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UN deputy chief to take "virtual trip" to Colombia

Xinhua
29 Oct 2020, 06:05 GMT+10

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed will take a two-day "virtual trip" to Colombia, a UN spokesman said Wednesday.

"Our Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed will be on a 'virtual trip' to Colombia today and tomorrow. This is the first virtual country visit since the outbreak of the pandemic and the trip will highlight the importance of the Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, marking its 20th anniversary, which will be Oct. 29, tomorrow," Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said at the regular briefing.

The virtual visit also enables the deputy secretary-general to witness the United Nations in Colombia, working with national and local authorities and civil society organizations - including the response to the pandemic, development challenges and peace consolidation, said Dujarric.

"She will be accompanied by Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo," said the spokesman.

Dujarric said that the UN deputy chief and her delegation will be meeting by videoconference with various officials, including President Ivan Duque.

"They will also talk to women human rights defenders and women leaders and discuss the advances and challenges in implementing the 2016 Agreement," he added.

The last time the UN deputy chief visited Colombia in person was in 2015 for the launch of the Inter-Institutional Commission for the Sustainable Development Goals.

Dujarric said that this kind of trip is "a very effective way" for senior UN officials to engage with national authorities, local non-governmental organizations, civil societies and UN teams.

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