Financing for Development & other topics – Daily Briefing (01 July 2020)

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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

Highlights:
– Financing for Development
– Libya
– Yemen
– Syria
– Central African Republic
– South Sudan
– Kazakhstan
– Brazil
– UNHCR
– UNESCO
– Gabon
– Briefings

FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT 
This morning, the Secretary-General spoke at the first of a series of virtual roundtables on “Rebirthing the Global Economy to Deliver Sustainable Development.” This first roundtable focused on listening to the insights of women leaders. 
The Secretary-General said that as the world crafts a comprehensive global response to the pandemic action on finance must be central. “If countries lack the financial means to fight the pandemic and invest in recovery, we face a health catastrophe and a painful slow global recovery,” he said. 
Mr. Guterres added that we must also address the debt concerns of the – mostly – developing countries and a large number of middle-income countries that have lost the capacity to access financial markets. 
The Secretary-General also noted that while just ten percent of global leaders are women, many of these leaders have launched decisive and effective responses to the pandemic.  He stressed the need to incorporate the insights and perspectives of all, if we are to create the inclusive, resilient and gender-equal societies that can address the global challenges we face today. 
For her part, the Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said we need to imagine a new global economy in which finance becomes a means and not an end, one that balances the shareholders’ interests with people and planet in all areas and especially in trade, debt vulnerability and external finance. 
The text of all those remarks have been shared with you already.

LIBYA
Today, the Secretary-General spoke by phone with Faiez Serraj, the President of the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord. He spoke to him about the situation in Libya. The Prime Minister indicated his commitment to a dialogue within the 5+5 Libyan Joint Military Commission and expressed his interest in a political solution based on elections. 
The Secretary-General and the Prime Minister also discussed the need to reopen blocked oil terminals and oil fields in the country.  The Secretary-General expressed his shock at the recent discovery of mass graves in Libya and stated that the United Nations was ready to assist in efforts to ensure accountability.  
The Secretary-General reiterated the support of the United Nations to the Government of Libya in its efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=01%20July%202020

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