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Coronavirus - Libya: Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Libya

Medical personnel, hospitals and medical facilities are protected under international humanitarian law and that attacks on them may constitute war crimes

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the heavy shelling, for the second consecutive day, of Al Khadra General Hospital in Tripoli. He also condemns the continued attacks on medical personnel, hospitals and medical facilities, particularly at a time when they are critical to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Secretary-General…

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Coronavirus - Cameroon: Note to correspondents – in response to questions on temporary ceasefire announcement in Cameroon

The Secretary-General reiterates his call for renewed dialogue that will address all relevant issues in the North-West and South-West regions of Cameroon

In response to questions about the temporary ceasefire announcement in Cameroon, the Spokesman would like to provide the following: We welcome the temporary ceasefire announced by the Southern Cameroons Defense Force on 25 March following the Secretary-General’s call for a global ceasefire to facilitate the global response to COVID-19. The…

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Security Council Press Statement on Attack against Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic

The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the family of the peacekeeper killed, as well as to Burundi and to MINUSCA

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack on 15 March 2020 by anti-Balaka elements against the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) in Grimari (prefecture of Ouaka), in the centre of the Central African Republic, which resulted in the death…

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Secretary-General designates Stephanie Turco Williams of the United States as Acting Special Representative, Head of United Nations Support Mission in Libya

Ms. Williams will act as Special Representative in Libya until the appointment of a successor for Ghassan Salamé of Lebanon

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the designation of Stephanie Turco Williams of the United States as his Acting Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). Ms. Williams will act as Special Representative in Libya until the appointment of a successor for Ghassan…

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Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the killing of MINUSCA civilian staff member in the town of Ndélé in the Central African Republic

The Secretary General calls on the Central African authorities to spare no effort in identifying and swiftly bringing to justice the perpetrators of this killing

The Secretary‑General strongly condemns the killing of a colleague serving with the United Nations stabilization mission in Ndélé, Central African Republic, allegedly by the Front Populaire pour la Renaissance de Centrafrique (FPRC) combatants. He expresses his deepest condolences to the family of the victim. The Secretary‑General calls on the Central…

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

The Secretary-General reiterates that such attacks are unacceptable and calls for the perpetrators to be held accountable

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the attack today in Khartoum on the convoy of the Prime Minister of the Sudan, H.E. Abdalla Hamdok. The Secretary-General reiterates that such attacks are unacceptable and calls for the perpetrators to be held accountable. The Secretary-General reaffirms the solidarity and unwavering support of the United…

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Statement by the Secretary-General on the death of Javier Pérez de Cuéllar

Mr. Pérez de Cuéllar played a crucial role in a number of diplomatic successes — including the independence of Namibia

By Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations I am profoundly saddened at the passing of my predecessor, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar. He was an accomplished statesman, a committed diplomat and a personal inspiration who left a profound impact on the United Nations and our world. Mr. Pérez de Cuéllar’s…

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Security Council Press Statement on South Sudan

The members of the Security Council recalled the costs of continued armed conflict in South Sudan and stressed the importance of full implementation of the Agreement

The members of the Security Council welcomed encouraging developments in South Sudan’s peace process, including the beginning of the formation of a Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGNU), and recognized that this represents a significant step towards sustainable peace by the parties to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution…

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Statement attributable to the Spokesman of the Secretary-General on Guinea-Bissau

The Secretary-General encourages all stakeholders to await the decision of the Supreme Court of Justice

The Secretary-General is following with concern the institutional crisis in Guinea-Bissau provoked by the ongoing electoral dispute. The Secretary-General encourages all stakeholders to await the decision of the Supreme Court of Justice, exercise maximum restraint and take all necessary measures to prevent any acts that could undermine peace and stability in…

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Secretary-General appoints Mr. Mahmoud Mohieldin of Egypt as Special Envoy on Financing the 2030 Agenda

The Special Envoy will focus on global, regional and national issues related to public finance

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Mahmoud Mohieldin of Egypt as the Special Envoy on Financing the 2030 Agenda. The Secretary-General recognizes the critical role of the United Nations in providing the leadership and support to the member countries in facilitating and accelerating financing for sustainable…