Syria Mission: In a report to the Security Council on the work of the United Nations Supervisory Mission in Syria (UNSMIS), the SG outlined options for its future orientation. The authorized mission ends on 20 July, with the Council expected to meet before then to decide on its future.
World Population Day; Millenium Development Goals; Cholera upsurge; ICC; Kyrgyzstan; Malian Refugees
World Population Day: The theme for this year’s Day is ‘Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services,’ aimed at highlighting the essential part that reproductive health plays in creating a just and equitable world.
Syria: Noting gross violations of human rights and the ongoing violence there, the United Nations Human Rights Council today condemned the situation in Syria, and urged authorities to immediately implement a peace plan and grant unimpeded access to assistance organizations.
Syria; Libya; UN development cooperation forum to address poverty reduction and sustainability; development financing needs; Somalia; IRMCT; drop in food price index; Human Rights Council updates.
Syria: The United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) will restructure
itself in order to better meet its operational mandate, its Chief Military Observer, Major-General Robert Mood, said today. UNSMIS will consolidate its eight local team site locations, spread out in different parts of Syria, into the regional locations, with monitors and assets moved from locations in Hama, Idlib, and Tartus to boost the Mission’s presence in other locations.
Death penalty; Somalia; Kenya; Iraq; countering racial discrimination and intolerance; child trafficking;
Death penalty: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Member States which use the death penalty to abolish this practice, stressing that the right to life lies at the heart of international human rights law.
Iraq: The SG met with Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki in Baghdad today as well as Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani to review the ongoing security crisis. The SG congratulated Fouad Massoum on his election as Iraq’s new President and remarked that a new government “will strengthen the unity of the country, fight effectively against terrorism and ISIS, as well as uproot the seeds of sectarianism and division.”
SG: The SG met with Israeli President Peres in Jerusalem today to encourage dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians. Speaking to the press with President Peres, he again underlined the need to stop violence and begin dialogue that addresses the root causes of the conflict.
SG: The SG briefed the SC today from Ramallah where he reiterated his message from today’s earlier press conference in Tel Aviv with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to: “Stop fighting. Start talking. And take on the root causes of the conflict.” The SG will continue travelling this week to Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
SG: The SG arrived in Cairo today where he will meet with the Foreign Minister, President el-Sisi and US Secretary of State Kerry to promote the Egypt-initiated ceasefire in the Middle East. Spokesman Dujarric told reporters today that “the overriding messages that [the SG] brings is, first, that the violence must stop, and needs to stop now.”