PRESS BRIEFING BY MONICA GRAYLEY, SPOKESPERSON FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT MARÍA FERNANDA ESPINOSA
Good afternoon and hello, everyone!
PGA CHAIRS HIGH-LEVEL MEETING ON GENDER EQUALITY AND WOMEN IN POWER
This afternoon, the President of the General Assembly will chair the last informal
High-Level Event on gender equality for the current session.
Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa will welcome the PGA-elect, Mr. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, the Executive Director of UN Women, Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and Ms. Susana Malcorra, from Women Leaders – Voices for Change and Inclusion at the opening of session, which starts at 3 p.m. in the ECOSOC chamber.
The event “Women in Power – Call to Action & Women Leaders – voices for change and inclusion” will have two panel discussions on synergies between global networks that encourage women’s participation and support the sharing of knowledge and experience.
The first panel will be moderated by the Secretary-General Envoy on Youth, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, and will open for questions from the floor.
The second panel will be moderated by Asa Régner, UN Women Deputy Executive Director. The entire event will be webcast by UN Web TV.
More details on our website www.un.org/pga/73
MS. ESPINOSA MARKS UN DAY ON SOUTH-SOUTH COOPERATION
The PGA is joining celebrations on the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation. This morning, her Chef de Cabinet, Ambassador Kwabena Osei-Danquah, delivered a speech on behalf of Ms. Espinosa’s at the event to mark the day.
The meeting was organised by the UN Office on South-South Cooperation, (UNOSSC), in coordination with the Chairs of the G-77, Argentina and others.
Ms. Espinosa said that; “this day provides an opportunity to reflect on the transformations we have seen in the Global South since the UN was created, when so many countries did not have a seat at the table; and since the “Buenos Aires Plan of Action” was adopted in 1978.”
Today, the Global South makes up the majority of the UN’s membership, and of the world’s population. Its share of global wealth is now at 40% – and estimated to rise to 55% by 2025.
The PGA believes that South-South cooperation must be part of the answer. Complemented by triangular cooperation, catalyzing change, boosting knowledge and know-how. Since 2016, the value of South-South trade has increased almost seven-fold, from 600 billion dollars in 1995 to 4 trillion in 2016. During that period, exports grew at an annual average rate of 13 percent – far outpacing world exports at 8 percent. The entire speech can be found on our website www.un.org/pga/73
GA HOLDS PLENARY MEETING ON REVITALIZATION, COOPERATION WITH REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND BEIJING + 25
The General Assembly has met this morning to consider several issues including revitalization of the work of the GA, cooperation between the United Nations and the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) and advancement of women, the resolution on the; “Scope, modalities, format and organization of the High level meeting on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing+25)”.
On the revitalization of the work of the GA, the PGA mentioned some achievements obtained during the current session such as the alignment process, through the updated mapping assessment of SDG coverage, as well as initial efforts made during this session to develop possible criteria for identifying overlaps and duplication where they are found to exist.
Ms. Espinosa thanked the co-facilitators for this theme H.E. Mrs. Marie Chatardová, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic, and H.E. Mrs. Maria Helena Lopes De Jesus Pires, Permanent Representative of Timor-Leste for their hard work and leadership in executing this mandate, as well as to all delegations for their constructive engagement. She said she was grateful that efforts to phase-out single-use plastics from UN Headquarters and to bring the work of the General Assembly to a wider audience were recognized in the text.
This morning, Ms. Espinosa chaired a plenary meeting at the General Assembly the revitalization of the GA. She later met the rector of the University for Peace, Dr. Francisco Rojas.
This afternoon, she will welcome the participants of the last high-level meeting on women’s empowerment and take part in the evening in the event on culture of peace at the International Peace Institute, IPI.
This is all from us.