Guyana assumes UN Security Council Presidency for February; says war in Gaza will remain a priority focus

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The new Security Council President held a press conference at UN Headquarters where she briefed the media on the Council’s Programme of Work for February 2024.

The war in Gaza will remain a priority focus for the UN Security Council in February, its President for the month said at a Headquarters press conference February 1, adding that it will hold meetings on the situations in Ukraine and Myanmar.

Ambassador Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, Guyana’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, assumed the rotating Presidency of the UN Security Council on February 1.

Briefing the media, she said that the Council will organise a high-level open debate to examine the dynamic relationship between climate change, food insecurity and conflicts within the context of maintaining international peace and security.

The meeting — scheduled on February 13 — will be chaired by the President of Guyana, Mohamed Irfaan Ali, also featuring remarks by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres; Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Simon Stiell; Deputy Director-General of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Beth Bechdol; and a civil society representative.

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