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United Nations 11 Mar 2019

General Assembly President at the Commission on the Status of Women

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


Video message by Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, the President of the UN General Assembly for the Virtual Briefing of the Group of Friends for Education and Lifelong Learning.

The President of the UN General Assembly Tijjani Muhammad-Bande said that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented school and university closures that have disrupted the education of over 1.6 billion learners, which affected their basic literacy achievements and threatened their analytical skills and critical thinking.

In his message to the Virtual Briefing of the Group of Friends of Education and Lifelong Learning, the President of the General Assembly called on the Group to recommit to allocating at least 4% of GDP and at least 15% of public expenditure to education, while calling on donors to meet the UN target of 0.7% of gross national income to foreign aid and allocate 10% of that aid to primary and secondary education, to help bridge the annual financing gap regarding education."
Mina Kimes and Pablo Torre join Dan Le Batard on Highly Questionable and react to the possibility that NBA players will be allowed to leave the "bubble" once the 2019-20 NBA season resumes.
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Video message by Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the 74th session of the General Assembly, on Wold Refugee Day.

On World Refugee Day we hold the 25.9 million refugees of the world in our thoughts. Refugees around the world have made treacherous journeys in pursuit of peace, prosperity, and the full enjoyment of basic human rights.

Life has become even more difficult for refugees as the world contends with the COVID-19 virus. Travel restrictions have prevented refugees from moving through transit countries. In camp communities, transmission prevention measures are difficult to implement. Space is often at a premium, making physical social distancing impossible. Moreover, access to hand- washing facilities and health services may be limited; and personal protective equipment, if available, may be in short supply.

I commend host countries for upholding the values of the Charter of the United Nations, in providing for the people we serve in the context of an unprecedented global challenge.

More than 134 host countries are reporting local transmission of COVID-19, and are working hard to mitigate the effects of a global health pandemic on the vulnerable group they host. Indeed, more than 80% of the world's refugees are hosted in low and middle-income countries, where tenuous health systems are already under strain.

I urge all Member States to listen to, and heed, the voices of refugees and displaced persons as they respond to the COVID- 19 pandemic. The health of every person is tied to the health of those furthest behind.

On World Refugee Day, I thank the UNHCR, IOM and all humanitarian workers who have dedicated their life's work to creating a better world for all. I commend the WHO for its continued leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today I pay tribute to the courage and resilience of refugees everywhere. Your journey has not been easy; you have experienced hardship and encountered difficulties. Yet, you have persisted in pursuit of a future which is free from fear, and full of possibility. We share your dreams of a better world for your children. Do not lose hope.

We will leave no one behind. Together, we will build back better for a brighter future.
Police and protesters across the US have clashed again on the fifth straight day of unrest, as anger intensifies over the death of George Floyd.

The protests marked by chants of 'I can't breathe' - a rallying cry echoing the dying words of Mr Floyd - have spread to more than 30 cities, with cars and buildings burned, shops looted, and at least two people dead.

Governors in several states have called in National Guard troops after President Donald Trump warned state authorities they needed to adopt tougher tactics, or federal government would step in.

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