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The United Nations (UN) was established after World War II with the aim of preventing future wars. The organization is financed by assessed and voluntary contributions from its member states.
The UN’s chief administrative officer is the Secretary-General, currently Portuguese politician and diplomat António Guterres, who began his five year-term on 1 January 2017.
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United Nations published this video item, entitled “#EndImpunity for Crimes Against Journalists & other topics – Daily Briefing (02 November 2020)” – below is their description.
Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Highlights: – Secretary-General/Civil Society – Armenia/Azerbaijan – Afghanistan – Libya – South Sudan – Philippines – COVID-19/Philippines – Viet Nam – Sri Lanka – Journalists SECRETARY-GENERAL/CIVIL SOCIETY This morning, the Secretary-General spoke by a video message to the meeting of Civil Society on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond. He said that, in most of the developed world, governments have adopted packages valued in the double digits of GDP to tackle the pandemic and its social and economic impact. But we have not seen the necessary level of global solidarity that would enable the developing world to do the same. The Secretary-General said that for too long, we have been underserved by our global financial architecture and we now have a chance to re-imagine global financing frameworks and put them at the service of humanity. He added that civil society is a key part of the initiative he launched together with the Prime Ministers of Canada and Jamaica, having mobilized its networks with a consistent call to support those most impacted by this crisis and making important contributions to the menu of options that emerged. The Secretary-General told civil society members that, as we chart a new way forward, he counts on them to continue to speak out. “We need your voices urging policies and actions to recover better with sustainability, equity and inclusion,” he said. ARMENIA/AZERBAIJAN Turning to Armenia and Azerbaijan: In a statement issued over the weekend, the Secretary-General said that he fully supports the call of the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, as agreed in Moscow on 10 October, and confirmed subsequently in Paris on 17 October and in Washington D.C., on 25 October. The call is contained in a statement issued on Saturday by the Co-Chairs at the end of their meetings in Geneva with the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan. The Secretary-General remains deeply concerned by reports of continuing hostilities, which continue to affect civilians. He condemns all such attacks and reiterates that both sides have the obligation, under international humanitarian law, to take utmost care to spare and protect civilians and civilian infrastructure in the conduct of military operations. Today, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, expressed alarm at continuing indiscriminate attacks in populated areas in and around the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. She stressed that attacks carried out in violation of the principle of distinction or the principle of proportionality may amount to war crimes. Ms. Bachelet added that the parties to the conflict are obliged to effectively, promptly, thoroughly and impartially investigate such violations and to prosecute those alleged to have committed them. Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=02%20November%202020United Nations YouTube Channel
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