2020 Afghan Conference & other topics – Daily Briefing (23 November 2020)

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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Highlights: – Secretary-General/Afghanistan – Secretary-General/Regional Organizations – Secretary-General/G20 – Ethiopia/Humanitarian – COVID-19/Djibouti – Democratic Republic of the Congo – Libya – Security Council – Nagorno-Karabakh – Guatemala – World Meteorological Organization SECRETARY-GENERAL/AFGHANISTAN Today, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, the 2020 Afghan Conference got under way. The ministerial pledging conference is being co-hosted by the Governments of Afghanistan and Finland, along with the United Nations.   The Secretary-General will participate in the conference tomorrow through a pre-recorded video message. In his message, he is expected to emphasize how the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate emergency are making life even more difficult in Afghanistan, particularly for the most vulnerable.   The Secretary-General will also stress his concern about continued high levels of violence in the country.  He will highlight the central role of the Afghan women in creating peaceful and inclusive communities.   And due to pandemic restrictions in Switzerland, the Conference is taking place virtually, with only the co-hosts meeting in person and you will be able to watch the whole event on UN web TV.  SECRETARY-GENERAL/ REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONS Earlier today, speaking to 23 regional organizations, the Secretary-General said that our partnership with them is more important than ever.  Regional organizations play a vital role in the global response to the pandemic, he added, and he reminded participants of his call for a COVID-19 response based on a New Social Contract and New Global Deal to ensure that power, wealth and opportunities are shared more broadly and fairly.  To achieve this, Mr. Guterres said that we need a new, reinvigorated inclusive, multilateralism, in which the UN, regional organizations, international financial institutions work together more closely.  Turning to conflicts, he also highlighted the importance of cooperation with regional organizations and underscored the positive developments following his global ceasefire call, but also added that several months on, the situation remains mixed.  Now is the time to double down on our efforts to reach a global ceasefire by the end of the year, Mr. Guterres said. International cooperation is essential to change the calculations of conflict parties, open the space for dialogue, and end these wars.  Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=23%20November%202020

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