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.

  • 11 February 2017

    Note to Correspondents on Salam Fayyad

    The proposal for Salam Fayyad to serve as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Libya was solely based on Mr. Fayyad’s recognized personal qualities and his competence for that position. United Nations staff serve strictly in their personal capacity. They do not represent any government or country.

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  • 9 February 2017

    Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Somalia

    The Secretary-General congratulates Mr. Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” upon his election as Federal President of Somalia yesterday. He commends AMISOM and the Somali security forces for ensuring a secure environment during the poll.  

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  • 9 February 2017

    Note on travel by the Secretary-General, 9-21 February

    Later today the Secretary-General will travel to Istanbul, Turkey and then to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Egypt, as the first part of his visits to the region. In Istanbul, the Secretary-General is expected to have separate meetings with the President and Prime Minister of Turkey. From there, the Secretary-General is expected to travel to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he is expected to have discussions with the King, the Crown Prince and Deputy Crown Prince, as well as with senior officials.

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  • 9 February 2017

    Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya

    The Secretary-General and the President of the Republic of Kenya, H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, met on the margins of the African Union summit in Addis Ababa on 29 January 2017. They discussed issues of mutual concern, including the promotion of peace in the region, and how to strengthen the partnership between Kenya and the United Nations to that end. &nbsp

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  • 7 February 2017

    Statement by Adama Dieng, United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, on the situation in South Sudan

    [New York, 7 February 2017] The Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, expressed grave concern at the continued level of violence in several areas of South Sudan.  “President Salva Kiir has made a commitment to end the violence and bring about peace, yet we still see ongoing clashes, and the risk that mass atrocities will be committed remains ever-present,” said the Special Adviser.

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  • 1 February 2017

    Transcript of the Secretary-General's press encounter

    Spokesman:  Good morning.  The Secretary-General will make some opening remarks, and then we'll take your questions.  Sir?   Secretary-General:  Ladies and gentlemen of the press, it's a pleasure to have you with us today.  I just arrived yesterday from my first serious mission abroad, attending the African Union Summit.  I left New York last Friday, and I came back yesterday.  

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  • 31 January 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 January 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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  • 30 January 2017

    The Secretary-General''s Press Conference at the African Union

    Press conference of Secretary-General António Guterres at the African Union Summit 30 January 2017, Addis Ababa Ladies and gentlemen of the media, thank you very much for your presence. I am extremely happy with the results of my contacts during this African Union Summit. I think we have created the conditions to establish a new higher platform of cooperation between the African Union and the UN.

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  • 30 January 2017

    Secretary-General’s remarks to the African Union Summit [as delivered]

    Your Excellency Mr. Idriss Deby Itno, President of the Republic of Chad and Chairperson of the African Union, Your Excellency Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Excellencies, All protocol observed, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am honoured to be with you. I humbly join you in profound solidarity and respect.

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