Secretary-General's trip, Our Common Agenda, Lebanon & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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04-Aug-2022 00:40:35
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This afternoon, the Secretary-General will travel to Japan, where he will take part in the Peace Memorial Ceremony in Hiroshima on Saturday. From there, he will head off to Mongolia and the Republic of Korea.

This morning, the Secretary-General briefed the General Assembly on progress accomplished since the launch of Our Common Agenda report.

This morning, in a Tweet, the Secretary-General said, we mark two years since the horrific explosion at the Beirut port – it is two years without justice.

Turning to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, we have been asked about recent developments there, and I will tell you that we regret the decision of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to request a member of the UN peacekeeping mission (MONUSCO), its Spokesperson, to depart the country.

A quick update from the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic: yesterday, the Head of our peacekeeping mission there, Valentine Rugwabiza, handed over to national authorities newly-built and equipped premises for the gendarmerie of Begoua, which is in the Ombella-Mpoko prefecture.

I was also asked about the situation between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and I can tell you that the Secretary-General is following with concern recent reports of tensions in and around the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) today announced the ten winners of its first-ever Joint Innovation Challenge, a competition to fund social enterprises with innovative solutions that advance the empowerment of women and girls worldwide.

A report by the UN Human Rights Office has found that journalists in Cambodia are increasingly being subjected to various forms of harassment and pressure, as well as violence, amid growing restrictions on civic space and press freedoms in the country.

Tomorrow, we will have a briefing by the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Chief Economist, Maximo Torero. He will join us virtually to brief on FAO’s latest Food Price Index. Then, at 1 p.m., there will be a briefing in person here by Dr. Robert Floyd, the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, known as the CTBTO.

After a long, dry spell, I am happy to report we have a new payment on the payment file, and that is from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

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