2023 Water Conference, Abolishing Slavery & other topics - PGA Spokesperson's Briefing

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22-Mar-2023 00:06:17
Briefing by Paulina Kubiak, Spokesperson for the President of the 77th Session of the General Assembly.

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President of the General Assembly Csaba Kőrösi today is participating in the 2023 UN Water Conference.

He spoke at the opening in the General Assembly Hall this morning.

The President said that water is a global common good and we must adjust policy, legislation, and financing accordingly.

He noted that we have today a global water crisis – I know this was a question some of you asked yesterday’s guests.

The President does believe that we are already in a global water crisis.

This is manifested in three forms of water disasters – to much water, too little, and too polluted.

The President said that the solution is not rocket science.

Most importantly, it requires political will.

The President sends his congratulations today to Mina Guli, the Australian marathoner who completed her 200th marathon in one year, here outside of the UN earlier today.

That’s four marathons every week.

Ms. Guli was running for water action – across some of the most water insecure areas of the world.

On Monday, 27 March, at 10AM ET, the General Assembly will hold the commemoration of the abolition of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. This year’s keynote will be given by Professor Djamila Ribeiro, a Brazilian Black feminist philosopher and journalist. The Youth Speaker will be Taylor Cassidy, a Tik Tok creator. President Kőrösi will make remarks.

Throughout the day, Member States will hold informal consultations on the Global Digital Compact. This is one of the 16 mandated GA processes.

On Tuesday, 28 March at 10AM ET, the General Assembly will hold a debate on the role of diamonds in fueling conflict.

Still on 28 March at 3PM, in the GA Hall, there will be an informal briefing in the form of an interactive dialogue on missing persons in the Syrian Arab Republic.

On Wednesday, 29 March at 10AM ET, Member States will take action on a resolution sponsored by Vanuatu and others asking the International Court of Justice to issue an advisory opinion on climate change. There will be a GA press stakeout after action is taken.

That same day, Member States will take part in intergovernmental negotiations on a draft political declaration to renew commitment and accelerate the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030.

On Thursday, 30 March, at 10AM ET and 3PM ET, there will be a high-level meeting on Zero Waste, which will provide an opportunity to exchange experiences and success stories on developing and implementing solid waste management solutions and technologies.

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