Emmanuel Macron, President of France, who is here for the first time to address world leaders gathered at United Nations Headquarters, visited the UN Social Media Space today. In his first UN Facebook Live, he stressed that what happens at the United Nations on the global level is critical for everyone’s day to day life.
“What is at stake here at the United Nations is all about your day-to-day life, not just big ideas”, he said.
He went on to say that we work very hard to reduce crisis in order to deal with terrorism and migration. The President of France further spotlighted climate change, and said that everyone will be effected by it.
Earlier at the General Assembly his words resonated the same message when he said that “Multilateralism is the most efficient way to face global challenges. It is the realization of a vision of the world that protects us.”
Boris Johnson, the UK Foreign Secretary
Boris Johnson, the UK Foreign Secretary, spoke about the priorities of the UK and the world. He highlighted Libya, were support has been mobilized behind the UN plan of Ghassan Salamé, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya.
He spoke about his meeting on hurricanes, and how to make the Caribbean island nations more resilient. He sees more hurricanes coming as climate changes and stresses the importance of countries work out ways of coordination.
Further, he said that the world is watching in anguish to what is happening to the Rohingya people fleeing into Bangladesh and added that there have been strong denunciations of the Myanmar military for their role.
Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development of The Netherlands
Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development visited the UN Social Media Space to spotlight the SheDecides campaign. This international campaign stands up for the rights of women and girls to make their own choices about if they want to have kids, how many kids they want to have, with whom they want to have children.
She called upon the international community to stand up, speak out and finance the campaign to help women and girls all around the world can continue to make their own choices about their own body and about their own lives. After all, it’s she who decides, she said.
President of Malawi Peter Mutharika, spoke in his interview with the UN Social Media Team about children baring children in his country and the importance of empowering girls and women.
Other Facebook Live moments:
President of Panama Juan Carlos Varela (in Spanish)
President of Ecuador Lenín Moreno (in Spanish)
General Assembly and other high-level meetings
As the General Debate went into its second day, elsewhere in UN Headquarters the world’s first legally-binding treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons opened for signature.
“The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is the product of increasing concerns over the risk posed by the continued existence of nuclear weapons, including the catastrophic humanitarian and environmental consequences of their use,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said at the ceremony.
At a high-level event on human mobility, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reiterated that safe migration cannot be limited to the global elite.
Rather than denial and stigmatization, we need a realistic approach that includes increased opportunities and legal pathways, which would bring great benefits to both migrants and the societies they join.
Strong compacts for refugees and migrants more urgent than ever, said various senior UN officials for their part.
UN in the 21st Century
UN reform, another central topic throughout this session of the General Assembly, was discussed in the UN Security Council where Secretary-General António Guterres spoke about his reform efforts of UN Peacekeeping.
Peacekeeping has proven to be one of the most effective tools available to the UN to assist host countries navigate the difficult path from conflict to peace. UN News has the details on why peacekeeping is not a substitute for diplomatic efforts. UN News has the details of the reform plan.
Violence against women and girls
Also happening on the side-lines of the General Assembly, was the launch of a joint initiative to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, one of the most widespread and devastating human rights violations across the globe.
“The EU and the UN fight for the same things every day – peace, justice and sustainable development. None are possible without gender equality and women’s empowerment, said Secretary-General António Guterres.
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