The Ambassador Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations, Omar Hilale, was elected by acclamation on Monday, Chairman of the UN Information Committee for two years.
Speaking at the opening of the session of the Committee, Hilale stressed that the dissemination and media coverage of the activities of the United Nations is “of the utmost importance, today more than yesterday”.
“In the age of globalization, where information has experienced unprecedented development, the need for reliable, neutral and objective information is imperative, especially when it comes from the United Nations,” he said. Omar Hilale added, welcoming the fact that the United Nations enjoys “an aura, legitimacy and credibility, which we welcome”.
“Indeed, the United Nations is expected to provide exemplary communication on important and sensitive issues. On the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we commend the concrete and innovative actions that have been planned to support the achievement of the SDGs,” said the Ambassador of the Kingdom.
And to recall in this regard, that a media pact for the SDGs was presented by the UN Secretary General during the last high-level segment of the General Assembly, partnerships were concluded with civil society and the private sector and United Nations information centers were also involved.
Regarding climate change, one of the main priorities of the UN, a communication strategy in the run-up to the Climate Summit of September 2019 has been put in place, the Moroccan diplomat told, adding that the the United Nations Strategic Communication has also launched a new six-language portal, which is the United Nations’ main digital platform on the subject.
“We welcome the campaign highlighting the work done by our peacekeepers, often at the risk of their lives, as well as advocacy efforts supporting the dialogue of civilizations, the fight against terrorism, violent extremism and hate speech, humanitarian issues, migration and all communication around the priorities of the African continent,” said Hilale.
Lastly, mentioning the activities planned for the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, he stressed that it will be a good opportunity to highlight the priorities of the Organization, in a retrospective manner, while looking towards the future through a transparent and consultative process, taking into account the different segments of society, especially young people and women.
The Committee on Information is a subsidiary body of the General Assembly established to deal with matters relating to public information. It is responsible for overseeing the work of the Department of Global Communication and providing advice on the policies, programs and activities of the Department.