4 March 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the leadership of his predecessor, Kofi Annan, in the mediation efforts to bring an end to two months of post-election violence in Kenya. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the leadership of his predecessor, Kofi Annan, in the mediation efforts to bring an end to two months of post-election violence in Kenya.“His role has brought not only peace and stability in Kenya but also the whole region,” said Mr. Ban, adding that the United Nations will continue its engagement in the process.The two men held talks in Geneva, and during a photo opportunity afterwards, Mr. Ban appealed to President Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga, the rivals in last December’s disputed elections, to faithfully implement the agreement reached last week.That ‘Acting together for Kenya’ deal contains principles for a coalition Government and was announced in Nairobi on 28 February.The Secretary-General is on his way back to New York from Geneva, where he met this morning with High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour and her deputy Kyung-Wha Kang; Margaret Chan, Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO); and Sahana Pradham, Nepal’s Foreign Minister.Yesterday, Mr. Ban addressed the seventh session of the UN Human Rights Council, calling on its members to ensure that all nations are held equally accountable for the protection of rights as the new body begins its first-ever universal review of their performance.“No country, however powerful, should escape scrutiny of its record, commitments and actions on human rights,” Mr. Ban said, hailing the start of the Universal Periodic Review, under which all UN Member States – at the rate of 48 a year – will be reviewed to assess whether they have fulfilled their human rights obligations.
Fortunately podcast hosts Jane Garvey and Fi GloverCredit:BBC The BBC is among numerous arts organisations attempted to make its classical output accessible for the young, with a series of initiatives including Ten Pieces for children, podcasts, and Radio 3’s youngest presenter, 20-year-old Jess Gillam.Asked how to help people to love and understand classical music, Klein said there are still too many fans who acted like “gatekeepers” to make newcomers feel unwelcome.“I have a real beef with this,” she said. “It annoys me that people think they don’t like classical music. “It took me years and years of trying stuff out. “It’s absolute rubbish. It’s just great stuff and there’s a reason it’s been around for hundreds of years, and it’s because it’s brilliant.”The broadcaster also spoke about the growing popularity of Radio 3, asked whether it should consider airing an hour of “classical bangers” each morning for an easy introduction to the genre.“I think it you listen to Radio 3 you’ll find that’s what we’re doing,” she said.“Not only that, but we’ve poached a significant number of listeners from the Today programme who are sick of people barking at each other.”The full interview can be heard on Fortunately…with Fi and Jane, out now. “It’s a bit like wine bores or anybody who’s in a sort of little group. There’s a whole load of people who love classical music who think it’s for them, who are real gatekeepers and I get annoyed by that. Young people will learn to love classical music “in their own sweet time”, a BBC Radio 3 presenter has said, as she critisises the “constant” obsession with youth.Suzy Klein, who presents the Essential Classics morning show, said she gets “vaguely annoyed” at the focus on luring young people to the genre, saying it is “fine” for people to enjoy different things at different stages of life.Interviewed on BBC podcast Fortunately, she said: “I think people come to it in their own sweet time.“I get vaguely annoyed about this constant focus with everything being about youth.“I think there are things you do at different stages of your life, and for a lot of people classical music is later in their life. And I think that’s fine.” Suzy Klein at New Broadcasting HouseCredit:Martin Pope