Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

14 Jan

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said it is deeply concerned by recent incidents in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia that saw individuals glorify atrocity crimes and convicted war criminals target certain communities with hate speech, warning of a potential uptick in such acts in 2022, an election year.

Organized Crime Perpetuating Instability, Violence, Poverty across West Africa, Sahel, Executive Director Tells Security Council

10 Jan

Piracy and armed robbery at sea are costing Gulf of Guinea States $1.94 billion annually, with an additional $1.4 billion being lost in port fees and import tariffs, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today, as the 15-member organ explored ways to address recent security challenges in West Africa and the Sahel.

Despite Electoral Progress, Central African Countries Still Besieged by Terrorism, Humanitarian Crisis, Special Representative Tells Security Council

15 Dec

Despite some progress in the electoral arena, countries in Central Africa continue to grapple with the serious challenges of terrorism, dire food insecurity, climate change and the COVID‑19 pandemic, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the subregion told the Security Council today.

Deputy Secretary-General Calls on ‘Africa’s Leaders and Beyond’ to Take Decisions, Make Investments Needed for People, Planet, in London Organization Address

29 Nov

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, on “Africa in a just transition:  Investing in a sustainable recovery”, at the 120th Anniversary of the Royal African Society, in London today:

Amid Severe Instability in Sahel, Joint Force Needs More Predictable Funding, Global Support to Combat Violent Extremism, Peace Operations Chief Tells Security Council

12 Nov

Amid a persistently unstable security situation punctuated by alarming terrorist attacks, troops deployed to combat violent extremism in the Sahel region need more predictable funding and broader international support, the United Nations senior peace operations official told the Security Council today.