It is a Wrap.

The Week in Review #2

Grab an ice cream, or a chilled gazpacho, or a fresh libation of your choice (preferably produced in the allentours of your city). It is time to read The UN Brief, It is a Wrap.

Celebrate World Environment Day by reducing the carbon footprint of your gastronomic delights, visit a wine producer nearby, support your local farmers.

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Arrivals and Departures

Swiss Ambassador to the UK Alexandre Fasel leaving London to take up new role as Special Representative for Science Diplomacy, in Geneva.

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UNECE Celebrates World Environment Day

With a photo contest to raise awareness and promote the restoration of ecosystems, in support of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. It received 3.000 entries and 13 were selected. Candid, funny, and smart way to raise awareness. Check winners here.

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UNEP: Generation Restoration Official Launch

Watch our interview with Tim Christophersen, UNEP’s Coordinator for the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030, and Head of Nature for Climate Branch @UNEP.

We discussed UNEP’s innovative financing mechanisms to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the global awareness-raising campaign for ecosystems restoration #GenerationRestoration.

At the UN Headquarters in New York: Youth Leadership

Cool Factor? Is a 10/10

#TikTok #Instagram experts share best practices. Organized by the Civil Society Unit, Department of Global Communications in partnership with FAO and the NGO, Kitchen Connection

“Influencing Change: Highlighting Young Voices in Food and Sustainability” aims to go beyond discussions on issues that affect food systems and into the hearts of young influencers who are leveraging social media as advocacy tools for sustainable food systems change. 

Organized by the Civil Society Unit of the UN Department of Global Communications in partnership with FAO and the NGO, Kitchen Connection. TikTok & Instagram leaders along with UN Food Systems Summit Youth Leaders presented, including:

FAO ’s Deputy Director in the Climate and Environment Division Presented at UN Youth Leadership Forum in NY

The UN Brief interviewed Mr. Zitouni Ould-Dada, Deputy Director in the Climate and Environment Division at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in Rome.

We spoke about the role of agribusiness and small holder farmers on protecting the environment, and how they can help mitigate the adverse impact of climate change and transform our food systems.

Bio

Source: FAO

Before joining FAO, he worked as Head of Technology Unit at UNEP in Paris for 5 years. Prior to that, he worked for the British Government for 15 years holding several senior positions at Department of Energy and Climate Change; Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Food Standards Agency; Environment Agency; and Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food. He also worked for the French government on international climate change during France Presidency of the European Union in 2008.

His 22 years international work experience covers a wide range of fields including environmental policy; climate change; energy policy; technology and innovation; agriculture and food security; radiation protection; and the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. 

Dr. Ould-Dada is renowned internationally for his strong diplomatic and communication skills and ability to build collaborative partnerships. His international responsibilities include UK Lead Negotiator on technology and Chair of climate change negotiations under the UNFCCC; Chair of European Union Expert Group on Technology; Chair of IRENA’s Policy and Strategy Committee; Member of International Energy Agency’s Renewable Energy Working Party; Member of UN Inter-Agency Task Team for implementation of Technology Facilitation Mechanism under the 2030 Agenda; and Member of UN Inter-Agency Task Team to develop a UN System-wide Approach to Climate Action for the UN Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit 2019.

Dr. Ould-Dada has a BSc in Environmental Engineering from Institut Universitaire de Technologie, Perpignan, France; Master Degree in Environmental Management and Planning, Université de Rennes, France; and PhD in Radiation Protection from Imperial College, London, UK.

At the UN Headquarters in New York

UN General Assembly Against Corruption

Side event organized by the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Public Works of Argentina and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Addressing corruption demands comprehensive and coordinated efforts at both national and regional levels. Joint initiatives between Governments, the UN and international organizations are key to effectively implement anti-corruption commitments.

By presenting concrete experiences, this side event will streamline partnerships and synergies that are being implemented in public procurement, and that have demonstrated an increase in efficiency, sustainable value and transparency.

