Britain’s U.N. ambassador, Barbara Woodward, told The Associated Press that one of the themes will be “the importance of healing.” This was one of the messages in the secretary-general’s New Year’s address, “and very resonant with COVID and vaccines and healing the economic rift and the inequality which has been exacerbated by the pandemic,” she said.
Even though the visit will now be virtual, Woodward said Sunday’s commemoration will be “a great way” to mark the United Kingdom’s participation at the founding of the United Nations and its participation as a permanent member for 75 years. She said it will also highlight the work Guterres “has been doing there on ‘the future we want and the U.N. we need,’ ” the theme of the yearlong anniversary.
It will also include a “conversation” between the secretary-general and British officials, civil society representatives and young people.
Woodward said climate change will also be “a huge theme” of Guterres’ visit because the United Kingdom is chairing the United Nations global climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, in November, formally known as the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Dujarric said the secretary-general will speak Monday at the “COP26 Virtual Roundtable on Clean Power Transition.”
“The event is designed to showcase and generate more commitments and action to accelerate the transition to renewable, affordable and resilient power systems in Africa and European countries, as well as the importance of a just transition to ensure green job” opportunities, the U.N. spokesman said.
Guterres will be joined by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and incoming COP26 President Alok Sharma, Dujarric said.
He is also expected to hold virtual meetings with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other officials during the visit.