Security Council on the Sudan & other topics – Daily Briefing (25 Sep 2020)

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    Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. – Human Rights – Deputy Secretary-General/COVID-19 – Financing for Development/COVAX Facility – Security Council – South Sudan – Mali – Central African Republic – Libya – Nuclear Weapons – World Tourism Day – Financial Contributions HUMAN RIGHTS This morning, the Secretary-General spoke at a side event on “participation, human rights and the governance challenge ahead,” He said that overcoming the multiple crises political leaders face requires approaches driven by unity, solidarity and compassion.   The key to reinvigorated and reimagined governance, he added, lies with truly meaningful participation of people and civil society in the decisions that impact their lives. Yet, the Secretary-General said that in many places around the world, participation is being denied and civic space is being crushed. A global pushback on human rights has placed participation in its crosshairs, Mr. Guterres added.    The Secretary-General said the Call to Action for Human Rights commits the United Nations to strengthening its partnership with civil society, and ensuring the protection, promotion and participation of human rights defenders and community leaders in our work.   The Secretary-General concluded with a call for Participation as a critical element to strengthen societies and meet the urgency of our time.   DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL/COVID-19 This morning, the Deputy Secretary-General spoke at a high-level event on the theme, “Beyond COVID-19, Public private partnership for the Sustainable Development Goals as a model for building back better.”  Amina Mohammed said that we have seen unprecedented alliances, innovation and achievements. She pointed to examples such as rapid migration, digital technologies, and a new generation of finance products and infrastructure, and ambitious social protection programmes implemented at a scale never seen before. FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT/COVAX FACILITY On Monday at 12:30 p.m., the Deputy Secretary-General will brief journalists on the high-level meeting with heads of State and Government on “Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond.” That meeting will take place on Tuesday morning and is convened by the Prime Ministers of Canada and Jamaica as well as the Secretary-General. The first meeting of this kind was convened on 28th May with the purpose of enabling discussion and finding concrete financing solutions to the development emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Ms. Mohammed will also brief on the ACT-Accelerator/COVAX Facility event which will take place on Wednesday. She will discuss how to make solutions to the pandemic accessible to everyone. This event is convened by the Secretary-General, the President of South Africa, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the World Health Organization.  On Tuesday around noon, the Secretary-General will have a press briefing with the Prime Ministers of Canada and Jamaica after the COVID-19 Financing for Development meeting. That will be a virtual press briefing only. Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=25%20September%202020

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