Cyprus, Oceans, World Creativity & Innovation Day & other topics – Daily Briefing (21 April 2021)

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

    Highlights:

    – Cyprus/ 5+1 Meeting

    – Afghanistan

    – Myanmar

    – Climate

    – Oceans

    – Saint Vincent And The Grenadines

    – Ethiopia

    – Libya

    – Côte D’ivoire

    – Covax

    – World Creativity And Innovation Day

    CYPRUS/ 5+1 MEETING

    The Secretary-General will go to Geneva for the informal 5 + 1 meeting on the Cyprus issue, which will be held from the 27th to the 29th of April. 

    As we told you on February 24th, he is convening this informal meeting following consultations conducted on his behalf by a senior UN official, Ms. Jane Holl Lute. Those consultations were being done over the past several months.  

    The purpose of the meeting, as we said at the time, will be to determine whether common ground exists for the parties to negotiate a lasting solution to the Cyprus issue within a foreseeable horizon. 

    AFGHANISTAN

    In a joint statement, the co-conveners of the Istanbul conference on the Afghanistan peace process said that in view of the recent developments, and after extensive consultations with the parties, it has been agreed to postpone the conference to a later date when conditions for making meaningful progress would be more favourable. 

    The statement notes that Turkey, Qatar and the United Nations had planned to co-convene a high-level conference in Istanbul, from the 24th of April to the 4th of May, with the participation of the representatives of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban. The aim was to add momentum to the negotiations that started in Doha last September to achieve a just and lasting peace in Afghanistan. 

    The statement stresses that Turkey, Qatar and the UN will resolutely continue their earnest efforts to achieve peace in Afghanistan.

     

    MYANMAR

    The Secretary-General welcomes the convening of the upcoming ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting on April 24th, which is set to discuss the current situation in Myanmar.  

    As the Secretary-General highlighted in his remarks to the Security Council this week, he continues to appeal for a resolute international response grounded on a unified effort. He urges ASEAN leaders to help prevent an escalation of the crisis and possible grave humanitarian implications beyond Myanmar’s borders.  

    The UN will remain a vital partner of ASEAN and will lend its full support to its efforts on Myanmar. The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, Christine Schraner Burgener, remains in the region and will be in Jakarta to engage ASEAN leaders on the sidelines of Saturday’s meeting, focusing on a political solution.   

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