Death of former UNSG Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary General passed away on Saturday, 18 August. A truly global leader. Mr Annan served two terms as United Nations Secretary General from 1997- 2006 and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for humanitarian work.

In his tribute, UN Secretary-General António Guterres describe Mr Annan as “a guiding force for good. It is with profound sadness that I learned of his passing. In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations”…He provided people everywhere with a space for dialogue, a place for problem-solving and a path to a better world. In these turbulent and trying times, he never stopped working to give life to the values of the United Nations Charter. His legacy will remain a true inspiration for all of us.”

Mr. Annan led the UN into a new millennium with matchless dignity and determination.

Full statement here: https://bit.ly/2L8R86Y

UN calls for human rights abuses investigation in Cameroon conflict – Mission Network News

Cameroon (MNN) — Regional violence in Cameroon has stretched on for 18 months, and the United Nations is saying ‘enough’. UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein recently demanded the Cameroonian government launch an independent investigation on human rights abuses by State forces.

English-speakers in western Cameroon are vying for autonomy, since they feel underrepresented by the government. But when separatists started protesting, French-speaking State forces lashed out with brutal force.

(Photo courtesy of Efi Tembon via Facebook)

Since then, people in Anglophone regions have suffered attacks, random shootings, and rape. Soldiers have burned down entire villages — sometimes with family members still inside their homes.

Efi Tembon, the Executive Director of the Cameroon Association for Bible Translation and Literacy (CABTAL), a partner of Wycliffe Associates, shares, “More than 2,000 people have been killed so far since this started, and more than 170 villages have been burned, and more than 200,000 people are displaced, and more than 100,000 people are refugees in Nigeria.”

Along with condemnation from the UN, Tembon is hoping for United States involvement and enforced accountability for the Cameroonian government.

“We started a campaign here with the US Congress. The US government has been supporting the Cameroon military, providing training, providing material support. This provision was for the fight against Boko Haram. It was well-intentioned, but you know with good intentions, sometimes they have unintended consequences. These are being used now to fight against the…people,” says Tembon.

(Photo courtesy of Efi Tembon via Facebook)

“We think the US has leverage, has some influence to be able to help…. We are calling on others to write to their senators, to write to their representatives to be aware of this situation so something can be done [and] mediation can take place so peace can return.”

We previously shared how violence in western Cameroon is also causing problems for CABTAL’s Bible translators. The impact on their ministry is still growing.

“In the area where these atrocities are going on, we have 38 language projects where we are doing translation or helping communities in the area of Scripture impact. All of them have been affected right now and more than 400 translation personnel in these communities are affected — many of them [are] displaced, many [are] hiding in the bushes, and in some communities, translation has stopped.”

Tembon says churches have also been caught in the crosshairs. “Some pastors have been killed and churches have been taken over by the military, [who is] using some churches as a military base.”

In some villages, CABTAL lost touch with Bible translators who fled. They are still trying to make contact and help, especially because every day in the bush presents new risks.

“There are more people dying in the bushes than [who] are even being killed by bullets because they have no access to medical care. They are sick with malaria,…children are dying of malnutrition, [and] they don’t have any food.”

What’s worse “Some of them have nothing to go back to,” Tembon says. “Their homes have been burned, family members killed, they are living in bushes without food, no clothing, no basic needs, [and] exposed to all kinds of danger.”

Cameroon violence, village burned

(Photo courtesy of Wycliffe Associates)

Currently, Wycliffe Associates is raising funds to provide emergency protection for displaced Bible translators from western Cameroon and replace translation equipment. Even though the raging violence is a severe challenge, Wycliffe Associates, CABTAL, and their local volunteers are determined to get God’s Word to those who need Christ’s truth and hope — especially now.

If you would like to support this effort with Wycliffe Associates, click here!

Tembon says Cameroonians and our Christian brothers and sisters urgently need your prayer support as well.

“Some have turned to God, praying to God; others have turned to African Traditional Religion and [are] looking…to find a solution, to find help. [Pray] that this will cause people to turn to the Lord and cry out to Him.

“Pray for the Church in Cameroon. God knows what is going on. All of this doesn’t take Him by surprise. [Pray] that we would be able to come back to the Lord and repent as a Church in that country.”

“Also, pray that the root causes of this problem will be solved. These people need freedom…. They have been like second-class citizens for 57 years and it reached a breaking point where it just boiled out of control. [Pray] that that root problem will be solved so that we will not see a recurrence of violence

United Nations hails Nelson Mandela in Cameroon

“Human dignity is an important aspect to focus on in our society today, irrespective of our status, race, class, religion …it is indeed the bases for Human Rights as Mandela teaches us”, was echoed by Professor Fru Forbuzshi Angwafo III; Director General of the Yaounde Gynaeco-Obstetric and Pediatric Hospital (HGOY) as he paid tribute to President Mandela. He made this statement as he welcomed participants at the UNIC Yaounde organized event to commemorate the 2018 Nelson Mandela International Day in Cameroon on the theme: “Take action and Inspire change” on Wednesday 18 July 2018.

