Stockholm+50, Yemen, Mali & other topics – Daily Press Briefing (2 June 2022)

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


– Stockholm+50

– Yemen

– Security Council

– Mali

– Chad

– South Sudan

– Madagascar


This morning, in Sweden, the Secretary-General spoke at the opening of the Stockholm+50 conference. He said that, today, global well-being is in jeopardy, in large part because we have not kept our promises on the environment. As we have become more populous and more prosperous, our environmental footprint has become unbearably heavy.

The Secretary-General added that we know what to do to address the crises that our planet faces, and, increasingly, we have the tools to do it. But we still lack the leadership and cooperation.

The Secretary-General appealed to leaders in all sectors to lead us out of this mess. He called on G20 governments to dismantle coal infrastructure, with a full phase-out by 2030 in OECD countries and 2040 for all others. He called on all financial actors to abandon fossil fuel finance and invest in renewable energy.

The Secretary-General added that we must place true value on the environment and go beyond Gross Domestic Product as a measure of human progress and well-being. “Let us not forget that when we destroy a forest, we are creating GDP. When we overfish, we are creating GDP. GDP is not a way to measure richness in the present situation in the world,” he said.

On the sidelines, the Secretary-General also had an audience with His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf, the King of Sweden, and Her Royal Highness, The Crown Princess, Victoria.

He also had a conversation with six members of the Stockholm+50 Youth Task Force and a courtesy greeting with the Speaker of the Swedish Parliament, Andreas Norlén.

Yesterday afternoon, the Secretary General met with John Kerry, the US Presidential Envoy on Climate Change. They discussed the implications of the ongoing geopolitical situation on global efforts to combat the climate crisis. The Secretary-General emphasized that the war in Ukraine must be used as a moment to accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels and towardsgreen energy and renewable energy.

The Secretary-General asked for Mr. Kerry’s continued support in mobilizing private and public financial institutions around the goals of the Paris Agreement.

They agreed to continue working together to ensure that COP 27 in Egypt demonstrates the urgency of responding to the climate crisis.


Turning to Yemen, the Secretary-General very much welcomes the positive news we heard on Yemen this morning.

As you will have seen, Hans Grundberg, our Special Envoy for Yemen, announced today that the parties to the conflict have agreed to the UN’s proposal to renew the current truce in Yemen for two additional months. The extension of the truce comes into effect when the current truce period expires, which is today at 7:00 p.m., Yemen time.

The Special Envoy commended the parties for taking these steps and for agreeing to extend the truce. He said the truce represents a significant shift in the trajectory of the war and has been achieved through responsible and courageous decision making by the parties.

He added that he will continue to engage with the parties to implement and consolidate all elements of the truce in full and move towards a sustainable political settlement to the conflict that meets the legitimate aspirations and demands of Yemeni women and men and children.


This morning, back here, the Security Council held an open debate on strengthening accountability and justice for serious violations of international law. Briefing the Council members was Michelle Bachelet, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, who did so by video. In her remarks, she noted that impunity fuels and intensifies many of the crises currently on the Council’s agenda, adding that this emboldens perpetrators, silences victims and undermines prospects for peace, human rights and development.

Also briefing was the President of the International Court of Justice, Joan Donoghue.

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