United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres travelled to Niger from Senegal on Monday, 2 May.
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Henrietta Fore voiced deep concern over reports that child marriage in Afghanistan is on the rise, with families offering daughters as young as 20 days old for future marriage in return for a dowry. Some 28 per cent of Afghan women aged 15–49 were married before 18.
The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Juan Ramón de la Fuente Ramírez (Mexico):
Issuing a warning to Member States about the ongoing threat of terrorism in Mali, delegates also called for elections there next February and noted signs of progress in Niger as they briefed Member States on the Security Council mission to those countries from 22 to 26 October 2021.
On 1 January, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Louise Aubin of Canada as United Nations Resident Coordinator in Niger, with the host Government’s approval.