Food Security, Climate, Mexico & other topics – Daily Press Briefing (18 May 2022)

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

Highlights:

– Secretary-General/Food Security

– Climate

– Mexico

– Security Council

– Syria

– Libya

– Abyei

– South Sudan

– Democratic Republic Of The Congo

– Rwanda

– Myanmar

– Honduras

– Migration

– Financial Contribution

– Noon Briefing Guests Today

– Press Briefing Tomorrow

SECRETARY-GENERAL/FOOD SECURITY

This afternoon, the Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, will brief foreign ministers in a meeting on global food security, convened by the United States. He is expected to warn the gathered ministers that global hunger levels are at a new high, and that the war in Ukraine is amplifying and accelerating driving factors such as climate change, COVID-19, and inequality.

The Secretary-General is also expected to highlight urgent steps needed to solve the short-term crisis and prevent a long-term catastrophe. Those include the urgent need to reduce the pressure on markets by increasing supplies of food, the need for social protection systems to cover everyone in need, and fully funding humanitarian operations to prevent famine and reduce hunger.

Mr. Guterres is also expected to say that there is no effective solution to the current food crisis without reintegrating Ukraine’s food production, as well as food and fertilizers produced by Russia and Belarus, into world markets — despite the war.

We also expect David Beasley, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme, to address the meeting.

CLIMATE

Earlier this morning in a video message to accompany the launch of the World Meteorological Organization’s latest report, the Secretary-General said that the global energy system is broken and bringing us ever closer to climate catastrophe. He underscored that fossil fuels are a dead end — environmentally and economically – and that the war in Ukraine and its immediate effects on energy prices is yet another wake-up call.

The Secretary-General outlined five actions needed to jump-start the renewable energy transition.

These include: treating renewable energy technologies as essential and freely-available global public goods; also securing and scaling up the supply of critical components and raw materials for renewable energy technologies; building frameworks and reforming bureaucracies to level the playing field for renewables; having governments shift subsidies away from fossil fuels to protect the poor and most vulnerable people and communities and tripling private and public investments in renewable energy to at least $4 trillion dollars a year.

MEXICO

In a statement, the Secretary-General expressed his deep sadness for the more than one hundred thousand men, women and children officially recognized as disappeared in Mexico. He conveyed his profound solidarity to the families of the victims who yearn to reunite with their loved ones, search for them tirelessly, and continue to fight for truth, justice, and guarantees that this will never happen again.

The Secretary-General also welcomed the measures undertaken by the Government of Mexico to guarantee the rights of the victims of disappearances and encouraged Mexican authorities to continue to accelerate progress.

SECURITY COUNCIL

Speaking to a Security Council session on the G5 Sahel Joint Force, the Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Martha Pobee, said that terrorism and insecurity continue to spread in the region, devastating the lives of millions.

She described the decision by the Malian transition authorities to withdraw from the G5-Sahel and its Joint Force as both unfortunate and regrettable, adding that it is most certainly a step back for the Sahel.

In the coming months, she said, it will be crucial for stakeholders in the region to come to a consensus on how to best bring the transitions in Mali and Burkina Faso to a swift conclusion, and in a manner that addresses the grievances of the population of the two countries.

But the Assistant Secretary-General also said that beyond our continued support for existing efforts to stabilize the Sahel region, we need innovative approaches in the face of the constantly evolving tactics of terror groups.

Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=18%20May%202022

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