United Nations Daily Briefing (11 September 2020)

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Daily Press Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General.

Highlights:
– Secretary-General/Peacebuilding
– Afghanistan Peace Talks
– Security Council
– Greece/Moria Camp
– Mexico
– COVID-19/Cambodia
– Cambodia/Human Rights
– Palestine
– Sudan Floods
– Reem Abaza

SECRETARY-GENERAL/PEACEBUILDING
In remarks to a virtual session of the General Assembly and the Security Council this morning, the Secretary-General discussed his 2020 review of the peacebuilding architecture.
He told Member States that, looking at the suffering around the world, we know that the human and financial cost of focusing primarily on crisis response is unsustainable.
He said that at the centre of his 2020 Report is the conviction that multidimensional, integrated and whole-of-society responses are vital to meet the challenges of the 21st century and leave no one behind.
He added that despite this progress, adequate, predictable and sustained financing for peacebuilding remains a critical challenge.

AFGHANISTAN PEACE TALKS
Today, the Special Representative and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Deborah Lyons, said that the UN family in the country welcomes the upcoming face-to-face peace talks between Afghan parties in Doha, Qatar. She stressed that the suffering of the Afghan people has gone on for far too long.
Ms. Lyons said that tomorrow’s opening event can be the start of something truly momentous and negotiators from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban have a unique opportunity to save the lives of many of their compatriots and to lift the country out of poverty and misery.
Ms. Lyons wished them every success and emphasized that the UN will be there to support them, as required.
While the ultimate goal of the talks is to silence the guns forever, an immediate and unconditional reduction in violence would create a more conducive environment for constructive talks, she added. In the context of the health and economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 virus, poverty and natural disasters, a pause to the fighting would enable critical humanitarian aid to reach the millions that require assistance across Afghanistan.

SECURITY COUNCIL
Security Council members met in a closed video teleconference session this morning on Myanmar.
Council members were briefed by the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener; the High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi; and Kanni Wignaraja, the UN Development Programme’s Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific.

Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=11%20September%202020

Briefing by Reem Abaza, Spokesperson for the President of the 74th Session of the General Assembly.

Highlights:
– In-person Plenary meetings
– Omnibus Resolution
– Culture of Peace
– South-South Day

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