United Nations published this video item, entitled “Secretary-General/Trips, Deputy Secretary-General & other topics – Daily Press Briefing (24 June)” – below is their description.
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
– Deputy Secretary-General
– Global Food Security Ministerial Conference
– Internal Displacement
– Women in Diplomacy
– Central African Republic
Next week, the Secretary-General’s focus will be on the environment and biodiversity and how they have both been impacted by climate change.
He just landed in Lisbon, a few hours ago, which is the site of the 2022 UN Ocean Conference.
On Sunday, the Secretary-General will address and engage with youths at the UN Ocean Conference Youth and Innovation Forum, alongside the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. He will be present at the Conference opening ceremony which takes place on Monday, and there he will be joined by the leaders of the two co-hosting nations – that is Portugal’s President Sousa and Kenya, the second co-hosting nation. President Uhuru Kenyatta will also be in attendance.
The Ocean Conference aims to incentivize action to propel much needed science-based innovation solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action.
At the Conference, the Secretary-General will stress that we face an “Ocean Emergency” and that we must turn the tide. He is expected to focus on issues related to the need to invest in sustainable ocean economies for food, renewable energy and livelihoods, and the need to protect the oceans, and the people whose lives and livelihoods depend on them, from the impacts of climate change.
The Secretary-General is expected back New York on Tuesday 28 June.
Then on Friday, 1 July, he will head to Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname, for the 43rd Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM – the Caribbean Community. The Secretary-General will attend the opening ceremony of the CARICOM summit on July 3rd.
The Caribbean region is among the world’s hardest hit by worsening climate impacts, despite having contributed among the least to the problem, due to very low emissions.
In March, the IPCC designated the Caribbean region as highly climate-vulnerable, meaning its people are 15 times more likely to die of climate impacts.
During the Conference, the Secretary-General will discuss his recent announcement that the UN will work to ensure that all people on Earth are covered by early warning systems within five years, that is up from 6 in 10 people now.
In the face of severe climate challenges, and with very scarce resources, the Caribbean region is taking vital steps to build climate resilience, which the Secretary-General will observe first-hand during his stay in Suriname. He will visit an indigenous community in the rainforest, to learn more about harnessing indigenous knowledge to help adapt to climate impacts.
He will also underscore the importance of nature-based climate solutions during a visit to a coastal mangrove site, where he will witness the Suriname coastline’s susceptibility to flooding, which has been heightened by sea level rise and extreme weather events resulting from the climate crisis.
We expect the Secretary-General back in New York on July 4th.
The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, continues her stay in Kigali, where she attended the official opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting hosted by Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda. She also attended an interactive event hosted by the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland.
Ms. Mohammed had a meeting with President [Uhuru]Kenyatta of Kenya during which she updated him on the work of the Global Crisis Response Group and discussed efforts to advance sustainable development and durable peace in the East African region. She also had discussions with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada who is a co-chair of the SDGs Advocates.
In the afternoon, the Deputy Secretary-General visited the ArtRwanda Ubuhanzi Incubation Center, which is a UN-supported nationwide talent search project aiming at identifying and supporting the young and talented Rwandans within the creative arts industry.
Tomorrow, she will continue her discussions with the participating leaders, including President Kagame.
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