the UN/African Union Mission there (UNAMID). Another 133 are expected next Tuesday. This first group will deploy in and around El Geneina, the capital of West Darfur, and in Foro Baranga, some 300 kilometres from El Geneina.

When fully deployed in September, the total number of Burkina Faso peacekeepers with UNAMID will exceed 800. That country's contribution to UNAMID includes military observers, staff officers and one liaison officer.

Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

United Nations, S-378

New York, NY 10017

Tel. 212-963-7162

Fax. 212-963-7055


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