PRESS BRIEFING BY REEM ABAZA, SPOKESPERSON FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT TIJJANI MUHAMMAD-BANDE

First Committee:

The President of the 74th session of the General Assembly Tijjani Muhammad-Bande spoke today to the Disarmament and International Security Committee (The First Committee).

In his remarks he said that Disarmament and international security underpin the priorities for this Session, which are poverty eradication and zero hunger; quality education; climate action and inclusion.

He added “We cannot make progress in these areas or Agenda 2030 (for sustainable development), if we live in an insecure world, at the same time poverty, lack of education, climate change and inequalities fuel unrest and instability.”

You can find the full remarks on the PGA’s website: un.org/pga/74

Sixth Committee

And in his speech to the Sixth Committee (The Legal Committee) Mr. Muhammad-Bande said that “Promotion of justice and international law has always been of fundamental importance to the work of the General Assembly.”

He added: “As we approach the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of the United Nations, we must recommit to the ideals of its founders and recall that we are nations united. A rules-based international order is the best guarantor for the realisation of peace and security, sustainable development and human rights.” End of quote.

International day of Older Persons

Later today, the President of the General Assembly will be participating in an event on the International Day of Older Persons.

Mr. Muhammad-Bande will say that that this International day offers a moment to reflect upon the role of older persons as active contributors to society and not merely as passive recipients of care and assistance. He will add that “Inclusion is a foundational priority for the Seventy-Fourth Session of the General Assembly, and “We will not have a UN that excludes.”

You can follow the event live on webtv.un.org