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3 Dec 2018
Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General 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 agreement, the security situation for civilians remains dire, especially for women and children.
20 Nov 2018
Peacekeeping is a remarkable exercise in global solidarity. United Nations peacekeepers are ready to pay the ultimate price for peace, and we are all in their debt.   Last week, eight of our peacekeepers, all from African countries - Malawi and Tanzania, were killed in the line of duty. Most were trying to prevent an attack on the town of Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo and create a safe environment for those working to end the Ebola outbreak there. I send my deepest condolences to their families, and to the families of all peacekeepers killed in the line of duty.
17 Nov 2018
The Secretary General is greatly concerned at the rise in violence in recent days in the Central African Republic. An attack on an IDP camp in the town of Alindao left at least 37 people dead on 15 November. The attack was attributed to the UPC (Union for Peace in the Central African Republic).
15 Nov 2018
The Secretary-General condemns the killing of six Malawian and one Tanzanian peacekeepers of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) in Beni territory, North Kivu. The peacekeepers were killed during joint operations carried out by MONUSCO and the Forces armées de la République démocratique du Congo (FARDC) against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). Initial reports indicate that ten additional peacekeepers were wounded, and another one is missing.
27 Oct 2018
Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on attacks against the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)  
25 Oct 2018
Doy las gracias a la Presidencia de Bolivia por darnos la oportunidad de abordar esta importante cuestión que es la implementación de la agenda sobre las mujeres y la paz y la seguridad mediante el empoderamiento político y económico de las mujeres.
22 Oct 2018 | New York
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary‑General António Guterres: The Secretary-General is outraged by the continued killing and abduction of civilians by armed groups in the Beni area of North Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  He condemns Saturday's killing of at least 11 civilians, including one boy, as well as the injury and abduction of several more during an attack on the town of Mayongose on the outskirts of Beni.
17 Oct 2018 | New York
Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the Africa Dialogue Series 2018 “A Stronger AU-UN Partnership for Peace, Security and Development in Africa”, in New York today: It is a great honour to be here with you and to participate in the inaugural Africa Dialogue Series.  It is fitting that we started by paying tribute today to Nelson Mandela and Kofi Annan, two sons of Africa who continue to inspire us every day.
27 Sep 2018 | New York
Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the high‑level meeting on the Central African Republic, in New York today: 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 needs to be done to secure peace and stability across the country.