The SG leaves for Toronto Thursday for a Global Summit on maternal, newborn and child health in support of Every Woman Every Child. The summit will highlight strengthening health and statistics systems, scaling up nutrition, reducing disease burden in developing countries, and private sector partnerships. The SG returns to NY Friday.
The High Commissioner for Human rights reminded the Syrian government of their responsibilityto protect prisoners ad detainees afterUNHCR received information that Syrian armed forces entered Aleppo Central Prison, endangering those inside the compound.
The SG is concerned about recent fighting in Kidal, Mali and emphasizes the importance of a sincere peace dialogue with those involved in the Ouagadougou Preliminary Agreement. In an address at the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), the SG noted Asia’s economic rise and potential but called for rifts and territorial disputes in the region to be settled through cooperation and common interest.
While in Shanghai today, the SG met with President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. The SG and President Putin discussed resolving the crisis in Ukraine through inclusive political dialogue and also opportunities for political solutions and humanitarian aid in Syria.
In a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping today, the SG thanked China for continuing to support UN work related to peace, security, sustainable development and human rights. The SG also spoke at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies and will attend the “Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia” in Shanghai on Tuesday.
A UN report released today noted an increasingly more urgent human rights situation in eastern Ukraine. Navi Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights, noted more problems are also emerging in Crimea.