Syria resolution: Despite the appeals for united and concerted action to help end the escalating violence in Syria, the Security Council today failed to adopt a resolution that would have threatened sanctions on Damascus, owing to the negative votes of permanent members Russia and China.
Nelson Mandela International Day: The United Nations today marked Nelson Mandela International Day, celebrating the South African leader’s 94th birthday and honoring his contributions to democracy, racial justice and reconciliation with events at its Headquarters in New York and around the world.
UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide; Syria; Somalia; US execution of two persons with disabilities; DR Congo murder trial; United Arab Emirates
UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Adama Dieng of Senegal, currently serving as Registrar of the International
Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), as his Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide.
SG’s travels: The Secretary-General will leave New York later on Monday for a visit that will take him to China and to Southeastern Europe. In Beijing, he will take part in a ministerial conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and in an online conversation with young people and in an event to recognize the role of Chinese people in the “Future We Want” campaign for sustainable development.
Today, the UN announced that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Dr.Asha-Rose Migiro as Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa and Gordon Brown as UN Special Envoy for Global Education.
DSG Travels: The Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, travels today to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he will lead the UN delegation participating in the African Union summit this weekend.
Middle East: During the last 48 hours of the continued ceasefire, humanitarian workers have delivered food to hundreds of thousands of people, repaired water and sanitation infrastructure, re-stocked medical supplies, and some of the 520,000 displaced Palestinians have returned to their homes. However, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator remarked the scale of needs remains “unprecedented in the Gaza Strip.”
Middle East: At today’s informal session of the General Assembly on Gaza the SG remarked that the most recent ceasefire has held since yesterday at 8 a.m. local time. He noted that a durable ceasefire is necessary and UN shelters must continue to remain safe zones. The SG thanked UN staff in Gaza and will fly the UN flag at half-mast tomorrow in memory of those who died in the conflict.
Middle East: The SG commended Israeli and Palestinian parties for committing to a 72-hour ceasefire that took place at 8 a.m. local time today. He urges all parties to abide by the ceasefire and commence peace talks in Cairo to address underlying issues and agree on a durable ceasefire to sustainably stop the violence. The UN lends its full support toward these efforts.
Middle East: The SG condemned yesterday’s shelling outside of an UNRWA school in Rafah that killed at least 10 Palestinian civilians. The SG stated that the attack violated international humanitarian law and UN shelters must continue to be safe zones and not combat zones.
SG: Last night the SG spoke at a joint press conference with the Foreign Minister of Costa Rica where he repeated his call for an unconditional and extendable humanitarian ceasefire. Speaking about yesterday’s shelling of a UN shelter he said: “Nothing – nothing – justifies such horror” and demanded “that all parties immediately respect UN premises”.
SG: The SG met with President Ortega yesterday in Nicaragua where he visited a wind farm and praised the country’s commitment to renewable energy. The SG arrived in Costa Rica today where he is expected to lecture about “Costa Rica and the United Nations: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century”.