Reflection on Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda & other topics – Daily Briefing (7 April 2021)

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

    Highlights:

    – Secretary-General/Rwanda

    – Secretary-General/ECOSOC

    – Myanmar Statement

    – Ethiopia

    – DRC

    – Mali

    – CAR

    – Libya

    – Covax/Dominican Republic

    – Covid/India

    – World Health Day

    INTERNATIONAL DAY OF REFLECTION ON THE 1994 GENOCIDE AGAINST THE TUTSI IN RWANDA

    This morning, in a pre-recorded address for the commemoration of the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda, the Secretary-General paid tribute to the victims and survivors of the genocide. He recalled how those days remain in our collective conscience as among the most horrific in recent human history.

    But, the Secretary-General added, we must also take a hard look at today’s world and ensure that we heed the lessons of 27 years ago. Around the globe, he said, people are threatened by extremist groups determined to boost their ranks through social polarization, political and cultural manipulation.

    To prevent history from repeating itself, we need to counter these hate-driven movements that have become a transnational threat, Mr. Guterres said. We must forge a Common Agenda, to renew and reinvigorate our collective actions going forward.

    The people of Rwanda have shown us the power of justice and reconciliation, and the possibility of progress. On this solemn Day, the Secretary-General concluded, let us all commit to building a world guided by human rights and dignity for all.

    YOUTH FORUM

    This morning, the Secretary-General spoke to youth leaders, activists and youth-led organizations at the virtual ECOSOC Youth Forum.

    He said he was immensely saddened by what the pandemic has done to the world’s young people – disrupting their education, increasing youth unemployment, and worsening their mental health.

    The Secretary-General said we should not be surprised that both online and, in the streets, young people have been expressing their impatience with the pace of change, their alarm at the war on nature, and their frustration with injustice and poor governance. He added that we listen to them, rebuild trust and find ways to engage them in the governance systems and democratic processes strengthening work with and for youth. He asked young people to continue showing the way on critical issues such as racial justice, gender equality and the climate crisis.

    The Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, also spoke at the Forum.

    LIBYA

    The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) will facilitate a three-day direct meeting of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum’s Legal Committee in Tunis from 7 to 9 April. That meeting is intended to finalize discussions on a constitutional basis which will pave the way for national elections on 24 December 2021.

    In his opening remarks today, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General, Ján Kubiš, welcomed the members of the Legal Committee and underscored the importance of efforts to achieve the objectives of the Roadmap adopted in Tunis last November. 

    The UN Mission is fully committed to support the holding of national elections on 24 December 2021, in accordance with the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum Roadmap and the overwhelming request of the Libyan people. The deliberations of the Legal Committee are a critical element to move the elections preparations forward.

    Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=07%20April%202021

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