Author Archives: Romain Lecadou

Ban urges South Sudan leaders to ‘give up war’ and forge a political agreement

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) at a press encounter with Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, in the Ethiopia capital Addis Ababa. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) at a press encounter with Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, in the Ethiopia capital Addis Ababa. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

South Sudan, 13 July 2015 – Just days after marking the somber fourth anniversary of South Sudan’s independence, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the leaders of the country to end hostilities and to move beyond their “partial interests” and show courage and leadership.

“Today, I repeat my call to President Kiir and former Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar to give up war – for the sake of the people and future of South Sudan. I urge them to compromise, forge a political deal and make true on their promises to protect their people,” declared Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon from Addis-Ababa, where he is attending the Third International Conference on Financing for Development. Continue reading

Central African Republic: UN concerned by decision of authorities to deny refugees vote

The National Elections Authority in the Central African Republic (CAR). Photo: BINUCA/ Dany Balepe Mokosso

The National Elections Authority in the Central African Republic (CAR). Photo: BINUCA/ Dany Balepe Mokosso

Central African Republic, 13 July 2015 – United Nations agencies voiced concern today about the decision of Central African Republic authorities to deny refugees from the country the right to participate to the presidential election set for this fall.

“The UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Aurélien A. Agbénonci, the [UN] High Commissioner for Refugees, and the entire humanitarian community in the Central African Republic (CAR) expressed deep concerns regarding the decision of the Transitional National Council (CNT) to refuse central African refugees vote in the upcoming presidential elections and the potential impact of this decision on efforts to promote reconciliation and social cohesion in the country,” says a press release issued today by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Continue reading

In Kenya, Refugees Happy To Get Dates Despite Ration Cuts

Halima Aden Gure, a refugee in Dadaab happy to receive dates for Ramadhan.  WFP/Martin Karimi

Halima Aden Gure, a refugee in Dadaab happy to receive dates for Ramadhan. WFP/Martin Karimi

Kenya, 10 July 2015 – With the support of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, WFP has given 212 metric tonnes of dates to the refugees in Dadaab. Dates are traditionally used for breaking the fast during Ramadhan. The fruit is considered beneficial for its high levels of natural sugars and therefore appropriate for Iftar, the fast-breaking meal.

“I can tell that the food is reduced just by looking at the bag. I normally get about twice this amount,” said Halima Aden Gure, a 29-year old mother of six. Continue reading

UN chief condemns deadly suicide bombing in Chad

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

New York, 12 July 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned yesterday’s deadly terrorist attack in the Chadian capital of N’Djamena, a spokesperson for the Organization said today.

According to reports, a suicide bomber targeted N’Djamena’s central market killing at least 15 people and injuring numerous others. Continue reading

Libya: UN welcomes new political agreement as ‘first step’ towards peace

Special Representative Bernardino León (centre) speaks to Libyan parties meeting in Morocco. Photo: UNSMIL

Special Representative Bernardino León (centre) speaks to Libyan parties meeting in Morocco. Photo: UNSMIL

Libya, 12 July 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced encouragement at the initialing of a critical agreement between Libyan stakeholders aimed at resolving the country’s political crisis, a United Nations spokesperson confirmed today.

The Libyan Political Agreement – initialed yesterday in Skhirat, Morocco, following consultations between various parties – comes amid ongoing fighting across the North African country. Continue reading

UN Somalia envoy condemns latest terrorist attacks in Mogadishu

Special Representative for Somalia Nicholas Kay briefs the press at UN Headquarters in New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Special Representative for Somalia Nicholas Kay briefs the press at UN Headquarters in New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Somalia, 11 July 2015 – The top United Nations official in Somalia has condemned “in the strongest terms” a series of deadly terrorist attacks against an African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) base and two hotels in the country capital of Mogadishu which resulted in numerous casualties.

The attacks – committed yesterday by the Islamist extremist group Al-Shabaab – reportedly caused the death and injuries of civilians, members of the security forces, AMISOM troops and Government officials and come as the Muslim world celebrates its holy month of Ramadan. Continue reading

Leaders’ personal rivalry has undermined South Sudan’s hard won independence – Security Council

Women and children have suffered devastating attacks in South Sudan’s Unity State. Photo: UNICEF/South Sudan/Sebastian Rich

Women and children have suffered devastating attacks in South Sudan’s Unity State. Photo: UNICEF/South Sudan/Sebastian Rich

South Sudan, 9 July 2015 – Months of politically motivated violence in South Sudan has left thousands dead and caused a “man-made…catastrophe,” the United Nations Security Council declared today, expressing “profound disappointment” with President Salva Kiir, former Vice-President Riek Machar and other leaders “who have put their personal ambitions ahead of the good of their country and their people.”

In a press statement noting that 9 July begins of the fourth year of independence for the world’s youngest nation, Council members stressed that political sparring between South Sudan’s key leadership has “jeopardized the foundation of this fledgling State,” and appealed for an urgent return to a political process that would end the ongoing crisis. Continue reading

Some $3.2 billion needed for Ebola recovery efforts in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – UN

A team of contact tracers is visiting a community in Conakry, Guinea, after a family member was infected with Ebola. The family has been provided with buckets and chlorine and taught how to wash hands properly at home (January 2015). Photo: UNMEER/Martine Perret

A team of contact tracers is visiting a community in Conakry, Guinea, after a family member was infected with Ebola. The family has been provided with buckets and chlorine and taught how to wash hands properly at home (January 2015). Photo: UNMEER/Martine Perret

West Africa, 9 July 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will call for continued solidarity with the three West African countries most impacted by the unprecedented Ebola outbreak at tomorrow’s International Ebola Recovery Conference in New York, which will seek to raise $3.2 billion over the next two years so that Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone can fully rebound from the crisis.

On the eve of the high-level segment of the Conference, scheduled to take place at UN Headquarters, Dr. David Nabarro, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Ebola, told reporters about “remarkable progress [that] has been made through the outstanding efforts of the people and governments of the affected countries.” Continue reading

A week from presidential polls, Burundi on ‘brink of devastating violence,’ Security Council told

Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, briefs the Security Council. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, briefs the Security Council. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Burundi, 9 July 2015 – Two weeks after the contested legislative and communal elections that took place in Burundi and with presidential polls just days away, senior United Nations officials warned the Security Council today that situation prevailing in the Central African country is once again at risk of sliding into violence.

“Burundi is on the brink again [and] the grave danger the country faces should not be underestimated, given the increasing polarization and the apparent choice of Burundian leaders to put personal interest before those of the country,” declared UN Assistant-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Taye-Brook Zerihoun. Continue reading

UN envoy welcomes indictment of former Guinean leader over 2009 stadium deaths

Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Bangura, briefs journalists. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Bangura, briefs journalists. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Guinea, 9 July 2015 – The United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict has welcomed the indictment against the former President of Guinea, Moussa Dadis Camara, in an investigation into the “horrific events” that took place in the nation’s capital, Conakry, nearly five years ago.

“I commend the national authorities for exercising ownership, leadership and responsibility over this process which seeks to bring justice to victims of crimes committed during the horrific events which took place Conakry in broad daylight,” said Zainab Hawa Bangura in a press release issued late Wednesday. Continue reading