The event kickstarted with a guided compassionate visit to some 67 patients of the hospital, to express Mandela’s love, compassion to human plight and worries. Participants shared words of encouragement, love with hugs and message of hope with patients.

Next was a conference talk on “Take action and Inspire change”, to exchange of information on Mandela’s legacy in reconciliation, unity, human rights, education, health and charity with the over 100 participants drawn from all works of life.

UNIC’s Jean Njita highlighted that Mandela day is a global call to action for citizens of the world to take up the challenge and follow in the footsteps of Mandela; a man who transformed his life, served his country and freed his people. “The question we should ask ourselves is what we are doing to make everyday a Mandela Day” he asked. He further urged participants to make each day a Mandela day, become Mandela day change makers by doing things that affect positive change everyday.

Mrs. Suzanne Awenti, Pedagogic Inspector for History and Citizenship at the Ministry of Secondary Education, thrusted that Mandela’s greatest driving force was his inspiration to take action and inspire change. To her, a great source of Madiba’s inspiration for change could be spelt out into four commandments drawn from biblical gospel of Mathew 22:37-40; Love God with all your heart and mind, love your neighbor as yourself, know thyself, know thy origination. She pined that to effect change as Nelson Mandela did, we must identify our area of strength, leadership action preferences, dream a new future, drive change, develop capacity, design strategy, desire for change.

Participants expressed their love and respect for Nelson Mandela through a series of passionate contributions. The video message of Nelson Mandela was projected, in which he called on the world to devote 67 minutes of time to helping other every Mandela Day.

UNSG Message: This was followed by the screening of the Video Message UN Secretary General on the 2018 Mandela day commemoration. Mr. Guterres urged the world to emulate the great servant leader Mandela

Invictus: Participants watched Nelson Mandala’s biopic “Invictus”; “INVICTUS“, a movie which portrays how Mandela used Sports (Rugby) to show strong leadership, and to reconcile South Africans around an ideal of success and Unite his people.

Guided visit to patients at the HGOPY:  https://youtu.be/4EuSc-39zWY

UNIC’s NIO; Jean Njita presents the Mandela International Day: https://youtu.be/VSMw1chHo_M

Capacity Building Workshop on media coverage of elections and the promotion of peaceful elections in Cameroon in Bafoussam

Over 30 journalists from Northwest, Southwest and West regions participated in a three-day capacity building workshop on media coverage of elections and the promotion of peaceful elections in Cameroon, from 10 to 12 July in Bafoussam, Capital of the West Region.

Discussions and presentations focused, among other things, on issues related to ethics and deontology of journalism; regulation and self-regulation; balanced treatment of information during electoral period; the principles of nonsexist / gender sensitive communication in the electoral process; social media practices. Sessions were also enriched by practical exercises which allowed participants to gain knowledge and share best practices and experiences with regards to elections coverage, most especially, through an approach based on the respect for human rights and the promotion of peace.

The workshop was a UN’s response to the many calls expressed by journalists themselves, showing their determination to not only acquire new knowledge and experience in their field, but also their determination to contribute to the success of the upcoming elections.

Mr. Jean Jacques Massina-Landji, co-Chair of the UNCG, representing the UN Resident Coordinator in Cameroon, in his opening note stated that “for three days, these journalists will be tutored on the role of the media in the prevention, crisis management and violence during electoral periods, human rights issues related to elections as well as gender, democracy, peace and security,…elections are indeed crucial moments in the democratic life of a nation. Their transparency is fundamental in the context of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in which one of the Goals, Goal 16 is dedicated to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the provision of access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.”.

Mrs. Wandji Elsa, Regional Chief of Legal Affairs at the Delegation of Communication, representing the regional delegate and thus, Representative of the Minister of Communication, noted that workshops of this magnitude are rare and called on all present to take the opportunity given them to build their capacities on electoral reporting. According to her, information that will be disseminated by the journalists would push citizens to make informed choices instead of manipulations that would incite disorder.  

At the end of the workshop, the Journalists unanimously agreed to promote peace before, during and after elections in Cameroon. They adopted two key documents: “The Code of good conduct for journalists and media during electoral period” and “The Bafoussam Declaration”. In these documents, participants acknowledged the risks and threats to social peace that can be provoked by news articles and programs which do not obey the principles and tenets of balanced and impartial treatment of information. They therefore engaged “to promote peace journalism and to work with complete independence and responsibility, in favour of sustainable development”.

