Hospital Ship Commissions

 

MINUTES

 

Of the third meeting of the Safety and health Commission of the Hospital ship

“L’Humanité I”

Of the First meeting of the Commission against Desertification

And of the Fifth meeting of the selection Committee for “Leaders without Borders”

Held at United Nations Headquarters

On Monday 1 November 2004

 

 

Were present:

Ms. Jacqueline Oubda, Counsellor, delegated by H.E. Mr. Michel Kafando, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Burkina Faso to United Nations

Mr. José Silva, Second Secretary, delegated by H.E. Ms. Maria de Fatima Lima da Viega, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Cape Verde to the United Nations

Mr. Lezona Boniface, Counsellor, delegated by H.E. Mr. Basile Ikouebe, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Congo to the United Nations

Mr. Abdou Adamou, Counsellor, delegated by H.E. Mr. Ousmane Moutari, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Niger to the United Nations

Mr. Nicolay Chulkov, Deputy Permanent Representative and Mr. Igor Sukhinin, Second Secretary, delegated by H.E. Mr. Gennady M. Gatilov, Chargé d’affaires a.i., Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations

Ms Laoura Lazouras, Third Secretary, delegated by H.E. Mr. Dumisani Shadrack Kumalo, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations

Captain Harold Fleureton, President of Helm Group, Professor of SUNY Maritime College of New York

Mr. Michel Thao Chan, President of the Cercle de Réflexion des Nations

Mr. Jean-Luc Pérez, Executive President of the Cercle de Réflexion des Nations

Mr. Patrick Brémaud, Professor, Vice-President of the Cercle de Réflexion des Nations

Mr. François Gaucher, Professor, Vice-President of theCercle de Réflexion des Nations

Mr. Nguyen Huu Dong, Deputy Chairman of Asian Affairs, Head of the International Strategy and Cooperation Committee of the Cercle de Réflexion des Nations

Mr. Eric Laroue, Professor, Military Expert of the Cercle de Réflexion des Nations

Mr. Bruce Boeglin, Interpreter of the Cercle de Réflexion des Nations

Mr. Abel Bensaad, Psychiatrist, Medical Expert of the Cercle de Réflexion des Nations

Ms. Soraya Ayouche, Candidate, Doctor in Peace Administration

The Permanent Representatives of Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, New Zealand and Sudan and the Military Staff Committee of the United Nations excused themselves for being unable to attend these meetings due to previous engagements. Mr. Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for Peace Keeping Operations sent his best wishes for success( letter of 29 October 2004).

 

THIRD MEETING

OF THE SAFETY AND HEALTH COMMISSION OF THE HOSPITAL SHIP

“L’HUMANITE I”

 

This meeting was prepared at the Paris Conference held on 14 May 2004 at the Hotel “Le Bristol”.

Were present:

Mr. Mohamed Berrah, Minister Counsellor, delegated by H.E. Mr. Mohamed Ghoualani, Ambassador of Algeria in Paris

Mr. Nor-Helal Saifur Raman, First Secretary, delegated by H.E. Mr.Jahangir Saadat, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Paris, and Mr. Mosud Mannam, Minister and Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Bangladesh in Bejing

Mr. Lassina Fofana, Attaché of Defence, delegated by H.E. M. Philippe Savadago, Ambassador of Burkina Faso in Paris

Colonel Jean-Claude Ndyo, former Attaché of Defence and former Ministry of National Education of Burundi

Mr. Mustapha Basso, Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of Morocco in Paris

Venerable Thich Thien Chon, Deputy of Viet Nam

With the support of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the sponsorship of: Air France, ISSE, Assistance des Hôpitaux de Paris, Union des Aveugles de France and Hotel “Le Bristol”

It was recalled that 31 countries had already welcomed the hospital ship “L’Humanité I’, namely: Algeria, Australia, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Egypt, Fiji, France, Ghana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, Niger, Uganda, Papua New Guinea, Russian Federation, Switzerland, Ukraine, United States of America and Viet Nam, as well as the Military Staff Committee with the “full support” of the former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peace Keeping Operations reiterated by the present Under-Secretary- General.

  • Words of Welcome ( Agenda item 1)

Mr. Pérez called the meeting to order and thanked the participants for attending the meeting. The agenda was adopted. Captain Fleureton was elected Chairman of the meeting by acclamation.

