Daily Press Briefing by the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General and the Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly
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Daily Press Briefing by the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General and the Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly.

In a statement this morning on Libya, the Secretary-General said he is following closely the situation in the country. He takes note of the vote taken on Thursday by the House of Representatives in consultation with the High State Council to adopt the constitutional amendment, which charts a path for the revision of the 2017 Constitutional Draft and for the electoral process.

This morning, the Secretary-General addressed – in a pre-recorded video message – the High-Level segment of the One Ocean Summit, which is taking place in the lovely city of Brest, in France. He said that the oceans are shouldering much of the burden of the three crises facing our planet: climate disruption, biodiversity loss and pollution.

A quick further update on the ongoing situation in Madagascar, following cyclone Batsirai. To support the government’s response, so far, the World Food Programme has distributed 10,000 hot meals in cyclone shelters in Manakara.

From Tonga, our Resident Coordinator, Sanaka Samarasinha, is working with the Government on the possibility of holding a meeting with donor partners next week following last month’s volcanic eruption and tsunami.

The head of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, Major General Stefano Del Col, today chaired this year’s first Tripartite meeting with senior Lebanese Armed Forces and Israel Defence Forces officers in Ras Al Naqoura.

Today is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Only one in three science and engineering researchers in the world is a woman. In his message, the Secretary-General says that this inequality is depriving our world of enormous untapped talent and innovation.

Tomorrow will be the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers. It will also be the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict.

On Monday, we will be joined by Rein Paulsen, the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Director of Emergencies and Resilience. He will brief you on the FAO’s Horn of Africa drought response.

Today we welcome Mongolia, the 54th Member State for paying its dues in full.