Source: United Nations (Video News)
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
– Secretary-General/World Health Summit
– Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
– Middle East
– Climate Change/Africa
– Food And Agriculture Organization/Africa
This morning, the Secretary-General spoke at the General Assembly’s observance ceremony in the commemoration of UN Day. He pointed out that 75 years ago, amid the rubble and ruin of the Second World War, world leaders did the audacious.
He noted that many previous attempts to secure peace and progress through international cooperation had collapsed, yet they dared to try again, and they succeeded.
Mr. Guterres said that, at its birth, the UN was a symbol of global unity. Today it is the epicenter, and our mission is more important than ever. He emphasized that international cooperation is the only way to defeat the pandemic, the climate emergency, rising inequality and the spread of hatred.
He highlighted that we measure the success of the UN by the lives we save, the suffering we ease, the peace we build, the opportunities we create, and the rights we protect, adding that we will never, ever give up in our mission and in our work to fulfill the enduring vision of the Charter.
We issued a statement in which the Secretary-General said he is very encouraged by Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide’s announcement of Japan’s commitment to get to net zero emissions by 2050.
Japan, the world’s third largest economy, joins a growing group of major economies committed to leading by example in building a sustainable, carbon neutral and climate resilient world by 2050.
The Secretary-General said he looks forward to the concrete policy measures that will be proposed and implemented to reach this goal, adding that he is confident that Japan will also assist developing countries to reach this goal, including through technological assistance and its public and private financing for renewable energy.
SECRETARY-GENERAL/WORLD HEALTH SUMMIT
In a video message delivered to the World Health Summit in Berlin, the Secretary-General noted that the first hard lesson of the current COVID-19 pandemic is that we were not prepared for it.
He underscored that universal health coverage is the path to high quality, equitable and affordable health care, adding that we need health systems that work before we face an outbreak of something more contagious or deadly than COVID-19.
He also pointed out that we are not powerless – if we follow the science and demonstrate unity and solidarity, we can overcome the pandemic.
The Secretary-General underlined the need for global solidarity every step of the way and that the virus’ deadliest allies are misinformation and disinformation.
Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=26%20October%202020