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An open briefing on Myanmar and a thematic debate on mediation as a tool for the maintenance of international peace and security will be among the highlights of the Security Council’s work in the month ahead, Karen Pierce (United Kingdom), the organ’s President for August, said at a Headquarters press briefing today.
As part of the Secretary‑General’s commitment to increase transparency on the reporting of sexual exploitation and abuse within the UN, I have an update on the period of 1 April‑30 June of this year. Please note that not all the allegations have been fully verified and many are in the preliminary assessment phase. During this period, the UN received 43 allegations involving UN personnel — 18 from peacekeeping and 25 from agencies, funds and programmes. We also received 24 allegations involving non‑UN personnel working for implementing partners.
Le Conseil de sécurité aura, en juin, sous la présidence de la Fédération de Russie, un programme de travail chargé, qui s’est ouvert, dès cet après-midi, avec une réunion consacrée à la détérioration de la situation à Gaza. Au titre des faits importants, cinq membres non permanents du Conseil de sécurité doivent être élus le 8 juin.
A high-level debate on the root causes of the conflict in the Middle East and North Africa would be the Security Council’s signature event over the next month, Vassily A. Nebenzia (Russian Federation), Council President for June, said today, as he laid out the organ’s monthly programme of work at a Headquarters press conference.
Strengthening the principles of international law and the protection of civilians in armed conflict would be two of the major themes that the Security Council would address in the coming month, Joanna Wronecka (Poland), Council President for May, said today as she laid out the organ’s monthly programme of work at a Headquarters press briefing.
Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
Today, I want to give you an update on cases of sexual exploitation and abuse in the UN system, in line with the Secretary-General’s initiative on increasing transparency on these allegations.
For the first three months of this year, from 1 January to 31 March 2018, we have received 54 allegations for all UN entities and implementing partners. Not all allegations have been fully verified, and many are in the preliminary assessment phase.
We, UN and non-UN entities, re-affirm our determination to prevent future acts of sexual exploitation and abuse by our personnel.
We note the issuance of this Statement at the High-level Conference on Eliminating Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN and NGO Personnel on 4 December 2006 in New York, USA and welcome future endorsement of this Statement by others.
At the start of the seventy-second session of the General Assembly of the United Nations I emphasized our common goal: peace and a decent life for all people on a sustainable planet. Many leaders echoed this overarching priority at the general debate and beyond. One very important element of this is universal access to water and sanitation. At a most basic level, human beings cannot survive without water. Equally important is sanitation, a lack of which negatively affects our quality of life and claims the lives of millions each year.
Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, would attend the Security Council’s meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the question of Palestine, on 20 February, Mansour Ayyad Sh. A. Alotaibi (Kuwait), Council President for the month, said at a press briefing at Headquarters today.
Presenting the 15-member organ’s work programme for February, he said conflict mediation, preventative diplomacy, humanitarian issues and enhanced Council working methods would be priorities for the Kuwaiti presidency.
Au moins 71 membres du personnel des Nations Unies et du personnel associé -53 Casques bleus et 18 civils, dont 2 policiers et 15 contractuels- ont été tués en 2017 dans l’exercice de leurs fonctions, selon le Comité permanent sur la sécurité et l’indépendance du Syndicat du personnel des Nations Unies. Il s’agit du nombre de victimes le plus élevé jamais enregistré par le Comité sur une année. Au cours des cinq dernières années, au moins 310 membres du personnel des Nations Unies ont trouvé la mort dans des attaques délibérées.
Year’s Fatalities Highest Number Ever Recorded by United Nations Staff Union
At least 71 United Nations and associated personnel — 53 peacekeepers and 18 civilians, including 2 police personnel and 15 contractors — were killed in malicious attacks in the line of duty during 2017, according to the Standing Committee for the Security and Independence of the International Civil Service of the United Nations Staff Union. The casualties in 2017 are the highest number ever recorded by the Committee.
L’Asie centrale et le Moyen-Orient seront au nombre des priorités du programme de travail du Conseil de sécurité au mois de janvier, a indiqué, cet après-midi, le Représentant permanent du Kazakhstan auprès des Nations Unies, M. Kairat Umarov, dont le pays assume « pour la première fois » la présidence mensuelle de l’organe chargé du maintien de la paix et de la sécurité internationales.
The non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, Afghanistan and Central Asia, and the Middle East would be the focus of the Security Council in January, Kairat Umarov (Kazakhstan), Council President for the month, said at a press briefing at Headquarters today.
Presenting the Council’s work programme for January, he noted that Kazakhstan was the first Central Asian country to be elected to preside over the 15-member entity, and expressed his aim of showing objectivity and transparency as its members worked together.
Le programme de travail du Conseil de sécurité est, ce mois-ci, marqué par la « menace très forte » posée par la République populaire démocratique de Corée (RPDC), les armes légères et la situation au Moyen-Orient, a annoncé devant la presse, cet après-midi, le Représentant permanent du Japon, M. Koro Bessho, dont le pays préside l’organe chargé du maintien de la paix et de la sécurité internationales.
Priorities of Japan’s December presidency of the Security Council would include non‑proliferation, small arms and current challenges to maintaining peace and security, the country’s Permanent Representative said this afternoon.
Briefing correspondents at Headquarters on the Council’s work programme, Koro Bessho pledged to be as transparent as possible and speak to the press following consultations. Completion of scheduled meetings was planned for 21 December to allow, as usual, for a holiday schedule, barring unforeseen developments.
The Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organizations Association Committee today associated 21 non‑governmental organizations with the United Nations Department of Public Information. One non‑governmental organization was also disassociated at the committee meeting. That brings the number of non‑governmental organizations working with the Department in the area of communications and outreach to 1,485.
Dans le cadre de l’initiative du Secrétaire général visant à améliorer la transparence concernant les allégations d’exploitation et d’atteintes sexuelles, nous essaierons désormais de faire une mise à jour sur la question tous les trimestres.
Pour la période du 1er juillet au 30 septembre, nous avons reçu 31 allégations. Toutes non pas été vérifiées, et certaines sont en phase d’évaluation préliminaire.
Refugees, trafficking in persons and other effects of current conflicts would be a thematic focus of the Security Council in November, Sebastiano Cardi (Italy), Council President for the month, said at a press briefing today at Headquarters.
Three priorities — the terrorist threat in the Sahel, peacekeeping and the ongoing crises in Myanmar and the Middle East — would be the focus of the Security Council’s work in the coming weeks, François Delattre (France), Council President for the month, said at a press briefing today at Headquarters.