Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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11-Dec-2019 00:16:12
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General is back in Madrid at the UN Climate Change Conference, known as COP25. Today he spoke at the High-Level Event on Global Climate Action, where he called on the world’s biggest emitters to do much more on climate, warning that “if we do not reach carbon neutrality by 2050, all our current efforts to promote sustainable development will be undermined.”

Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo will visit Ukraine from 12 to 13 December 2019. In Kyiv, Ms. DiCarlo will hold talks with Ukrainian authorities, representatives of United Nations agencies and partner civil society organizations, including groups representing internally displaced persons, women and youth.

The Secretary-General welcomes the outcomes of the meeting of the leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine (Normandy Four) held on 9 December in Paris. He reaffirms the strong support of the United Nations for the lead role of the member countries of the Normandy Four, the OSCE Trilateral Contact Group, and the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine in the framework of the Minsk Agreements.

The Government of Palestine, the United Nations, and humanitarian organizations today launched the Humanitarian Response Plan for 2020 in the occupied Palestinian territory, which seeks $348 million to provide assistance to 1.5 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

In Burkina Faso, the population is facing an unprecedented protection crisis, as a result of spiraling insecurity and the erosion of access to basic services in regions along the borders with Mali and Niger.

This morning, the Security Council held a debate on the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals. At 3:00 p.m. this afternoon, the Council will hold an open meeting on non-proliferation and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The number of children whose births are officially registered has increased significantly worldwide, yet 166 million children under-five, or 1 in 4, remain unregistered.

And today is International Mountain Day.

Bangladesh has made a full payment to the UN’s regular budget. This payment takes the UN to 140 fully paid-up Member States.

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