United Arab Emirates, Timor Leste, Abyei & other topics – Daily Press Briefing (20 May 2022)

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



– United Arab Emirates

– Timor-Leste

– Abyei

– Ethiopia

– Ukraine

– Syria

– Sahel

– South Sudan

– Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

– World Bee Day

– International Days

– Financial Contribution

– Press Briefing Today


The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, in her role as Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group, said she is deeply troubled over the recent decisions and proposals to markedly cut Official Development Assistance (ODA) to service the impacts of the war in Ukraine on refugees. 

She said it is clear for all to see that the continuing war in Ukraine is having an alarming impact on a world economy already battered by COVID-19 and climate change.

This is the exact moment requiring countries and the United Nations system to respond to the surging humanitarian and development needs by bringing additional resources needed to meet Member State ODA pledges, thus investing in humanity’s resilience and preventing the current crisis from cascading into many others.  

The Secretary-General, as you know, has urged all countries to reconsider making cuts that will impact the world’s most vulnerable, Amina Mohammed recalled.

The people who benefit from the work of the UN system need additional and more predictable funding, she said. We must invest to rescue the Sustainable Development Goals and ensure that we can continue to help meet the needs of the most vulnerable people in our human family on a safe planet.


In a memorial ceremony this morning, the Secretary-General expressed his deepest condolences to the Royal family of the United Arab Emirates, as well as the Government, and the people of the UAE on the passing of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. 

The Secretary-General said that Sheikh Khalifa had led the UAE with patience and prudence through a dramatic metamorphosis and, out of the arid desert, he had created some of the great metropolises of our world.  

The Secretary-General added that, while the tremendous wealth of the Emirates sprang from its oil wells, Sheikh Khalifa recognized the imperatives of sustainable development and climate action to protect our planet for future generations. He ramped up investments and research into renewable energy to diversify the country’s energy mix and lower its carbon footprint.


In a video message, the Secretary-General said today that it is with great honour and with pleasure that he joins the Timorese people in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the restoration of independence to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. He noted that the country’s example was and remains an inspiration to the world. The Secretary-General said the UN is proud of the role it played and the contribution it made to the realization of the Timorese people’s right to freedom and self-determination. And today, he added, the UN continues alongside Timor- Leste in its journey of consolidating democracy, deepening human rights and fundamental freedoms and promoting the development and well-being of its people.

To the new President of Timor-Leste who takes office today, José Ramos-Horta, the Secretary-General extended warm congratulations on behalf of the UN and a special and friendly personal greeting.

Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=20%20May%202022

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