Daily Press Briefing by the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General. Guest: President of Estonia Ms. Kersti Kaljulaid will brief on her new role as Global Advocate for Every Woman Every Child

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28-Jun-2021 01:06:27
Daily Press Briefing by the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General. Guest: President of Estonia Ms. Kersti Kaljulaid on her new role as Global Advocate for Every Woman Every Child.

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Speaking at the Security Council’s VTC open debate on children and armed conflict, the Secretary-General said that as we mark the 25th anniversary of the mandate’s creation, its continued relevance is sadly clear. The disregard for children’s rights at times of conflict and upheaval is shocking and heartbreaking, he added.

Also this morning, the Secretary-General spoke at the Second High-level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States. He said the fight against terrorism has seen important advances, with attacks thwarted across the world, yet the threat has persisted and diversified.

Speaking by pre-taped video message, the Secretary-General addressed Member States on Accountability for Misconduct by Peacekeepers. He said that the vast majority of peacekeepers live up to the highest standards of conduct, but noted that when they do not, it has a devastating impact on victims and survivors, and undermines our operational efficiency and our global reputation.

Over the weekend, the Secretary-General issued a statement, in which he said he was shocked by the murder of three Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) humanitarian workers in Tigray, in Ethiopia, saying that this is totally unacceptable and an appalling violation of international human rights law, and that the perpetrators must be found and severely punished.

Turning to Gaza. Tor Wennesland, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, announced that, under the UN framework, the Qatari-funded fuel deliveries for the Gaza Power Plant are resuming today.

The Humanitarian Coordinator in the Central African Republic, Denise Brown, strongly condemned the killing yesterday of a caretaker working with Medicins Sans Frontieres who was killed while transferring patients last week in Batangafo, in the north-west of the country. The attack is the third attack against Médecins Sans Frontières in the past month and the NGO has now suspended its work in the region.

In a report published today, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, made an urgent call for States to adopt a transformative agenda to uproot systemic racism.

In Myanmar, the World Food Programme is concerned about significant increases in food prices nationwide.

Over the weekend, the Secretary-General issued a statement to condemn the attack on Friday against a helicopter carrying the President of Colombia and other officials.

The guest at the noon briefing was the President of the Republic of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid, who was just appointed by the Secretary-General as Global Advocate for Every Woman Every Child.
At 1:15 p.m., the Spokesman was joined by the Under-Secretary-General for Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance, Catherine Pollard, and the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, along with Ambassador Mathu Joyini, the Permanent Representative of South Africa to the UN. They discussed this morning’s virtual high-level meeting on ‘Strengthening the Conduct of Peacekeeping Personnel.’
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