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Environment, Cities & other topics - PGA Spokesperson's Briefing

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Briefing by Paulina Kubiak, Spokesperson for the President of the 77th Session of the General Assembly.
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WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

Today is World Environment Day.

President Csaba Kőrösi spoke a short time ago at an event about solutions to plastic pollution.

He congratulated Côte d’Ivoire, which this year hosts the World Environment Day.

The President spoke about microplastics and the hazards they pose to us as humans and the environment overall.

He noted the need to reuse plastics, highlighting that the particles in plastics can be safely reused three times.

He reiterated a message that you’ve heard from him often – that we need to move away from a “throw away” culture into a circular economy.

One that relies steadfastly on science – from data collection and policy making to the implementation of best practice.

You have his full remarks in your inbox and online: https://www.un.org/pga/77/2023/06/05/pga-remarks-to-world-environment-d…

 

UN HABITAT ASSEMBLY

Meanwhile, in Nairobi, today starts the second session of the UN Habitat Assembly.

In a pre-recorded message, President Kőrösi invited Member States to explore how we can ensure that our approach to sustainability transformation better reflects the role of cities in our world.

He also highlighted three suggestions to make cities more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

He called for comprehensive data and statistics collection and dissemination.

He said that governments have to assess risks associated with climate change, such as flooding and freshwater availability.

But what is most important is a mindset shift, from business-as-usual to a real sustainability transformation.

This means strengthening the science-policy interface, advancing evidence-based solutions, and approaching our goals holistically.

The full remarks have been shared: https://www.un.org/pga/77/2023/06/05/pga-remarks-to-second-session-of-t…

 

INDIA TRAIN CRASH

You would like have seen the statement put out Friday on the train crash in Odisha.

President Kőrösi sent his heartfelt condolences to the people and the Government of India.

He said that his thoughts and prayers were with the victims, their families and with the emergency services.

According to media reports, at least 275 people were killed and more than 1,200 injured in the crash.

Related Tweet https://twitter.com/UN_PGA/status/1664754703903727618

 

TUESDAY

Looking to tomorrow…

The elections for the non-permanent members of the Security Council will start at 10AM ET.

Six member states are currently running for the five available seats. Those are Algeria, Belarus, Guyana, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Sierra Leone, and Slovenia.

Each winning candidate will need a two-thirds majority of those present and voting.

There will be a press stakeout in the usual spot, across from the GA Hall.

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