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26 Dec 2020 | UN Headquarters
[scroll down for French] As Central Africans prepare to take part in the general elections on 27 December, the Secretary-General calls on all stakeholders to ensure that the polls are conducted in a peaceful, inclusive and credible manner. To that end, he invites all actors to refrain from any action, including violence, hate speech and incitement to violence, that could threaten human lives and undermine the electoral process and national stability.  
18 Dec 2020 | UN Headquarters
 [scroll down for French] Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General The Secretary-General has been following reports of increasing tensions in the Central African Republic with growing concern. He condemns the escalating violence and calls on all actors to urgently cease hostile actions and work towards ensuring conditions conducive to the holding of credible, inclusive and peaceful elections on 27 December. The Secretary-General invites them to refrain from disinformation, hate speech and incitement to violence.
8 Dec 2020 | UN Headquarters
Briefing by Mr. Atul Khare, Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support, on Sudan. Watch on UN Web TV
8 Dec 2020 | UN Headquarters
Briefing by Mr. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), on Sudan. Watch on UN Web TV
5 Dec 2020 | UN Headquarters
[scroll down for French version] Every year on 5 December, the world observes International Volunteer Day. This year, we are highlighting the important contributions of volunteers to the response to COVID-19. Around the world, volunteers have been assisting vulnerable groups, correcting misinformation, educating children, providing essential services to the elderly, and supporting front-line health workers. 
4 Dec 2020 | UN Headquarters
 [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.
24 Nov 2020 | UN Headquarters
I send my warmest greetings to this eighteenth conference of the Heads of United Nations Military Components. I would like to thank you personally and, through you, the women and men who serve with honour in peacekeeping operations, for their personal sacrifices and for the contributions they make every day to international peace and security. Today, our peacekeeping operations face the challenging context of the COVID-19 pandemic. I send my deepest condolences to those of you who have lost loved ones and members of your contingents during this crisis. 
16 Nov 2020 | UN Headquarters
Briefing by Mr. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), on Peace and Security in Africa. Watch on UN Web TV
13 Nov 2020 | UN Headquarters
In recent days, the United Nations, including the Secretary-General, has been involved in multiple initiatives to avoid an escalation of the situation in the Buffer Strip in the Guerguerat area and to warn against violations of the ceasefire and the serious consequences of any changes to the status quo. The Secretary-General regrets that these efforts have proved unsuccessful and expresses grave concern regarding the possible consequences of the latest developments.