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Annan his Middle East envoy encouraged by Quartet meeting in Washington

“I’m encouraged by what happened in Washington yesterday,” the Secretary-General said in remarks to the press after briefing the Security Council on the Quartet meeting. He also expressed hope that given the tragedy that had happened in that region and the suffering of the innocent civilians caught in the conflict, “the military option is going to be so totally discredited; that we will all turn around and focus on the political search for peace.”This sentiment was echoed by the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Terje Roed-Larsen, who accompanied Mr. Annan at the Quartet talks and the Council briefing. “For the first time in a very long time, the conference in Washington yesterday produced a beam of hope, and we haven’t seen that for a very, very long time in the Middle East,” Mr. Roed-Larsen told reporters outside the Security Council chamber.”Within the Quartet – and, I believe, broadly in the international community – there is an agreement on how to approach the difficult and critical matters of security, terrorism and economic revival, and also the key political issues on a parallel basis and also emphasizing that all these issues are interlinked; that gives hope,” the envoy added.He also lauded the fact that the Quartet meeting had taken the practical step of deciding to convene the international conference. “The principals in the meeting instructed their envoys who were present… to immediately start hammering out the proposal on participants, where and when the meeting should be, the agenda, the format, etc.,” said Mr. Roed-Larsen. “We will shortly start working on that.”On the Jenin fact-finding mission, he noted that the Secretary-General had consulted with the Government of Israel, while a prominent member of the Security Council had put forward a resolution on the concept. “On that basis, we thought it was the right thing, we still think it’s the right thing, and we regret that it turned out not to be practically possible to carry through the fact-finding mission,” Mr. Roed-Larsen said.For his part, the Secretary-General said, in response to a question from the press, that he was obviously disappointed that the team led by former President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari did not go in. “I think it would have been much better for everyone if they had gone in to clarify issues,” Mr. Annan said. “As it is, I think the long shadow which has been cast over Jenin will be with us for a while.” read more

Planet could change if greenhouse gases are left unchecked Annan warns

“Scientist and others have been sounding the alarm about climate change for many years now,” Mr. Annan said in a message delivered by the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Klaus Toepfer, to the World Conference on Climate Change, which kicked-off today in Moscow.The Russian Federation convened the Conference with support from international organizations involved in climate change problems. Delegates will hold comprehensive discussions on the scientific aspects of natural and anthropogenic climate change, as well as adapting human society, economies and ecosystems to such changes. The Conference aims to foster maximum mutual understanding on these issues between various stakeholders.“By the end of this century, as a result of ever-increasing emissions of greenhouse gases, our planet may look very different: with many small islands gone, the Arctic Ocean free of ice for many months of the year, agricultural regions dramatically altered, and our ecological life-support systems under stress as never before,” Mr. Annan said in the message.Fortunately, civil society groups are doing their part to advocate for change, enlightened corporate leaders are seizing the opportunity to use and develop greener technologies and many governments are listening to the scientific forecasts, he said, noting that the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change enjoys nearly universal membership.“Almost 120 nations have ratified the Kyoto Protocol, an essential first step in tackling this planetary challenge,” Mr. Annan said. “I join people throughout the world in eagerly awaiting ratification by the Russian Federation, which will bring the Protocol into force and further galvanize global action.” read more