SG addresses UN-ASEAN Summit, Pillay speaks out on upcoming elections in Myanmar and more from UN Direct

SG at UN-ASEAN Summit: Today, the SG spoke at the UN-ASEAN Summit in Hanoi, noting that ASEAN is one of the UN’s “leading partners”. He talked about the MDGs, human rights, peace and security issues, as well as humanitarian assistance. In regards to Myanmar, he said the two bodies agree on the need for a credible democratic transition and national reconciliation, including the holding of free, fair and inclusive elections, adding that the period after the election will be just as important as the election itself.  He also held a number of bilaterals with leaders from Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, among others. On Sunday, he will participate in the closing ceremony of the Shanghai Expo, followed by travel to Nanjing and eventually Beijing on Monday.

Pillay statement on Myanmar: Today High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay issued a statement saying “conditions for genuine elections that meet international standards have so far not been reached” in Myanmar.  She called on the Government to release all political prisoners immediately and unconditionally, noting that more than 2,000 people imprisoned have been convicted by laws that limit freedom of expression and freedom of association.

SG statement on Lebanon: last night the SG issued a statement expressing his deep concern at recent statements and events related to the work of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.  He also condemned the incident which occurred on  Wednesday, where a team of investigators were attacked, and commends the Lebanese authorities for opening an inquiry into the incident.

PGA in Japan: Deiss arrived in Tokyo today, where he met with key leaders of the Japanese Parliament and discussed issues concerning disarmament and non-proliferation. He also spoke at UN University about global governance and biodiversity.

Cholera tests in Haiti: the results of two tests conducted at the Nepalese base in Haiti are expected later today.

Week ahead: on Monday, the UK will assume the rotating presidency of the Security  Council and the 9th session of the Universal Periodic Review Working Group will begin in Geneva.  The United States will undergo its first review on Thursday, November 4.