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UN Updates: November 20, 2014

*Keywords: SG=Secretary-General, DSG=Deputy Secretary-General


SG: The SG is in Washington D.C. today, where he opened a meeting of the UN Chief Executives Board (CEB), hosted by the World Bank Group. During this two-day session, the heads of the UN system will particularly focus on their coordination on the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.

Ebola: Latest figures from the WHO report a total of 15,145 Ebola-related cases and 5,420 deaths, so far. In the three countries with widespread and intense transmission, reported case incidence is no longer increasing nationally in Guinea and Liberia, but is still increasing in Sierra Leone. The Head of UNMEER, Anthony Banbury, visited Mali yesterday to see how UNMEER could support the government in its efforts to end the current crisis, and to put in place the necessary capacity to react quickly, should there be any new cases in the future. Tomorrow at 3 p.m., the SC is expected to hear a briefing by Dr. David Nabarro, the SG Special Envoy on Ebola, and Anthony Banbury.

Iran: In a statement on the occasion of the resumption of talks between the P5+1 and the Islamic Republic of Iran, the SG called on all participants to demonstrate the necessary flexibility, wisdom and determination to bring the negotiations to a successful conclusion that meets the concerns and interests of all sides. He added that he hoped that reaching a mutually-acceptable and comprehensive agreement will restore confidence in the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme.

Ukraine: The latest UN human rights monitoring report in Ukraine has found that civilians have continued to be killed, unlawfully detained, tortured and disappeared in the country’s east. The report has also found that the number of internally displaced people has risen considerable despite the ceasefire that was announced on September 5, 2014. It also noted that since the ceasefire began, nearly 1,000 people have been killed and that the number of displaced has risen sharply from over 275,000 to more than 466,000.

Somalia: The High-Level Partnership Forum (HLPF) on Somalia concluded in Copenhagen, Denmark, today. The SGSR for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, commended the successful discussions of the forum, the endorsement of a communiqué mapping out key successes of the forum and next steps and the recommitment to the New Deal through the Somali Compact progress report.

Peacekeeping: The SC met on the role of policing in peacekeeping and post-conflict peacebuilding. Speaking at the meeting, the USG for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, noted that the past fifteen years have seen an unprecedented growth in the scale, scope and importance of United Nations Police and highlighted the critical linkages between all elements of the criminal justice chain - police, justice and corrections. There are currently more than 12,000 UN Police from 91 Member States deployed to thirteen peacekeeping operations and four Special Political Missions.

Climate Change: In a statement issued today, the SG welcomed the pledges of up to US$9.3 billion made by Governments towards the initial capitalization of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) at the Berlin Pledging Conference. These pledges go far to kick-start the operationalization of the Fund, and follow on the heels of other significant climate actions such as the United States-China joint announcement and the decision by the EU, as well as positive commitments reaffirmed by other leaders in recent meetings, including at the G20 and the September Climate Summit.

Universal Children Day: In a message to mark Universal Children’s Day and the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the SG called on the world to stand up for the rights of children everywhere. UNICEF launched the latest State of the World’s Children report, calling for urgent action to prevent millions of children from missing out on the benefits of innovation.

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