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British UN Presidency: Ambassador Karen Pierce Highlights Agenda of Work

British UN Presidency: Ambassador Karen Pierce Highlights Agenda of Work


New York, November 5, 2019 (CABNC) – Ambassador Karen Pierce highlights agenda of work for the month of November Afternoon everybody. Thank you very much for coming.

This is the first day of the British presidency for November, so we are delighted to be able to take the presidency over from our very good friends in South Africa and Ambassador Jerry Matjila has done a brilliant job in putting in a really successful program for October, including the very important visit to the AU and other African Capitals. We take the presidency over at very important time, tomorrow there will be a very important encounter between the outgoing Security Council presidency and the incoming one naming the rugby world cup. Yesterday, the South African PR passed me a rugby ball before the security council session began, we will see who get to have that rugby ball in their sit for the month of November but it should be a very good contest and I’m so sorry it starts so early in the morning that we haven’t actually scheduled an event for people to come and enjoy watching it, but hopefully there will be some celebrations afterwards.

One of the things we wanted to do with our presidency is slightly turn the dial round from the Geo-political, to look at the effect on ordinary citizens, we want to focus on the problems of International peace and security as they have an impact on the ordinary people in the countries that are on the council’s agenda and in the themes that are on the council’s agenda. And this will include, during November chemical weapons, Yemen, Syria, Somalia and Libya.

Ambassador Karen Pierce, United Kingdom Permanent Representative to the United Nations during press briefing on British (November) presidency. Pics (John Africa Business Communication UN)


We also have an open on reconciliation, we want to build on the debate we held last year when we had the presidency on mediation when the archbishop of Canterbury came and we want to look at what makes, what are the successful component of reconciliation leading to sustainable peace, that a very broad topic as far as the UK goes, we would like to focus on the importance of religious, non-persecution, we all know there are a large number of minorities particularly in the middle east including Christians who are persecuted.

And we, for our part we will be bringing that aspect out but a number of other colleagues on the Security Council will want to talk about other aspect including the role of civil society, so, we will look forward to that. In line with our focus on the importance of individual stories and what international peace and security means for ordinary people. We’ll invite a number of members of civil society to counter the Security Council to brief. In recent years some of the issues as you know that the security council has dealt with includes; targeting of hospitals, the use of chemical weapons, rape begin used as a weapon of war all too often as we know all too well, perpetrators walk free and the leaders remain in positions of power, and so we want to try in our presidency to prompt practical steps;

  1. To establish what is happening on the ground in any particular case
  2. To address impunity and to highlight the cost of impunity including the impact on millions of ordinary people around the world.

So we do want to give a voice to the millions of people affected by conflict, persecution and discrimination through the choices we make about the briefer we invite to the security council and we will be raising issues around the important of respect for international law, rule space international system, religious persecution, attacks on media freedom and women, peace and security, and as I say we look at the components of sustainable solutions to conflicts through the reconciliation debate.

In all of this we’ll be seeking to highlight the value of the real spaced international system with the UN at its heart, so hopefully that will give you something to ask us about. As I say, its quiet a heavy duty month of November, there will be items on Yemen, Libya, Somalia, South Sudan among others. And then we have a private meeting of the Security Council in the chamber but sadly not open to the press to hear a briefing from the director general Fernando Arias from OPCW in Hague that’s on the 5th of November, reconciliation open debate will be on the 19th of November and the Middle East debate on Syria will be on the 25th of November.

There are also something’s we can say about working methods but I know you will want ask questions about that so I will save that still we get to the questions. Thanks so much but we have to take questions. Samuel will moderate the questions.

AbdulRasheed Abubakar

Broadcast Journalist | Media Entrepreneur | Publisher of Diaspora Today AbdulRasheed Abubakar is The CABNCTV’s UN Correspondent and Publisher of Diaspora Today Magazine (www.thediasporatoday.com). A University of Baltimore graduate, he has worked with the State of Maryland (DPSCS). He formerly worked for LTV8, Lagos, Nigeria. He has covered Diplomatic community, politics and International (news) Editorial and Anchor The Diaspora Today Show. He is director of a documentary on AFRICA Twitter: @AbdulRasheedaa_ Instagram: @abdulrasheedaa_

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