Daily Press Briefing - Secretary-SG in Rio, Iran, Security Council, Myanmar
Briefing by Eduardo del Buey, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
SG IN RIO This morning in Rio de Janeiro, the Secretary-General met with representatives of civil society and then attended a side event on energy, gender and economic growth. And at that event, he noted that women still suffer terrible exclusion in too many parts of the world, with energy poverty taking an especially heavy toll on women. The Secretary-General then participated in a side event on Green Growth for All, where he said that when we invest in green growth, we benefit the economy and the environment. From there he attended an event on youth, where he said that young people want policies that respect people and our planet, and want to know that world leaders are on their side. The Secretary-General is also meeting many world leaders on the margins of the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, and we will provide details of those meetings as we get them. He will also participate in a large number of events throughout the day, and his remarks at those events will be available in my office and online. IRAN I was asked yesterday about the Secretary-General's views on the just-concluded talks in Moscow between the E3+3 and Iran. The Secretary-General regrets that the E3+3 and the Islamic Republic of Iran were unable to reach agreement on concrete and reciprocal measures at their meeting in Moscow. The Secretary-General hopes that, in advance of the forthcoming technical and political meetings, the parties strengthen their resolve to quickly achieve a negotiated solution that restores international confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear programme. In this connection, the Secretary-General appeals to the parties to resume their diplomatic engagement with renewed intensity and with the utmost flexibility. And you will have seen that the Secretary-General met with President Ahmadinejad of Iran in Rio de Janeiro yesterday, and the readout of that meeting is available in my office. SECURITY COUNCIL The Security Council is holding consultations today on the UN Disengagement Observer Force in the Golan Heights, as well as on sanctions regarding Sudan. MYANMAR According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), recent violence in Myanmar's Rakhine State has resulted in a loss of lives and livelihoods, and widespread damage to property, including the burning of more than 2,000 houses. The World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed food to more than 80,000 people. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) have helped the Myanmar Medical Association provide healthcare services through mobile clinics. For its part, the UN Refugee Agency has provided plastic sheets, kitchen sets and other items to 900 families.