United Nations Web TV - Press Conferences Copyright 2013-14 Tue, 04 Aug 2015 13:54:54 -0400 http://webtv.un.org WHO - Press Conference (Geneva, 4 August 2015) http://webtv.un.org/watch/who-press-conference-geneva-4-august-2015/4397472100001 Subject: Update on Ebola operational response. Speaker: Dr Bruce Aylward, WHO Assistant Director-General for Emergencies video4397472100001 Tue, 04 Aug 2015 10:41:11 -0400 4397472100001 2947000 The Outcome Document of the Post-2015 Development Agenda - Press Conference http://webtv.un.org/watch/the-outcome-document-of-the-post-2015-development-agenda-press-conference/4396159351001 Speakers: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning; H.E. Mr. Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations; video4396159351001 Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:08:54 -0400 4396159351001 3840533 Speakers: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning; H.E. Mr. Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations; H.E. Mr. David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations; Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs 2015 World Population Prospects Report - Press Conference http://webtv.un.org/watch/2015-world-population-prospects-report-press-conference/4384735726001 Speakers: Mr. John Wilmoth, Director, Population Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA); and Mr. François Pelletier, Chief, Population Estimates and Projections Section, DESA video4384735726001 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:14:22 -0400 4384735726001 1128320 Press Conference on Nagoya Biodiversity Protocol http://webtv.un.org/watch/press-conference-on-nagoya-biodiversity-protocol/4384090469001 Tatsushi Terada, Japanese Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs, and Sandra Bessudo Lion, High Advisor for Environmental Policy, Biodiversity, Water and Climate Change of Colombia, brief correspondents on the Nagoya Protocol, the internatio video4384090469001 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:43:19 -0400 4384090469001 4128555 The opening for signature of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing was an example of what the United Nations was capable of accomplishing when Member States worked together, even when holding different opinions, senior officials from Japan and Colombia said today. Tatsushi Terada, Japan’s Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs, and Sandra Bessudo, Presidential High Adviser for Biodiversity, Climate Change and Environmental Management of Colombia, made the observation during a joint Headquarters press conference. Accompanying them was Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Mr. Terada said the signing of the Protocol had great meaning not only for biodiversity, but also as a good example that even countries with different opinions could get together to ensure a great outcome. That would not have been possible without the full support of all those countries that had been closely engaged in the negotiations leading to the opening of the Protocol for signature. In his capacity as the representative of the presidency of the Tenth Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, Japan had a great responsibility to effect and implement the Protocol in the coming two years, he said. Ms. Bessudo said the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol was a key step in stopping biodiversity loss and a prime example of what multilateralism could achieve in addressing the “greatest global challenges of our time”. The successful culmination of the negotiations on the Protocol had taken into account the interests of all parties involved, and had established a platform for compromise on implementation, particularly on everything related to measures to ensure its enforcement. Earlier in the day, Colombia had become the first country to sign the Protocol, she said, adding that it was a sign of the importance that her country attached to the Protocol that it had wanted to be the very first signatory. Colombia and other “mega diverse” countries and negotiating partners were firmly committed to implementing in a very integral manner the Biodiversity Convention’s three objectives: conservation, sustainable use and just and equitable distribution of benefits, she said. She described the Protocol’s adoption as an unequivocal testament to the importance of the balance between the use of genetic resources and respect for the sovereign rights of those countries where such resources originated. Guaranteeing the just and equitable distribution of their benefits was the way to ensure incentives and tools for the conservation and sustainable use of those resources, she said, describing the struggle against “biopiracy” as a fundamental concern shared by all. Another common concern was the interest in ensuring that the illegal appropriation of genetic resources or their derivatives, and the traditional knowledge associated with biodiversity, were checked at all costs. Mr. Djoghlaf described the Protocol as one of the most important legal instruments in the history of the environmental movement, saying it was about gaining access to genetic resources wherever they were and sharing their benefits with the “owners” of biodiversity. “With the opening for signature today, we are operationalizing the third objective and one of the most important objective without which the other objectives cannot be achieved,” he emphasized. In addition to Colombia, other signatories today included Yemen, Brazil and Algeria, he said, expressing confidence that many others would follow suit in the coming weeks and months. The Protocol would remain open within the Secretary-General’s Office until 1 February 2012, he said, further expressing confidence that its entry into force would come about before the Conference of Parties to be hosted by India in October 2012. Asked why his country had not been among the first to sign the Protocol, Mr. Terada said that as the Chair of the Tenth Conference of Parties, Japan would have liked to sign the Protocol as soon as possible, but the country was currently working on the necessary procedures for its implementation domestically. A decision had been made to establish a follow-up committee comprising the relevant ministries and agencies, and that body was expected to proceed with preparations for recommendations ratification, he said. Press Conference on 2011 Year of Forests http://webtv.un.org/watch/press-conference-on-2011-year-of-forests/4383897314001 Stewart Maginnis, Director of the Forest Conservation Programme at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Stanislas