PRESS BRIEFING BY MONICA GRAYLEY, SPOKESPERSON FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT MARÍA FERNANDA ESPINOSA
Hello everyone! How are you today? Welcome back, Linda! Before we start, let me say hello to somebody who is in our Press Briefing Room for the first time: Azad Essa from the Middle East Eye, who has just joined our UNCA family. Welcome!
PGA ANSWERS QUESTIONS FROM YOUNG PEOPLE IN LIVE TWITTER SESSION
This morning, the President of the General Assembly has answered questions from young people FROM around the world through a live twitter session during the interactive dialogue on Youth, Peace and Security. The event under the theme “Youth: Empowered, Included and Equal”, is taking place in the Trusteeship Council.
Youth, Peace and Security is one of the seven priorities of the PGA’s agenda. Ms. Espinosa believes that young people play a crucial role in achieving the Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development.
The event which is organised by ECOSOC is gathering Ministers of State, representatives of youth organizations and high-level speakers. They are debating investment in youth development, financing and other means of implementation.
The world has today over 1.8 billion young people. In her interaction with participants, Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa is addressing issues such as the inclusion of indigenous youth in decision-making processes. The role of young people in peacebuilding and post-conflict societies, and how their voices can be heard and respected? The hashtag for this is: Youth4Peace.
More information on our website un.org/pga/73 and on UN WebTV.
GA HOLDS HIGH-LEVEL EVENT ON FUTURE OF WORK & 100th ANNIVERSARY OF ILO
The President of the General Assembly will convene tomorrow, 10 April, a high-level meeting to commemorate the one-hundredth anniversary of the establishment of the International Labour Organization (ILO). This will be followed by a High-Level Meeting of the GA on the “The Future of Work”.
In a note to Member States, Ms. Espinosa stressed that the ILO was created on the realization that clear rules were needed to ensure that economic progress went hand in hand with social justice, prosperity and peace for all.
Such principles remain fundamental today as new forces driven by technological advancements, changing demographics, globalization and climate change rapidly re-shape the world of work.
The PGA also stresses that women continue to bear the brunt of unpaid care and domestic work. Globally, women continue to be paid an average of 20% less than men to do the same job. Young people are also affected: with more than 64 million unemployed youth worldwide and 145 million young workers living in poverty, youth employment remains a global challenge.
The high-level meeting will be attended by several State Ministers, the Director General of ILO, Mr. Guy Ryder, representatives of labour organizations, the private sector, youth, academia, civil society and other guests.
Due to a large list of speakers, the meeting on the Future of Work will be concluded on 11 April.
Hashtags: #ILO100 #MyFutureOfWork
PGA & HEAD OF ILO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE ON FUTURE OF WORK ON 10 APRIL
And a last note: Tomorrow, 10 April, Ms. Espinosa and the Director-General of the International Labor Organization (ILO) will be here at 12:30 pm for a joint-press conference on the High-Level Meeting on the Future of Work. All UNCA correspondents are invited. Our colleagues from the webcast will cover it as well, and we will not have our regular briefing but only the Press Conference from 12.30pm to 1pm. The PGA and the ILO DG will deliver short opening remarks and dedicate the remaining time to your questions.
And this is all from us. Do you have any questions?