PRESS BRIEFING BY MONICA GRAYLEY, SPOKESPERSON FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT MARÍA FERNANDA ESPINOSA
I would like to start by saying hello to a group of Spokespeople from China visiting us today. Thank you! I also must say hello to Harrison Arubu from News Agency of Nigeria. He joined the UN correspondent’s family on Monday 29 April. Welcome, Harrison!
GA HOLDS INFORMAL MEETINGS ON SECURITY COUNCIL REFORM
The GA is hosting two closed informal meetings on the intergovernmental negotiations today and tomorrow, 2 May, on the question of equitable representation on, and increase in, the membership of the Security Council and other matters related to the Council.
This is the fourth informal meeting on this matter to take place during the current GA session.
Member States will meet under the co-facilitation of the Ambassador of Luxembourg, H.E. Christian Braun, and the Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the UN, H.E. Lana Zaki Nusseibeh.
Both Co-Chairs of the Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council Reform (IGN) are expected to lead discussions by Member States; “to identify any perceived gaps in how positions are reflected so far and provide suggestions for clarification”.
In a letter, which was sent by the President of the General Assembly to Member States, the Ambassadors of Luxembourg and the United Arab Emirates said that; “all discussions during the meetings this week will feed into the outcome of the IGN process for the current session.”
More information on our website www.un.org/pga/73
GENERAL ASSEMBLY WILL HOST TRIBUTE TO VICTIMS OF ATTACKS IN SRI LANKA
On Friday, 3 May, the General Assembly in cooperation with the Mission of Sri Lanka, will host a commemorative event for the victims of the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka.
In a letter, the GA President, Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa, informed that the event will take place from 10 am. to 12 pm. in the General Assembly Hall.
Ms. Espinosa invited chairs of regional groups in the United Nations, Member States and Observers to deliver statements expressing their condolences to the people of Sri Lanka as well as offering reflections on strengthening their resolve and cooperation to fight terrorism and prevent violent extremism.
This morning, Ms. Espinosa met the Director of Americas Division at the Department of Political & Peacebuilding Affairs, Ms. Laura Flores. Later, the PGA received in her office the Vice President of the Austria Parliament, H. E. Ms. Doris Bures. This afternoon, Ms. Espinosa will have separate bilateral meetings with Ambassador Tijiani Muhammad Bande of Nigeria and the Permanent Representative of Ghana, H.E. Martha Pobee. The PGA will also meet the Rector of United Nations University, Dr. David Malone.
This is all from us for today. Do you have any questions?