Africa

Africa

23 June 2017

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today that the announcement of an end to famine conditions in South Sudan this week should not distract from the fact that severe food insecurity continues to put the lives of millions of children at risk in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and north-east Nigeria.

22 June 2017
SG/SM/18586-SC/12885

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

21 June 2017
SC/12881

The Security Council welcomed the deployment of the Group of Five Sahel joint force (Force conjointe du G5 Sahel - FC-G5S) that would address the threat of terrorism, as well as the serious challenges posed by transnational organized crime in the region.

15 June 2017
SC/12871

The United Nations must move away from ad hoc arrangements towards a more institutionalized approach for the joint planning, mandating, financing and supporting of African Union peace-support operations, speakers told the Security Council today as it took up proposals in that regard.

13 June 2017

Belligerents in eastern Ukraine have repeatedly failed to implement ceasefire agreements, allowing hostilities to claim more lives as the fighting entered its fourth year, the latest human rights report says.  It recorded 36 deaths and 157 injuries, a rise of nearly 50 per cent over the previous reporting period.

13 June 2017
SC/12867

The threat posed by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) to stability in Central Africa’s should not be underestimated, particularly now with Ugandan and South Sudanese troops, as well as United States special forces having disengaged from the African Union Regional Task Force, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the subregion warned in the Security Council this afternoon.

8 June 2017

The Secretary-General is encouraged by progress in the implementation of the peace accord in Colombia, especially the recent delivery to the United Nations Mission of the first 30 per cent of the arms of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—People's Army (FARC-EP).

30 May 2017
SG/SM/18544-DEV/3273

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the Group of Seven (G-7) Summit session titled “Innovation and Sustainable Development in Africa — Reinforcing the Partnership between the G-7 and African Countries”, in Taormina, Italy, on 26 May:

23 May 2017
SG/SM/18531-OBV/1725

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for Africa Day, observed on 25 May:

11 May 2017
Note No. 6501

The Department of Public Information will partner with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet) and Links, Inc. to organize its ninth annual Remember Slavery Global Student Videoconference on 12 May.

5 May 2017
SG/A/1729-BIO/4964*

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Michel Kafando of Burkina Faso as his Special Envoy.

28 April 2017
SG/SM/18506-PKO/635

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

19 April 2017
SG/2239

On 19 April 2017, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat convened the first United Nations-African Union Annual Conference, at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

18 April 2017

The International Organization on Migration reports that nearly 9,000 migrants were rescued over the past long weekend by individual NGOs and by the international flotilla in the Mediterranean Sea.  The rescued migrants were mostly Africans, but there was also a large number of people from Bangladesh.

11 April 2017

The International Organization for Migration warned today that hundreds of migrants are being held under “slave market” conditions in North Africa.  Describing the situation as “dire”, the agency also reported several cases in which migrants have been kidnapped in exchange for ransom.

3 April 2017
SG/A/1715*-BIO/4946*-PKO/631*

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki announced today the appointment of Jeremiah Nyamane Kingsley Mamabolo of South Africa as Joint Special Representative and Head of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID).

26 March 2017
DSG/SM/1046

Following is UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s message to the closing of the eighteenth session of the Regional Coordination Mechanism for Africa (RCM), delivered by Frank Schroeder, in Dakar on 26 March:

9 March 2017
SC/12744

Briefing on the heels of the Security Council’s recent visit to Africa’s Lake Chad Basin — beset by development challenges, looming famine and the brutal tactics of Boko Haram — the mission’s co-Chairs emphasized today the need for an enhanced and holistic response to the subregion’s largely neglected crisis.

9 March 2017

The Secretary-General’s new report “Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: A New Approach” focuses on victims’ rights and dignity; more transparent reporting and investigation; multi-stakeholder network support for prevention and response efforts; raising awareness and sharing best practices.

9 March 2017
DSG/SM/1042-SC/12745

Following is UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed’s briefing to the Security Council on the Lake Chad Basin, in New York today: