SG Travels, Climate, Ethiopia & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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03-Nov-2021 00:24:23
Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning, the Secretary-General left Glasgow for Cambridge where, just about now, he’s receiving an honorary degree from the University of Cambridge.

Today at COP26 in Glasgow, the UN Environment Programme and partners published detailed guidance to help the world’s cities address warming, which is occurring at twice the global average rate in urban areas.

Also, at COP26, UN Women and the Scottish Government released a joint statement calling for the role of women and girls to be advanced in addressing climate change.

In a statement we issued last night, the Secretary-General voiced his concern at the escalation of violence in Ethiopia and the recent declaration of a state of emergency.

The Secretary-General notes the extremely serious findings of the joint Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights-Ethiopian Human Rights Commission investigation released today detailing that all parties to the Tigray conflict have committed violations of international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said the gravity and seriousness of the violations and abuses documented underscore the need to hold perpetrators accountable on all sides.

This afternoon, at 3:00 p.m., the Security Council will hold a semi-annual debate on Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In Indonesia, the UN team - led by Resident Coordinator Valerie Julliand - continues to support the country’s response to the pandemic. Our team has facilitated the delivery of more than 40 million vaccine doses through COVAX and is also helping with other aspects of the vaccine campaign, including the deployment of a cold chain logistics digital application.

In Senegal, UNAIDS has concluded a three-day regional summit with a call to reinvent the response to the HIV Pandemic.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has today published its annual Statistical Yearbook, showing that the global value added that was generated by agriculture, forestry and fishing grew by 73 per cent in real terms between 2000 and 2019, reaching $3.5 trillion in 2019.

Michele Coninsx, the Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, will brief reporters on the Security Council’s meeting to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Resolution 1373 and the establishment of the Counter-Terrorism Committee.

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