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With the so-called “Doomsday Clock” at 90 seconds from midnight — or total global catastrophe — amid a host of multilevel global crises, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres laid out his critical priorities for 2023 to the General Assembly today, urging Member States to seize the moment and act before it is too late.


Voting by secret ballot, the General Assembly today elected Inger Andersen (Denmark) — on the nomination of the Secretary-General — as Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for a second term of four years, commencing on 15 June 2023 and ending on 14 June 2027, following the defeat of a request to the Secretary-General to invite Member States to present candidates for that position.


Speaking at the largest General Assembly gathering since the COVID-19 pandemic halted in-person events and devastated global travel some three years ago, world leaders this September called on the international community to unite in the face of the conflict in Ukraine, global climate emergency, and emerging food, fuel and cost-of-living crises.


Continue progress, negotiate in good faith on remaining issues and reach a deal, delegates in the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) heard today, before suspending their final meeting for the main part of their regular session until all draft resolutions are available for consideration.


Delegates in the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today considered the programme budget implications for 2023 of one resolution of the Sixth Committee (Legal) and three of the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) that — if adopted by the General Assembly — would deliver $187,500 for the exchange of views on draft articles on crimes against humanity, $392,300 for intergovernmental discussions on international tax cooperation and $1.02 million for issues and concerns related to landlocked developing countries and small island developing States.