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11 Apr 2019 | New York
I welcome this debate on women in peacekeeping as we strive for progress on a key element in the maintenance of international peace and security. With the launch of the Strategy on Gender Parity in 2017, the United Nations has embarked on an ambitious and essential system-wide effort to enhance women’s representation at all levels and in all arenas. A key priority is to increase the number of women in peacekeeping – both civilian and uniformed, which is where we need the most improvement.
29 Mar 2019
I thank you all, and particularly the co-hosts of today’s meeting, for your commitment to United Nations peacekeeping.     Across the decades, our peacekeeping operations have helped countries from Liberia and Sierra Leone to Timor Leste and Cambodia in transition from conflict to peace. They protect hundreds of thousands of civilians, support political solutions to conflict and help preserve ceasefires.   But as conflicts become more complex and high-risk, our operations must keep pace.    
23 Mar 2019
Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General The Secretary-General welcomes the establishment of a government in the Central African Republic (CAR) in line with the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation signed in Bangui on 6 February. The Secretary-General commends the leadership role of the African Union in particular in the successful conclusion of the consultations that were held in Addis Ababa from 18 to 20 March, with United Nations support on CAR.
23 Mar 2019
The Secretary-General is shocked and outraged by reports that at least 134 civilians, including women and children, have been killed and at least 55 have been injured following an attack this morning on Ogossagou Peulh village, Mopti region, in central Mali.    The Secretary-General condemns this act and calls on the Malian authorities to swiftly investigate it and bring the perpetrators to justice.   
28 Feb 2019
The Secretary-General welcomes the 20th anniversary on 1 March of the entry into force of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention – a Convention that has saved countless lives, stopped mutilation and injury and enabled the revitalization of livelihoods.    
25 Feb 2019
Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.   It is good to be back in this room after almost two years.   Thank you very much for being here as President Peter Maurer and I, together with Madame Julienne Lusenge, launch an urgent joint appeal for global action to prevent and end sexual and gender-based violence in and around conflict.   
23 Feb 2019
The Secretary-General strongly condemns the attack against members of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in the area of Siby that resulted in the death of three peacekeepers from Guinea and a number of injured. The Secretary-General extends his deepest condolences to the bereaved families and wishes a swift recovery to the injured. He also expresses his solidarity with the people and Government of Guinea.
18 Feb 2019
Dear colleagues,   I am delighted to see our peacekeeping leadership come together to take forward the Action for Peacekeeping initiative.   A4P is our core agenda for peacekeeping, endorsed by over 150 countries and organizations.   Our surge in diplomacy for peace is producing results.   The peace agreements in South Sudan and the Central African Republic are examples of partnership and persistence.     But, of course, we must do far more.  
6 Feb 2019
On the occasion of the signing of the Global Peace Agreement between the Government of the Central African Republic and armed groups, on 6 February in Bangui, the Secretary-General congratulates all stakeholders for the successful conclusion of the talks that took place in Khartoum, Sudan.  
4 Feb 2019
Deseo dar las gracias a la Presidencia de Guinea Ecuatorial por haber organizado este debate de alto nivel sobre las actividades de los mercenarios como fuente de inseguridad y desestabilización en África y en particular de acuerdo con la nota de la Presidencia en África Central.   Saludo al Señor Presidente de la República por su presencia en esta sesión.