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.
Secretary-General's remarks at Ministerial Meeting on the Implementation of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali [bilingual, as delivered version]
Je suis heureux de vous souhaiter la bienvenue à cette importante réunion avec le Président Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta et les Ministres des affaires étrangères MM. Lamamra et Ayrault. Je remercie les nombreux amis internationaux du Mali présents ici aujourd’hui, notamment les partenaires régionaux et les États qui fournissent du personnel. La promotion de la paix et de la stabilité au Mali est primordiale pour son peuple, pour la région et pour notre monde.
Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana
The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana. The two leaders discussed the upcoming presidential elections scheduled to take place in December 2016. The Secretary-General underscored the importance of ensuring a conducive environment for peaceful and credible elections. In this regard, he encouraged ongoing efforts for the signing of a code of conduct by all political actors.
Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the situation in the Gabonese Republic [scroll down for French]
As the Constitutional Court of the Gabonese Republic prepares to make its ruling on the disputes emanating from the presidential election of 27 August 2016, the Secretary-General calls on the authorities, including the security agencies, to fully respect human rights and fundamental freedoms during this challenging period.
Deputy Secretary-General's opening remarks at side event: "Partnerships for Sustaining Peace and Preventing Violent Conflict" [as prepared for delivery]
It is a pleasure for me to make some remarks at this important event. I commend Ambassador Gómez Camacho for his leadership in convening this meeting. I would also like to applaud his initiative to establish the Group of Friends of Sustaining Peace. Let me also express gratitude to Ambassador Macharia Kamau of Kenya and Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission for his leadership and for moderating todays discussion. Our gathering is taking place at a moment of profound challenge.
Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Patrice Talon, President of the Republic of Benin
The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Patrice Talon, President of the Republic of Benin. The two leaders discussed the ongoing political and institutional reforms in the country. The Secretary-General commended Benin’s efforts with the countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission in the establishment of the regional Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) to fight Boko Haram.
Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Ernest Bai Koroma, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone
The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Ernest Bai Koroma, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone. The two leaders discussed the progress made by the country in addressing its recovery challenges in the post-Ebola period. The Secretary-General congratulated Sierra Leone for successfully integrating the Sustainable Development Goals into national development processes, notably the 2013 to 2018 poverty reduction strategy and the 2016 national budget. The Secretary-General commended the President for progress made by Sierra Leone in the protection of human rights.
The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Charles Michel, Prime Minister of Belgium. They discussed current developments regarding the large movement of refugees and migrants towards Europe. The Secretary-General and Prime Minister also exchanged views on the situation in the Great Lakes region and in Mali, as well as Belgium’s support to UN peace operations. The Secretary-General welcomed Belgium’s support for the Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism.
Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Agapito Mba Mokuy, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea
The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Agapito Mba Mokuy, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. The Secretary-General encouraged the Foreign Minister to further promote democratic reforms in the country, and to continue cooperation with the UN Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Central Africa.
Secretary-General's message to the High-level Meeting on Protecting Cultural Heritage - An Imperative for Humanity
I am pleased to convey my best wishes for the success of this High-Level Meeting on Protecting Cultural Heritage. I thank Jordan and Italy for spearheading this initiative along with UNESCO, INTERPOL and UNODC. We have all been devastated by attacks on cultural heritage in the Middle East, North Africa, Yemen, Mali and beyond. This tactic of war is also a war crime.
Secretary-General's remarks to High-Level Event on the Humanitarian Situation in South Sudan [as delivered]
Thank you for being here today to discuss the critical situation in South Sudan. For years, South Sudan struggled to gain their independence. Now it is struggling for survival. Rarely have such high hopes been squandered so quickly. Time and again, the country’s leaders have resorted to weapons and identity politics to resolve their differences. The children, women and men of South Sudan are paying with their lives.