African issues

04 December 2020, Security Council

Remarks at the Security Council debate on Cooperation between the United Nations and Regional and Sub-Regional Organisations: African Union

[Bilingual, as delivered]

Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Mr. President,

Let me begin by congratulating you on assuming the Presidency of the Security Council for the month of December and for your leadership as Chair of the African Union. 

Je souhaite également la bienvenue à mon cher ami M. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Président de la Commission de l’Union africaine, et qui est parmi nous aujourd’hui.

09 October 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Mobilizing with Africa II High-Level Event

Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
 
Let me start by thanking the World Bank Group, the International Monetary Fund and all those involved in bringing us together again to support Africa.
 
No country has been spared from the pandemic. Low-, middle- and high-income countries have all suffered directly through the colossal health impacts, and indirectly from the dramatic decline in domestic activity and international trade.
 
For African countries in particular, the crisis has resulted in acute liquidity constraints.
 

11 June 2020, Security Council

Statement at the Security Council briefing on Mali

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02 June 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the Yemen Pledging Conference

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, assalamu alaikum. 

I thank the Government of Saudi Arabia for co-hosting this pledging event, and for your continued commitment to the humanitarian aid to the people of Yemen. 

And I thank the many governments and representatives demonstrating their solidarity with the Yemeni people, who have suffered so much, and who now face the additional threat of COVID-19. 

29 May 2020, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at press conference with the Prime Ministers of Canada and Jamaica on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond

Hello, everyone. Good afternoon, good evening, or goodnight.
 
Today’s High-Level Event was a meeting of solidarity with the many developing countries that face catastrophic consequences from COVID-19. 
 
The pandemic continues to cause deep suffering. More than 350,000 people have died; there are 5.5 million cases around the world. Behind these figures there is an unprecedented human tragedy.
 

28 May 2020, UN Headquarters

Closing remarks to High-Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond

Excellencies, distinguished speakers, ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you all, Heads of State and Government, leaders of international organizations and all participants in this High-Level Event.

I am moved and inspired by your urgency and unity.

As COVID-19 takes an unprecedented human toll, societies are in turmoil and economies are in freefall.

While developed countries are moving to keep families and businesses afloat, many developing countries are risking catastrophe.

28 May 2020, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at joint press conference on the High-level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond

Hello everyone. Good afternoon, good evening, or goodnight.

Today’s High-Level Event was a meeting of solidarity with the many developing countries that face catastrophic consequences from COVID-19.  

The pandemic continues to cause deep suffering. More than 350,000 people have died; there are 5.5 million cases around the world. Behind these figures there is an unprecedented human tragedy.

20 May 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the Africa Dialogue Series on COVID-19 and Silencing the Guns in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities

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I am pleased to be able to join you in this time of unprecedented crisis to discuss the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on peace and security in Africa.

The pandemic has exposed the fragility of our societies.

It is a global problem that demands a coordinated global response built on unity and solidarity.

As COVID-19 spreads across Africa, its governments have responded swiftly.

As of now, reported cases are lower than feared. 

19 May 2020, ECOSOC

Remarks to the ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment

Madam President,
Mr. Vice President,
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen.

12 May 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at High-Level Video Conference entitled, "The Role of Religious Leaders in Addressing the Multiple Challenges of COVID-19"

Let me begin by thanking Ambassador Omar Hilale of the Kingdom of Morocco for this very timely initiative.
 
It is heartening to see so many religious leaders joining forces today in a spirit of solidarity.