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Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the terrorist attack in Nairobi

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the terrorist attack in Nairobi today. He is following developments in the Kenyan capital closely. The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the victims and wishes those injured a swift recovery. The Secretary-General expresses his solidarity with the people and Government of Kenya. 

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Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

He commends the Congolese people and political actors for the conduct of the presidential, national and provincial legislative elections

The Secretary-General takes note of the announcement, on 9 January, by the Commission électorale nationale indépendante (CENI) of the provisional results of the 30 December presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He commends the Congolese people and political actors for the conduct of the presidential, national and provincial legislative elections,…

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Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Somalia

The Secretary-General remains strongly committed to assisting Somalia in its efforts to achieve peace, stability and prosperity for all

The Secretary-General deeply regrets the decision of the Government of the Federal Republic of Somalia to declare the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Nicholas Haysom, persona non grata. The Secretary-General has full confidence in Mr. Haysom, an experienced and…

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Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the attacks against the United Nations compound in Somalia

He urges the Somali authorities to investigate the attacks and swiftly bring those responsible to justice

The Secretary-General strongly condemns today’s attacks against the United Nations compound in Mogadishu. He wishes a speedy recovery to the injured colleagues. The Secretary-General recalls that intentionally directing armed attacks against United Nations personnel may constitute a violation of international humanitarian law. He urges the Somali authorities to investigate the…

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Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on South Sudan

Rape and other forms of sexual violence have been a consistent feature of the conflict in South Sudan, used both as a tactic of war and a driver of forced displacement

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the brutal sexual attacks perpetrated against women and girls in the last ten days in the Unity region of South Sudan. These horrific acts are a distressing reminder of how, despite recent recommitments by South Sudan’s leaders to a cessation of hostilities and a revitalized peace…

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Remarks for the Deputy Secretary-General’s participation in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Advocates Reception

The good news is Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) momentum is with us, especially in Africa

By Deputy Secretary-General Let me begin with my deepest thanks to all the SDG Advocates here today, especially to the co-chairs: President Akufo-Addo of Ghana and Prime Minister Solberg of Norway. Thank you for stepping up.  Thank you for raising your inspiring voices for a sustainable future. Nelson Mandela talked…

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The Deputy Secretary-General Remarks to the African Youth Development Summit

There are 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 in the world today, and Africa is the youngest continent

It is wonderful to be here today at the African Youth Development Summit to talk with you about youth leadership, the participation of young women and men in Africa’s development, and the obstacles that stand in their way. Globally, today’s young people are a historic phenomenon — the largest cohort…

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Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Madagascar

The Secretary-General appeals to all stakeholders to exercise restraint in the lead up to the run-off election on 19 December

The Secretary-General takes note of yesterday’s announcement of the final results of the first round of the Presidential election held in Madagascar on 7 November. He commends the people of Madagascar for having peacefully expressed their constitutional right to vote, as well as the Malagasy institutions, in particular the National…

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Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the bus crash in Kenya

The Secretary- General was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic bus accident in Fort Ternan in western Kenya today, which reportedly took the lives of at least 50 people and left many others injured.  The Secretary-General extends his heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathy to the bereaved families, the survivors…

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Remarks at high-level Meeting on the Central African Republic

The situation in the Central African Republic is stable, despite continuous incidents and sporadic resurgences of violence

Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to join you and I thank you for participating.  The situation in the Central African Republic is stable, despite continuous incidents and sporadic resurgences of violence.  But much more need to be done to secure peace and stability across the country.  Continuous violations…