Middle East nuclear weapon-free zone & other topics – Daily Briefing (18 November 2019)

Middle East nuclear weapon-free zone & other topics - Daily Briefing (18 November 2019)
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Noon briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Noon Briefing:

– Development Reform
– Nuclear Weapon – Free – Zone
– Security Council
– Haiti
– Children
– Health
– Senior Appointment
– Disarmament
– Contributions

DEVELOPMENT REFORM
Earlier this morning, the Secretary-General spoke to about 120 UN Resident Coordinators during their annual meeting this week here at UN Headquarters. He thanked them for their work and commitment to the reforms of the UN development system and acknowledged that much more remains to be done.
He stressed that we cannot chart a road to peace and prosperity without putting development strategies front and centre, and he called on the Resident Coordinators to make full use of their newly empowered role by leading by example, building partnerships with governments, and making the most of the 2030 Agenda by leveraging all its components, including the Paris Agreement.
He added that reform is about results and emphasized the crucial role of the Resident Coordinators in bringing these to life.
The Deputy Secretary-General also addressed the Resident Coordinators this morning.
The objective of this annual meeting is to start readying the UN’s chiefs on the ground for the decade for action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and assess the progress and challenges of the UN development reform.

NUCLEAR WEAPON-FREE-ZONE
Speaking at the Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction, the Secretary-General reminded participants that the world already enjoys five zones: in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific.
These nuclear-weapon-free zones, he added, put a permanent end to the possibility of nuclear conflict in a given region.
The Secretary-General said a Middle East zone will need to be a product of the specific circumstances of the region and strengthen the security of all states.
He told the participants we should all take inspiration from the first successful proposal for a denuclearized zone, tabled just a few weeks after the Cuban Missile crisis.
Despite tensions and politics of the Cold War, Latin American and Caribbean countries managed to establish a flexible and durable arrangement, which has served as a model for other zones.

Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=18%20November%202019

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