23 September 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held talks today with a series of senior national officials on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a day after the United Nations wrapped up a three-day summit measuring the progress towards the eight targets for overcoming various social and economic ills. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held talks today with a series of senior national officials on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a day after the United Nations wrapped up a three-day summit measuring the progress towards the eight targets for overcoming various social and economic ills.Mr. Ban met Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, his Special Advocate for Inclusive Financing for Development, and they discussed the equitable distribution of resources to accelerate the achievement of the MDGs.Princess Maxima also presented the Secretary-General with the annual report of her work as the Special Advocate, according to information released by a spokesperson for Mr. Ban.The UN chief noted that the action plan contained in the outcome document adopted at the end of the UN summit this week specified the need to promote inclusive financing, which, he said, had a clear impact on the world’s poorest people.The Secretary-General also met Dutch Prime Minister Jan Pieter Balkenende and their talks centred on the MDG summit as well.The summit outcome document expressed concern that progress has fallen far short of what is needed to for the achievement of the MDGs, but voiced confidence that with renewed global commitment the targets to slash hunger, poverty, disease and a host of other social ills can still be achieved by 2015.Mr. Ban and Mr. Balkenende also discussed the start of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the situation in Sudan, the Netherlands’ engagement in Afghanistan, and the work of the Group of 20 finance ministers and central bank governors established to bring together key industrialized and developing economies.In addition Mr. Ban had discussions with Sheikh Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince of Bahrain.The Secretary-General commended Bahrain’s efforts on disaster risk reduction. Their conversation also touched on the MDG summit and expectations for the forthcoming climate change conference in Mexico.Mr. Ban also met with the Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar for a discussion on the situation in Sudan during which the Secretary-General thanked the Emir for Qatar’s continued efforts to bring peace to Darfur through the Doha process.They touched on the situation in Yemen, where Qatar has been actively involved in seeking a solution to the conflict there, and reviewed the humanitarian situation in Gaza.
A British prison has become the world’s first to use a new system designed to stop drones flying over perimeter walls to drop contraband into jails.The device creates a 2,000ft (600m) shield around and above a prison that will detect and deflect the remote-controlled devices.It uses a series of “disruptors”, which are sensors to jam the drone’s computer, and block its frequency and control protocols. The operator’s screen will go black and the drone will be bounced back to where it came from.Drones have become a major security problem in Britain’s prisons and are increasingly used to smuggle in drugs, weapons, phones and other valuables.The new system, called Sky Fence, is being introduced at Les Nicolles prison on Guernsey, where around 20 “disruptors” will be installed on the perimeter and inside.The Channel Island jail was initially going to install a drone detection system, but went a step further to put in the technology that stops drones in-flight. The new system in Guernsey is part of a £1.7 million security upgrade that also includes new cameras, a new lighting system and new alarms.The final phases of the work are being completed and the upgrades are due to be ready by June.Les Nicolles is a mixed category prison which holds both men and women, young offenders and adults, and has a capacity of just 139.It opened in 1989 and its population has fallen to an all-time low in recent years. It is independent of the mainland prison and justice system and is run by the State of Guernsey.Guernsey’s Home Affairs president Deputy Mary Lowe said the introduction of the technology was “an exciting time”.She said: “Here we have Guernsey leading the way in the world.” Credit:Drone Defence / SWNS Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Prisoner governor David Matthews said: “This is the first time this technology has been used in any prison anywhere in the world.”I would like to see it adopted in other UK prisons because it has become a significant problem there. Drones can carry weapons, contraband, mobile phones and drugs. This is about prevention.”Sky Fence has been created by UK companies Drone Defence and Eclipse Digital Solutions.Nottingham-based company Drone Defence has worked on the idea in the past year.Founder and CEO Richard Gill said: “It disrupts the control network between the flyer and the drone. The drone then activates return to home mode and it will then fly back to the position where it had signal with its flyer. Credit:Drone Defence / SWNS “Someone described it as the final piece in a prison’s security puzzle. I think it could have a significant worldwide impact.”Mr Gill said the technology is perfectly safe and does not “hack” or damage the drones. It is relatively cheap to install and, depending on the size of the prison, costs range from £100,000 to £250,000.Eclipse managing director Alan Drinkwater said they had modified existing technology to create Sky Fence.