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 presidential election in The Gambia
The Secretary-General commends the people of The Gambia for holding the presidential election on 1 December 2016 in a peaceful and orderly manner. He commends the Independent Electoral Commission for ensuring that the necessary conditions were in place for the organisation of a successful election. He also congratulates President-elect Adama Barrow on his election and commends President Yahya Jammeh for his message congratulating Mr. Barrow.
UN Secretary-General's message to 43rd Ministerial Meeting of the UN Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa (UNSAC) [scroll down for French version]
I thank São Tomé and Principe for hosting the 43rd Ministerial Meeting of the United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa, and I wish every success to the Sao Tomean presidency. I also thank the Central African Republic for ably leading the Committee for the past six months.
Readout of the Secretary-General’s telephone conversations with H.E. Mr. John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana, and Mr. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Head of Ghana’s opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP)
Today, the Secretary-General had separate telephone conversations with H.E. Mr. John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana, and Mr. Nana Akufo-Addo, head of Ghana’s opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), to discuss the general elections that are scheduled to take place on 7 December in Ghana.
The Secretary-General is deeply concerned over renewed violence last week in the Central African Republic. Two armed groups, both factions of the ex-Séléka - the Front populaire pour la renaissance de la Centrafrique (FPRC) and the Union pour la paix en Centrafrique (UPC) - have clashed in Bria, Haute Kotto prefecture, with dozens reportedly killed and wounded and over 11,000 persons displaced. Many of the victims are reportedly civilians. A large number appear to have been targeted based on their ethnicity.
Note to Correspondents: Statement by Adama Dieng, UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide on the situation in the Central African Republic
(New York, 25 November 2016) The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng expressed deep concern over a new outbreak of violence in the Central African Republic, in which civilians are being targeted based on their ethnicity or religion.
Note to Correspondents - Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes in Africa
UN Special Envoy calls on Congolese political stakeholders to demonstrate flexibility and readiness for compromise to facilitate peaceful election process
Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates
The Secretary-General met today with H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates. The Secretary-General thanked the Minister for the support of the United Arab Emirates to the work of the United Nations. They discussed the important role of the United Arab Emirates in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals and on tackling climate change. They also discussed regional developments, including in Syria, Yemen, Libya, Lebanon and Iraq.
Secretary-General's remarks to Security Council debate on Water, Peace and Security [Bilingual, as delivered]
Je remercie la présidence sénégalaise et Son Excellence Monsieur Mankeur Ndiaye (FM) d’avoir organisé ce débat à un moment crucial. D’ici à 2050, au moins un être humain sur quatre vivra dans un pays où le manque d’eau douce est chronique ou récurrent. Les changements climatiques ne feront qu’aggraver ces difficultés, notamment dans les bassins communs à plusieurs pays.
Over the last two decades, Africa’s combined Gross Domestic Product grew by an average of 4.7 per cent a year. Even though this slowed slightly in 2015 due to low commodity prices, tighter financing conditions and droughts, Africa is still among the world’s fastest growing regions. Africa is also a youthful continent, with a median age just below 20. To realize the vision of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 of “a prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development”, the continent must create millions of new, high-productivity jobs every year.
Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the holding of local elections in Mali (scroll down for French)
The Secretary-General takes note of the decision of the Malian Government to organize local elections on 20 November 2016. He acknowledges that the Malian Constitution precludes further postponement of the polls, which have already been rescheduled three times.