Digital Cooperation & Other Topics - Daily Press Briefing (10 June 2019)

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Noon Briefing by Eri Kaneko, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
- Digital Cooperation,
- Deputy Secretary-General's Travel
- Yemen
- Mali
- Sudan
- Zimbabwe
- Afghanistan
- Syria
- Security Council
- Conferences
- Senior Personnel Appointments
DIGITAL COOPERATION
This morning, the Secretary-General received the report from the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation. The report was handed to him by the Panel’s co-chairs Ms. Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group.
As you may have seen the online conversation they had right after in which they discussed the findings of the report which focuses on issues of human rights, human agency, trust and security in the digital age.
The Secretary-General said “the Digital Cooperation report is the first step on how we can transform the digital era into an era of digital good for everybody.”
He added that he is enthusiastic and optimistic of the enormous potential of the digital era but also about bringing people together to address the risks of technology, and he emphasized the need for digital inclusion, noting that almost half of the world population still has no access to the internet.

DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL’S TRAVEL
This evening, the Deputy Secretary-General will travel to Lisbon, Portugal, to deliver the Annual Pluralism Lecture 2019, taking place tomorrow and hosted by the Global Centre for Pluralism. She will further meet with representatives from government and civil society, as well as faith leaders.
The Deputy Secretary-General will be back in the office on Thursday, 13th June.

YEMEN
The Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, is in Saudi Arabia.
She held productive meetings in Riyadh today with officials from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, including H.E. Ibrahim Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Dr. Abdel Aziz Hamad Aluwaisheg, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Negotiations of the Gulf Cooperation Council. They discussed a wide range of regional issues, including the situation in Yemen. Both expressed their support for the work of the United Nations in Yemen and for the efforts of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General, Martin Griffiths.
Ms. DiCarlo is expected to meet with the President of Yemen, Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi, later today.
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