United Nations published this video item, entitled “Climate, Yemen, Ukraine & other topics – Daily Press Briefing (4 April 2022)” – below is their description.
Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
– International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
– South Sudan
– Sri Lanka
INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR MINE AWARENESS AND ASSISTANCE IN MINE ACTION
Today is the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. In a few minutes, you will hear much more on this topic from our guests.
In his message to mark the Day, the Secretary-General reminded us how far we have come in clearing the world of explosive remnants of war. Today, he said, more than 160 states have signed the Mine Ban Convention and landmines have become almost universally unacceptable.
But the world is still rife with millions of stockpiled landmines and over 50 countries remain contaminated with these weapons.
In Ukraine, for example, the Secretary-General said the legacy of a single month of war will take decades to tackle, threatening lives long after the guns fall silent.
Mine action is an investment in humanity, Mr. Guterres said. It is a prerequisite for humanitarian relief efforts and the foundation of lasting peace and sustainable development.
A few moments ago, the Secretary-General spoke, in a video message, to the press conference to launch the third report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
He said that the report is a litany of broken promises and a file of shame, cataloguing the empty pledges that put us firmly on track towards an unlivable world.
This is a climate emergency, he said, but high-emitting governments and corporations are not just turning a blind eye; they are adding fuel to the flames.
He added that climate activists are sometimes depicted as dangerous radicals, but the truly dangerous radicals are the countries that are increasing the production of fossil fuels.
He called on countries to triple the speed of the shift to renewable energy and end the funding of coal, not just abroad, but at home.
Climate promises and plans must be turned into reality and action, now, he said.
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