General Assembly, G-20 Sherpa, Bilateral Agreements and Other Topics – PGA Spokesperson’s Briefing

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

At the General Assembly this morning…

You heard Mrs. Catherine Marchi-Uhel. She heads the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Support the Investigation and Prosecution of Persons Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes Under International Law Committed in the Syrian Arab Republic.

Ms. March-Uhel presented the entity’s annual report to the General Assembly under the agenda item>.

G20 SHERPA

This afternoon, in the General Assembly Hall, there will be a G20 co-sherpa briefing.

Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani will present the priorities of the Indonesian G20 Presidency.

In his remarks to this briefing, the President of the General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid, is expected to refer to yesterday’s debate in the informal plenary session of the General Assembly on global commodities.

The President will discuss the negative impacts of rising debt levels, tighter financial conditions and shocks on all countries, especially LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS.

The president is expected to highlight some of the ways G20 members could accelerate global recovery by diversifying global economies and strengthening public-private partnerships.

President Shahid will also refer to the high-level meeting on vaccines he has convened in recent weeks.

And you’ll get his full remarks later today.

BILATERAL

Prior to the G20 Co-Sherpa briefing, President Shahid will meet Ambassador Djani and Dr. Edi Prio Pambudi, Indonesian G20 Co-Sherpas.

As for his other bilaterals today.

The President met this morning Mr. Mario Adolfo Bucaro Flores, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Guatemala.

Very soon, President Shahid will meet with Ms. Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP.

Later in the afternoon, President Shahid will meet with Mr. Ayman Safadi. He is Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of Jordan

NEXT WEEK

Looking forward to next week in the General Assembly Hall…

The General Assembly will hold an informal plenary meeting on the human rights situation in Syria. It will be Friday, April 8 in the morning.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, will present the interim oral update. She should speak virtually.

And on Monday, April 4, President Shahid will be at Columbia University. It will speak to students about multilateralism. Engagement with young people is a top priority for the President.

UNITARY

And speaking of youth… Today is Friday, so our HOPE fellows are in their UNITAR training. Today’s topic is the United Nations and strengthening democracy.

Next week Comrade Stella Kamukama will tell you how today’s training went.

QUESTIONS

No questions were posed to the spokesperson.