Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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04-Jun-2019 00:17:34
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning, at the General Assembly, the Secretary-General congratulated Professor Tijjani Mohammad Bande of Nigeria on his election as President of the 74th Session of the General Assembly of these United Nations.

As a reminder, the Secretary-General will travel to St. Petersburg in the Russian Federation tomorrow, and he will participate in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Thursday. The theme of this year’s forum is “Creating a Sustainable Development Agenda”. The Secretary-General will be meeting with President Vladimir Putin and senior Russian officials, as well as some other leaders attending the meeting, and he will be traveling back to New York on 8 June.
As a reminder, we will be closed tomorrow in observance of Eid.

The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, is in London, where she spoke at Chatham House on a session concerning the legacy of the late former Secretary-General, Kofi Annan. She said that one of the planks in his legacy, the Millennium Development Goals, spawned tremendous progress. She said the number of people living on less than $1.25 a day was reduced from 1.9 billion in 1990 to 836 million in 2015 – the largest decline of its kind in human history.

The Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ursula Mueller, is in Madagascar and has called for sustained aid and development support to help the country tackle food insecurity and preventable diseases, as well as to address the root causes of chronic poverty and underdevelopment.

In Libya, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that, following recent heavy rains and flooding in the south-western part of the country, two people have died, 2,000 people are displaced and an estimated 20,000 people have been affected. The floods have caused houses to collapse, closed roads, and interrupted communication and electricity networks in most parts of the municipality.

Ahead of World Environment Day tomorrow, the Secretary General issued a call for governments to tackle air pollution, which is the focus of this year’s celebrations.

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