The Commissioner-General for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, Pierre Krähenbühl, praised the Agency’s donors in Amman today for collectively helping to reduce its $446 million budget shortfall to $21 million. The Agency was able to open its 711 schools on time as a result.
Following is UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ message for Africa Industrialization Day, observed on 20 November:
Against a complex backdrop of expanding terrorist threats and mounting hopelessness in Africa’s Sahel region, several senior officials today urged the United Nations and other partners to boost their support to the regional force established to combat those threats, as they briefed the Security Council on recent developments.
The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Ma Zhaoxu (China):
Over the past month, more than 347,000 Congolese people have been forced to return to the Democratic Republic of the Congo from Angola. Most are staying with families or at temporary sites in Kamako, in the Kasai. The United Nations and aid partners are providing health services, water, sanitation, shelter and food.
The Security Council decided today to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) until 30 April 2019, calling upon the parties to the dispute over that territory to engage constructively in resumed talks planned for the end of 2018.
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said it is concerned about the resurgence of insecurity in the Lac region in the west of Chad. The situation has forced some aid agencies to suspend operations leaving tens of thousands of people without food and health services.
Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the Africa Dialogue Series 2018 “A Stronger AU-UN Partnership for Peace, Security and Development in Africa”, in New York today:
The United Nations Population Fund’s annual State of World Population report “The Power of Choice: Reproductive Rights and the Demographic Transition” shows that the global trend towards smaller families and the power to choose the number, timing and spacing of children can bolster economic and social development.
Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message, delivered by Said Djinnit, Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, to the Regional Oversight Mechanism of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region, at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, Uganda, today:
Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the high‑level meeting on the Central African Republic, in New York today:
For the first time in several years, the United Nations has been able to deliver humanitarian assistance to Togolay village in South Darfur’s eastern Jebel Marra area, following the 20 September announcement of a three-month unilateral ceasefire by the Sudan Liberation Army-Abdul Wahid (SLA-AW) faction.
Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the high-level meeting on Mali and the Sahel, in New York today:
The United Nations-African Union Joint Task Force on Peace and Security held its fifteenth consultative meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 22 September.
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, met today in New York in the margins of the seventy-third session of the United Nations General Assembly.
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat; the President of the European Commission, Jean‑Claude Juncker; and the Secretary‑General of the United Nations, António Guterres, met on 23 September 2018 at United Nations Headquarters in New York in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly. They were accompanied by senior officials from the three organizations, including Vice‑President/High Representative Federica Mogherini; Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui; Commissioner for Political Affairs Minata Samate Cessouma; and United Nations Deputy Secretary‑General Amina J. Mohammed. They discussed the ongoing cooperation between the three organizations and ways to better coordinate efforts in addressing global challenges. They concurred that peace, security and stability are paramount not only to ensure decent living conditions for all citizens, but also to attract investments necessary for sustainable and inclusive growth.
The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Nikki R. Haley (United States):
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:
Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the China‑Africa Cooperation Summit in Beijing today:
The Security Council, noting the Secretary-General’s recommendation that the mandate of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) be extended for another three years from 1 September, requested today that he conduct a strategic review of the Office’s mandate and activities.
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