Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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22-Apr-2021 00:34:20
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General thanks President Biden for convening today’s Leaders’ Summit. The commitments and actions announced provide a much-needed boost to our collective efforts to address the climate crisis ahead of the COP26 meeting in Glasgow later this year.

The Secretary-General spoke at the Climate Leaders Summit earlier today.

Today is International Mother Earth Day and in his message, the Secretary-General said we must end our war on nature and nurse it back to health.

Our Mission in Afghanistan said today that the UN envoy for Afghanistan, Deborah Lyons, has concluded several days of consultations in Doha with Afghan parties and international partners. They discussed the best way forward to strengthen and add impetus to intra-Afghan peace negotiations.

Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that La Niña weather patterns that may result in drought are compounding food insecurity in Afghanistan.

The World Food Programme said today that it will launch a new operation to reach up to two million vulnerable people in poor townships in Myanmar’s main cities and other areas where people have recently been uprooted.

The UN Mission in Libya today expressed its concern regarding the recent shutdown in oil production at the Marsa al-Hariga plant and indications that other shutdowns may be imminent.

A UN-organized humanitarian convoy today delivered 23 tons of hygiene items to the Donetsk oblast in Ukraine through the Novotroitsk crossing point.

Tor Wennesland, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, spoke to the Security Council via videoconference and he mentioned the need for holding of credible Palestinian elections is a crucial step towards renewing the legitimacy of national institutions and reestablishing Palestinian national unity. He encourages international support for this effort.

Yesterday afternoon, the Special Representative for the Secretary-General for Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, briefed the Council. He said that in the fifth year of implementation of the Peace Agreement, it is essential that all parties remain committed to building on the achievements made, resolve pending challenges, and move forward – with the support of all actors in Colombian society– in solving structural problems, particularly considering the challenges of overcoming the pandemic.

Today is the International Girls in ICT Day.

This morning, remarks were delivered on the Secretary-General’s behalf at the General Assembly’s High-level debate on Urban safety, security and good governance. The Secretary-General said that a comprehensive urban design and planning approach is essential to crime prevention and the development of safe cities.

There is a new UN High-level Advisory Board on economic and social affairs, which will look into the socioeconomic challenges in the wake of the pandemic and propose solutions for a sustainable recovery and they began roundtable discussions today.

Following the Security Council Meeting today on the Middle East, there will be a virtual stakeout by current EU members of the Security Council - Ireland, France and Estonia, along with former EU Security Council members Germany and Belgium. They will read out a statement on the Middle East.

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