Middle East, Health & other topics - PGA Spokesperson's Briefing

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03-Jul-2023 00:04:30
Briefing by Paulina Kubiak, Spokesperson for the President of the 77th Session of the General Assembly.

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Starting with the situation in the Middle East…

President Csaba Kőrösi is monitoring the situation.

He is concerned by the escalation of tensions and the violence and calls for restraint.

The situation is very volatile and dangerous.

Turning to this year’s UNGA…

As you know, the President-elect of the General Assembly – after discussions with Member States, the current President and the Secretary-General – selects the theme of the UNGA debate and the upcoming session.

President-elect Dennis Francis advised this morning that the theme for the 78th session of the General Assembly, including the general debate, will be “Rebuilding trust and reigniting global solidarity: Accelerating action on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals towards peace, prosperity, progress and sustainability for all”.

This evening, President Kőrösi will be traveling to Hungary for an official visit.

He will speak Wednesday at the Seventh Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health.

Turning to the joint campaign with UN Women…

A total of 43 Member States have pledged to complete the UN online trainings on gender equality and the prevention of sexual harassment.

We thank the Permanent Missions of Andorra, Albania, Costa Rica, Liechtenstein and Mexico for their pledges.

And tomorrow is the Fourth of July, a holiday here in the US.

If you’re looking to keep cool with a podcast…

Consider the fourth episode of the OPGA Fellows Podcast.

This is our water podcast.

Fellow Mmoloki Tsheole speaks with the President’s Chief Scientific Advisor Johannes Cullmann and colleague Sneha Dubey.

They discuss the follow up from the UN 2023 Water Conference, known formally as the 2023 Conference for the Midterm Comprehensive Review of Implementation of the UN Decade for Action on Water and Sanitation.

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