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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.
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. 
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.
6 Nov 2020 | UN Headquarters
[scroll down for French version] Conflict and the environment are deeply interlinked. Around the world, at least 40 per cent of all intrastate conflicts have had an important natural resource dimension.  Rising temperatures due to climate change now threaten to further amplify environmental stresses and tensions.  And, all too often, the environment is among the casualties of war, through deliberate acts of destruction or collateral damage, or because, during conflicts, governments fail to control and manage natural resources.
2 Nov 2020 | UN Headquarters
Sixty years ago, Member States first deployed national police officers as United Nations Police – or UNPOL. This was undertaken as part of United Nations peacekeeping operations, to help protect those most in need around the world. UNPOL’s mission is to help host countries foster responsive, accountable and representative policing services. Effective policing is crucial for building peaceful, prosperous and equitable societies.  Today, more than 11,000 United Nations Police Officers are working around the world to do just that.
30 Oct 2020 | UN Headquarters
“20 YEARS AFTER UN SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 1325: LEADERSHIP AND CONCRETE ACTION TO REALIZE THE WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY AGENDA” I send my warmest greetings to this High-Level Event. Over the two decades since Security Council Resolution 1325, there have been notable achievements on women, peace and security. But progress is too slow, too narrow, and too easy to reverse.
29 Oct 2020 | UN Headquarters
[scroll down for French version] Thank you, Mr. President. Excellencies, I thank you for this opportunity to brief you on Women, Peace and Security, twenty years after the landmark Security Council resolution 1325.  The COVID-19 pandemic is the greatest test the international community has faced since the Second World War. In March, I appealed for an immediate global ceasefire so that we could focus on our common enemy: the COVID-19 virus. I built on this call in my address to the General Assembly last month.