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.
Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Idriss Déby Itno, President of the Republic of Chad
The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Idriss Déby Itno, President of the Republic of Chad and Chairperson of the African Union. The Secretary-General commended Chad for its efforts in the fight against Boko Haram, while noting the heavy financial burden posed on the country. The Secretary-General thanked President Déby Itno for his active mediation role in Gabon. The Secretary-General and President Déby Itno also discussed the situation in Burundi, the Central African Republic, Libya, Mali and South Sudan.
Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Augustine Phillip Mahiga, Foreign Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania
The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Augustine Phillip Mahiga, Foreign Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania. During the meeting, they exchanged views on the main peace, security and humanitarian challenges facing the region, including recent developments in Burundi, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Secretary-General commended Tanzania for its consistent support to the EAC-led facilitation and for hosting a large number of refugees from Burundi.
Deputy Secretary-General's Closing Remarks at Pledging Conference for the Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund [as prepared for delivery]
[The meeting was Co-Hosted by the Governments of Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sweden and the United Kingdom] Mr. Chair, Ministers, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, We have heard today from a broad array of participants who are engaged in sustaining peace through the work of the Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund. Among them are recipient Governments, contributors to the Fund and individual citizens.
Secretary-General's remarks at Second Meeting of the High-Level Panel on Water [as prepared for delivery]
Distinguished Heads of State and Government, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to welcome you to the second meeting of the High Level Panel on Water. I thank the Co-Chairs, Mexico and Mauritius, the Panel Members and the Special Advisors for all the work you have done and the progress you have made since our first meeting in April. You have been asked to champion a comprehensive, inclusive and collaborative way of developing and managing water resources and improving water and sanitation services.
Secretary-General's remarks to Peacebuilding Fund Pledging Conference: 'Invest in Sustaining Peace' [as delivered]
I thank the Governments of Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sweden and the United Kingdom for co-hosting this pledging conference. The Peacebuilding Fund faces enormous challenges. Climate change, economic crises and financial shocks, growing inequalities and dangerously high youth unemployment are contributing to conflict and putting people under enormous stress. After a long decline, the number of violent conflicts is rising.
Deputy Secretary-General's opening remarks at High-Level Meeting on Somalia [as prepared for delivery]
I thank the Governments of Ethiopia, Italy, the United Kingdom and Somalia for organizing this timely meeting. Your participation demonstrates strong collective support for Somalia and Somalia’s future. I especially recognize the contribution of the African Union, the Member States contributing troops to AMISOM, and our partners, including the European Union, IGAD, Turkey and the Gulf.
The Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, Atul Khare, and the African Union Commission Deputy Chairperson, Erastus J.O. Mwencha, on Tuesday signed two agreements in New York to further strengthen cooperation between the United Nations and the African Union (AU) in the area of peacekeeping support. The first agreement paves the way for the participation of AU personnel in an administration and resource training programme designed to foster mission support leadership and technical skills as well as nurture career development.
Your Excellency Mr. François Hollande, President of France, Your Excellency Mr. Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, Mr. Angel Gurria, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Joanne Liu, International President of Médecins Sans Frontières, Mr. Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to be able to join you today.
Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Barack Obama, President of the United States of America
The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Barack Obama, President of the United States of America. The Secretary-General thanked President Obama for the strong and consistent support of the United States for the United Nations on many issues, in particular climate change. They discussed ways to end the appalling crisis in Syria and to resume the intra-party talks. The two leaders discussed the alarming situation on the Korean Peninsula and in South Sudan.
Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Bert Koenders, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. The Secretary-General and the Foreign Minister shared their deep concern over the situation in Syria. The Secretary-General recognized the Netherlands’ continued engagement in Mali and stressed the need for MINUSMA to be equipped with the required capabilities to implement its mandate. He also encouraged the Netherlands to ratify the Paris agreement on climate change before the end of the year.