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02 May 2008 description

Briefing correspondents on the Security Council's programme of work for the month of May, John Sawers of the United Kingdom highlighted an open debate on post-conflict peacebuilding on 20 May as 'the centrepiece' of his country's Presidency of the Council this month, aiming to address a gap in the international capability to rapidly respond to the immediate needs on the ground, restore law and order and get the government and economy functioning following the end of a conflict.

He said his delegation would be circulating a concept paper on the issue, and the United …

12 Oct 2006 description

The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) had been successful because it was a regional initiative nurtured by African leaders, Legwaila Joseph Legwaila, the Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Africa, said today at a Headquarters press conference.

While recognizing NEPAD's remaining problems, including those relating to regional security and conflict, he said it was important that the international community notice that progress had been achieved on the continent.

05 Sep 2001 description

The Ambassador of France, which this month holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council, today said he would work to lift the sanctions against the Sudan and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia during September.

24 Oct 2000 description

Women everywhere were celebrating the fact that the Security Council was, for the first time today, listening to women's voices, Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Director, United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), told correspondents this afternoon at a Headquarters press conference. Ms. Heyzer was joined by Assistant Secretary-General and Special Advisor on Gender Issues, Angela King, and leaders of several women's organizations, as they described their participation in today's Security Council's deliberations on women and peace, and security.

28 Sep 2000 description

Two envoys of Secretary-General Kofi Annan dealing with African issues will have their mandates extended through the end of next year, according to an exchange of letters released today at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

11 Apr 2000 description

A special envoy of Secretary-General Kofi Annan today began a four-nation tour of some of the worst-affected areas in the Horn of Africa, where drought and insecurity have brought nearly 16 million people to the brink of famine.

27 Oct 1999 description

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Sergio Vieira de Mello this afternoon briefed correspondents at Headquarters on the situation in East Africa, from which he had just returned, and on his recent appointment as the Special Representative of the Secretary- General for East Timor.

13 Jul 1999 description

African leaders are determined to resolve the political crises on the continent to focus on economic and social issues, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Tuesday as he emerged from a series of top-level bilateral meetings he held in the margins of the Organization for African Unity (OAU) summit in Algiers.