Source: United Nations (Video News)
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
– Latin America And The Caribbean/ Hurricane Season
– South Sudan
– Global Food Prices
– Land Degradation
– World Bicycle Day
As the General Assembly holds a special session against corruption today, the Secretary-General delivered a video message at the launch of the anti-corruption GlobE Network in Vienna, saying that corruption is not only immoral, but is a serious crime. He said that corruption betrays people and democracies. Turning the tide against corruption is essential if we are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, promote peace, and protect human rights, he asserted.
The Secretary-General welcomed the creation today of the Global Operational Network of Anti-Corruption Law Enforcement Authorities – or GlobE Network – as a step in the right direction. He said that the Network will enable law enforcement authorities to navigate legal processes through informal cooperation across borders, helping to build trust and bring those guilty of corruption to justice.
The Network is a secure platform for information exchange and informal cooperation that will empower countries to connect anti-corruption authorities with their counterparts across the globe for faster, more efficient prosecution of corrupt networks and practices. It is established under the auspices of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and the Network is open to anti-corruption law enforcement authorities in all UN Member States and States parties to the UN Convention against Corruption.
LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN/ HURRICANE SEASON
The hurricane season in Latin America and the Caribbean officially began on June 1st and it is expected to be an intense one. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the region is working with Resident Coordinators in the Caribbean and Central America and the wider humanitarian community to prepare for this hurricane season.
Technical work is being carried out in the fields of planning, information management, humanitarian financing and civil-military coordination – areas that are most critical during an emergency response.
A focus of the preparedness work also includes identifying and working alongside local organizations.
Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the surge in numbers across the region, preparations also include remote support.
To give you some context, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is projecting 13 to 20 named storms in the Atlantic, including 3 to 5 major hurricanes. Between 2016 and last year, some 27 million people were impacted by storm and flood-induced disasters in Central America and the Caribbean. This is a more than sixfold increase compared with the previous five years (2011-2015).
Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=03%20June%202021