Source: United Nations (Video News)
Daily Press Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General.
– Middle East
– Ethiopia Humanitarian
– South Sudan
– Democratic Republic of Congo
On Friday at 12:30, the Secretary-General will do a press stakeout. He will deliver some remarks before he participates on the G20 and then he will take some questions. That will replace the noon briefing.
This morning, the Secretary-General addressed, in a pre-recorded video message, the Youth4Climate virtual event, which was convened by the government of Italy.
The Secretary-General said major and rapid change is what we need in the fight against climate disruption. Change that will make our planet more livable, sustainable and inclusive, and no group is more effective in pushing leaders to change the course than youth.
He urged young people to put their power to work in their schools, workplaces and online communities, and to keep raising their voices and driving forward the ambition we need. “When you march, the world follows,” he told them.
As a reminder, at 10 a.m. NY time tomorrow, the Secretary-General will address the European Council on Foreign Relations, also on the topic of climate. The Secretary-General will urge the European Union to continue to lead on this issue and to commit to reducing emissions by at least 55 per cent by 2030.
Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, briefed the Council this morning via videoconference. He warned about active COVID-19 cases again being on the rise in Israel and Palestine. He said that Gaza remains the most immediate and pressing concern, as its crumbling infrastructure, poor living conditions and fragile healthcare system make it ill-equipped to face a major spike in cases.
Mr. Mladenov welcomed the Palestinian Authority’s decision to restart civilian and security coordination with Israel. He expressed his appreciation to Israel for confirming that existing Israeli–Palestinian bilateral agreements continue to govern their relations, particularly in the context of economic, security and civilian coordination.
At the same time, he reiterated the UN’s call on Israeli authorities to cease demolitions, seizures of Palestinian property and efforts to relocate communities in the occupied West Bank. Such actions are contrary to international law and could undermine the chances for the establishment of a viable, contiguous Palestinian state, he said.
Following that meeting, there will be a virtual stakeout by the Ambassadors of Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland and Norway.
Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=18%20November%202020