Paris Peace Forum, World Health Assembly & other topics – Daily Press Briefing (23 May 2022)

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

Highlight:

– Secretary-General

– Paris Peace Forum

– World Health Assembly

– Indonesia

– Technology and Conflict

– Ukraine

– Democratic Republic of the Congo

– Yemen

– Syria

– Nepal

– World of Work

– 100 Million People Forcibly Displaced

– International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

SECRETARY-GENERAL

Tomorrow, at 9:00 a.m., the Secretary-General will deliver a commencement address to the Class of 2022 at Seton Hall University across the river in New Jersey. In his remarks, that he will deliver at the Prudential Center in Newark, the Secretary-General is expected to highlight issues such as conflict, poverty, exclusion, inequality, hunger and human rights.

He is also expected to tell graduates that their generation must be the one that succeeds in addressing the planetary emergency of climate change and that they put their hard-earned talents to good use. Those remarks were shared with you under embargo and you’ll be able to watch the remarks live on UN WebTV.

PARIS PEACE FORUM

Something else you’ll be able to watch, the Secretary-General will participate in a conversation with Trisha Shetty, the President of the Paris Peace Forum Steering Committee on the theme of Preserving global cooperation in times of war. This is a pre-recorded conversation which they recorded today and the issue of Ukraine did come up.

That will be broadcast tomorrow at 9:30 a.m., New York time, 3 p.m. Paris time and you can watch it on UN Web TV as well as the Paris Peace Forum’s YouTube channel.

WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY

This weekend, the Secretary-General spoke by video message at the opening session of the World Health Assembly via pre-recorded video message.

He said this year’s World Health Assembly arrives at a time when global health continues to be challenged like never before.

But throughout the crises, Mr. Guterres said, the World Health Organization has been a steadfast source of hope and support.

The women and men of WHO are not only on the front lines of the COVID-19 response, they are leading the battle against other preventable diseases, safeguarding access to primary health care, and gathering the world around preparedness to address and even prevent future pandemics.

But across this essential work, the Secretary-General said WHO needs global support and investment.

He concluded by urging the international community to invest in a healthier future for all.

INDONESIA

The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, is in Indonesia, in Jakarta today where she was also yesterday alongside the UN Resident Coordinator Valerie Julliand, she met with communities disproportionately impacted by disaster, as well as those working to mitigate risk.

The trip comes ahead of the 25 May convening of the seventh Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which is being held on the island of Bali.

Yesterday, the Deputy Secretary-General met young people working on projects across the archipelago to mitigate the climate emergency. The Deputy Secretary-General heard presentations from the youth and resolved to convey the young leaders’ energy, frustration, optimism and hopes to delegates meeting in Bali. 

Ahead of a meeting with Indonesia’s Finance Minister, she also met with international development partners today to discuss how to support Indonesia’s transition from coal to clean energy and promote the green and blue economy. She also joined the Minister of Tourism at a roundtable on building back a sustainable tourism sector following the ravages of the pandemic. 

Full highlight: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=23%20May%202022

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