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STRIVING FOR PEACE AND A DECENT LIFE FOR ALL ON A SUSTAINABLE PLANET
Co-hosted by the United Nations Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly, the high-level meeting aims to gain high-level political attention to the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma on Caribbean Island states, secure commitment to support countries and people affected, and highlighting the need for building more resilient communities to natural disasters, including those impacted by climate change. The event will also serve to show solidarity towards affected countries and territories and to highlight the coordinated response between the United Nations, regional organisations, humanitarian actors and affected governments.
Equally the event offers an opportunity to highlight the role of climate change in extreme weather events, the need to promote resilience by “Building Back Better”, and the importance of strengthening the humanitarian-development nexus to reduce risk and vulnerability and build resilience to future natural disasters, including hurricanes. The event will convene UN Member States, regional organisations, UN Agencies, and other international actors.
18 September 2017
12:00 Opening remarks by H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, the President of the General Assembly
12:03 Video on the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma on Barbuda
12:06 Remarks by the Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda, Sir Rodney Errey Lawrence Williams, KGN, GCMG
12:09 Remarks by H.E. Mr. Danilo Medina Sánchez, President of the Dominican Republic
12:12 Remarks by H.E. Mr. Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba
12:15 Remarks by Mr. Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
12:18 Remarks by H.E. Mr. Darren Henfield, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Bahamas
12:21 Remarks by H.E. Mr. Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
12:24 Remarks by Mr. Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator
12:27 H.E. Mr. Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for International Development and Minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom
12:30 Remarks by H.E. Mr. Nicolas Hulot, Minister for an Ecological and Inclusive Transition of France
12:33 Remarks by H.E. Ms. Michele Sison, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations
12:36 Remarks by Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, Chief Executive Officer of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and International Development Association, World Bank
12:39 Remarks by Mr. Robert de Niro
12:41 Remarks by Member States expressing their solidarity and support (1 minute each)
12:45 Remarks by H.E. Mr. António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General
12:59 Closing by H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, the President of the General Assembly
The event will convene UN Member States, regional organisations, UN Agencies, and other international actors.
Member States and all observers of the General Assembly are invited to be represented at the highest possible level.
The meeting is open to media
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