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 message on the International Day against Nuclear Tests [scroll down for French version]
Each year, on 29 August, we observe the International Day against Nuclear Tests to respect the victims of the past and to remind the world of the persisting threat these tests pose to the environment and international stability. More than 2,000 nuclear tests have been conducted over the past seven decades – from the South Pacific to North America, from Central Asia to North Africa. They have harmed some of the world’s most vulnerable peoples and pristine ecosystems.
Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at Security Council Open Debate on United Nations Peacekeeping Operations [as prepared for delivery]
Mr. President of the Security Council, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, I thank the Security Council and the Egyptian Presidency for this timely reflection on the contribution of UN peacekeeping operations to global efforts to sustain peace. The nature of today’s challenges requires us to connect all our efforts for peace and security, human rights and sustainable development. Member States have explicitly acknowledged this interlinkage, most recently in the twin resolutions on the review of the peacebuilding architecture.
Note to Correspondents: Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs urges Somalia to continue reconciliation and State-building process
The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, visited Somalia from 24-25 August. During his visit, accompanied by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Michael Keating, he held discussions with the President of Somalia Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre, Speakers of both Houses of Parliament, the Minister for Constitutional Affairs, the Chair of the National Independent Electoral Commission, and Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson.
The Secretary-General condemns the series of terrorist attacks on 15 August in Borno State, Nigeria. The Secretary-General extends his deep condolences to the Government and people of Nigeria for the loss of life and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. He calls for those responsible for these repeated heinous acts in Nigeria and neighbouring countries to be swiftly brought to justice. The Secretary-General reiterates the United Nations solidarity and support to the Government of Nigeria in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism.
Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the attacks on MINUSMA camps in Douenza and Timbuktu, Mali [scroll down for French version]
The Secretary-General condemns the attacks against camps of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Douenza and Timbuktu, in Mali. A UN peacekeeper, a Malian soldier and a member of the Malian gendarmerie were killed as were six Malian contractors. A number of others were wounded. The Secretary General stresses that attacks targeting United Nations peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law.
The Secretary-General is saddened by the deaths and devastation caused by the mudslide and flooding in the town of Regent, Sierra Leone, and throughout Freetown. The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the people and Government of Sierra Leone for the loss of life and destruction caused by this natural disaster. The Secretary-General reiterates to the Government and people of Sierra Leone the full solidarity of the United Nations with the ongoing rescue efforts. Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General
Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on terrorist attack in Burkina Faso
The Secretary-General condemns the terrorist attack perpetrated on 13 August in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The Secretary-General extends his heartfelt condolences to the Government and people of Burkina Faso and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured.
Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the presidential election in Kenya
The Secretary-General congratulates the people of Kenya for their peaceful participation in the presidential elections. The Secretary-General takes note of the provisional results of the presidential election in Kenya, and of the announcement by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta as President-elect. He calls on those political leaders disputing the elections results to address election-related disputes through the relevant constitutionally mandated institutions.
Deputy Secretary-General's remarks to the Security Council on recent visit to Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo during session on Peace and Security in Africa [as prepared for delivery]
Mr. President, Members of the Security Council, Your Excellency Ambassador Téte, Permanent Observer of the African Union, Ladies and Gentlemen, I thank the Security Council for this opportunity to brief you on my recent visit to Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This undertaking, from July 19th to 27th, was the first of its kind: a high-level mission focused entirely on women, peace, security and development.
Note to Correspondents: Eminent Person completes his work in relation to the investigation into the tragic death of Dag Hammarskjöld and of the members of the party accompanying him
Mr. Mohamed Chande Othman, former Chief Justice of Tanzania, presented his report to the Secretary-General as Eminent Person in relation to the investigation into the tragic death of Dag Hammarskjöld and of the members of the party accompanying him on flight SE-BDY, the aircraft carrying the former Secretary-General and his party that crashed near Ndola on the night of 17-18 September 1961.