Africa 

Progress on Sudan political transition, but challenges remain, Security Council hears

Ambassadors met in person in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber at UN Headquarters in New York, where they were briefed by UN political affairs chief Rosemary DiCarlo, and the head of UN Peacekeeping, Jean-Pierre Lacroix.  “As the Secretary-General highlights in his report, Sudan’s political transition continues to move in the right direction”, said Ms. DiCarlo, speaking via video link.   Developments on the political front  After nearly a year of talks, the transitional Government of Sudan and two key armed movements from Darfur – the Sudan Revolutionary Front…

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At UN Assembly, President of Burundi rejects diplomatic aggression against his country

Addressing the Assembly’s annual high-level debate, via a pre-recorded video, President Evariste Ndayishimiye stressed that multilateralism must “drive forward” the world’s efforts to overcome massive obstacles.  Warning of a “trend” that has seen States imposing coercive unilateral measures against other States, the Burundi leader strongly rejected diplomatic aggression against his country by foreign Governments.  He also alleged that political forces are behind Burundi’s inclusion on the agenda of the UN Security Council, which, he said had destabilized rather than helped the country, calling for its prompt removal.  President Ndayishimiye also…

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Africa 

CAR President calls for better representation of Africa on the Security Council

In an address to the UN General Assembly’s, annual debate, via a pre-recorded video, President Touadera asked the international community to find common solutions to eradicate the coronavirus.  Humankind is confronted by various challenges, he said, and as such, the theme of the 75th General Assembly session reaffirms a “collective commitment” to multilateralism, which he declared is the best instrument to combat challenges that respect no boundaries.  At this seventy‑fifth anniversary, it is essential to keep in mind the goals and principles that have guided the Organization as outlined in…

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Somalia committed to promoting democracy, accountability despite COVID-19 challenge

“Despite the challenges of COVID-19, we are still working hard to undertake inclusive national elections where the Somali people can determine their future,” he said.  “We are firmly committed to promoting and instilling a strong tradition of democracy and accountable governance which serves the Somali people first and foremost.”  Like nations worldwide, Somalia has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  President Mohamed reported on the “painful” contraction of the economy and job losses, as well as the need to continue investing in basic public services to protect citizens against…

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Africa 

Libya is a victim of migration, not its reason, says GNA President Serraj

Addressing, via a pre-recorded video, Faiez Mustafa Serraj, President of the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord (GNA) of Libya, said that such “exaggerated” reports are not helpful and focus only on allegations of violations by relevant Libyan authorities.  Such reports do not mention the efforts by the same authorities, which serve the interests of the migrants, he said, clarifying that “half a million migrants live peacefully among Libyans, work in different sectors and send funds back home to their families.”  “There is currently international consensus that challenges…

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Africa 

Deadly flooding adds new danger to communities fleeing Sahel violence

Niger has been hardest hit, said the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Thursday, with 71 deaths reported and more than 350,000 people impacted by the floods across the country. Over 700,000 people are affected by devastating floods in Africa’s Sahel region.  UNHCR is scaling up efforts. We urge Governments in the region to include refugees, IDPs and their host communities in the response to the floods and their aftermath. https://t.co/HKg43Cr9UC — UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees) September 24, 2020 Needs are especially acute in the Maradi region, where…

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Africa 

We learnt lessons from the Ebola outbreak; DR Congo President says country moved swiftly to curb coronavirus spread

Addressing, via a pre-recorded video, President Félix Antoine Tshilombo Tshisekedi said that quick action by the Government brought down the mortality rate in the DRC from 10 per cent in the first days of the pandemic to 2.5 per cent today.  Acknowledging the role of the UN, including the World Health Organization (WHO), in responding to the coronavirus pandemic, President Tshisekedi urged greater support in the areas of capacity-building and technical assistance.  He also called for international efforts, including cancellation of debts and “no-strings-attached financing” to help developing countries recover…

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South African President warns pandemic has set back African development

Speaking via video-link, Mr. Ramaphosa noted that, with resources redirected to fighting the virus, efforts to provide housing, health care, water and sanitation, and education have been hampered, and called for interest payments on African countries’ debt to be suspended. Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals “Until we eradicate global poverty, we will always fall short of realizing the vision of the founders of the United Nations”, Mr. Ramaphosa told world leaders, reminding them of the importance of meeting all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for…

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Violence leaves more than 300,000 ‘completely reliant’ on assistance in northern Mozambique

“We are deeply concerned about the unfolding humanitarian situation in Cabo Delgado where conflict and violence have left people without access to food and livelihoods,” Antonella D’Aprile, WFP Representative for Mozambique, said in news release, on Tuesday.  ? News release ?WFP is extremely concerned about the escalating conflict & deteriorating food security situation in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. Over 300,000 people have fled their homes, abandoning their crops and leaving them completely reliant on humanitarian assistance. ?? — WFP Media (@WFP_Media) September 22, 2020 “The growing insecurity and poor infrastructure have…

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Human rights violations continue in Burundi under new Government: UN report

In a new report requested by the Human Rights Council, the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi said that there had been “little” in the way of “positive changes” since President Evariste Ndayishimiye “assumed office” in June. Election violence Commission of Inquiry member Francoise Hampson described evidence of serious human rights violations during this year’s elections, including summary executions, torture and sexual violence. “In recent weeks there have continued to be killings, there have continued to be arbitrary detentions and there have continued to be disappearances,” she said. “So it’s slightly…

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