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

Security Sector Reform 

Today at 3 in Conference room 8, the President of the General Assembly Tijjani Muhammad-Bande will participate in High-Level Panel and Roundtable Discussion on The United Nations and Security Sector Reform (SSR). 

The PGA will stress that the primary goal of (SSR) is to ensure the provision of effective security to both the state and its people, within a framework of accountability, democratic governance and the rule of law.  

The remarks will be shared with you and posted on the PGA’s website: un.org/pga/74 

Steering Committee on Accessibility 

Yesterday at 3 PM the PGA participated in the inaugural meeting of the Steering Committee on Accessibility at the United Nations. 

He stressed that promotion and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities are at the core of the priorities of the 74th Session of the General Assembly.  

He said that accessibility is essential to empowerment, inclusion and equality and is key to enable persons with disabilities to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life, according to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). 

He said that it is encouraging to hear delegates with disabilities share their experiences of improved accessible seating arrangements during the main session of the 74th Session of the General Assembly.  

AU Summit 

The PGA will be travelling to Addis Ababa on February 7 to attend the African Union Summit. While there he will participate in several events about important issues in the continent. He will meet officials, the UN Team and visit civil society projects. 

The cost of the trip will be covered by the Trust Fund of the office of the President of the General Assembly. 

We will share more about the trip later. 

Black History Month 

Tomorrow Friday January 30 at 2 PM, the PGA will kick off the Black History Month Tours in front of the Ark of Return Memorial at UN Visitors Plaza that honours the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. 

The PGA will interact with a group of school children about the contributions of people of African descent to the work of the Uin fields such as peace and security and human rightswith a special emphasis on decolonization.  

Joint Briefing 

This week in a joint briefing to Member States by the Presidents of the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) The PGA said that the two bodies share several mandated processes and areas of work which demand close collaboration and partnershipnamely: Financing for Development; Youth; the preparation for the 5th Conference on the Least Developed Countries and others. 

The PGA mentioned that the 2030 Agenda is a plan for a better world and its implementation requires action and sufficient financing. The lack of financial integrity is a cross-border problem that requires inclusive multilateral action. 

He and the ECOSOC President Ambassader Mona Jull announced the establishment of a high-level panel on international financial accountabilitytransparency and integrity. 

The High Level panel will be appointed with due consideration of regional and gender balanceIt will be co-chaired by Her Excellency Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the former Prime Minister of Denmark, and the former Prime Minister of Niger, His Excellency Ibrahim Mayaki. 

The official launch oft he panel will be on early March. 

Holocaust Victims Remembrance 

The PGA participated in the UN’s Holocaust Memorial Ceremony this week.

He said that we are privileged to listen to Holocaust survivors Ms. Irene Shashar and Mr. Shraga Milstein, who overcame the severest form of persecution.Their reminiscences energise our collective consciousness for a more inclusive, peaceful and harmonious global community that encourages unity in diversity. 

The PGA stressed on the need to always remember the victims of the Holocaust and ensure that their experiences serve as a constant reminder of the need to promote peaceharmonytolerancecooperation and inclusion in the collective aspirations for a more peaceful and prosperous world.