Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Highlights: - Secretary-General - Yemen - Bahamas - Syria - Lebanon - Central African Republic - Democratic Republic of the Congo - Mozambique, Child Detention - Last Game - Preservation of the Ozone Layer - Press Briefings - Picasso's Guernica Tapestry Secretary-General At 3pm this afternoon, the Secretary-General will speak at the closing of the 73rd General Assembly. He will commend the work of the outgoing General Assembly President, calling her a champion for multilateralism and making the United Nations relevant for all. The Secretary-General will point to the adoption of the General Assembly’s 73rd session of two Global Compacts, one on Migration and one on refugees, as examples of what can be achieved through international cooperation. Yemen Martin Griffiths, the Special Envoy for Yemen, briefed the Security Council by VTC today from Geneva. He said we have no time to waste before moving forward with purpose and resolve towards the political solution to end the conflict in Yemen. In particular, he warned that the attack on Aramco facilities in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, has consequences well beyond the region. At a minimum, he said, this kind of action carries the risks of dragging Yemen into a regional conflagration and makes the chances of a regional conflict that much higher. The Secretary-General condemned Saturday’s attack on the Aramco oil facilities and called upon all parties to exercise maximum restraint, prevent any escalation amid heightened tensions and comply at all times with International Humanitarian Law. Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock also spoke to Council members and said that we have seen numerous incidents since last month in which innocent civilians have been killed and injured. He said there is a persistent pattern of attacks on Yemen which kill and injure civilians and damage civilian infrastructure and he once again urges accountability for violations. Mr. Lowcock added that the operating environment for aid agencies has perhaps never been worse than it is now. Almost 90 percent of the incidents are due to bureaucratic blockages, he said, noting in particular the restrictions imposed by Ansar Allah. Bahamas On Saturday, Antonio Guterres visited some of the areas most impacted by Hurricane Dorian in Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands. The Secretary-General was able to survey the damage by air and he also walked through the area known as the Mudd, a poor neighborhood where many Haitian migrants lived. He said he was horrified by the level of destruction. “I've never seen such a level of systematic devastation. Hurricane Dorian has been classified as category five. I think it is category hell,” he said. He added that while we have always had many hurricanes, they are now more intense, more frequent, and more powered by climate change. He stressed that the international community should learn two things from this disaster: first, we need to stop climate change. Second, countries like the Bahamas do not contribute to climate change but are already experiencing its impacts deserve support to fully respond to the humanitarian emergency and also recover and build resilience. During his visit to the Bahamas, he met with Prime Minister Minnis and discussed the progress of relief efforts, and he said the UN remains committed to keep supporting the government going forward. He also visited an evacuation centre, where he listened to hurricane victims, and later on from various international organizations that are helping to coordinate the recovery. Full Highlight: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=16%20September%202019
The top United Nations official in Yemen told the Security Council that attacks against oil facilities in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, claimed by Houthi rebel fighters, are a sign that the war-torn country could be drawn into even greater conflict. Briefing via teleconference, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, said “the attack on ARAMCO facilities in Saudi Arabia this past Saturday morning, 14th of September, which has caused significant disruption to the Kingdom’s crude oil production, has consequences well beyond the region.” Griffiths said, “at a minimum, this kind of action carries the risk of dragging Yemen into a regional conflagration. Because of one thing we can be certain, and that is that this extremely serious incident makes the chances of a regional conflict that much higher and of a rapprochement that much lower.”
On June 1st, the 73rd President of the UN General Assembly, together with the Governments of Antigua and Barbuda, and Norway, as well as UN Environment, UNOPS, the Krim Group, and Lonely Whale, hosted a concert in Antigua and Barbuda. The concert, headlined by singer/songwriter Ashanti and the King of Socca, Machel Montano, included a diverse lineup, including indie-rock band St. Lucia; Colombia’s Bomba Estereo; Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz; Australian pop-star and UNDP Ocean Advocate Cody Simpson; German DJ Robin Schulz (accompanied by singer Harloe); and Ghana’s Afro-Reggae artist and UN Environment Ambassador Rocky Dawuni. The event also featured actress Megan Good, actor Adrian Grenier, and social-advocate and influencer, Amanda Cerny.
