Secretary-General on Africa

Latest Africa-focused news stories

  • 23 Février 2017

    Who will protect our girls?

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    As a young girl Consolee Nishimwe experienced the worst form of violence any girl barely in her teens could possibly face.  At the height of the 1994 Rwanda genocide, machete-wielding rebels were targeting families like hers, forcing them to move from place to place under cover of night. 

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  • 17 Février 2017

    PODCAST: The power of bearing witness – how rape became an ‘act of genocide’

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    Shame and stigma prevent many rape survivors in conflict zones from reporting the abuses they endure at the hands of war criminals whose sole aim in carrying out these horrific deeds is to torture and humiliate their enemy.

    Yet the courageous testimonies of women who survived rape during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda provided the evidence required for a United Nations war crimes tribunal to find Jean-Paul Akayesu guilty, four years after the shocking conflagration, marking the first judgment for the crime of genocide under international law.

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  • 16 Février 2017

    Note to Correspondents: Joint statement on the Democratic Republic of the Congo by the African Union, the United Nations, the European Union and the International Organization of La Francophonie [scroll down for French]

    Addis Ababa, New York, Brussels and Paris, 16 February 2017: The African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU) and the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF) are increasingly concerned by the continuing impasse in the dialogue among the political stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) related to the implementation modalities of the 31 December political agreement. 

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  • 31 Janvier 2017

    Guterres commends ECOWAS for role in Gambia’s peaceful transition

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    The 28th African Union Summit opened in Ethiopia Monday with United Nations Secretary, General Antonio Guterres, commending the ‘extraordinary’ unity and leadership showed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in defending democracy in The Gambia by peacefully ousting former President Yahya Jammeh after weeks of political stalemate.

    In his maiden address to the AU Summit as UN Secretary General, Mr. Guterres said the unity in ECOWAS and the restraint of the people of The Gambia in the face of possible conflict was commendable.

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  • 31 Janvier 2017

    Secretary-General's statement on Refugees

    On my way back from Ethiopia, the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa that for decades has been keeping its borders open to hundreds of thousands of refugees from its neighbours, many times in dramatic security situations, I want to state the following: ·    Countries have the right, even the obligation, to responsibly manage their borders to avoid infiltration by members of terrorist organizations.

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  • 31 Janvier 2017

    Secretary-General's statement

    On my way back from Ethiopia, the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa that for decades has been keeping its borders open to hundreds of thousands of refugees from its neighbours, many times in dramatic security situations, I want to state the following: ·    Countries have the right, even the obligation, to responsibly manage their borders to avoid infiltration by members of terrorist organizations.

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