  • Presentation of the hospital ship “L’Humanité I” ( Agenda item 2)
    • Mr. Pérez indicated that the hospital ship “L’Humanité I” was intended to attend to the sick and wounded close to the sites of armed conflict or disaster areas, wherever the United Nations may intervene throughout the world. He said that the ship’s motto “just we care” echoed a deliberate resolve to be absolute neutral.
    • Mr. Brémaud outlined the specifications of the ferry, a model of which had been exhibited at the Paris Conference on 14 May 2004. Dr. Bensaad described the proposed layout of the ship, when fitted out as a hospital of 390 beds, 300 of which would be reserved for emergency care, during humanitarian crises.
    • The country representatives unanimously approved this hospital ship, which was

considered to be a necessity for suffering humankind. The representative of the Russian Federation added that he supported this initiative and that his country would help in bringing it to fruition. Mr. Pérez noted that the Cercle de Réflexion was also interested in the transfer of the SVIR hospital ship, one of the Russian Navy’s Ob’ class ships, which was expected to become available in 2005. It was agreed to open negotiations for the take- over of this ship through the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation.

3-Moroccan port of call and prospects for a model cooperation agreement ( Agenda item 3)

3-1 Dr. Bensaad indicated that informal talks regarding an initial three-week layover in

Morocco had made it possible to draft a model cooperation agreement that might serve as a basis for future discussions regarding other calls in the various countries. This agreement covered a certain number of services that could be furnished free of charge by Morocco, such as the assistance of the Moroccan medical team, the supply of typically Moroccan food, or the holding of medical conventions in association with the government authorities.

The layover would be marked by a donation medical supplies symbolizing Morocco’s contribution to the cause of suffering humankind.

3-2 The representatives of countries with a sea shore proposed that the Cercle de Réflexion

should contact their governments in order to discuss terms of cooperation at future ports of call. They felt that the Moroccan talks formed a good basis for discussion.

    • Mr. Pérez recalled that choosing the ports of call was a delicate matter, since it risked

being misinterpreted. He cited the example of Palestine, still one of the United Nations’ major concerns, as shown by the General Assembly’s latest appeals to the international community on behalf of the Palestinian people ( resolution 57/91 of 16 December 2002) and the Palestinian refugees (resolution 58/91 of 9 December 2003). Mr. Pérez wondered how such layovers off the coast of the Gaza strip and calls at Lebanese ports, where large Palestinian camps are located, would be perceived. He recalled that a conference, organized on this matter in Paris by the Cercle de Réflexion in February 2003, with representatives of Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Syria in attendance, had shown how easily such calls could be misinterpreted, despite the hospital ship’s neutrality. He concluded, however, that these exclusively humanitarian calls remained faithful to the will of the United Nations General Assembly.

    • The representative of the Russian Federation took note of this problem and reiterated his

full support for the charitable mission of the hospital ship. Mr. Pérez observed with satisfaction that the Russian Federation’s assistance was congruent with France’s intention to cooperate, as expressed through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • Inauguration of the Hué ( Viet Nam) Peace Academy of Medicine and of the People’s Free Care Centres ( Agenda item 4)

4-1 Dr. Bensaad indicated that the operation of the hospital ship must serve as catalysts for the establishment of People’s Free Care Centres throughout the world. He noted that through the ages countries had developped a certain know-how in medical care, using the many low-cost materials that nature affords, thus making it possible to treat poor population. He observed that such an approach stemmed from feelings of compassion and love for suffering humankind.

4-2 The representative of Burkina Faso, seconded by the representatives of South Africa and Niger, expressed the wish that the campaign against AIDS be one of the priorities of the future People’s Free Care Centres. Mr. Chan indicated that Viet Nam had indeed some effective natural therapies for AIDS that might be used in such centres.

    • Mr. Pérez officially inaugurated the Hué ( Viet Nam) Peace Academy of Medicine whose duty shall be to coordinate the establishment of the People’s Free Care Centres and develop a Treatise of Natural, Traditional and Alternative Medicine. He pointed out that Viet Nam had developed an exceptionally fine body of knowledge of traditional medicine, modern medicine and war medicine, as a result of the successive phases of colonization and war that the country has undergone. He added that the choice of centrally located Hué was prompted by the fact that it was at the geographical interface of different kinds of medicine. He indicated that the establishment of de Peace Academy in Hué required the regional development of the city’s Hospital and Medical University, which becomes one of the priority objectives of the Cercle de Réflexion.
    • M. Pérez indicated that he would ask the countries represented at the Commission to

nominate candidates for the chairs of the Medical Academy. The participants took note of his statement.