Kimanzi, Rwandan Minister for Environment and Lands, and Jan McAlpine, Director of the UN Forum on Forests, addre video4383897314001 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:07:24 -0400 4383897314001 563264 Leading environmental activists lauded today the Rwandan Government’s plan to restore all of the steadily recovering Central African nation’s lost forest lands and boost national development as a far-sighted move that should be replicated by other Governments. “This really is a good news story,” said Stewart Maginnis, Director of Environment and Development of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), during a Headquarters press conference held in connection with the ninth session of the United Nations Forum on Forests, under way until 4 February. “For the first time, we’re actually seeing a country recognize that part and parcel of its economic development trajectory has to be rooted in natural resources.” In the 1990s, poor forest management, damaging land use practices and conflict had caused the country’s forest cover to shrink rapidly. Today, despite brisk economic growth in the past five years, 85 per cent of the population still made a living from subsistence farming of degraded lands, he said. But Rwanda’s new Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative aimed to reverse by 2035 the current degradation of the entire country’s soil, water, land and forest resources, Mr. Maginnis said. It would also focus on safeguarding the nation’s rich wildlife, such as the critically endangered mountain gorilla. To implement it, Rwandan officials would work with IUCN, the United Nations Forum on Forests and the private sector to restore the ecosystem of the forest landscape, while spurring agricultural production, low-carbon economic growth, and new income-generating opportunities for poor, rural people, he said. Last year, during the meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Governments worldwide had committed to restoring 15 per cent of their degraded ecosystems by 2020, he said. “What’s particularly exciting is that Rwanda is now ahead of the game and probably will actually exceed that target.” Mr. Maginnis added that for too long forests had been undervalued. Some 1.6 billion people worldwide depended on forests for their livelihood and subsistence. The $130 billion in wood and other substances removed from them was equivalent to what industrialized countries spent annually on official development assistance (ODA). One billion hectares of degraded forest land and 500 million hectares of degraded crop land were suitable for forestry landscape restoration. Joining the press conference was Stanislas Kamanzi, Rwandan Minister of Land and Environment, who said that interest among development partners in his country’s initiative, launched a couple of months ago, was growing. The plan, soon to take effect, aimed to ensure Rwanda’s part in safeguarding the planet for current and future generations and re-establishing the balance between human livelihoods and the environment they lived in. Jan McAlpine, Director, Secretariat of the United Nations Forum on Forests, was also on hand. She said the Rwanda initiative embodies many of the Forum’s policy recommendations. “The approach to integrating the economic, social and environmental actions related to forests is at the heart of the concept of managing forests sustainably, but it hasn’t been implemented very much in practice,” Ms. Alpine said. “For the United Nations Forum on Forests, this action by this country and this leadership at this time is absolutely the most important message of today. It is acting, not just talking. It is considering thoughtfully the relationships, and then making a difference.” The Global Environment Facility, which issues grants for environmental improvement projects, Canada, a leader in the international forest model network process, and other partners had already expressed their interest to support the Rwandan initiative, she said. Asked about the state of Rwanda’s forests prior to the launch of the initiative and progress towards sustainable forestry management, Mr. Kamanzi said the nation’s overall environment was degraded due to poor policymaking and the bloody 1994 conflict. He cited the poorly managed hydraulic systems that caused frequent power outages in the marshlands and how the 1994 genocide had devastated a mountainous forest in the north-west, causing land slides and intensive flooding. But with the introduction of better management policies, the hydraulic plants were up and running at full speed, and the mountainous areas were in the process of being reforested, he said. The aim now was to expand those local projects to a national scale. Ad Hoc Committee on Sovereign Debt Restructuring Processes - Press Conference http://webtv.un.org/watch/ad-hoc-committee-on-sovereign-debt-restructuring-processes-press-conference/4381693709001 Speakers: His Excellency Sacha Llorenti, Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee and Permanent Representative of the Plurinational State of Bolivia Her Excellency María Cristina Perceval, Permanent Representative of Argentina video4381693709001 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:49:59 -0400 4381693709001 2276501 Speakers: His Excellency Sacha Llorenti, Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee and Permanent Representative of the Plurinational State of Bolivia Her Excellency María Cristina Perceval, Permanent Representative of Argentina His Excellency Carlos Alberto Bianco, Secretary of International Economic Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Argentina Mr. Richard Kozul-Wright, Strategies Director of the Division on Globalization and Development, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Ad Hoc Committee on Sovereign Debt Restructuring Processes - Press Conference http://webtv.un.org/watch/ad-hoc-committee-on-sovereign-debt-restructuring-processes-press-conference/4381687362001 Speakers: His Excellency Sacha Llorenti, Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee and Permanent Representative of the Plurinational State of Bolivia Her Excellency María Cristina Perceval, Permanent Representative of Argentina video4381687362001 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:49:55 -0400 4381687362001 2276501 Speakers: His Excellency Sacha Llorenti, Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee and Permanent Representative of the Plurinational State of Bolivia Her Excellency María Cristina Perceval, Permanent Representative of Argentina His Excellency Carlos Alberto Bianco, Secretary of International