75th anniversary of the UN & other topics – Daily Briefing (21 September 2020)

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    Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Highlights: – U.N. at 75 – World Meteorological Organization – COVID-19/Malawi – Resident Coordinators – Mali – Financial Contribution U.N. AT 75 At the ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the UN, the Secretary-General – there in person – highlighted some of the Organization’s accomplishments. Never in modern history have we gone so many years without a military confrontation between the major powers, he said. Most recently, he added, unanimous support for the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement provided an inspiring vision for the 21st century. But, today, the Secretary-General said, we have a surplus of multilateral challenges and a deficit of multilateral solutions. He welcomed the General Assembly’s 75th anniversary Declaration and highlighted that the more than one million people who participated in the global conversation this year expressed how they see the United Nations as a vehicle to make the world a better place. He called for a networked multilateralism, in which the UN family, international financial institutions, regional organizations, trading blocs and others work together more closely and more effectively. The Secretary-General concluded by saluting all staff, past and present, for their dedication in bringing the ideals of the United Nations to life. And a quick note to add that the UN75 Report, launched today, is also available online WORLD METEOROLOGICAL ORGANIZATION The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and their partners today launched the FOCUS-Africa – an $8.2 million initiative funded by the European Commission to increase resilience and adaptation in Southern Africa over the next four years. FOCUS will deliver tailored climate services in four key sectors: agriculture and food security, water, energy and infrastructure. The project, which embraces about 10 partners from Africa and 10 from Europe, will benefit not just African countries but the European consortium partners who will enhance their scientific knowledge and climate know-how. Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=21%20September%202020

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