British PM David Cameron and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemn Egypt violence

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) greets U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he arrives at number 10 Downing Street, in London February 2, 2011.

London, Feb 2 (KATAKAMI / NUMBER 10 GOV.UK) — Prime Minister David Cameron has welcomed UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to Downing Street for bilateral talks.

Speaking to journalists outside Number 10, the Prime Minister and the Secretary General condemned the violence taking place in Egypt today and urged restraint.

The PM said it would be “completely and utterly unacceptable” if the Egyptian authorities were found to be behind the violence. He called for the transition to a broader and more democratic government “to be accelerated and happen quickly”.

He said:

“These are despicable scenes that we’re seeing and they should not be repeated.  They underline the need for political reform and, frankly, for that political reform to be accelerated and to happen quickly.

“We need to see a clear road map for that political reform so that people in Egypt can have confidence that their aspirations for a more democratic future with greater rights is met, and that change needs to start happening now and the violence needs to stop.”

Mr Ban said he was “deeply concerned” about the violence and that the danger of instability across the Middle East should not be understimated. He called for all sides in the dispute to engage in an “orderly and peaceful transition”.

Clashes have taken place thoughout the day in Cairo’s Tahrir Square between anti-government protesters and apparent supporters of the incumbent President Mubarak.

Last night President Mubarak vowed to oversee a transition to a broader-based government and not to stand in September’s elections following several days of demonstrations. (*)

Statement by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the outcome of the climate change negotiations in Cancun, Mexico

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a meeting held in the framework of the UN climate Change Conference (COP16) in Cancun, Mexico, on December 8, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Juan BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)

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December 11, 2010 (KATAKAMI / UN.ORG) — The UN climate change negotiations in Cancun, Mexico, have delivered important success for a world much in need of it. Governments came together in common cause, for the common good, and agreed on a way forward to meet the defining challenge of our time.

In Cancun, Governments reached agreement on a package of measures to build a low-carbon, climate-resilient future together. These measures include: formalizing mitigation pledges and ensuring increased accountability for them taking concrete action to protect the world’s forests, which account for nearly one-fifth of global carbon emissions establishing a fund for long-term climate financing to support developing countries agreeing to ensure no gap between the first and second commitment periods of the Kyoto Protocol and bolstering technology cooperation and enhancing vulnerable populations’ ability to adapt to the changing climate.

The outcomes in Cancun have given us important tools. Now we must use them, and strengthen our efforts in line with the scientific imperative for action.

I commend Governments for pursuing the path of compromise, a cornerstone of effective multilateralism. In so doing, they have proven that the United Nations can deliver results even on the most challenging global issues of the day.

I extend my deepest thanks to the host country Mexico, President Felipe Calderon, Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa, who presided over the conference, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Christiana Figueres, and the UNFCCC Secretariat for conducting an effective and successful process.

While there is much work yet to do, the success of the UN conference on climate change in Cancun has set the world on the path to a safer, more prosperous, and sustainable world for all.  (*)

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