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 on the situation of Sahrawi refugees in Algeria
The Secretary-General is deeply concerned over the plight of tens of thousands of Sahrawi refugees in Algeria, who will have their food rations cut due to lack of funding. Humanitarian aid, including food aid, is a lifeline for these refugees from Western Sahara. A recent survey highlighted the precarious nutrition situation in the Sahrawi refugee camps and the refugees' limited access to markets or livelihoods.
Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at launch of African Women Leaders Network [as prepared for delivery]
Your Excellency Mr. Harald Braun, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations, [Your Excellency Ms. Cessouma Minata Samate, African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs], Excellencies, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am very pleased to join you this evening for the launch of the African Women Leaders Network. I have worked closely with many of you and I am excited that we can pool our commitment to improving the lives and well-being of women, girls and all the people of Africa.
Secretary-General's remarks at G7 Summit Session on Outreach Countries and International Organizations on: "Innovation and Sustainable Development: Reinforcing the Partnership between the G7 and African Countries”
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I commend the G7 for focusing on Africa at an opportune moment for the continent – and for putting the spotlight on inclusive, innovation-driven growth and development.
Note to Correspondents: Next phase of training to bolster military engineering capacity for peacekeeping to commence on 29 May 2017
The third phase of training on engineering for peacekeeping for a cohort of future African peacekeepers under the Triangular Partnership Project will commence on 29 May in Kenya. The project – launched by the United Nations Department of Field Support with support from Japan, Switzerland and Kenya – is designed to train and equip African military engineers to be deployed to peacekeeping missions.
The Secretary-General condemns the terrorist attack in Minya, Egypt, today. There can be no justification for such horrific violence. The Secretary-General expresses his deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Egypt. He wishes a quick recovery to those injured and hopes that the perpetrators of this despicable act will be swiftly identified and brought to justice. Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General
Africa Day 2017 comes at an important moment in the continent’s endeavours towards peace, inclusive economic growth and sustainable development. The international community has entered the second year of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, an all-out effort to tackle global poverty, inequality, instability and injustice. Africa has adopted its own complementary and ambitious plan: Agenda 2063. For the people of Africa to fully benefit from these important efforts, these two agendas need to be strategically aligned.