Daily Press Briefing (04 November 2011)
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Daily Press Briefing (04 November 2011)


By the Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General.


The Secretary-General is on his way back from Cannes. This morning, he met with the G20 leaders on the last day of the Summit, where he urged them to deliver united leadership to address the urgent problems of the world economy.

He took part in the morning working sessions and made interventions on food, energy and climate change. He also attended the working luncheon on the adoption of the G20 Communiqué.

Earlier today, he met with the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

And we have issued a readout on that meeting.

We have also issued an overall readout of the SG's participation at the G20 summit.


This morning, the Security Council met in closed session for consultations on Cyprus.

As you saw, the President of the Council and the Secretary-General's Special Adviser spoke at the stakeout after that session.


The Deputy Secretary-General will be travelling to Uruguay from 6 to 11 November to attend the High-level Intergovernmental Conference on "Delivering as One," the UN's progress for fostering greater cooperation and even more efficient teamwork in the field.

The meeting will be an opportunity to share the experiences of the "Delivering as One" approach, take stock of the progress made, and identify challenges. The pilot countries of "Delivering as One" are expected to agree on an outcome statement to send a strong message supporting this approach.

The Deputy Secretary-General will also participate in an event on the Secretary-General's "UNiTE campaign to end violence against women" and attend a special meeting of women Ministers and Parliamentarians of MERCOSUR with Michele Bachelet, the Executive Director of UN Women.

The Deputy Secretary-General will visit the national peacekeeping school and meet with the President and the Foreign Minister of Uruguay, as well as Ministers from other countries attending the Intergovernmental Conference.


The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reports that thousands of displaced Somalis are being affected by heavy rains in flooding in parts of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.

In the Somali capital, Mogadishu, the shelters of nearly 3,000 people in a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been flooded. The Agency has distributed plastic sheets, buckets and other items.

In Kenya's Dadaab refugee complex, some 5,000 refugees have lost their homes due to floodwaters. The Agency and its partners have moved them to drier parts of the camp.

For more information on this, please see the Agency's website.

And in a related development, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has announced that it is opening its first humanitarian transit hub for nutrition supplies destined for Somalia.

Situated in Dubai, the new warehouse will help to speed up the delivery of supplies to Somalia.


The World Food Programme (WFP) has reached 60,000 people affected by flooding in Cambodia with food assistance.

It aims to reach 150,000 people – first with emergency supplies, and then eventually with food-for-work and other schemes in a recovery phase.

The Programme is working with the Government and relief partners to determine how many people are in need and for how long they will need food assistance.

There is more information available on the World Food Programme's website.


The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says it is greatly saddened by a boat accident earlier this week off the coast of western Java in Indonesia.

The passengers included Iranian, Afghan and Pakistani nationals.

At least nine people died in the incident, which once again underlines the steps people are willing to take in their search for protection or a better future.

The Agency adds that the incident adds urgency to its calls to the international community to cooperate more closely to address irregular migration and provide protection to refugees. This would avert the need for people to undertake such perilous journeys by boat.

There is more information on the Agency's website.