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.
Note to Correspondents - Meeting of the Secretary-General with his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ghassan Salamé
On 28 July, the Secretary-General met with his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ghassan Salamé, in New York. The Secretary-General asked Mr. Salamé to consult widely and develop a comprehensive United Nations approach and a plan of action in support of an inclusive political solution to the crisis in the country, in the framework of the Libyan Political Agreement. In the coming days, Mr.
Note to Correspondents - UN Peacekeeping Chief on the dire situation in the Central African Republic
Addressing the Security Council yesterday on the Central African Republic, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, warned that the increased intensity of attacks on civilians and peacekeepers risks bringing us rapidly to a tipping point, which ‘we must forestall at all cost’.
Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix on MINUSMA helicopter crash in Mali [scroll down for French]
Statement attributable to the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, on the MINUSMA Force helicopter crash in Tabankort, northern Mali The Under-Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the news of a helicopter crash today near Tabankort, in Gao region in northern Mali. The crash claimed the lives of two German peacekeepers.
The Secretary-General condemns the killing of two peacekeepers of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on 25 July in Bangassou. This incident brings to nine the number of peacekeepers killed in service in the Central African Republic since the beginning of the year.
Transcript of Deputy Secretary-General’s Press Encounter following her meeting with Léonard She Okitundu, Vice-Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Q: May we kindly ask what is the substance of the discussion with the Vice Prime Minister, and also any messages you have for the Congolese people?
The Secretary-General strongly condemns the suicide attacks on 24 July in the two camps for internally displaced persons near Maiduguri, Borno State, in Nigeria. These terrorist acts are targeting people who had already fled their homes as a result of Boko Haram violence.
Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Central African Republic [scroll down for French]
The Secretary-General condemns the killing on 23 July by suspected anti-Balaka militias of a peacekeeper of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) in Bangassou, south east of the country. Three others were injured. The Secretary-General offers his condolences to the bereaved family and to the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco. He also wishes speedy recovery to those injured.
Secretary-General's Remarks to the Security Council on enhancing African capacities in the areas of Peace and Security [as delivered]
Mr. President, Honourable Ministers, Distinguished Members of the Council, Let me begin by thanking the government of China for convening this meeting to focus on enhancing African capacities in the areas of peace and security. In my first days as Secretary-General, I attended the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa. I wanted to launch a new era of cooperation with the AU founded on a core conviction.
Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at High-Level Political Forum Event “Getting Governments Organized to Deliver on the SDGs” [as prepared for delivery]
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I thank the OECD for organizing this event along with the Governments of Sweden and Mexico, the African Peer Review Mechanism and the Department for Economic and Social Affairs. “Getting governments organized to deliver on the SDGs” is essential for implementing the 2030 Agenda. Citizens around the world increasingly demand greater and more equitable access to better quality public services.
Deputy Secretary-General's remarks on Lake Chad Basin and Sahel at Family Planning Summit [as prepared for delivery]
Ladies and gentlemen, The Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin Regions face similar interconnected challenges – climate change, repeated droughts and environmental decline; insecurity and instability caused by violent extremism and terrorism; and growing numbers of internally displaced persons. There is comparatively low access to education, rapid population growth estimated at 2.8 per cent a year, growing unemployment, increasing poverty and high prevalence of child marriage and female genital mutilation.