World Oceans Day, Canada, Ratko Mladic Case & other topics - Daily Briefing (8 Jun 2021)

The United Nations of Earth reporting on this issue: "World Oceans Day, Canada, Ratko Mladic Case & other topics - Daily Briefing (8 Jun 2021)"
The topics: Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Highlights: - Secretary-General - Appeals Judgment in the Ratko Mladic Case - Canada  - South Sudan  - Democratic Republic of the Congo   - Libya  - Myanmar  - Uganda/Covid-19  - World Oceans Day  - Financial Contribution WORLD OCEANS DAY Today is World Oceans Day. In his message, the Secretary-General pointed out that the recently issued Second World Ocean Assessment confirmed that many of the benefits that the global ocean provides to humankind are being undermined by our own actions. The Secretary-General noted that our seas are choking with plastic waste and overfishing is causing an annual loss of almost $90 billion in net benefits. He also noted that carbon emissions are driving ocean warming and acidification, destroying biodiversity and causing sea level rise that threatens heavily inhabited coastlines. The Secretary-General said the theme of this year’s observance, “The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods”, underscores the importance of oceans for the cultural life and economic survival of communities around the world. As we strive to recover from COVID-19, let’s end our war on nature, he said. CANADA The Secretary-General reacted to the attack that took place in Canada yesterday. In a tweet, he said he is appalled by the targeted and heinous attack on a Muslim family in Ontario. My heart goes out to the victims, surviving family and loved ones, as well as to the community, he added. Mr. Guterres called on everyone to stand united against Islamophobia and all forms of hatred, now more than ever. APPEALS JUDGMENT IN THE RATKO MLADIC CASE The Secretary-General takes note of the delivery by the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (“Residual Mechanism”) of the appeal judgment in the case of Ratko Mladić, the former commander of the Bosnian Serb armed forces. The Secretary-General’s thoughts are with the victims, survivors and their families who have suffered genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war for which Mr. Ratko Mladić has been found guilty. The Secretary-General calls on all those in position of power to refrain from denying the seriousness of the crimes that have been adjudicated and notes that accountability constitutes an essential step for reconciliation in the region. The final judgment in this case against Ratko Mladić, who is one of the highest-ranking officials to be tried by the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia as well as by the Residual Mechanism, is a reflection of the international community’s commitment to international criminal justice and the fight against impunity. It is another vital step towards coming to terms with the past to build a more resilient, secure and hopeful future for all citizens and residents of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the wider region. The Secretary-General expresses his deep appreciation for the dedication and hard work of the judges and the staff involved in this case since 1995, when the first indictment was filed. The United Nations remains fully committed to supporting efforts towards achieving accountability and justice for all. Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=08%20June%202021

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