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.
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.
Readout of the Deputy Secretary-General’s meeting with a delegation led by Prof. Paul Ghogomu, Director of Cabinet of the Prime Minister of Cameroon
On 8 August, the Deputy Secretary-General met with a delegation led by Prof. Paul Ghogomu, Minister and Director of Cabinet of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Cameroon. They discussed the internal situation in the Republic of Cameroon, particularly in the Anglophone regions.
Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Constitutional referendum in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania
With regard to the constitutional referendum of 5 August 2017 in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, the Secretary-General encourages all stakeholders to ensure that disagreements are addressed peacefully, within the confines of the law and respect for the rights to freedom of assembly and expression. The Secretary-General calls on all Mauritanians to work together to deepen the rule of law and promote social cohesion and national unity.
Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the eve of the 8 August 2017 general elections in Kenya
The Secretary-General has been closely following developments pertaining to the electoral process in Kenya, and he has remained in regular contact with the relevant political leaders and other key stakeholders. As the people of Kenya prepare to participate in the general elections on 8 August 2017, the Secretary-General calls on all national stakeholders to renew their commitment to credible and peaceful elections, as well as their confidence in the institutions constitutionally mandated to conduct the elections.