Climate Change, Sustainable Development Goals & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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17-Sep-2021 00:30:00
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, spoke at the Major Economies Forum convened by US President Joe Biden.

On Monday, at 9:00 a.m., the Secretary-General and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Northern Island, Boris Johnson, will hold an Informal Climate Leaders Roundtable on Climate Action.

The Secretary-General appointed four new Sustainable Development Goals Advocates: Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, STEM activist Valentina Munoz, Microsoft President Brad Smith and K-pop superstars Blackpink.

This morning, by prerecorded video message, the Secretary-General spoke to the Summit of the Council of the Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

This morning, the Security Council unanimously voted to extend the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan for another six months, until 17 March 2022.

As Somalis mark the one-year anniversary of the 17 September Agreement, the UN and our international partners said today they are increasingly alarmed that the escalating dispute between the President and Prime Minister will undermine Somalia’s stability and derail the electoral process.

Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that following two weeks without access, aid workers managed to send 147 trucks into Tigray in Ethiopia between 5 and 7 September.

Our Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, concluded today his visit to Riyadh, where he met with Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, Vice-President Ali Mohsen, Speaker of the Parliament Sultan al Barakani, Prime Minister Maeen Abdul Malik and Foreign Minister Ahmed bin Mubarak.

Today, the UN received a donation of 300,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from the Government of China.

From Malaysia, the UN team there, led by Resident Coordinator Karima El Korri, continues to support the country’s participation in the COVAX Facility and the wider vaccination scheme to reach undocumented people, refugees and asylum-seekers.

Today is World Patient Safety Day. This year, the Day is dedicated to the need to prioritize and address safety in maternal and newborn care, particularly around the time of childbirth, when most harm occurs.

Tomorrow is an important day – it is International Equal Pay Day. In his message, the Secretary-General says that, by pushing care work out of the formal economy and into the home, the COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated the gender pay gap.

Lastly, on an artistic note, if you walked by the North Lawn this week, you may have noticed an artist and his team busy spraying paint on the grass.

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