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 “She Decides for Family Planning” Event [as prepared for delivery]
Ladies and Gentlemen, I have been following SheDecides since it was still an idea, which I encouraged while I was still in the Cabinet in Nigeria, and continue to do so since its launch earlier this year. I commend the supporting countries and lead organizations for the progress made so far in providing a platform to change the narrative around access to, and information about, sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the terrorist attack in Rafah, Egypt
The Secretary-General condemns the terrorist attack that took place on 7 July against a checkpoint in Rafah, Egypt. He conveys his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Egypt and wishes speedy recovery to those injured. The Secretary-General hopes those responsible for today's cowardly act will be swiftly brought to justice. The Secretary-General reiterates the United Nations' support to the Government of Egypt in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism.
Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at High-Level Event on Human Security and Its Contribution to the 2030 Agenda [as delivered]
Your Excellency, Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the General Assembly, Your Excellency, Mr. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Special Adviser Mr. Yukio Takasu, Excellencies, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am really pleased to be with you and I thank the President of the General Assembly for his opening remarks.
Your Excellency, Mr Alpha Conde, President of the Republic of Guinea and Chair of the African Union, Your Excellency President Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine, Your Excellency Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Excellencies, Brothers and Sisters, Ladies and Gentlemen,
June 28, 2017 - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) confirms that a UN convoy was hit today traveling between Surman and Tripoli. UNSMIL has made contact with the staff concerned. There are no reports of casualties among UN staff. UNSMIL thanks the Government of National Accord, House of Representative Members from Zawiyah and local authorities for their help in ensuring the safety of UN staff and is looking forward to their safe return to Tripoli. The UN remains committed to Libya and to supporting Libyans on their path to peace and stability.
The Secretary-General condemns the series of suicide bombing attacks on 25 and 26 June in Maiduguri, Borno State in Nigeria. The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the people and Government of Nigeria for the loss of life. He wishes a quick recovery to those injured and hopes that those responsible for this act will be swiftly brought to justice. The Secretary-General reiterates the United Nations’ support to the Government of Nigeria in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism.