Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General.**Climate Change

Good afternoon.  Happy November, everyone.  First of all, I want to start off with something I kn…

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Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural)

Note: Following is a partial summary of statements made today to the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural). A complete summary will be issued later as Press Release GA/SHC/4277.Background

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian an…

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Third Committee Experts Tackle Privacy Rights around Sensitive Health Data, Reparations for Racism, as Delegates Explore Issues of Consent, Compliance

Guiding Principles Offer Global Standard for Addressing Adverse Human Rights Effects from Business Activities, Working Group Member SaysUnited Nations mandate holders tackled a range of issues today, from the privacy rights implications of collect…

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Delegates Call for Multilateralism, Closing Digital Divide to Spur Economic Growth, as Second Committee Debates Globalization, Interdependence

With unilateralism, protectionism and inequalities casting a shadow on globalization, delegates underscored the importance of opening up trade and closing the digital divide in boosting economic growth, as the Second Committee (Economic and Financ…

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Rural Population ‘Left Behind’ by Uneven Global Economy, Speakers Note, as Second Committee Debates Poverty Eradication

Despite a significant reduction in the rate of worldwide extreme poverty, speakers stressed that eradicating it has slowed, especially in rural areas, as the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) met to take up that issue today.Daniela Bas, Di…

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Second Committee (Economic and Financial)

Note:  Following is a partial summary of statements made to today’s meeting of the Second Committee (Economic and Financial).  A complete summary will be available later today as Press Release GA/EF/3521.Introduction of Reports


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Peaceful Assembly, Refugee Protections, Well-being of Rights Defenders Under Siege, Experts Tell Third Committee, as High Commissioner Warns of ‘Credibility Crisis’

Freedom of peaceful assembly, global refugee protections, women’s civil liberties and the well-being of human-rights defenders are values under siege, United Nations experts told the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) today, as delegat…

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Sixth Committee (Legal)

Unable to Adopt Work Programme Due to Ongoing Issues, Speakers Urge that Diplomacy Prevail, Tradition of Consensus UpheldImplementation of the rule of law principle on the international level — particularly in the area of conflict resolution — was…

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