Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
– New Co-Chairs of Sustainable Development Goals Advocates Group
– Bosnia And Herzegovina
– Democratic Republic Of The Congo
– South Sudan
– International Day Of Sport For Development And Peace
– Noon Briefing Guest Tomorrow
NEW CO-CHAIRS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS ADVOCATES GROUP
The Secretary-General today is appointing Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley of Barbados and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada as the new Co-Chairs of the group of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocates.
The two Prime Ministers will work alongside our Sustainable Development Goals Advocates to support the Secretary-General in raising global ambition and action to keep the promise of the SDGs.
With the clock ticking and multiple crises driving us further off track, the Secretary-General said that we must do everything in our power to deliver these Goals. He added that he is pleased that Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will help lead advocacy to do just that.
The Secretary-General thanks the previous Co-Chairs of the group, President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana and the former Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg. They have respectively led the group since 2016 and 2014 and will continue to stay engaged as Co-Chairs of the Advocates Emeritus Group, a group of alumni Advocates who continue to support the Sustainable Development Goals.
In a statement, the Secretary-General welcomes the news that trucks with food assistance and fuel have reached Tigray and Afar following the declaration of the humanitarian truce.
The Secretary-General calls on all parties to keep the momentum and to follow through on their commitments to facilitate the provision of humanitarian assistance to all people in need. He reiterates his call for the restoration of public services in Tigray, including banking, electricity and telecommunications, as well as commercial access.
We reiterate our unwavering commitment to support a peaceful and prosperous future for all Ethiopians.
In a statement on Somalia, the Secretary-General welcomes the recent establishment of the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS). He reiterates the unwavering commitment of the UN to Somalia and expresses his full support to ATMIS and the Somali security forces in their ongoing fight against Al-Shabaab.
The Secretary-General urges all partners to urgently ensure sustainable and predictable funding for ATMIS and resourcing of the Somali security forces in support of the country’s security transition. He looks forward to working closely with the African Union, Federal Government of Somalia and all partners to support a phased handover of security responsibilities to Somali security forces.
The Secretary-General pays tribute to the significant achievements of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) over the past 15 years. He expresses his gratitude to the AMISOM troop- and police-contributing countries for their commitment to advancing peace in Somalia, and honours those who paid the ultimate price.
Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=06%20April%202022
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