1) To be or not to be (at the GA in particular person)
The format of this 12 months’s UN Basic Meeting session (UNGA 76) is a mirrored image of the present state of the world: a gradual return to in-person conferences, with loads of delegates staying on-line, but in addition a need to return to some model of normality, leavened by a recognition that the COVID-19 pandemic is much from over.
Following final 12 months’s digital UNGA, some Heads of State shall be coming to UN Headquarters in New York to ship their set-piece Basic Debate speeches at the rostrum, while the bulk keep at residence to ship their messages by way of video.
One of the useful features of UNGA for Heads of State and different senior authorities officers, is the prospect to have casual, one-on-one conferences with their counterparts, away from prying eyes. This chance was sorely missed final 12 months, and personal “bilateral cubicles” have been arrange.
Whereas it’s nonetheless unclear which authorities leaders will flip up in particular person you possibly can, in fact, observe our protection of the controversy on the primary UN Information web site, and watch the proceedings reside as ever, on UN Internet TV.
2 A K-Pop second, and a vaccine booster
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With regards to COVID-19 vaccinations, the mantra of the World Well being Group (WHO) has been “no-one’s secure till everybody’s secure”: in different phrases, richer international locations, that are making nice strides in inoculating the vast majority of their residents, want to be certain that the populations of poorer international locations are additionally protected.
Nevertheless, that is clearly not occurring, in accordance to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the top of the WHO. On 20 September, as a part of the “SDG Second” of the Decade of Motion (the UN’s push to ship sustainable options to the world’s greatest challenges), he’ll talk about the present state of the worldwide roll-out of vaccinations, with Achim Steiner, the top of the UN Growth Programme (UNDP), and Vera Songwe, who runs the UN Financial Fee for Africa (ECA).
Will BTS break the web? Once more?
The all-day occasion will even function a efficiency by Korean superstars, and pals of the UN, BTS.
The seven-piece K-Pop group has been partnering with the UN Youngsters’s Fund (UNICEF) since 2017 on the Love Myself marketing campaign to finish bullying, and promote shallowness.
The I.T. staff at the UN will probably be on tenterhooks as 20 September approaches, aware of the large web visitors BTS attracted throughout their earlier go to to the Basic Meeting in 2018, and when their video message was launched at final 12 months’s digital GA – each of which left the system struggling to cope.
3) Hungry for change: cooking up new meals methods
The final 12 months has seen a contemporary impetus at the UN on the necessity to overhaul meals methods, outlined as every thing concerned in getting wholesome and nutritious meals, from crops to meat, onto our plates.
This new push was instigated by the choice of UN chief António Guterres to create the primary UN Meals Methods Summit, which takes place on 23 September.
A number of specialists have warned that the present international meals system is actively dangerous to the planet and international inhabitants. Asserting the summit, Mr. Guterres stated that meals methods are “one of many essential causes we’re failing to keep inside our planet’s ecological boundaries”.
Meals methods emit round a 3rd of worldwide greenhouse gases; trigger deforestation and trigger round 80 per cent of biodiversity loss.
On prime of the environmental destruction, shockingly, round a 3rd of all meals produced every year is misplaced or wasted.
The purpose of the summit is to develop methods to fight international challenges similar to starvation, local weather change, poverty and inequality; and create new meals methods that profit all folks and shield the planet.
4) Weathering the ‘menace multiplier’ storm: local weather and safety
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The local weather disaster is now acknowledged as a difficulty that isn’t simply an environmental drawback, however an existential disaster that impacts us all: the UN has described local weather change as a “menace multiplier”, which is including stress to the financial, social, and political methods of each nation.
For instance, drought within the Sahel area of North Africa is a contributing consider battle, displacing populations going through starvation and restricted livelihood prospects.
Research have linked local weather change to the Sudanese civil warfare, in addition to newer occasions such because the warfare in Tigray, northern Ethiopia, and the expansion of armed battle within the Lake Chad basin, a water supply shared by a number of international locations, which has shrunk by some 90 per cent since 1960.
UN Information will report on a particular Safety Council debate on local weather and safety, due to happen on 23 September.
5) A net zero sum sport: clear, dependable vitality
Questions surrounding vitality are at the guts of efforts to deal with the local weather disaster, so it could be shocking that the final international gathering on vitality held below the auspices of the UN Basic Meeting, came about 40 years in the past.
So, it’s excessive time for a brand new one, The UN Excessive-level Dialogue on Vitality on 24 September. It’s going down in a world that views the usage of fossil fuels and renewable vitality, very otherwise than it did within the Eighties.
Entry to inexpensive, dependable, sustainable and fashionable vitality for all, is among the Sustainable Growth Objectives (SDGs) that make up the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Growth, the UN’s blueprint for a cleaner, fairer future.
One other problem due to be mentioned at the occasion shall be how to deliver dangerous greenhouse gasoline emissions, the drivers of local weather change, down to net zero by 2050.
It’s a giant process, requiring formidable actions beginning proper now. Because of this nations, areas, companies, NGOs and others shall be requested to current “Vitality Compacts”, setting out voluntary commitments and concrete plans explaining how they’re going to make it occur.
Look out for a LIVE UN Information weblog of the occasion, taking in contributions from activists, senior officers, and leaders.