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Secretary-General statement on Ethiopia

I am delighted that after over a year of armed conflict which has affected millions of people across Ethiopia and the rest of the region, there is now a demonstrable effort to make peace

Today, I had a telephone conversation with the African Union High Representative for the Horn of Africa, H.E Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo, to exchange views with him on the conflict in Ethiopia following his latest visit to Addis Ababa and Mekelle, the capital of the regional state of Tigray.   H.E…

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

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the appalling attacks perpetrated over the weekend in Nigeria’s Zamfara State in which scores of civilians were killed. He extends his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. The Secretary-General urges the Nigerian authorities to spare no effort in bringing those responsible for these heinous crimes to justice.  The Secretary-General reaffirms the solidarity…

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Ms. Amina J. Mohammed of Nigeria - reappointed as Deputy Secretary-General

Prior to first assuming her role as Deputy Secretary-General in January 2017, Ms. Mohammed served as Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Special Adviser to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today formalized his prior announcement that Ms. Amina J. Mohammed of Nigeria will continue in her role as Deputy Secretary-General during his second term. In delegating development coordination to the Deputy Secretary-General, the Secretary-General set in motion the most ambitious reform in the history of…

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Secretary-General appoints Edward Kallon of Sierra Leone United Nations Resident Coordinator in Zimbabwe

Mr. Kallon has devoted more than 30 years of his career to public service, working — both at the United Nations and externally

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Edward Kallon of Sierra Leone as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Zimbabwe, with the host Government’s approval.  He will also serve as Humanitarian Coordinator and take up his post on 6 January. Mr. Kallon has devoted more than 30 years of his career to public…

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Secretary-General appoints Ms. Stephanie Williams of the United States as Special Adviser on Libya

She will lead good offices and mediation efforts and engagements with Libyan regional and international stakeholders to pursue implementation of the three intra-Libyan dialogue tracks

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Stephanie Williams of the United States as his Special Adviser on Libya.  She will lead good offices and mediation efforts and engagements with Libyan regional and international stakeholders to pursue implementation of the three intra-Libyan dialogue tracks - political, security…

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

The Secretary-General stresses the obligation of respecting the privileges and immunities of United Nations personnel, both international and Ethiopian, as well as protecting United Nations personnel and other humanitarian workers in Ethiopia

The Secretary-General reiterates his call for the immediate release of United Nations staff members detained in Ethiopia. As far as the Secretary-General is aware, the staff members are being held without charge, and no specific information has been provided regarding the reasons for their arrest. United Nations personnel carry out critical…

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Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General - on the Central African Republic

The Secretary-General emphasizes that attacks against United Nations peacekeepers may constitute a war crime

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the attack by the Presidential Guard of the Central African Republic against a vehicle of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) in Bangui, on Monday, which resulted in the wounding of ten unarmed, newly deployed, Egyptian peacekeepers.    The Secretary-General…

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Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General - on the situation in the Kingdom of Eswatini

Condemns all acts of violence and urges all parties and the media to refrain from disinformation, hate speech and incitement

The Secretary-General is following with concern the ongoing developments in Eswatini, including the recent deployment of armed security forces at various schools, reports of excessive use of force in response to student demonstrations, and the indefinite closure of schools. This affects adversely children and young people. The Secretary-General reiterates the…

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Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General - on the Central African Republic

The Secretary-General urges all parties to engage constructively through an inclusive political dialogue with a view to making tangible progress in the peace

The Secretary-General welcomes the unilateral declaration of a ceasefire across the entire Central African Republic territory from 15 October 2021, announced by the President of the Central African Republic, H.E. Faustin Archange Touadéra. The Secretary-General commends this critical step, which is in line with the Joint Roadmap for Peace in…

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Secretary-General appoints Staffan de Mistura of Italy as his Personal Envoy for Western Sahara

He will work with all relevant interlocutors, including the parties, neighbouring countries and other stakeholders, guided by Security Council resolution 2548 (2020)

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Staffan de Mistura of Italy as his Personal Envoy for Western Sahara. He succeeds Horst Köhler of Germany, who completed his assignment on 22 May 2019 and to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his steadfast and intensive efforts which…