Economic Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Argentina Mr. Richard Kozul-Wright, Strategies Director of the Division on Globalization and Development, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Press Conference: Ambassador Martin Sajdik, outgoing President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) http://webtv.un.org/watch/press-conference-ambassador-martin-sajdik-outgoing-president-of-the-economic-and-social-council-ecosoc/4372963085001 Noon Briefing Guests, Ambassador Martin Sajdik, outgoing President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), along with the newly-elected President. video4372963085001 Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:07:47 -0400 4372963085001 1297771 Elzbieta Karska ( Chair of the Working Group) and Gabor Rona (member of the Working Group) - Press Conference http://webtv.un.org/watch/elzbieta-karska-chair-of-the-working-group-and-gabor-rona-member-of-the-working-group-press-conference/4370727480001 Ms. Elzbieta Karska, Chair of the Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination; and Mr. Gabor Rona, member of the Working Group video4370727480001 Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:27:53 -0400 4370727480001 1659947 Press Conference by José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Prime Minister of Spain http://webtv.un.org/watch/press-conference-by-josé-luis-rodríguez-zapatero-prime-minister-of-spain/4370277323001 José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Prime Minister of Spain, briefs the press on poverty, global security and the progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. video4370277323001 Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:16:25 -0400 4370277323001 2742848 At a Headquarters press conference on the margins of the world body’s opening of its high-level general debate, the Spanish leader listed those three challenges as the outcome of the world economic recession, global security and stability, and an assessment by next year of progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Mr. Zapatero described the sixty-fourth session of the General Assembly as perhaps “the most relevant, the most important since the one held in 2000”, when the millennium objectives and the fight against poverty objectives were adopted. The world was living through a historical moment as a consequence of the changes that the economic recession would produce in the international order and in world governance. “And also because, as we have seen in this morning’s session, there has been a transcendental change, which is the presence and the presidency of Barack Obama heading the United States, the first world Power. These are two very important elements which describe why the General Assembly is occurring at a very important time,” he added. Fleshing out the three challenges, he cited a direct link between the economic recession and the global response to climate change, its actions in the energy sector and with respect to environmental sustainability. In the first part of the twenty-first century, security and stability would depend primarily on the strength of multilateralism, United Nations leadership and the creation of a “valley of understanding” between civilizations, peoples and cultures. Turning to stocktaking of progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals, he said the international community would be looking at what States had done in the past 10 years to win the battle against misery and poverty. When Spain held the European Union presidency next year, it would have as a main objective to reaffirm those commitments. With fulfillment of the Goals lagging, Europe had to take “new steps” this year, despite the economic crisis, to maintain its level of commitment with regard to development aid. Touching on the challenges and opportunities ahead at the upcoming Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, he said it should not be seen as something difficult or something that was going to demand enormous efforts or sacrifices by countries. Changing energy patterns to meet climate change demands was a fantastic opportunity to improve the global economy, by providing more equal opportunities and more democratic and sustainable efforts. In the context of global security and stability, the pending Middle East situation remained paramount, he said, voicing strong support for President Obama’s new Middle East peace initiative. In his speech, Mr. Obama had “insisted on the fact that he will not stop to do everything necessary to do achieve peace in the Middle East. And certainly Europe and Spain are going to support, are going to share, this point of view vis-à-vis the Middle East,” Mr. Zapatero said. The Prime Minister said he would be meeting with President Obama on 13 October, after which he would start his trip to the Middle East, visiting Israel, Syria and Occupied Palestine Territory, with the objective of strengthening the positions of Spain and the European Union in view of the country’s assumption of the European Union Presidency in January next year. Spain had much to contribute to a Middle East peace, he said, acknowledging the European Union’s obligation in that regard. When asked about guarantees that his proposal outlined yesterday of 0.7 per cent investment in technologies to fight emissions of CO2 this year would be fulfilled when the 0.7 per cent gross domestic product (GDP) promised in official development assistance (ODA) had not been met in 2008, he said that there were many countries that were fulfilling the 0.7 per cent development assistance target -– all of them European, especially Nordic countries –- and they were an example for all, including Spain. He urged the developed countries to do everything possible to meet their commitments. Noting that Spain was a driving force behind the Alliance of Civilizations, along with Turkey, a correspondent asked why Israel was not included in a dialogue aimed at bringing together peoples of different religions and beliefs. The Spanish leader said Israel was, in fact, included, and there were Israelis who had already participated in the Alliance’s different forums. Responding to a question about United Nations reform, he said there was no doubt the Organization required such reform, including reform of the Security Council. However, at present, with the prevailing economic recession, there were more pressing issues than reforms of the United Nations, such as taking serious steps on climate change and bringing order to the world economic situation. Asked about Honduras, Mr. Zapatero said the situation would be discussed later today at a meeting to