Heads of UN organs discuss pressing international trends and hotspots

The heads of all six principal organs of the United Nations – the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, Trusteeship Council, International Court of Justice (ICJ) and Secretariat – have discussed pressing global issues and hotspots at their fourth annual meeting.The five Presidents and Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who heads the Secretariat, had an informal exchange of views on current international trends from the perspectives of their respective principal organs, including the on-going reform process of the UN, a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement following Friday’s meeting.”The Secretary-General further briefed the meeting on developments in Africa, the Middle East and Iraq,” the spokesman noted. Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette discussed progress achieved in combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Meetings among the heads of the six principal organs have been held since 1998, when Mr. Annan initiated the practice to foster an exchange of views and coordinate matters with a view to improving the UN’s efficiency.The Secretary-General “felt it would help the integration of the system as a whole if all heads of the permanent organs met once a year to just compare notes,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said today in response to questions. read more

Good Hope businessman charged with Mon Repos cocaine ganja bust

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBusinessman jailed for 5 years on narcotics chargeFebruary 12, 2019In “Court”200lbs of cocaine, 132lbs of ganja found on fishing boat, 2 in custodyJuly 14, 2018In “Crime”In excess of $20B worth of narcotics confiscated for 2017, says Anti-Narco AgencySeptember 1, 2018In “Crime” 82 parcels of cocaine weighing 91.132kg (200 pounds) and 98 parcels of cannabis weighing 56.008kg (132 pounds) were unearthed from a fishing vessel after ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) conducted an operation about 04:00h on Saturday last at the Mon Repos channel, on the East Coast of Demerara shoreA Good Hope businessman was today arraigned in relation to the cocaine and cannabis discovered in a fishing vessel at Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara.The accused, Azim Baksh, known as “Bato”, of Phase One Good Hope, (ECD) denied the allegation when he stood before Magistrate Alisha George at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court.The charge against him alleged that he had trafficked some 91.132kg of cocaine and 56.008kg of cannabis on July 14.His Attorney, Bernard DaSilva, told the court that the drugs were not found on his clients possession but found in a boat where his client was never present.DaSilva further argued that at the time of the discovery, Baksh was in his motorcar on the Mon Repos Public Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD).However, CANU Prosecutor, Konyo Sandiford told the Court that the defendant has been under their watch for a lengthy period.On the day in question, he and another man known by the alias ‘dive and shoot’ were reportedly seen by CANU ranks on the boat where the drugs were found.However Baksh was arrested after CANU had issued a wanted bulletin for him.He was remanded to prison until August 10, 2018. read more