Touring Abaco island in the Bahamas devastated by Hurricane Dorian earlier this month, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said “the international support will be absolutely essential” to help communities rebuild and recover. More at https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/09/1046412
Video message by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, on International Day of Democracy. At heart, democracy is about people. It is built on inclusion, equal treatment and participation — and it is a fundamental building block for peace, sustainable development and human rights. These values and aspirations cannot be seen as tokens or lip service. They must be real in people’s lives. Yet the International Day of Democracy takes place at a time when trust is low and anxiety is high. People are frustrated by growing inequalities and unsettled by sweeping changes from globalization and technology. They see conflicts going unresolved, a climate emergency going unanswered, injustice going unaddressed, and civic space shrinking. As we mark Democracy Day, I urge all governments to respect the right to active, substantive and meaningful participation; and I salute all of you who strive tirelessly to make this happen.
The financial cost of the damage caused by Hurricane Dorian in The Bahamas “will be in the billions of dollars and The Bahamas cannot be expected to foot this bill alone” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday on arrival in the Bahamian capital Nassau, less than two weeks after a category five hurricane hit several islands of the Caribbean country.
After the devastation caused by the two cyclones that hit Mozambique in the spring of 2019, the United Nations humanitarian aid agencies and their partners have assisted more than two million people in restoring peace and stability into their lives.
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General. Highlights: - Syria - Secretary-General's travel - Deputy Secretary-General's travel - Culture of Peace - Democratic Republic of the Congo - Mali - El Salvador - Bangladesh - Education - Yemen - General Assembly - Contributions SYRIA I will start off with a statement on the Board of Inquiry for northwest Syria. As announced on 1 August, the Secretary-General has established an internal United Nations Headquarters Board of Inquiry to investigate a series of incidents that have occurred in northwest Syria since the signing of the Memorandum on Stabilization of the Situation in the Idlib De-escalation Area between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey on 17 September 2018. The Board will be led by Lieutenant General Chikadibia Obiakor of Nigeria and it will also include as other members Ms. Janet Lim of Singapore and Ms. Marta Santos Pais of Portugal. The Board will review and investigate a number of specific incidents in which there was destruction of, or damage to, facilities on the UN deconfliction list and on UN-supported facilities in the area. The work of the Board will be supported by two senior experts - Major General Fernando Ordóñez of Peru and Mr. Pierre Ryter, the former International Committee of the Red Cross – Head of Regional Delegation, and he is from Switzerland. The Board will commence its work on 30 September. It will ascertain the facts of the specific incidents concerned and report to the Secretary-General once it completes its work. The Secretary-General urges all parties concerned to extend their full cooperation to the Board. SECRETARY-GENERAL’S TRAVEL The Secretary-General is on his way to Nassau in the Bahamas. He is expected to meet with Prime Minister Hubert Minnis this afternoon. As he told you yesterday, this is a visit to show the UN's solidarity with the Government and people of the Bahamas after the onslaught of Hurricane Dorian. While in Nassau, the Secretary-General will visit a shelter for hurricane evacuees, as well as the operations centre of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). Tomorrow, he is expected to visit the areas hit by Hurricane Dorian on Abaco Island. Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=13%20September%202019
The President of the United Nations General Assembly’s 74th session, Ambassador Tijjani Mohammad-Bande of Nigeria, has set key priorities for ushering in a better future for all. Sharing his ideas for how to achieve an ambitious agenda, he discusses how countries can unite to address pressing issues facing the the world.
संयुक्त राष्ट्र महासभा हर साल वार्षिक सत्र के लिए एकत्र होती है जिसमें देशों के प्रतिनिधि अपनी-अपनी बात बाक़ी प्रतिनिधियों के सामने रखते हैं. हर देश के प्रतिनिधि को बिना किसी बाधा के अपनी बात रखने का मौक़ा मिलता है. यही वो जगह है जहाँ इतिहास बनता है.
Secretary-General António Guterres today (11 Sep) visited a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) installation that displays 3,758 school backpacks as headstones to illustrate the grave scale of child deaths in conflict in 2018 and call for greater protection of children living in conflict. Accompanied by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, Guterres walked through the haunting installation in the garden at UN Headquarters in New York. The installation is meant as a message to world leaders, who will convene for the annual General Assembly. It features rows of backpacks reminiscent of a graveyard, each one representing a senseless loss of a young life to conflict. According to the 2019 Annual Report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict, more than 12,000 children were killed or maimed in conflict zones last year – the highest number since the UN started monitoring and reporting this grave violation. And these are only verified incidents, with the actual numbers likely to be much higher. In ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Yemen and many more, children pay the heaviest price of war. The vast majority of child casualties in armed conflict are caused by the continued and widespread use of explosive weapons, such as airstrikes, landmines and cluster munitions. (Raw footage) Screenshot Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider