United Nations published this video item, entitled “SG/Seton Hall Uni, Paris Peace Forum, SC/Sudan & other topics – Daily Press Briefing (24 May 2022)” – below is their description.
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
– Secretary-General/Seton Hall University
– Paris Peace Forum
– Security Council/Sudan
– Sri Lanka
– Democratic Republic of the Congo
– UN Peacekeeping Day
– Financial Contribution
SECRETARY-GENERAL/SETON HALL UNIVERSITY
This morning, the Secretary-General delivered a commencement address for the Class of 2022 at Seton Hall University. In his remarks, he told graduates that they were entering a world brimming with peril, with conflicts and division on a scale not seen in decades, and that it now falls to them to use what they have learned to do something about it.
The Secretary-General said that he hopes that the graduates will succeed where his generation failed, adding that they must be the generation that succeeds in addressing the planetary emergency of climate change.
The Secretary-General pointed out that despite mountains of evidence of looming climate catastrophe, we still see mountains of funding for coal and fossil fuels that is killing our planet. But we know, he said, that investing in fossil fuels is a dead end and no amount of greenwashing or spin can change that. Mr. Guterres stressed that we must put them on notice: accountability is coming for those who liquidate our future.
The Secretary-General gave the graduates a simple message: Don’t work for climate-wreckers, but use your talents to drive us towards a renewable future.
PARIS PEACE FORUM
Also this morning, the Paris Peace Forum presented the conversation recorded yesterday with the Secretary-General, as part of its Spring meeting.
The discussion, moderated by Trisha Shetty, the President of the Paris Peace Forum Steering Committee, focused on the theme of Preserving global cooperation in times of war. Talking about the war in Ukraine, the Secretary-General reiterated his appeal to find a solution that would allow food produced in Ukraine, as well as food and fertilizers made in Russia, to be available to the international markets. This, he said, would help many developing countries avoid the compounding effects of high food and energy prices.
The Security Council met this morning on Sudan. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Volker Perthes, said the overall situation has remained precarious, with much at stake – including Sudan’s political, social and economic stability.
He said time is short for the Sudanese to reach a political solution to forge a way out of this crisis.
Since a “trilateral mechanism” to facilitate Sudan-Sudan talks was set up, the UN, the African Union and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development have stated that these talks will only succeed in a conducive environment, and that is up to the Sudanese, particularly the authorities.
Mr. Perthes stressed it is time for all violence to end. We have urged the authorities, he said, to reach out to the public, make clear that they are supporting dialogue as the only way to reach a political solution.
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