25th Anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda & other topics - Daily Briefing (12 April 2019)

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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.
Daily Press Briefing:
-Pakistan
- Model UN
- Rwanda
- Deputy Secretary-General in Washington D.C.
- Central African Republic
- Libya
- Tunisia
- Central Emergency Relief Fund
- Syria
- Cyclone Idai
- Colombia
PAKISTAN
The Secretary-General is shocked at today’s attack in Quetta, in Pakistan. He strongly condemns this cowardly act and extends his condolences to the families of the victims and the Government and people of Pakistan. He wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.
The United Nations expresses its full solidarity with the Government of Pakistan in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism.
MODEL UN
This morning, the Secretary-General spoke at the first-ever United Nations Model UN Summit.
Addressing students between the ages of 15 and 24, he noted that there are three main challenges that we must address: climate change, inequality, as well as xenophobia and hate speech.
Emphasizing the importance of diversity, the Secretary-General stressed that it is the youth who must address these issues, given that his generation has failed to do so.
The goal of today’s Summit is to get young people thinking about how to incorporate the Sustainable Development Goals into their Model UN conferences and take real action to help implement the Goals in their communities.
RWANDA
This morning, the Secretary-General spoke at an event to mark the 25th Anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
Expressing his solidarity with the people of Rwanda, he honoured those who were murdered and reflected on the suffering and resilience of those who survived.
The Secretary-General noted that while the capacity for evil resides in all societies, so too, do the qualities of understanding, kindness, justice and reconciliation. Rwanda’s experience, he added, holds so many lessons for humanity.
The Secretary-General commended Rwanda for its exemplary role in the international community; the country is today the fourth-largest contributor to UN peacekeeping, is a pioneer in environmental sustainability, and – having suffered unspeakable gender-violence – Rwandan women now hold 60 percent of the seats in the parliament.
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