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United Nations 11 Mar 2019

General Assembly President at the Commission on the Status of Women


Opening remarks by María Fernanda Espinosa (General Assembly President) at the opening of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63 2019).

Opening remarks from United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres at the opening of Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63 2019)
Remarks by Mr. Tijjani Muhammad Bande, President of the General Assembly, at the opening of the 74th session of the General Assembly.

Addressing the General Assembly, the new President of its 74th session, Nigerian Ambassador Tijjani Muhammad-Bande urged all Member States to "share their experiences on poverty eradication, especially on how improved social protection systems can benefit vulnerable people, who are most affected by poverty."

He said, "I request to you all to focus on how best to strengthen UN system, to ensure that the most vulnerable escape the debilitating web of poverty and hunger through sharing of knowledge on sustainable food production systems, relevant agricultural practices, availability of productive and affordable agricultural machinery, and expansion of entrepreneurial capacity."

The priorities of the new session of the General Assembly will be promotion of peace and security, particularly, conflict prevention; increased partnerships for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly, poverty eradication, zero hunger and quality education; quality education, climate change, and inclusion.

The 74th session of the General Assembly opens on Tuesday, 17 September. All 193 Member States of the Organization are represented in the General Assembly - one of the six main organs of the UN - to discuss and work together on a wide array of international issues covered by the Charter of the United Nations, such as development, peace and security, international law, and more.
Opening remarks by H.E. María Fernanda Espinosa (General Assembly President) at the General Assembly: High-Level Debate on International Migration and Development.

Opening remarks by General Assembly President, H.E. María Fernanda Espinosa, at the Interactive dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature during the commemoration of International Mother Earth Day.

Marking the International Mother Earth Day, the President of the General Assembly Maria Fernanda Espinosa said, "our mother earth is in serious danger," and "it is time to take care of it."

At the opening, Espinosa reiterated that human beings have endangered the earth and it is time to "repair the damage, to protect and restore its vital cycle to make sure that we protect life and that the natural can reproduce."

She also reiterated, "a sustainable world which we are part to achieve with the Agenda 2030 requires us to rethink how we interact with natural."

Espinosa continued, "finding a balance between the needs of the human beings and the resources that mother earth provides us doesn't mean we do not use them, but it means we should set aside the irrational exploitation of these resources, and build a model of development in which we respect the thresholds established by nature, its capacity to regenerate as well as its right to exists and maintain itself."

Also speaking at the meeting, Cynthia Silva Maturana, Bolivian Deputy Minister of Environment said, "it is also a time to appeal to the civil societies, to its organizations, to its peoples, to building proposals, to permit ourselves to build for a common future, to contribute common solutions to many questions."

She added, "to appeal to building models which will go beyond individuality and build process for community, like a way to encourage and recognize each other, respecting and working with our natural systems in inclusive development processes."

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