Secretary-General on Africa

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  • 17 February 2017

    PODCAST: The power of bearing witness – how rape became an ‘act of genocide’

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    Shame and stigma prevent many rape survivors in conflict zones from reporting the abuses they endure at the hands of war criminals whose sole aim in carrying out these horrific deeds is to torture and humiliate their enemy.

    Yet the courageous testimonies of women who survived rape during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda provided the evidence required for a United Nations war crimes tribunal to find Jean-Paul Akayesu guilty, four years after the shocking conflagration, marking the first judgment for the crime of genocide under international law.

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  • 16 February 2017

    Note to Correspondents: Joint statement on the Democratic Republic of the Congo by the African Union, the United Nations, the European Union and the International Organization of La Francophonie [scroll down for French]

    Addis Ababa, New York, Brussels and Paris, 16 February 2017: The African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU) and the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF) are increasingly concerned by the continuing impasse in the dialogue among the political stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) related to the implementation modalities of the 31 December political agreement. 

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  • 31 January 2017

    Guterres commends ECOWAS for role in Gambia’s peaceful transition

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    The 28th African Union Summit opened in Ethiopia Monday with United Nations Secretary, General Antonio Guterres, commending the ‘extraordinary’ unity and leadership showed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in defending democracy in The Gambia by peacefully ousting former President Yahya Jammeh after weeks of political stalemate.

    In his maiden address to the AU Summit as UN Secretary General, Mr. Guterres said the unity in ECOWAS and the restraint of the people of The Gambia in the face of possible conflict was commendable.

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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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  • 29 January 2017

    Secretary-General’s remarks at High-level event on the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia [as delivered]

    Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, All protocol observed. It is to me an honour and a pleasure to be here today in this High-level event on the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia. This High-level event must express our total solidarity with the Ethiopian people and the Ethiopian Government at the present moment. And let’s be clear: that solidarity is not a matter of generosity. It is a matter of justice and of self-interest.

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  • 31 December 2016

    Secretary-General on the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    The Secretary-General welcomes the signing today in Kinshasa, by the opposition and the Majorité présidentielle, of a political agreement on the holding of elections in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and transitional arrangements leading up to the polls. This long-awaited development builds on an initial agreement signed on 18 October between part of the opposition and the Majorité présidentielle. It represents a significant step towards a peacefully managed transition consistent with the democratic principles enshrined in the country''s Constitution.

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