PRESS BRIEFING BY MONICA GRAYLEY, SPOKESPERSON FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT MARÍA FERNANDA ESPINOSA

Good afternoon, everyone!

PGA SENDS LETTER TO G-20 MINISTERS ABOUT FRAMEWORK TO TACKLE PLASTIC POLLUTION

The President of the General Assembly has sent a letter to the Ministers of Environment of the G-20 welcoming their decision to create a framework to tackle plastic pollution.

The G-20 announcement was made last week during the Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transition and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth, in Japan.

In her letter, Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa commended the group of Ministers for chairing this discussion and finalizing the agreement, which will be implemented voluntarily.

The PGA also invited the G-20 Member States to voice their support for the ‘St. John’s Declaration on Plastic Pollution’, which was announced at the Play it Out festival on 1 June in Antigua and Barbuda and aims to see CARICOM take steps to address plastic pollution and single-use plastics.

The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, H.E. Gaston Browne, will invite all CARICOM countries to become signatories to the declaration at an upcoming CARICOM meeting, which is scheduled for July.

The PGA’s global campaign against plastic pollution is supported by Antigua and Barbuda, Norway, and other partners.

Ms. Espinosa’s campaign spearheaded an initiative to remove all single-use plastics from the United Nations HQ in New York. This has the strong backing of Secretary-General António Guterres, UN staff and the entire Secretariat, for which the PGA is very grateful.

 

MS. ESPINOSA TALKS TO 7THGRADERS ON CLIMATE CHANGE, MIGRATION AND GENDER EQUALITY

Ms. Espinosa took part in the New York City Junior Ambassadors Program, this morning.

The PGA joined seventh-graders, other UN officials and NYC leaders to discuss global issues such as climate change, migration and gender equality and neighbourhood actions to address them.

The event at the Queens Museum had more than 500 students in attendance. The NYC Junior Ambassadors Program is organised by the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs in partnership with the UN.

Ms. Espinosa joined the 2017-2018 graduating students to hear about classroom projects designed to address pressing global challenges.

UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications Alison Smale, NYC Commissioner for International Affairs Penny Abeywardena, educators, and parents attended the ceremony at the Queens Museum.

 

GA HOLDS CONSULTATIONS ON DECLARATION FOR SAMOA PATHWAY

Member States are holding intergovernmental consultations on the draft political declaration of the High-Level Mid-Term Review of the Small Island Developing

States Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA).

The meeting, which is the third in a series at expert level, seeks to ensure that the political declaration will be action orientated.

The PGA appointed the Ambassador of Fiji, H.E, Mr. Satyendra Prasad, and the Permanent Representative of Ireland, H.E, Ms. Geraldine Byrne Nason, as co-facilitators of the consultations.

The process is expected to be concluded by August.

The conclusion of the process is expected to take place by August.

 

PGA TO SPEAK TO THE PRESS ON 27 JUNE AT 11 AM. IN THE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM

As you know, all UNCA correspondents are invited to attend the Press Conference by the PGA here in the Press Briefing Room on 27 June, this Thursday, at 11 a.m.

Ms. Espinosa will take your questions after delivering short opening remarks.

The Press Conference will be webcast by UN Web TV. The entire briefing will be posted also on our YouTube channel @unitednationsga73

We look forward to welcoming you here.

 

PGA’S AGENDA

The PGA started her day by delivering opening remarks at the High-Level Expert Panel on Water and Disasters. Later Ms. Espinosa spoke at the NYC Junior Ambassadors event, and as we speak she is taking part in the Commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the terrorist attack against the Argentine Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA). This afternoon, the PGA will receive in her office the Ambassador of Kuwait, H.E. Mansour Al-Otaibi, who is the President of the Security Council for the month of June.

This is all from us for now. Do you have anything else?

 

Before we leave, let me say hello to Jordan Karp, he is with Talk Media News and working with our colleague Luke Vargas. Welcome, Jordan!

 

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