President of the General Assembly Message on the International Day for Biological Diversity

The President of the UN General Assembly Tijjani Muhammad-Bande said that the threat posed by biodiversity loss and climate change has not receded, as we contend with the COVID-19 pandemic. In his message on the International Day for Biological Diversity, the President of the General Assembly added that this year marks the beginning of the … Read more President of the General Assembly Message on the International Day for Biological Diversity

Prince William video calls Scottish charities for support

This week The Duke of Cambridge was due to be in Scotland, fulfilling the role of Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Given the cancellation of General Assembly of the Church of Scotland due to Covid-19, The Duke has instead spent time this week video calling Scottish charities. Get … Read more Prince William video calls Scottish charities for support

China co-sponsors coronavirus inquiry motion

World leaders have unanimously adopted a resolution calling for an independent review of the World Health Organization (WHO)’s handling of the pandemic. China was among the key countries backing the draft resolution submitted as the general assembly of the WHO came to a close. The gathering normally attracts little attention. But this year has been … Read more China co-sponsors coronavirus inquiry motion

Impact of COVID-19 on the African continent & other topics – Daily Briefing (19 May 2020)

Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Highlights: – Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam – General Assembly – Policy Brief on Africa – Africa Dialogue Series – ECOSOC – Libya – Peacekeeping Missions – WHO Report – Cabo Verde – Cameroon – Bangladesh – Afghanistan – UN Global Compact – Latin America – EL … Read more Impact of COVID-19 on the African continent & other topics – Daily Briefing (19 May 2020)

International Day of Living Together in Peace – President of the UN General Assembly

Message from the President of the General Assembly on the International Day of Living Together in Peace. The President of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly Tijjani Muhammad-Bande called on all Member States to endore the United Nations call for an immediate global ceasefire. In his message on the International Day of … Read more International Day of Living Together in Peace – President of the UN General Assembly

Samantha Power: ‘US is pulling away from its democratic allies’ | Talk to Al Jazeera

In September 2016, nearly two months before the then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s election, United States President Barack Obama spoke at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). “As I address this hall as president for the final time, let me recount the progress that we’ve made,” he said, “A quarter-century after the end of the Cold … Read more Samantha Power: ‘US is pulling away from its democratic allies’ | Talk to Al Jazeera

The role of religious leaders in addressing the multiples challenges of COVID-19 (12 May 2020)

The virtual Conference will consist of an opening Session by the United Nations Secretary General, the President of the General Assembly and the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Morocco. It will be followed by interventions from eminent Religious Leaders of the three monotheistic religions, as well as from the high representatives of UNAOC and … Read more The role of religious leaders in addressing the multiples challenges of COVID-19 (12 May 2020)

Effective Policy Solutions for COVID-19 Response & other topics – Daily Briefing (11 May 2020)

Noon briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Highlights: ECOSOC SG/religious leaders CEB Mali Libya oPt Sahel Myanmar Jordan Locusts COVID-19/ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL This morning, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, spoke at Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) informal briefing entitled “Joining Forces: Effective Policy Solutions for Covid-19 Response.” In … Read more Effective Policy Solutions for COVID-19 Response & other topics – Daily Briefing (11 May 2020)

40th anniversary of the eradication of smallpox & other topics – Daily Briefing (8 May 2020)

LIVE Noon briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and by Reem Abaza, Spokesperson of the President of the General Assembly. Highlights: SG/hate speech SG/WW2 remembrance COVID/Pacific COVID/resident coordinators Iraq Syria Horn of Africa Somalia Mediterranean UNHCR/DRC Smallpox Highlights of the briefing by the Spokesperson of the President of the … Read more 40th anniversary of the eradication of smallpox & other topics – Daily Briefing (8 May 2020)

Policy brief on older persons & other topics – Daily Briefing (1 May 2020)

Noon briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Reem Abaza, Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly. Highlights: SG/older persons SG/workers WHO/flights Central African Republic Libya Kenya Cameroon South Africa COVID/refugees Sudan Ukraine UNIFIL Ozone layer World Press Freedom Day Somalia former SRSG SECRETARY-GENERAL’S POLICY BRIEF ON OLDER … Read more Policy brief on older persons & other topics – Daily Briefing (1 May 2020)

What power does the UNGA have to enforce resolutions? | Talk To Al Jazeera

As the second world war was ending in June 1945, representatives of 50 countries signed the United Nations Charter in San Francisco in the US state of California. The UN officially came into existence in October of the same year, when the Charter was ratified by China, France, the then-Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the … Read more What power does the UNGA have to enforce resolutions? | Talk To Al Jazeera

Access to new COVID-19 tools & other topics – Daily Briefing (24 April 2020)

Noon briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and by Reem Abaza, Spokesperson for the President of the 74th Session of the General Assembly. Highlights: Secretary-General – Humanitarian Response to COVID-19 – Media Freedom – WHO – Cyber Attacks – Security Council – UNHCR – Lebanon – Haiti -Myanmar – … Read more Access to new COVID-19 tools & other topics – Daily Briefing (24 April 2020)

Financing Sustainable Development in the Context of COVID-19

The #COVID19 pandemic is causing immense suffering for people across the globe. The 2020 ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development will meet virtually to ramp up global response to COVID-19. – Opening remarks by the President of ECOSOC – Remarks by the Secretary–General – Remarks by the President of the General Assembly – Video message … Read more Financing Sustainable Development in the Context of COVID-19