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 The President of the General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid, is on a field visit right now in Angola.

He flew today to the southern part of the country to see the Cafu Canal and Chitaka Field School, and to meet with the local community.

The Cafu collection and pumping station is the first of five projects created to combat the effects of drought in Cunene province. This is helping to water hundreds of thousands of animals and irrigate lands.

Just a short time ago, President Shahid addressed media following the visit to the canal.

He said that fighting severe drought and climate change is a global priority. A necessary part of our effort to reinforce collective resilience and strengthen sustainable development. This was the message from the COP15 in Cote d’Ivoire.

A key takeaway and a recurring theme throughout that conference was that land, water, climate change, the ocean, and biodiversity are all interconnected. We cannot address one without supporting the other. Our world, our home, cannot be broken down into policy silos… it must be addressed as one relationship, the relationship between humanity – all 8 billion of us – and the natural world.

President Shahid is traveling with Foreign Minister Tete Antonio. He was received by Governor S. E. Gerdina Didalelwa.



Turning to the HOPE fellows, who are wrapping up the Brussels leg of their European study visit.

Among the highlights today was a discussion about the EU’s Green Deal, waste management practices and food security and safety. Earlier this week, the Fellows had sat in on a European Parliament Committee meeting on this topic.

The Fellows also met today with the General Representative of Belgium Delegation of Flanders to the EU, Matthias De Moor. He briefed on how Flanders works in the context of Belgium’s Federal system and in their direct diplomatic relations with the EU and other bilateral partners.



In terms of key events next week.

On Monday, 16 May at 1:15pm is the inauguration of the lactation rooms.

The ribbon cutting will take place on the second-floor balcony, followed by remarks in the Visitors Lobby.

We expect remarks from:

  • President Shahid
  • Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed
  • First lady of El Salvador Gabriela de Bukele,
  • Ambassador Carolyn Schwalger, Permanent Representative of New Zealand, who will speak on behalf of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
  • USG for Operational Support Atul Khare will deliver pre-recorded remarks.

I will share a press release under embargoed right after this briefing.

Monday is also the informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearing in preparation for the International Migration Review Forum.

The IMRF starts on Tuesday, 17 May.

President Abdulla Shahid is convening the IMRF under the auspices of the General Assembly and is chaired by the PGA

It consists of four interactive multi-stakeholder round tables, a policy dialogue, and a plenary.

It will result in a Progress Declaration.

The opening segment and the general debate begin on Thursday, 19 May.

You will have a press release later today.



The Spokesperson was asked about the Security Council reform. The Spokesperson said that the Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council Reform are ongoing. She would ask the co-chairs from Denmark and Qatar if there is anything to be updated publicly. The Spokesperson followed-up with the journalist by email that she misspoke and the co-chairs would not be in a position to update.

The Spokesperson was asked if President Shahid had offered his condolences to the Al Jazeera colleagues in the wake of Shireen Abu Akleh’s killing and the shooting of Ali al-Samoudi. President Shahid offers his condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Abu Akleh. He wishes a speedy recovery to Mr. al-Samoudi.