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

Hello, everyone and good afternoon!

 

FIRST INTERNATIONAL DAY ON VICTIMS OF ACTS OF VIOLENCE BASED ON RELIGION TO BE OBSERVED ON 22 AUGUST

Next week, on 22 August, the United Nations will mark its First International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence based on Religion or Belief.

The day was established in May by the General Assembly.

The resolution A/73/L.85 was sponsored by Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Jordan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland and the United States of America.

In the document, the General Assembly invited all Member States, the UN and other international and regional organizations, civil society and the private sector, to observe this International Day. 

The objective is to honour the victims and survivors of such crimes and to raise awareness and to tackle discrimination, hatred and violence against religious communities and minorities.

The resolution strongly condemns continuing violence and acts of terrorism targeting individuals and encourages the promotion of an inclusive community-based preventive approach involving several actors, civil society and religious communities.

First International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence based on Religion or Belief will be marked after the  International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, which is observed on 21 August, since 2017.

 

PGA CONGRATULATES PAKISTAN ON DECISION TO BAN SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAGS IN THE CAPITAL, ISLAMABAD

This morning, the President of the General Assembly issued a tweet welcoming the decision of the Government of Pakistan to ban single-use plastic bags in the country’s capital city, Islamabad.

Starting today, 14 August, all single-use plastic bags will be banned and consumers using it will face a fine, according to local authorities.

The prohibition is part of Pakistan’s project “10 Billion Tree Tsunami” to tackle climate change, which includes the initiative of planting 10 billion trees.

During her visit to the country, in January, Ms. Espinosa contributed to the initiative by planting a sapling tree in the hills of Islamabad to help to build resilience and avoid land degradation.

In her Twitter account today, the PGA praised the country for joining the battle to beat plastic pollution.

More information on Ms. Espinosa’s global campaign against single-use plastic you can find on our websitewww.un.org/pga/73

 

PGA’S AGENDA:

Ms. Espinosa started the day by granting an interview to Radio Pichincha in Ecuador during a Facebook Live. She later met with the President of the Security Council for the month of August, H.E. Ms. Joanna Wronecka.

Ms. Espinosa held separate bilateral meetings with the Ambassador of Bolivia, H.E. Mr. Sasha Llorenty Soliz and the Deputy Permanent Representative of the European Union, H.E Mr. Silvio Gonzato.

This afternoon, the PGA will receive at her office the Permanent Representative of the Maldives, H.E. Mrs. Thilmeeza Hussain and will grant an interview to Oprah Magazine.

The PGA will pay a visit to the Mission of India to sign the book of condolences after the passing away of the country’s former Foreign Minister, H.E Ms. Sushma Swaraj.

 

 

 

This is all for today. Do you have any questions?

 

 

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