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The UN’s chief administrative officer is the Secretary-General, currently Portuguese politician and diplomat António Guterres, who began his five year-term on 1 January 2017.
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United Nations published this video item, entitled “Trip to Brussels, Libya, Peace-Keeping & other topics – Daily Briefing (21 June 2021)” – below is their description.
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
– Trip Announcement
– South Sudan
– Central African Republic
– Edward Mortimer
– Financial Contribution
Tomorrow evening, the Secretary-General will fly to Brussels where he will meet with European leaders, as well as with Belgian authorities.
In his meetings with the European Commission and in a session with the Heads of State and Government of the European Council, the Secretary-General will have exchanges on a broad range of issues, including collaboration between the European Union and the United Nations, the promotion of a sustainable and inclusive pandemic recovery based on the Sustainable Development Goals, global access to COVID-19 vaccines, climate and multilateralism.
On Thursday, the Secretary-General will deliver a solemn address to the European Parliament in Brussels in which he will reiterate the importance of the partnership between the UN and the EU to address the challenges we collectively face.
Later during the trip in Brussels, he is scheduled to have a private audience with the King and Queen of the Belgians. Queen Mathilde, is also an SDG advocate. The Secretary-General will also meet with Belgium’s Prime Minister, Alexander De Croo, as well as the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sophie Wilmès and Meryame Kitir, the Minister of Development cooperation.
The Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, is traveling to Germany today to lead the UN delegation to the Berlin II Conference on Libya and she will do that on behalf of the Secretary-General.
The meeting aims to take stock of progress made in the political, security, economic and humanitarian/human rights tracks since the last Berlin meeting, which was held in January 2020. It will also discuss and address remaining challenges in the implementation of the Libya Political Dialogue Forum Roadmap. The Secretary-General will address the conference via a pre-recorded video message.
The Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, will represent the Secretary-General at the 9th Moscow Conference on International Security, which is taking place from 22 to 24 June.
This event traditionally brings together government representatives, heads of international organizations and non-governmental experts, among others.
Mr. Lacroix will speak at the conference and will share the experiences of peacekeeping operations dealing with the challenges of COVID-19, while continuing to implement their mandates and support local and national efforts to combat the pandemic.
While in Moscow, Mr. Lacroix will hold meetings with senior Russian officials – from the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defense and the Interior. This will provide an opportunity to thank Russia for its support and contributions to peacekeeping and update on key issues.
Full Highlights: un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=21%20June%202021United Nations YouTube Channel
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