Rule of Law, Side Event on SDG16 & Africa Dialogue Series - PGA Spokesperson Briefing

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22-May-2023 00:06:54
Briefing by Paulina Kubiak, Spokesperson for the President of the 77th Session of the General Assembly.

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President Csaba Kőrösi is in Vienna today where he spoke to the opening of the Opening of the 32nd Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

The President said that rule of law is critical to development and security, and that equal access to justice for all is at the core of effective and inclusive justice systems.

The President said that the SDGs cannot be achieved if the rule of law does not prevail.

The President also took part in a special event on achieving SDG16, under the CCPCJ umbrella.

He talked about the wide reach of rule of law and that our multilateral system is defined by the principles underpinning the rule of law – equality, inclusion, fairness and respect for human rights.

The President says that even in times of geopolitical crises, well-crafted international and domestic law provides answers, assurances, order and justice in the face of political turmoil, natural disasters and health challenges.

Especially as we look to the SDG Summit in September, those solutions are important for getting the SDGs back on track.

This is also an opportunity to send a strong message from the international community about upholding the values of the UN Charter.

In New York, President Kőrösi addressed the opening of Africa Dialogue Seriesnbsp;

Long-term investments in Africa must prioritize intra-African solidarity and cooperation, and protect small and medium business, which are the majority of African businesses.

They must also be aligned with the sustainability transformation, again, with a view of the SDG Summit in September and getting back on track.

Power at the Zaporizhzhia power plant today was cut – for the seventh time. In Vienna, the President put out a recorded message.

President Kőrösi called on world leaders, politicians, scientists and civil society to please raise their voices.

Two years ago, the five permanent members of the Security Council reconfirmed that nuclear wars cannot be won, and so should not be fought.

Nevertheless, we now hear on a weekly basis that nuclear weapons could be used, could be considered as a tool of resolving political or military conflicts.

The largest nuclear power plant in Europe, the Zaporizhzhia, nuclear power plant is in a war zone under near constant bombardment.

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