Africa at the UN General Assembly
It’s that time of the year again, when the United Nations General Assembly — the institution''s main deliberative body — holds its annual debate, starting 23 September. It brings together world leaders and non-governmental actors. Africa Renewal online brings you the issues that are important to the continent. Watch this space.
In response to questions on Libya, the Spokesman for the Secretary-General had the following to say: The Secretary-General continues to follow developments in Libya closely. Just this Tuesday, he discussed his concerns about the political and security situation in great detail with his Special Representative, Mr. Martin Kobler, during a telephone conversation.
Note to Correspondents: From the Office of Mr. Jamal Benomar, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for Conflict Prevention, on his briefing to the Security Council [scroll down for French version]
The Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for Conflict Prevention (including Burundi), Jamal Benomar, briefed the Security Council today on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2303 [29 July 2016]. Below is his statement after the briefing: I just briefed the Security Council on the status of the implementation of resolution 2303. As you are aware, the Government of Burundi rejected key provisions of the resolution shortly after it was adopted.
Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Guinea-Bissau [scroll down for French]
The Secretary-General welcomes the start of an inclusive dialogue among political leaders, civil society and religious communities of Guinea-Bissau today in Guinea. The dialogue is the crucial first step in implementing the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) roadmap to end the political crisis, which political leaders agreed to in Bissau on 10 September 2016.
Secretary-General's remarks at the Africa Week High-Level Inaugural Event: "Strengthening Partnerships for Inclusive Sustainable Development, Good Governance, Peace and Stabibility in Africa" [as delivered]
It is a great pleasure to join you to mark Africa Week 2016. As I approach the end of my tenure as Secretary General, I welcome the progress that Africa has made in recent years.
Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Niger [scroll down for French version]
The Secretary-General condemns the attack against a security post at a refugee hosting area in Tazalit, in the Tahoua region of Niger, on 6 October, in which at least 22 members of Niger’s security forces were killed and several others were injured. The Secretary-General extends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Niger. He wishes a swift recovery to the injured.
Secretary-General’s remarks to the press following a working lunch hosted by President Sergio Mattarella of Italy
Buon giorno! E un vero piacere essere ancora una volta a Roma, specialmente con il Presidente Mattarella. Ladies and Gentlemen, I have just had very productive meeting with President Mattarella. Earlier today I also met with the President of the Senate, Pietro Grasso, and the President of the Chambers of Deputies, Laura Boldrini. We discussed some of the most pressing issues on the international agenda, including Syria, Libya and the refugee and migrant crisis.
Deputy Secretary-General's remarks to event on Youth Leadership in Peace and Security [as delivered]
It is a pleasure for me to be here today discussing the important issue of youth leadership in peace and security. We have so much to learn from being more inclusive vis-à-vis young people – as I know from being taught how to use my iPhone by my 10 year old grand-daughter! I thank our hosts, the Permanent Missions of Eritrea and Finland, for the invitation to speak to you today. This discussion is taking place at an exciting and challenging time.
The Secretary-General condemns today’s series of attacks against the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). According to preliminary information, four different attacks targeting MINUSMA personnel and installations occurred in Aguelhok, Kidal region, during which one peacekeeper from Chad was killed and eight others injured.
Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Judgement of the International Criminal Court in the case of Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi (English and French)
The Secretary-General welcomes the Judgement delivered today by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the case of The Prosecutor v. Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi, in which Mr Al Mahdi was found guilty as a co-perpetrator of the war crime of intentionally directing attacks against religious and historic buildings in Timbuktu, Mali, in June and July 2012.
Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Zachary Mubiri-Muita, Executive Secretary of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region
The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Zachary Mubiri-Muita, Executive Secretary of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR). The Secretary-General congratulated him on his appointment as Executive Secretary and commended the ICGLR for leading efforts to promote sustainable peace and security in the region. They discussed ongoing dialogue processes in the region and efforts to neutralize armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.