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.
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.
Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H. E. Mr. Osman Mohammed Saleh, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the State of Eritrea
Today the Secretary-General met with H. E. Mr. Osman Mohammed Saleh, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the State of Eritrea. The Secretary-General congratulated Eritrea on the 25th anniversary of its statehood, which was celebrated on 24 May 2016. The Secretary-General and the Minister for Foreign Affairs exchanged views on a number of issues, including the cooperation between the United Nations and Eritrea and the peace and security challenges in the Horn of Africa region.
Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Ibrahim Ahmed Abd al-Aziz Ghandour, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Sudan
The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Ibrahim Ahmed Abd al-Aziz Ghandour, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Sudan.
Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Ramtane Lamamra, Minister of State and Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Ramtane Lamamra, Minister of State and Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria. In the meeting, the Secretary-General commended Algeria for its crucial role in the peace process in Mali. The Secretary-General further stressed the importance of implementing the Libyan Political Agreement, and of pursuing efforts for national reconciliation.