PRESS BRIEFING BY MONICA GRAYLEY, SPOKESPERSON FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT MARÍA FERNANDA ESPINOSA
Good afternoon, everyone!
PRESIDENT ESPINOSA VISITS WOMEN’S FEDERATION IN CHINA
The President of the General Assembly met the vice-president of the All-China Women’s Federation, Ms. Huang Xiaowei, earlier today in the country’s capital, Beijing.
Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa spoke about gender-equality as part of her seven priorities for the current session of the General Assembly.
The PGA stressed the importance of empowering women and girls and outlined her efforts on three fronts: political leadership, economic empowerment and transforming social norms to accelerate women’s empowerment.
One of these initiatives was the high-level meeting Women in Power, which the PGA conducted in March, when she invited female Heads of State and Government to New York and launched a ‘Call for Action’.
Before this meeting, Ms. Espinosa visited the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall and met with the Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Communist
Party of China Central Committee, H.E. Mr. Yang Jiechi. On her twitter account, the PGA commended Mr. Jiechi’s commitment to the potential of South-South Cooperation.
On Monday, Ms. Espinosa held bilateral meetings with the Chinese Prime-Minister, H.E. Mr. Li Keqiang, and the country’s State Councillor and Foreign Minister, H.E. Wang Yi.
The PGA will conclude her official trip to China on Thursday with a visit to the China Disabled Person’s Federation.
PGA SENDS LETTER OF CONDOLENCE TO FORMER SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON ON THE PASSING OF HIS MOTHER
The President of the General Assembly has sent a letter of condolence to the former UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, on the passing of his mother, Ms. Shin Hyun-soon.
She noted that Ms. Shin had just celebrated her 100th birthday and that she must have been extremely proud of all that the former SG had achieved in the “furtherance of peace and development as such a distinguished servant of the Republic of Korea and of the United Nations.”
The PGA said that her thoughts are very much of Mr. Ban and his family at this time of sorrow.
PGA TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE ON 27 JUNE AT 11 AM.
The PGA will hold a press conference on 27 June at 11 am. here at the Press Briefing Room for all UNCA correspondents.
She will make short opening remarks and dedicate most of the time to the interaction with you.
The Conference will start at 11 am until 12 pm when we will hand over to the Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
We look forward to your questions.
This is all for today. Do you have anything else?