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31 Aug 2020 | UN Headquarters
Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General The Secretary-General welcomes today’s initialing in Juba of a peace agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) and Sudan Liberation Army led by Minni Minawi.  
18 Aug 2020 | UN Headquarters
[scroll down for French] The Secretary-General is following with deep concern the unfolding developments in Mali, including the military mutiny which culminated in the arrest of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and members of his Government earlier today in Bamako.  The Secretary-General strongly condemns these actions and calls for the immediate restoration of constitutional order and rule of law in Mali. To this end, he demands the immediate and unconditional release of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta and members of his cabinet.  
29 Jul 2020 | UN Headquarters
The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the increasing violence in many parts of the Darfur region of Sudan, notably the attacks in West Darfur on 25 July and in North Darfur on 13 July, in which dozens of people were killed and more than 1,500 houses burned, leaving thousands displaced and in dire need of humanitarian assistance.    
13 Jul 2020 | UN Headquarters
 [scroll down for French version] Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General The Secretary-General strongly condemns today’s attack by alleged Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) armed elements on a United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) convoy in Gedze, Nana-Mambere prefecture in the northwest of the country.  A peacekeeper from Rwanda was killed and two others were wounded. 
11 Jul 2020 | UN Headquarters
The Srebrenica genocide was the worst atrocity crime on European soil since the Second World War. Twenty-five years later, we pay tribute to the thousands brutally murdered — and pledge to never forget them. We share the grief of their families, including those whose family members are still missing. And we re-affirm our solidarity with the survivors. A quarter century ago, the United Nations and the international community failed the people of Srebrenica. As former Secretary-General Kofi Annan said, this failure will “haunt our history forever”.
2 Jul 2020 | New York
I thank the German Presidency for convening this important discussion.   The COVID-19 pandemic continues to profoundly affect peace and security across the globe.   The consequences can be seen even in a number of countries traditionally seen as “stable”. 
30 Jun 2020 | UN Headquarters
Excellences, Mesdames et Messieurs, Permettez-moi de commencer par exprimer toute ma solidarité avec les pays et les peuples du Sahel. La situation dans la région demeure l’une des priorités et préoccupations majeures de l’Organisation des Nations Unies. Le Sahel a déjà trop souffert. Depuis quelques mois, la pandémie du COVID-19 vient s’ajouter aux risques liés au changement climatique, à la précarité économique et à la dégradation continue de la situation sécuritaire
11 Jun 2020 | Security Council
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27 May 2020 | Security Council
I thank the Government of Estonia for convening this debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.   Protecting civilians must be a joint effort by Governments, civil society and international organizations. I look forward to hearing the views of Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Mr. Peter Maurer, the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross.  
20 May 2020 | UN Headquarters
[English version; scroll down for bilingual as delivered and French versions] I am pleased to be able to join you in this time of unprecedented crisis to discuss the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on peace and security in Africa. The pandemic has exposed the fragility of our societies.