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.
Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General following the announcement of the provisional electoral results in the Gabonese Republic [scroll down for the French version]
The Secretary-General takes note of the provisional results of the presidential election announced today by the Ministry of Interior of the Gabonese Republic. He expresses his deep concern about the reported acts of arson and clashes between protesters and security forces in the capital Libreville.
Secretary-General's video message to 2016 United Nations International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East
I am pleased to greet the 2016 United Nations International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East. I thank the Government of the Republic of South Africa for hosting, and the Embassy of Sweden for its support. For a quarter-century, these seminars have promoted dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians. They have brought journalists and experts together to examine how local and international media can constructively and fairly cover the Middle East.
Readout of the Secretary-General’s phone calls with H.E. Mr. Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Gabonese Republic and Mr. Jean Ping, presidential candidate of the Démocratie nouvelle party
The Secretary-General spoke on 30 August by phone to H.E. Mr. Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Gabonese Republic and Mr. Jean Ping, presidential candidate of the Démocratie nouvelle party. He commended the peaceful holding of the presidential election on 27 August 2016. He welcomed the high voters’ turnout as well as the presence of a large number of national and international observers. The Secretary-General expressed concern about the issuance of premature declarations on the outcome of the election ahead of the official announcement of the results.
Secretary-General's video message for TICAD VI Thematic Session: "Promoting Social Stability for Shared Prosperity"
It gives me pleasure to greet this TICAD VI thematic session on social stability for shared prosperity. I thank Her Excellency Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, for co-chairing this session with the United Nations. I also commend His Excellency, President Idriss Deby, Chairperson of the African Union, for his leadership. Reinforcing the links between peace, security, sustainable development, good governance, human rights and environmental stewardship has always been a priority for the United Nations.
Secretary-General's video message for the Opening Session of the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI)
It is a pleasure to greet the first TICAD summit to take place on the African continent. I thank His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya for hosting this important gathering. I commend the African Union for its strong ownership. And I thank His Excellency Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan for his generous support and leadership for African development. The timing of this Summit is ideal.
Statement attributable to the Spokesman of the Secretary-General following the presidential election in the Gabonese Republic
Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General following the presidential election in the Gabonese Republic [scroll down for French version]
The Secretary-General congratulates the people and Government of the Gabonese Republic on the peaceful and orderly conduct of the presidential election held on 27 August 2016. He hopes the same spirit of peace and transparency will prevail before and following the official announcement of the provisional results, which should reflect the will of the people. He stresses the importance for all political stakeholders to abide by the electoral law and refrain from making remarks on the outcome of the election before it is known.
The Secretary-General is deeply concerned over the tense situation that has developed in the narrow Buffer Strip in southwestern Western Sahara between the Moroccan berm and the Mauritanian border as a result of changes in the status quo and the introduction of armed units from Morocco and the Polisario in close proximity to each other.
Note to Correspondents: Peacebuilding Commission Guinea-Bissau Configuration - Situation in Guinea Bissau
New York, 26 August 2016 - The Guinea-Bissau Configuration of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) remains concerned about the lack of progress in finding a lasting solution to the political and institutional deadlock in Guinea-Bissau.. The PBC believes that this stalemate severely hampers the country’s ability to sustain stability and provide satisfying services to its population.
Secretary-General's video message for TICAD VI High-Level Side Event on "TICAD support for good governance in Africa through the effective implementation of Agenda 2063 and the Yokohama and Nairobi Declarations"
Distinguished Heads of State and Government, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, I commend His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya for co-organizing this important event and for his able chairpersonship of the African Peer Review Mechanism. Good governance is at the heart of the work of the United Nations. Without good governance, peace, security, development and human rights can rarely be sustained. Governance is also the lifeblood of any society.