MIL-OSI Video: Education Pre-Summit, Central African Republic & other topics – Daily Press Briefing (29 June 2022)


Source: United Nations (Video News)

Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

-Senior Personnel Appointment
-Education Pre-Summit
-Security Council
-Central African Republic
-World Cities’ Report

We’re delighted to announce that the Secretary-General is appointing Ms. Najat Rochdi of Morocco as his Deputy Special Envoy for Syria.
She succeeds Khawla Matar of Bahrain to whom the Secretary-General expresses his gratitude for her efforts and dedication in the search for peace in Syria.
Ms. Rochdi brings over 20 years of experience in political affairs and international coordination in conflict and post-conflict areas, including through her latest assignment as Deputy Special Coordinator and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, with the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator in Lebanon.

This morning, the Secretary-General addressed – via a pre-recorded video message – the Transforming Education Pre-Summit, being held in Paris.
He said that any solution to the world’s problems starts with education, the greatest tool we have to fulfil and grow human potential. However, he said that there is currently a crisis of equity, quality and relevance of education systems in many countries. He underscored that the Transforming Education Summit that will take place in September just ahead of the opening of the General Assembly must be a turning point – gathering Heads of State to lay out in crystal clear terms their promise and their plans to fundamentally transform education for the future and urged leaders to make full use of the pre-Summit to generate momentum and commitment so that there is a breakthrough for learners and societies.

The Head of our Peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bintou Keita, briefed the Security Council this morning. She told Council members that ongoing M23 and other armed group activities in the country’s East threaten to reverse hard-won progress in security and stability in the DRC and the region.
Ms. Keita called on the Security Council to lend its full support to the region’s efforts to defuse the current diplomatic and security tensions. She also urged the DRC and Rwanda to seize the opportunity of the forthcoming Summit, to be hosted by President [João] Lourenço of Angola, to resolve their differences through dialogue.
Ms. Keita as a reminder, will speak to you at the Security stakeout after the Security Council is done with her.

Turning to the Central African Republic, where our peacekeepers there have launched a military operation against armed groups in Ouanda-Djallé, which is 175 km South of Birao. The Mission said that people in this area had been deeply impacted by the recent arrival of armed groups in their community. Many of them were forcibly displaced and were living in very precarious conditions.
Peacekeepers have managed to secure the city and operations are continuing today to allow displaced people to return to their homes. The Mission says they are conducting robust day and night patrols, as well as aerial surveillance missions.
Our colleagues reiterate their call on armed groups to immediately lay down their arms, to join the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programmes and to refrain from any action that could harm the civilian population.

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