5- United Nations as second flag and establishment of a crisis control centre at the United Nations in case of humanitarian disasters ( Agenda item 5)

5-1. Mr. Pérez recalled that, at the Commission’s first meeting, held at the United Nations in 1999, the countries that were represented felt that the flag of registry of the hospital ship should be that of a “country of acceptable neutrality”, but that the choice of flag had not yet met with general approval. He indicated that France, as one of the countries that had promoted peace in the world since the war in Iraq, appeared to be meeting the neutrality criterion required by the Commission.

5.2. With regard to the United Nations flag, Mr. Pérez pointed out that it could not be the hospital ship’s main flag, since the United Nations had no fleet and therefore no international rules of navigation. On the other hand, he noted that it might be possible to fly the United Nations flag as a second flag and he wondered whether granting authorization to this effect fell within the authority of the United Nations General Assembly or of the Secretary-General. The representative of Burkina Faso suggested that the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs be consulted before the official request was submitted.

5.3. Mr. Pérez briefly outlined the circumstances that had led to proposing the creation of a Crisis Control Centre interfacing with the United Nations, to respond to humanitarian tragedies. He recalled that ever since 1995 , the Cercle de Rélexion had offered to donate the hospital ship outright to the United Nations, and subsequently has offered to place it at the disposal of the United Nations free of charge, with an exclusive right of first call, but that negotiations has never come to fruition. He added that the flexibility of the formula of a Crisis Control Centre acting in liaison with the United Nations and the permanent missions made for effective responses to humanitarian disasters.

6. Extension of the Safety and Health Commission of the hospital ship “L’Humanitté I”

6.1 In the view of the likelihood of an early commissioning of the hospital ship. Mr. Pérez moved for extending the Commission’s term of office and bolstering its membership with both members and experts.

6.2. Chairmanship : Mr. Pérez recalled that Army General Jean Cot, formerly Force Commander of UNPROFOR in the former Yugoslavia, was the Honorary Chairman of the Commission. He moved that under the General’s authority, two-co chairmen be appointed, namely Vice-Admiral John Rayan President of SUNY Maritime College (USA), a partener of the Cercle de Réflexion’and Rear Admiral Alain Wybo (France). The Commission, subject to the appointees’ agreement, approved these appointments.

Mr. Pérez also moved the nomination of two co-secretaries, Captain Harry Fleureton (USA) and Professor Patrick Brémaud ( France). The motion was carried..

6-3 Military College : Mr Pérez indicated that five military experts had been named by their governments, i.e. Lieutenant-Colonel Madougou Soumaila, Surgeon, (Bénin), Second Lieutenant José Alberto Mena Martinez ( Dominican Republic), Captain Laryera of the Army Forces of Ghana, Mr. Toto Riyanto, Permanent Mission of Indonesia and Lieutenant Colonel Djibo Yahirou, Defence Attaché, Embassy of Niger, Washington. Mr Pérez moved for the appointment of Mr. Eric Laroue as President of the Military College and invited the countries represented at the Commission to name new military experts. The motion was carried.

    • Medical College: Mr. Perez also moved for the appointment of Professor Bernard Glorion as Honorary President of the Medical College and two co-Presidents, Captain John D. Zakowsky, US Navy Medical Corps (USA) and of Dr. Abel Bensaad ( France). He invited the countries represented to name their medical experts. The motion was carried. The appointments of Professor Glorion and Captain Zarkowsky were subject to their agreement
    • Naval College : Mr Pérez recalled that technical cooperation contracts had been signed with HELM Group and SUNY Maritime College ( USA) on 14 May 1999 in New York and that the United Nations’ Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the United Nations’ Military Staff Committee, the US Navy and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs had made known their intent to cooperate. He stated that the crew of the hospital ship ‘L’Humanité I” would have an international cadre and that there would be a Vietnamese shadow crew at every station, in preparation for manning the second hospital ship, intended for Asia. Mr. Pérez moved that the ministries concerned in the countries represented name their naval experts to the Commission. The motion was carried.

7- Summing up and adjournment of the meeting ( Agenda item 7)

Noting with satisfaction the commitment of the countries to this great humanitarian cause and welcoming the prospect of both Franco-American and international cooperation, the Chairman

adjourned the meeting at 1:00pm.

 

 

FIRST MEETING OF THE COMMISSION AGAINST DESERTIFICATION

 

  • Words of welcome ( Agenda item 1)

Mr. Chan called the meeting to order at 1.30 pm. The agenda was adopted and Mr. Chan was elected Chairman.

