Climate movement & other topics - Daily Briefing (3 October 2019)

Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.
- General Debate wrap-up
- Climate
- Diogo Freitas do Amaral
- Iraq
- Haiti
- Mali
- Central African Republic
- Security Council
- Somalia
- Djibouti
- Afghanistan
- Food Price Index
- Nigeria
For the General Debate, a total of 195 speakers participated, including the Holy See, the State of Palestine and the European Union. Uzbekistan was the only country that did not speak. Among the speakers, there were 82 Heads of State and 43 Heads of Government.
There were 16 women speakers, which was 8.2 per cent only of all the speakers, and that is slightly lower than last year, when we had 19 women speakers or about 9.8 per cent. To put matters into perspective, on the first day of the General Debate, we had two female Heads of State and one Head of Government, compared to 29 male Heads of State and five male Heads of Government.
The longest speech at the General Debate was 50 minutes by Pakistan and the shortest speech was by Rwanda.
We also had the Climate Action Summit and six other major meetings at the UN during the time of the General Debate. In addition, from 23 through 30 September, 1,674 bilateral meetings were held at the UN. And, as of 30 September, 566 other meetings, including those of regional groups and UN system entities, were held during the high-level debate. And, for our part, we issued 137 readout form the Secretary-General’s bilateral meetings.

In an op-ed published today in various media around the world, the Secretary-General stressed that, while we have a long way to go, the climate movement has begun. Young people, leaders in business, finance, governments and civil society are mobilizing and acting, as was seen in the lead-up to and during the Climate Action Summit last week.
The Secretary-General highlighted some of the commitments made at the Summit, which include more than 70 countries committing to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 as well as their intention to boost their national plans under the Paris Agreement by 2020.
He said that actions announced were all important but not sufficient, and added that he will continue to encourage leaders to do much more and drive green economic solutions around the world.

In a statement issued today, the Secretary-General expressed his deep sadness on the death of Professor Diogo Freitas do Amaral from Portugal, as he was a renowned jurist and scholar and a brilliant politician who wholly dedicated his life to public service. He also served as President of the 50th Session of the General Assembly.
The Secretary-General also sent his sincere condolences to his wife and all his family.
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