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 address at the Opening Ceremony of the Munich Security Conference [as delivered]
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is an enormous pleasure for me to be back since last year’s session. And if I remember well, last year, on discussing the global threats we are facing, I concentrated on, in the absence of power clear relations, on the multiplication of new conflicts and at the same time the fact old conflicts seem never to die, be it in Afghanistan, Somalia, or in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Deputy Secretary-General opening remarks at commission on social development side event: “Poverty eradication: from policy to local action”
I am grateful for the opportunity to join WorldWide Nigeria and Dr. Ify Ofong on today’s panel. I applaud the goal of this event, to honestly assess, through the lens of local action, poverty eradication and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The 2030 Agenda is the most ambitious plan governments have ever developed to eradicate extreme poverty and safeguard our planet.
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, express concern over the protracted political crisis in Guinea-Bissau despite the multiple opportunities offered to the main political stakeholders to arrive at a consensual arrangement. They denounce the actions being taken by those who seek to obstruct and prevent a resolution of the crisis.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the press, thank you very much for your presence. The fact that I am surrounded by the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and my new Special Advisor on Africa, who in New York is essentially in charge of the economic and development cooperation of the UN with the African continent, shows that our partnership with the African Union has now gained an enormous development in this area.
Secretary-General's Address to the Opening Ceremony of the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union [as delivered]
Your Excellency Mr. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda and Chairperson of the African Union, Your Excellency Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Excellencies,
Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Secretary-General condemns the killing of a peacekeeper from Pakistan deployed with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) following an ambush by members of an armed group today near Lulimba, 96 km south west of Baraka, in South Kivu Province. At least one other peacekeeper was wounded in the attack.
Secretary-General's remarks at meeting of African Union Peace and Security Council on combatting transnational threat in Africa
Thank you, Mr. President. It is an honour to take part in this meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council. I welcome your focus on a comprehensive approach to combating the transnational threat of terrorism in Africa. Let me begin with three overarching points. First, we know nothing justifies terrorism.
Secretary-General’s remarks at the High-Level Event on “Renewed Partnership to End Hunger in African by 2025 – Five Years Later: Taking Stock of Progress and Lessons in Light of the Sustainable Development Goals.” [as delivered]
After a period of prolonged decline, world hunger is on the rise. Africa has the highest rates of hunger in the world, and they are increasing. Agricultural and livestock productivity in Africa is under threat. This is largely due to conflict and climate change.
Secretary-General's remarks at the consultative meeting on South Sudan with the African Union, IGAD and the United Nations [as delivered]
One year ago it was obvious to me that it was absolutely essential to overcome some misunderstandings of the past and to make sure that there would be a full alignment of the United Nations and the African Union and IGAD, in the conduct of the international community in addressing the problems South Sudan and the plight of the people of South Sudan. I think this alignment has been very successful. What has been achieved under the leadership of IGAD is remarkable.
Secretary-General press remarks following the signing of a framework agreement with the African Union [in French]
Secrétaire-General : Pour les Nations-unies le partenariat le plus important est le partenariat avec l’Union Africaine. Nous sommes ravis d’être de nouveau ici á Addis au sommet de l’Union Africaine. C’est un choix stratégique fondamental pour nous la coopération avec l’Union Africaine.