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.
Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at the High-Level Ministerial Event on “Responding to the impacts of El Niño and mitigating recurring climate risks" [as prepared for delivery]
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am glad to join you for this High-level Ministerial Event on “Responding to the impacts of El Niño and mitigating recurring climate risks”. I bring warm greetings from the Secretary-General. In particular I convey thanks to his Special Envoys on El Niño and Climate, Mary Robinson and Macharia Kamau, for their strong engagement and unfailing commitment. El Niño has had a devastating impact on more than 60 million people in Eastern and Southern Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean.
At the initiative of the United Nations, core regional and international partners of the South Sudan peace process met on September 23, 2016, on the margins of the General Debate of the seventy-first session of the United Nations General Assembly, to exchange views on how best to advance the political process and create the required political conditions for the successful implementation of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) mandate. The meeting was hosted by the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Mr. Jan Eliasson, and co-facilitated with H.E. Mr.
Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, President of Burkina Faso
The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, President of Burkina Faso. The two leaders discussed the latest developments in the country, and ways to strengthen the support of the United Nations for Burkina Faso in the post-transition period. The Secretary-General commended efforts of Burkina Faso to reinforce democratic governance and security institutions, while simultaneously responding to urgent socio-economic needs, including those of the youth.
We are here to support and consolidate peace in South Sudan. We know that South Sudan is a long way from resolving its many challenges and problems. When President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar came together in April to inaugurate the Transitional Government of National Unity, there was a sense of hope. But that hope was lost with the resumption of violence in Juba in July, followed by the collapse of the security arrangements and power-sharing provisions of the peace agreement.
Deputy Secretary-General's remarks to High-Level Event on the Humanitarian Crisis in the Lake Chad Basin: "A Turning Point?" [as delivered]
Thank you for being here today to sound the alarm for millions of people caught up in hunger, conflict, and horrific human rights abuses in the Lake Chad Basin. This is one of the worst crises in today’s troubled world. Still regrettably, it has struggled for the world’s attention. This high level event is a sign that we want to focus attention on the Lake Chad basin. Across the Lake Chad Basin, over 9 million people urgently need humanitarian aid and 6.3 million lack sufficient nutrition.
Secretary-General's remarks at Ministerial Meeting on the Implementation of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali [bilingual, as delivered version]
Je suis heureux de vous souhaiter la bienvenue à cette importante réunion avec le Président Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta et les Ministres des affaires étrangères MM. Lamamra et Ayrault. Je remercie les nombreux amis internationaux du Mali présents ici aujourd’hui, notamment les partenaires régionaux et les États qui fournissent du personnel. La promotion de la paix et de la stabilité au Mali est primordiale pour son peuple, pour la région et pour notre monde.
Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana
The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana. The two leaders discussed the upcoming presidential elections scheduled to take place in December 2016. The Secretary-General underscored the importance of ensuring a conducive environment for peaceful and credible elections. In this regard, he encouraged ongoing efforts for the signing of a code of conduct by all political actors.
Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the situation in the Gabonese Republic [scroll down for French]
As the Constitutional Court of the Gabonese Republic prepares to make its ruling on the disputes emanating from the presidential election of 27 August 2016, the Secretary-General calls on the authorities, including the security agencies, to fully respect human rights and fundamental freedoms during this challenging period.
Deputy Secretary-General's opening remarks at side event: "Partnerships for Sustaining Peace and Preventing Violent Conflict" [as prepared for delivery]
It is a pleasure for me to make some remarks at this important event. I commend Ambassador Gómez Camacho for his leadership in convening this meeting. I would also like to applaud his initiative to establish the Group of Friends of Sustaining Peace. Let me also express gratitude to Ambassador Macharia Kamau of Kenya and Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission for his leadership and for moderating todays discussion. Our gathering is taking place at a moment of profound challenge.
Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Patrice Talon, President of the Republic of Benin
The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Patrice Talon, President of the Republic of Benin. The two leaders discussed the ongoing political and institutional reforms in the country. The Secretary-General commended Benin’s efforts with the countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission in the establishment of the regional Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) to fight Boko Haram.