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Vanessa Frazier (Malta) and President of the Security Council for April on the programme of work for the month of April 2024 - Press Conference

Press Conference by H.E. Ms. Vanessa Frazier, Permanent Representative of Malta to the United Nations and President of the Security Council for April. She will brief journalists on the programme of work for the month of April.
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The Security Council’s programme for April features open debates on the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, and on conflict-related sexual violence, its President for the month told a Headquarters press conference today. Vanessa Frazier (Malta), who holds the 15-member organ’s rotating presidency for April, said that the signature event “Children and Armed Conflict” — to be held on 3 April — will present an opportunity to discuss the consequences of denial of humanitarian access to children. The Council will also have a debate on peace and security in the Mediterranean — chaired by Malta’s Foreign Minister — which will focus on the challenges of migration, terrorism, human rights abuses and natural hazards. There will also be two high-level meetings: the quarterly open debate on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, chaired by Malta’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and briefed by the Secretary-General.  The second high-level meeting — the annual open debate on women, peace and security, to be held on 23 April and chaired by Malta’s Deputy Prime Minister — will focus on addressing conflict-related sexual violence through de-militarization and gender-responsive arms control. In addition, the Council will meet on numerous country-specific files of “utmost importance”, she said, pointing to meetings on Colombia, Yemen, Libya, Haiti, the Great Lakes, the humanitarian situation in Gaza and Syria, the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) and the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). On working methods, she spotlighted the pivotal role of civil society in informing the Council about the situation on the ground, noting the invitation of numerous civil society briefers. She also responded to several questions posed by media correspondents. 

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