Energy, Climate, Sudan & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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04-Nov-2021 00:16:06
Noon briefing by Eri Kaneko, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General is now heading back to New York. A few hours ago, he was at Pembroke College at Cambridge University, where he engaged in public discussion with students and faculty on Ethics and Climate Change. 

Today is Energy Day at COP26. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All, Damilola Ogunbiyi, presented the Secretary-General’s global roadmap to achieve clean energy for all by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050, as an outcome of September's High-level Dialogue on Energy.

A new report by the UN Environment Programme calls for urgent efforts to increase the financing and implementation of actions designed to adapt to the growing impacts of climate change.

Today at COP26, the UN World Tourism Organization, the UN Environment Programme and partners launched the ‘Glasgow Declaration for Climate Action in Tourism’ with more than 300 businesses in the tourism industry and governments committing to cut emissions in half by 2030 and achieve Net Zero by 2050 at the latest.

Also, at COP26, the UN’s highest-level humanitarian coordination forum, which is called the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, issued a statement yesterday urging world leaders gathered at the climate summit in Glasgow to prioritize the most vulnerable and at-risk countries and communities in their decision-making.

I have a readout of the Secretary-General’s phone call with Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Commander of the Armed Forces of the Republic of the Sudan. The Secretary-General encouraged the developments of all efforts toward resolving the political crisis in Sudan and urgently restoring the constitutional order and Sudan’s transitional process.

The Secretary-General tweeted that he is very concerned about the evolution of the situation in Ethiopia. He spoke with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to offer his good offices to create the conditions for a dialogue so the fighting stops.

The Director General of the International Organization for Migration, António Vitorino, concluded a visit to Afghanistan.

The UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, concluded a visit to Iran yesterday. He met with senior Iranian officials and representatives of the international community in Tehran. During his meetings, Mr. Grundberg emphasized the need for support of UN efforts to reach a negotiated settlement to the conflict.  

Today, the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Joanna Wronecka, visited the areas of Zahle and the West Bekaa in eastern Lebanon. She met with local authorities and toured a development project, an educational institution and an informal tented site for Syrian refugees.

We have an update from our team in Cuba, which has been supporting authorities and the population to address the health and socioeconomic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The UN team boosted its support to health services, with diagnostic and protection measures, importing oxygen concentrators, oximeters and installing oxygen plants.

The Food and Agriculture Organization today said that the world food price barometer surged to a new peak, reaching its highest level since July 2011. In October, the FAO Food Price Index went up 3 per cent from September, rising for a third consecutive month.

Tomorrow, we will be joined by Nicholas Koumjian, Head of the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar. He will update you on the current situation in Myanmar.

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