High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation

The 20th session of the High-level Committee (HLC) on South-South Cooperation will meet on 1-4 June 2021 to review progress made in implementing the Buenos Aires Plan of Action, the new directions strategy for South-South cooperation, the Nairobi outcome document of the High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation and the Buenos Aires outcome document of the second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40)

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New York: Special Session of the General Assembly on Challenges and Measures to Prevent and Combat Corruption and Strengthen International Cooperation (2-4 June)

The special session provided an opportunity to galvanize the political will of governments and the international community as a whole in advancing the fight against corruption. Governments will be able to take stock of global efforts and commitments and identify solutions to common challenges in preventing and combating corruption

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At the UN in New York: International Law Commission

Programme of Work highlights the environment:

  1. The obligation by States to protect the atmosphere.

  2. Sea-level rising in International Law.

They are (re) electing candidates for the coming period 2021-2025 with some pretty strong contenders, including:

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Topics being considered in 2021 

Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction (Summary | Analytical Guide)

The Commission considered the eighth report of the Special Rapporteur on the topic (A/CN.4/739), at its 3520th to 3521st and 3523rd to 3528th meetings, from 12 to 14 and 17 to 21 May 2021. The Commission decided to refer draft articles 17 and 18, as proposed by the Special Rapporteur in her eighth report, to the Drafting Committee on the topic, together with the comments and suggestions made during the debate.

See also: Comments by Governments

Provisional application of treaties (Summary | Analytical Guide)

The Commission considered the sixth report of the Special Rapporteur on the topic, Mr. Juan Manuel Gomez Robledo, (A/CN.4/738) at its 3514th and 3516th to 3521st meetings, held from 4 to 14 May 2021. The Commission further decided to refer to the Drafting Committee the text of the draft guidelines on “Provisional application of treaties” together with the draft model clauses, as proposed by the Special Rapporteur in his sixth report, together with the comments and suggestions made during the debate.

See also: Comments by Governments

Protection of the atmosphere (Summary | Analytical Guide)

The Commission considered the sixth report of the Special Rapporteur on the topic, Mr. Shinya Murase, (A/CN.4/736) at its 3508th to 3510th and 3512th to 3514th meetings, held from 26 April to 4 May 2021. The Commission further decided to refer to the Drafting Committee the text of the draft guidelines with the draft preamble on “Protection of the atmosphere”, as proposed by the Special Rapporteur in his sixth report on the topic, together with the comments and suggestions made during the debate.

At the 3529th meeting, held on 27 May 2021, the Chair of the Drafting Committee presented the report of the Drafting Committee on “Protection of the atmosphere” (A/CN.4/L.951).  The Commission considered the report and adopted the preamble and the following draft guidelines on second reading: 1 (Use of terms/Définitions), 2 (Scope/Champ d’application), 3 (Obligation to protect the atmosphere/Obligation de protéger l’atmosphère), 4 (Environmental impact assessment/Évaluation de l’impact sur l’environnement), 5 (Sustainable utilization of the atmosphere/Utilisation durable de l’atmosphère), 6 (Equitable and reasonable utilization of the atmosphere/Utilisation équitable et raisonnable de l’atmosphère), 7 (Intentional large-scale modification of the atmosphere/Modification intentionnelle à grande échelle de l’atmosphère), 8 (International cooperation/Coopération internationale), 9 (Interrelationship among relevant rules/Relations entre règles pertinentes), 10 (Implementation/Mise en œuvre), 11 (Compliance/Contrôle du respect), 12 (Dispute settlement/Règlement des différends).

See also: Comments by Governments

Succession of States in respect of State responsibility (Summary | Analytical Guide)

The Commission considered the Report of the Drafting Committee on “Succession of States in respect to State responsibility” (A/CN.4/L.939/Add.1) which had been taken note of at the seventy-first session, at its 3528th meeting held on 21 May 2021, and adopted draft articles 7 (Acts having a continuing character/Faits ayant un caractère continu), 8 (Attribution of conduct of an insurrectional or other movement/Attribution du comportement d’un mouvement insurrectionnel ou autre) and 9 (Cases of succession of States when the predecessor State continues to exist/Cas de succession d’États dans lesquels l’État prédécesseur continue d’exister).

See also: Comments by Governments

General principles of law (Summary | Analytical Guide)

See also: Comments by Governments

Sea-level rise in relation to international law (Summary | Analytical Guide)

See also: Comments by Governments