  • Operation “Forests of Peace” ( Agenda item 2)

2-1 Mr Pérez expressed alarm over the accelerating process of desertification of the planet through human pollution by greenhouse gas emissions. He cited its dramatic effects on our daily lives, such as the contamination of the air we breathed in our cities, the proliferation of natural disasters, the dwindling of our drinking water supplies, the thawing of glaciers, the widening of the ozone layer gap and the creeping desertification that threatened local economies, causing starvation and mass exodus among the populations, while setting off armed conflicts. He indicated that neither the Johannesburg Earth Summit of 2002, nor the Kyoto Protocol had been effective in dealing with the phenomenon, which was devastating one quarter of the surface of the planet, affecting one billion people in more than 100 countries on all continents.

2-2 Mr Pérez suggested helping those States that wished to stop this phenomenon by joining the Cercle de Réflexion in launching, as early as 2005, an offensive against desertification, by planting “Forests of Peace” . He explained that in the course of national campaigns, thousand of children would plant such “Forests of Peace”, which would be irrigated with the collected rain waters. The newly planted trees would then create a local micro-economy.

2-3The representatives of Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Congo and Niger stated that they were concerned with this problem and suggested contacting their Government regarding implementation of this project.

  • Scientific Committee on Restoring the Ozone Layer ( Agenda item 3)

3-1 Mr Pérez recalled that the record-sized gap in the ozone layer stretched over 28 billion square kilometers, thus threatening the earth by leaving it unprotected from ultraviolet radiation that causes skin cancers and breakdowns of the immune system. He suggested establishing a scientific committee on this question to seek specific solutions aimed at restoring the ozone layer.

3-2 The countries’ representatives welcomed this initiative and expressed the wish to have their national experts participate in the work of such a scientific committee, in collaboration with the regional agencies and ministries concerned.

  • Summing up and adjournment of the meeting ( Agenda item 4)

Noting the appropriateness of the Commission’s action, the President adjourned the

meeting at 2.30 pm.

 

FIFTH MEETING OF THE SELECTION COMMITTEE FOR “LEADERS WITHOUT BORDERS”

Mr. Patrick Brémaud was appointed the Chairman of this Committee. He opened the meeting at 2.30 pm. After discussions, Mr. Brémaud announced the list of candidates admitted to the Doctorate in Peace Administration programme, the Sergio Di Mello Promotion:

- Bangladesh: Mr. .Noor-E Helal Saifur Rahman ( First Secretary – Embasssy of Bangladesh in Paris)

- Benin: Mr. Joseph Akoka ( Professor), Mrs. Mireille Amoussaga-Omary ( Ministry of Industry and Commerce), Mr. Oscar Djibenoude (Director of PublicHealth)

- Burkina Faso: Mr. Jean-Baptiste Natama (Counsellor- Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Mr. Ulisse Yameogo ( Director, Army Training)

- Burundi: Mrs. Consolata Nahimana (Professor), Mr. Jean-Pierre Ndayiragije ( Counsellor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jean Raronkano ( Counsellor- Ministry of Foreign Relations Affairs)

- Cameroun: Mr. Joseph Mandeng ( Pastor)

- Congo: Mr. Nicolas Médard Andongui (Researcher), Mr. Boniface Lezona ( Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Mr. Cyprien Mobengue ( Researcher), Mr Jean Rodrigue Okanda ( Expert)

- Madagascar: Mr Aimé François Betkou ( Deputy, National Assembly), M. Philémon Ndremana ((Expert), M. Bary Rafatrolaza (Veterinarian), Ms Nana Vivian Rakatobe ( Director of Studies)

- Morocco: Mme Assia Ben Saad ( Ministry of Finance)

- Mozambique: Mr. Janisse Taimo ( Rector)

- Rwanda: M. Irénie Bugingou ( Attorney)

- Senegal : Mme Caroline Mint Elemine ( Researcher), M.Assane Ndiawar Cissé (Counsellor)

- Viet Nam: M. Tran Tuan Man ( Buddhist, Professor)

Before the Chaiman adjourning the meeting at 3:00 pm, Mr. Pérez warmly thanked the City of Longview, State of Washington USA for proclaming the 25 th July 2004 as a“Day of Social Peace”, on the occasion of the 10 th anniversary of the establishment of the Cercle de Réflexion des Nations at the United Nations. He also thanked Mr. Gary Locke, Governor of the State of Washington, who described this peace festival as “a memorable and rewarding event” ( Message from the Governor of 25 July 2004).

Michel Thao Chan Jean-Luc Pérez

President Executive President

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