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The United Nations (UN) was established after World War II with the aim of preventing future wars. The organization is financed by assessed and voluntary contributions from its member states.
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 “Vaccines, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Climate Action & other topics – Daily Briefing (06 May 2021)” – below is their description.
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
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The Secretary-General welcomes the United States government’s unprecedented support for the waiver of intellectual property protections regarding Covid-19 vaccines.
It opens the opportunity for vaccine producers to share the knowledge and technology that will allow the effective expansion of locally-produced vaccines and can significantly increase the supply to the COVAX facility. We must also ensure that countries have the materials required to produce these vaccines.
We are all agreed: none of us will be safe from the virus until all of us are safe.
The Secretary-General this morning paid tribute to the United Nations personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty over the course of last year.
He said that the year 2020 was like no other in the history of the UN. The world faced a merciless pandemic that continues to sow tremendous suffering. He added that in view of the magnitude of the pandemic and its extraordinary impact, this memorial service also honours all colleagues who passed away from the illness last year.
As a result, he said, this year’s memorial service paid tribute to the highest number of colleagues lost in a single year – honouring 336 of our colleagues.
Mr. Guterres said that the staff honoured today embodied the essence of multilateralism — people around the globe joining forces to build a better world.
This morning, he also spoke at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue. In his remarks, Mr. Guterres warned that under current commitments, we are still heading for a temperature rise of 2.4 degrees by the end of the century, but added that if we work together, we can avert the worst impacts of climate disruption, and use the recovery from the pandemic to steer us to a cleaner, greener path.
“The bottom line” he added, “is that, by 2030, we must cut global emissions by 45 per cent compared to 2010 levels to get to net zero emissions by 2050.”
The Secretary-General said the success of COP26 rests on achieving a breakthrough on adaptation and finance. He underscored that the forthcoming G7 Summit is a pivotal moment and called on the leaders of the G7 to take the lead, with other developed countries following, to make substantial climate financial pledges in the coming five years.
And we all have a small and narrowing window of opportunity to do the right thing,” he said.
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