The World Economic Forum & other topics – Daily Briefing (25 January 2021)

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

Highlights:

– Economic Situation Report

– World Economic Forum

– Climate Adaptation Summit

– Yemen

– Saudi Arabia

– Central African Republic

– Mozambique

– Sudan

– Security Council

– Lesotho

– Refugees

– Education Day

– Honour Roll

ECONOMIC SITUATION REPORT

Mr. Elliot Harris, the UN Chief Economist, briefed journalists earlier about the latest World Economic Situation and Prospects report. The report warns that the devastating socio-economic impact of the pandemic will be felt for years to come unless smart investments ensure a robust and sustainable recovery of the global economy. 

WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

The Secretary-General just wrapped up a virtual address to the Davos World Economic Forum. In his remarks, he said that humanity has just endured a year of tragedy and crisis that we never want to repeat. But, the Secretary-General added that the tests to our societies are continuing. 

He underscored the world’s fragility, pointing to the current COVID-19 emergency, the global economic crisis, the increasing inequalities resulting from the pandemic, among others. 

Mr. Guterres said we have reached a moment of truth: In 2021, we must address these fragilities and put the world on track. It is time to change course and take the sustainable path. The Secretary-General once again called for a reinvigorated, inclusive and networked multilateralism.  

CLIMATE ADAPTATION SUMMIT

This morning, the Secretary-General also spoke at the Climate Adaptation Summit hosted by The Kingdom of The Netherlands. He said that as unprecedented climate extremes continue to impact people on all continents, we need a breakthrough on adaptation and resilience. 

Adaptation cannot be the neglected half of the climate equation, he added, and said that all adaptation efforts must include developing countries, who are particularly vulnerable to climate risks. 

The Secretary-General said that donor countries and multilateral, regional and national development banks need to significantly increase the volume and predictability of their finance for adaptation and resilience, and that all budget and investment decisions must be climate resilient. He reiterated that the UN is ready to assist developing countries in these efforts. 

Later this evening at 7 p.m. the Secretary-General will address the annual Park East Synagogue Holocaust Commemoration ceremony. The ceremomny can be watched on UN WebTV.

Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=25%20January%202021

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