PRESS BRIEFING BY BRENDEN VARMA, SPOKESPERSON FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT VOLKAN BOZKIR

PRESIDENT PAYS TRIBUTE TO U.N. PEACEKEEPERS IN SPEECH TO PEACEKEEPING BODY

  • This morning the President addressed the opening meeting of the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (C-34) which is a subsidiary organ of the General Assembly.
  • In his remarks, he said peacekeeping operations are central to the UN and to multilateralism as a whole. He added that we cannot fulfil the peace and security mandate of this Organization without well trained, well equipped and well supported peacekeeping forces.
  • He paid tribute to the brave women and men who are out there today, protecting the lives of so many, and to those who have lost their lives while serving in the field. He reiterated his deepest gratitude for their service.
  • The President said it is crucial that the UN’s approach to peacekeeping keeps pace with, and responds to, evolving challenges and new threats and opportunities. He added that, in this ever more complex and interconnected world, UN peace operations require constant refinement, drawing on analytical and operational capabilities, while leveraging new technology to increase their impact.
  • The President also took the opportunity to congratulate his predecessor, Ambassador Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, who was elected as Chair of the C-34.

 

INTER-PARLIAMENTARY UNION HEARING TO BE HELD THIS WEEK

  • The President has circulated to Member States a draft programme for the annual hearing of the Inter-Parliamentary Union at the United Nations, which will take place virtually this Wednesday and Thursday.
  • This year’s hearing will address fighting corruption, restoring trust in government and improving development prospects. It will allow parliamentarians to engage on these issues with experts, UN officials and diplomats, ahead of the General Assembly’s special session against corruption this June.
  • The hearing will be webcast.

 

PRESIDENT HIGHLIGHTS RADIO’S ROLE IN FIGHTING MISINFORMATION

  • Last Saturday was World Radio Day. The President said that radio is a powerful medium that reaches remote communities and vulnerable people. It is crucial in emergency communication and disaster relief.
  • He added that, during the COVID-19 pandemic, radio has made it possible to ensure continuity of learning and to fight against misinformation.