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UN Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman spoke in Washington, DC on Friday on the security situation in Africa and the Middle East, including updates on Mali, Somalia, and Syria.
After three days of high octane, big name speeches, the fourth day of the General Debate comes as a bit of a time to take a breath. Today’s line-up is short on Heads of State, but there are still plenty of Heads of Government and many voices that you won’t get much opportunity to hear outside of the General Assembly.
The General Debate marches on today, giving us another opportunity to provide a rundown of speakers for you. Thursday has some marquee addresses in the morning session, including a pair separated by only one name on the list that will draw the vast majority of the attention today.
Yesterday’s article giving a rundown of when world leaders came to the rostrum of the General Assembly proved popular enough that we’re going to keep the series going throughout the week. Wednesday’s speeches include some of the most highly anticipated of this year’s session.
Though the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly officially opened last week, when most people think of the annual UNGA it’s this week that comes to mind. General Debate starts on Tuesday, the time when Heads of State and Government from around the world converge on Turtle Bay to speak their minds.
The Palestinian Authority is making waves at the United Nations over its status for the second year in a row. The Palestinians may opt to bypass the U.N. Security Council entirely, taking its claim to the General Assembly’s 193 Member States.
SG: The SG met with Israeli President Peres in Jerusalem today to encourage dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians. Speaking to the press with President Peres, he again underlined the need to stop violence and begin dialogue that addresses the root causes of the conflict.
SG: The SG briefed the SC today from Ramallah where he reiterated his message from today’s earlier press conference in Tel Aviv with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to: “Stop fighting. Start talking. And take on the root causes of the conflict.” The SG will continue travelling this week to Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
SG: The SG arrived in Cairo today where he will meet with the Foreign Minister, President el-Sisi and US Secretary of State Kerry to promote the Egypt-initiated ceasefire in the Middle East. Spokesman Dujarric told reporters today that “the overriding messages that [the SG] brings is, first, that the violence must stop, and needs to stop now.”
Middle East: The SG welcomed the humanitarian pause negotiated by Special Coordinator Serry to allow civilians in Gaza to begin repairs on electrical and water infrastructure. WFP used the five-hour pause to deliver emergency food assistance to Gaza. The SG hopes the pause will lead to peace and a sustainable ceasefire.