Africa

Africa

10 July 2019
SG/SM/19660

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the African regional high-level conference on counter-terrorism and the prevention of violent extremism conducive to terrorism, in Nairobi today:

7 July 2019
DSG/SM/1303

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, to the twelfth extraordinary session of the African Union on the African Continental Free Trade Area, in Niamey, Niger, today:

4 July 2019
SG/SM/19655

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message for the Euro-African Forum, held in Cascais, Portugal, 4 to 5 July:

6 June 2019

Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ursula Mueller, wrapping up a three-day visit to Madagascar, called for urgent action to tackle climate change, with increased investment to help address acute humanitarian needs, as well as their causes.  Some 1.3 million people in Madagascar are severely food insecure.

4 June 2019
SC/13829

Despite recent political and security gains, Central Africa still faces looming threats — from the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Cameroon to Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo — requiring local solutions alongside strong continuing international support, the head of the regional United Nations office told the Security Council today.

23 May 2019

The United Nations is stepping up its response to the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is now in its tenth month and has claimed more than 1,200 lives.  The Secretary-General has appointed David Gressly, Deputy Head of mission, as the Organization’s Emergency Ebola Response Coordinator.

22 May 2019
SG/SM/19589-OBV/1884

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

21 May 2019
DSG/SM/1283

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohamed’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, to the Africa Dialogue Series 2019, in New York today:

21 May 2019
SG/SM/19586

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the African Dialogue Series, in New York today:

21 May 2019

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports that the number of attacks on schools in eastern Ukraine increased four-fold during the first four months of 2019, versus the same period in 2018, with schools attacked 12 times between January and April.

16 May 2019

The use of explosive weapons in populated areas of Libya’s capital, Tripoli, continues to cause civilian casualties, with at least six killed and five others injured in an apparent air strike in Qasr bin Ghashir on Tuesday, according to staff of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

16 May 2019
SC/13810

Amid the spate of terrorist attacks and the uptick in intercommunal violence in Africa’s Sahel region, top security and peacebuilding officials called upon the Security Council today to support efforts to make the G5 Sahel Joint Force fully operational by ensuring it receives sustainable and predicable funding and resources.

16 May 2019
SC/13811

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Dian Triansyah Djani (Indonesia):

10 May 2019

UNICEF reports that 894 children — including 106 girls — were released today from the ranks of the Civilian Joint Task Force, a local militia that helps the Nigerian security forces in the fight against insurgency in the country’s north‑east.  UNICEF says more than 3,500 children were recruited between 2013 and 2017.

6 May 2019

Around 1 million species are threatened with extinction as nature declines at unprecedented rates, a global assessment launched today by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services warns, listing amphibians, corals and marine mammals as among the most threatened.

1 May 2019

The World Health Organization (WHO) says most Ebola response activities have been relaunched in Butembo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s North Kivu Province following a slowdown caused by the attack that left Cameroonian doctor Richard Valéry Mouzoko dead and two other people injured.

30 April 2019

Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights, expressed grave concern today that thousands of civilians remain stranded in conflict-affected areas of Tripoli.  She stressed in a statement the urgent need to create safe humanitarian corridors for trapped civilians, for an immediate ceasefire and for resumed talks.

30 April 2019
SC/13795

The Security Council, by a vote of 13 in favour to none against with 2 abstentions (Russian Federation, South Africa), today decided to extend the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for a period of six months.

9 April 2019

Briefing the Security Council, the High Commissioner for Refugees stressed today that there is an unprecedented stigmatization of refugees and migrants in the media and in politics, and that this should concern us all as it is creating a toxic environment that makes it increasingly difficult to tackle this issue.

6 April 2019
SG/SM/19536-ECO/303

Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks to the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa, in Dead Sea, Jordan today: