Ocean Conference, Jason Momoa & other topics – Daily Press Briefing (27 June 2022)

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

Highlights:

– Ocean Conference

– Jason Momoa

– Criminal Tribunals

– Deputy Secretary-General

– Afghanistan

– Sahel

– Mali

– Horn of Africa

– Sudan

– Ukraine

– Middle East

– Libya

– Nigeria

– Pakistan

– World Drug Report

– Micro-, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Day

– Financial Contribution

OCEAN CONFERENCE

This morning, in Lisbon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Guterres, addressed the opening ceremony of the 2022 Ocean Conference, along with the leaders of the two co-hosting nations – Portugal and Kenya.

He warned that we have taken the ocean for granted, and today we face what he would call an “Ocean Emergency”, adding that we must now turn the tide.

The Secretary-General emphasized that we cannot have a healthy planet without a healthy ocean and that our failure to care for the ocean will have ripple effects across the entire 2030 Agenda. He called on all to do their part to make a difference for the oceans.

Also today, while addressing the media in a joint press encounter with the Presidents of Portugal and Kenya, the Secretary-General warned that our oceans are issuing an

SOS. We must work together to right these wrongs, he

stressed. 

And just a short while ago, the Secretary-General also briefed by video conference the G7 leaders in a closed session. His remarks underscored the continuing global impact, especially on developing countries, and the food crises, because of the war in Ukraine.

JASON MOMOA

Movie star and activist Jason Momoa, who is in Portugal for the conference, was designated as the UN Environment Programme’s Advocate for Life Below Water.

The Aquaman actor, who has worked with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii and rePurpose Global organizations, described how humbled he felt to be entrusted with the responsibility to promote ocean health.

CRIMINAL TRIBUNALS

The Secretary-General appointed today Judge Graciela Susana Gatti Santana of Uruguay as President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals for a term commencing on 1 July 2022. The decision was made after consulting the President of the Security Council and the judges of the Mechanism.

The Secretary-General is grateful to Judge Carmel Agius for his service as the President of the Mechanism from 19 January 2019 until 30 June 2022.

Judge Gatti Santana has been a judge for almost 30 years. Since 2012, she has served as a judge at the Mechanism, and she is also a member of the Rules Committee.

DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL

The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed is now in Paris, in France, where she will attend the pre-Summit of the Transforming Education Summit, which is a precursor to the meetings that will take place in September in New York.

On Saturday, in Kigali, the Deputy Secretary-General had a meeting with the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, as well as a meeting with the President of Nigeria, President Buhari, during which she provided updates on the work of the Global Crisis Response Group on Food, Energy and Finance. She also discussed efforts to advance durable peace and sustainable development on the African continent.

Yesterday, the Deputy Secretary-General also met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tanzania, Liberata Mulamula, and flew to France in the evening.

AFGHANISTAN

In Afghanistan, the UN team in the country today launched an emergency appeal following last week’s earthquake. The appeal calls for $110 million to urgently help 362,000 people for the next three months in the hardest-hit areas in the provinces of Paktika and Khost.

This new appeal is part of this year’s Humanitarian Response Plan, which calls for $4.4 billion, but it is massively underfunded at just over one third.

We and our partners are borrowing supplies, personnel, and resources from other humanitarian programmes.

Last Friday, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, announced the release of $10 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund to help support the initial phases of our assistance to people in Afghanistan.

For his part, our Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Ramiz Alakbarov in the country, visited the areas impacted by the earthquake and urged the international community to dig deep at this time, as the population confronts yet another emergency.

Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=27%20June%202022

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