United Nations published this video item, entitled “COP15/ Canada, Ukraine, Haiti & other topics – Daily Press Briefing (2 December 2022)” – below is their description.
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
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SECRETARY-GENERAL TRIP / CANADA
On Monday, 5 December, in the afternoon, the Secretary-General will arrive in Montreal, Canada, where he will on Tuesday and Wednesday attend the 15th meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, referred to as COP15.
The first part of COP15 was held in Kunming, China, in October of last year. This second part will include the continuation of negotiations by Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, which we hope will lead to the adoption of an ambitious post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.
In the remarks to be delivered at the opening ceremony of the Conference, the Secretary-General will underscore the importance of making peace with nature, which is our life-support system. He will also warn that if our
bottomless appetite for unchecked and unequal economic growth continues, we will risk facing mass extinction.
The Secretary-General will also call on countries and the private sector to develop bold action plans that protect biodiversity and support sustainable practices. And he will reiterate his call for developed countries to provide financial support for developing countries, many of which are custodians of the world’s natural wealth.
While in Montreal, the Secretary-General will also meet with the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, as well as COP15 President, Minister Huang Runqiu of China. In addition, he will meet with representatives from civil society, including women’s groups, youth, indigenous communities and regional groups.
The Secretary-General is scheduled to be back in New York on Wednesday evening.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today raised concerns about the impact of the conflict on civilians in the eastern-most parts of the country, particularly Donetsk region, and their southern neighbours in Zaporizhzhia. While the world’s attention has been on the grave humanitarian situation in Kherson, dozens of towns on both sides of the frontline in Zaporizhzhia have been shelled daily during the past weeks, according to NGOs on the ground. People in these towns face tremendous challenges accessing gas, water and electricity in their homes.
Most people in the region of Donetsk also face extremely limited access to heating, water, health and education services following damage to civilian infrastructure. Over the past couple of days, our humanitarian colleagues have received reports from local authorities of civilians killed and injured on both sides of the front line.
Yesterday, several schools in both Ukrainian and Russian-controlled parts of the region were reportedly hit.
As temperatures continue to drop in Ukraine, heating has, as mentioned, become a major issue in the Donetsk region. On the Russian-controlled side, including the city of Donetsk, families cannot heat their homes as the centralized heating system is not operational. Piped water is also limited to a few days per week for a few hours.
OCHA notes that on the Ukrainian-controlled side, most people who stayed in the front-line cities are elderly, mainly older women, people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups. Making sure they are protected and have access to heating during the winter can be a matter of their survival.
On the response side, the UN has distributed hundreds of generators to hospitals, schools and heating points across Ukraine for people cut off from utilities.
The UN has also provided winter supplies and services, heating appliances and house repairs to over 630,000 people. Most of this work can only take place in areas under Government control and humanitarian access to the other parts of the country remains a huge challenge.
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