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Daily Press Briefing and guest: Catherine Bragg (OCHA) on Yemen and the Philippines
2 Dec 2011 -  Catherine Bragg, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator will brief on Yemen and the Philippines

Elements of Today's Noon Press Briefing:

First of all, I would like to welcome the group of Journalism students from Lehigh University who are sitting in on the briefing today.
Secondly, please note that at 12:30 pm, Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation and President of the Security Council for the month of December, will brief you in this room on the Council’s monthly Programme of Work.

As you can see, today’s guest at the briefing is Catherine Bragg, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator. She will discuss Yemen and the Philippines following her recent travels. Welcome back Ms. Bragg.

The Secretary-General has just issued a statement to mark the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the Declaration on the Right to Development.
The twenty-fifth anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Right to Development, he says, is an occasion to celebrate its visionary promise of people-centred development and to recommit to making this a reality.
Today we are at a decisive moment in history.  As calls for change echo across the world, we cannot take refuge in silence. Leaders must respond to the demands of people who seek to build their own future. They should especially work to help women and youth enjoy lives of dignity, equality and opportunity.
Global challenges and crises are interconnected. Economic, social and environmental concerns are inseparable. And human rights are integral to them all. That is why we are placing sustainable development at the top of the international agenda. Next year’s United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, will offer a critical opportunity to chart a course to the future we want.

This morning the Security Council met to discuss its programme of work for December. Ambassador Churkin will brief you shortly on that.
This afternoon, the Security Council will discuss the Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, which will be delivered by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya, Mr. Ian Martin.
And there will also be consultations on the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Speaking at a special session of the Human Rights Council today, the High Commissioner for Human Rights said that Syrian authorities’ ruthless repression – if not stopped now – can drive the country into a full-fledged civil war.
In light of the manifest failure of the Syrian authorities to protect their citizens, the international community needs to take urgent and effective measures to protect the Syrian people, she said.
As you’ll recall, the recent report issued by the Commission of Inquiry set up by the Human Rights Council concluded that Syrian forces have committed crimes against humanity against civilians.
That report, Ms. Pillay said, reinforces the need for international accountability.
Her full remarks are available online.
The Human Rights Council also passed a resolution urging the Syrian Government to meet its responsibility to protect its populations and calling for an immediate end to all violence in the country.
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