Secretary-General Travels, Marine Environment & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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03-Jul-2023 00:21:35
Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General is in Trinidad and Tobago where he held a joint press encounter with Prime Minister Keith Rowley. He said that Caribbean nations may be small in size, but they are taking on the largest challenges of our age including the climate crisis, finance justice, and sustainable development. He also spoke about his visit to Haiti on Saturday, where the security situation is rapidly deteriorating, and humanitarian needs are soaring.

The Secretary-General delivered a message by video today at the session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee in London. He said that humanity is in dangerous waters on climate, but the decisions the Committee takes over the coming days could help us chart a safer course.

The Secretary-General is following with concern the developments in Guatemala in the aftermath of the 25 June elections.
The Secretary-General has taken note of the concerns expressed and trusts that any action taken will be in conformity with applicable electoral rules.

The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, traveled to Bangladesh over the weekend, where she discussed the importance of the UN-Bangladesh cooperation to achieve sustainable development of the country, as well as advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals globally.

Tor Wennesland, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, warned today that the current escalation in the occupied West Bank is very dangerous and follows months of mounting tensions. He said that eight Palestinians have been killed and several others wounded by Israeli Security Forces fire during an Israeli military operation that began early this morning.

The UN team in Afghanistan today released its new roadmap through 2025, guiding its work on the ground to address basic human needs in Afghanistan. The new Framework will prioritize the needs and rights of those most vulnerable, including women and girls, children and youth, internally displaced persons, returnees, refugees, ethnic and religious minorities.

The Secretary-General announced the appointment of Joanne Adamson of the United Kingdom as his new Deputy Special Representative and Deputy Head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic, known as MINUSCA.

Mr. Qu Dongyu was re-elected to a second term as Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The UN Development Coordination Office announced that Catherine Sozi of Uganda and Raul Salazar of Peru took up their new posts on 1 July as Resident Coordinator in Mozambique and Belize and in El Salvador respectively.

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