Clean Energy, Climate Change/Plant Pests, Lebanon, & other topics – Daily Briefing (02 June 2021)

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    Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.


    – Secretary-General/Clean Energy

    – Climate Change/Plant Pests

    – Lebanon

    – Yemen

    – Central African Republic

    – Libya

    – Democratic Republic Of The Congo

    – Ethiopia

    – Unowas

    – Afghanistan

    – Myanmar

    – Sri Lanka

    – World Employment And Social Outlook

    – Unicef/Vaccines

    – Press Encounter Today


    This morning, the Secretary-General delivered remarks by video at the Clean Energy Ministerial meeting, which is taking place today in Santiago, in Chile.

    He stressed the crucial role of the energy sector in cutting global emissions by 25 percent by 2030 from 2010 levels and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

    The Secretary-General said that phasing out coal is the single most important step to get in line for the 1.5-degree goal of the Paris Agreement.

    Countries must shift fossil fuel subsidies to renewable energy, he said, adding that net-zero emissions electricity systems must be the norm in advanced economies by 2035 and globally by 2040.

    The Secretary-General said that every sector – including steel, cement, and shipping – must have an action plan to be net-zero by 2050.

    He also pointed that out that if the shipping sector were a country, it would be the world’s sixth largest greenhouse gas emitter.


    The Food and Agriculture Organization today published a scientific review showing that due to the impact of climate change, plant pests that ravage economically important crops are becoming more and more destructive. They are also posing an increasing threat to food security and the environment.


    The Secretary-General is aware of and deeply concerned by the financial difficulties faced by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

    He has been actively engaged in efforts to secure additional funding for the Tribunal, making a direct appeal to Member States and the international community as well as seeking emergency financial assistance from the General Assembly, which was provided earlier this year.

    The Secretary-General continues to make an urgent appeal to Member States and the international community for voluntary contributions in order to secure the funds required to support the independent judicial proceedings that remain before the Tribunal.

    He also notes that the continued financial support by the international community is vitally critical to ensuring justice for the victims in Lebanon.

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