The workshop was jointly organized by the United Nations Regional Office For Central Africa (UNOCA), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of the Women (UN-WOMEN), United Nations Educational, Scientific and cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Center for Human Rights and Democracy, Central Africa, United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) and United Nations Residence Coordinator’s Office in Cameroon.

Capacity-building workshop on media coverage of elections and the promotion of peaceful elections in Cameroon in Douala

A 3-day capacity-building workshop on media coverage of elections and the promotion of peaceful elections in Cameroon was organized in Douala from 3-5 July 2018, and brought together thirty media professionals from the Centre, South and Littoral regions.

During the opening ceremony, Mr. Kisito Ngankak, Director of the Development of Private Media and Advertising at the Ministry of Communication, described the workshop as “timely and critical”. Speaking on behalf of the Minister of Communication, he also reminded journalists not to be partisan during elections.

 

“You must shun corruption which sometimes push you to the fringes of impartiality and bias reporting”, cautioned Mr. Jean Njita, UNIC’s NIO, representing the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System in Cameroon.

Participants unanimously welcomed the training and agreed to make good use of experiences and lessons learned in order to promote peace before, during and after elections in Cameroon. In this regard, they adopted two key documents: “The Code of good conduct for journalists and media during electoral period” and “The Douala Declaration”. In these documents, they acknowledged the risks and threats to social peace that can be provoked by news articles and programs which do not obey the principles and tannates of balanced and impartial treatment of information. They therefore engaged “to promote peace journalism and to work with complete independence and responsibility, in favour of sustainable development”.

The Douala workshop came on the heels of the first, organized in Ngaoundere, with participants drawn from the East and three Northern regions of Cameroon (Adamaoua, Far North and North). similar workshop will be organized in Bafoussam journalists from the West, North West and South West Regions and Mbalmayo (26 -28 July) for facilitators and officials of community radio stations.

The workshops are jointly organized by the United Regional Nations Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) based in Libreville (Gabon), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Central Africa (UNCDH-CA), the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) and the United Nations Residence Coordinator’s Office in Cameroon. Elections Cameroon (ELECAM), the National Communication Council (NCC), Ministry of External Relations, Ministry of Communication, and Ministry of  Women’s empowerment and the Family provide an important support for the success of this important capacity-building activity.

2018 World Refugee Day commemorated in Cameroon

The 2018 commemoration of the World Refugee Day in Cameroon took place at a time when the dire crisis in the Central African Republic continues to trigger massive forced displacement, increasing pressure on resources and living conditions in Eastern region of Cameroon. According to OCHA, CAR remains the country with the highest humanitarian needs per capita, with 50 per cent of the population having to rely on humanitarian assistance to survive, while 25 per cent is displaced either internally or in a neighbouring country.

Northern Nigeria’s conflict with Boko Haram spilled over to the Lake Chad Basin region, where Nigerian refugees are hosted since 2014, causing large scale forced displacement and an unprecedented humanitarian emergency in Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

The event in Yaounde took place in 2 phases:

  1. Official ceremony

A Commemorative event for the 2018 World Refugee Day organized by the UNHCR in collaboration with the Ministry of External Relations, (MINREX) took place at the Refugees Community Centre in Yaounde on Wednesday 20 June 2018.

The President of the “Collectif de Yaounde” expressed her gratitude to the Cameroon government for the legendary hospitality and support given to Refugees, while UNHCR was also appreciated for the strong and sustained assistance they continue to give them.

The Secretary at the Permanent Technique Secretariat for Refugees representing the Minister of External Relations, outlined measures taken by Government to tackle refugees’ request, emphasizing that Refugees are actors of development, and promised more assistance to refugees. Suffice to add that Cameroon is the 13th refugee receiving country in the world and 7th in Africa

Mrs. Roseline Okoro, UNHCR; deputy Resident Representative read the message of the UN High Commissioner for Refugee at the ceremony, in which increased solidarity to Refugees was promised.

These speeches were interspersed by folkloric dances exhibited by the different Refugee communities such as Rwanda, Chad, etc.

 

  1. Panel discussion on the: “Rights and duties of Refugees in Cameroun”

Panelists included students from the Institute of International Relations of Cameroon-IRIC, Secretary of the permanent Technique Secretariat for Refugees at MINREX and UNHCR.

Remy; student of IRIC explained the genesis and the context on the World Refugee Day, relating it to the 1959 Geneva conference.

Miss Ngah Gaëlle, equally of IRIC stressed the Right of Refugees in Cameroon, as spelt out in the Geneva Convention. She thus stated that refugees in Cameroon have all the rights, as human beings, to include; housing, traffic, social assistance, freedom of religion, etc.M. Keppi Eric harped on the duties of Refugees in Cameroon, reminding them that all refugees in Cameroon must obey the laws of the country as highlighted in article 12 of the 2005 law governing the rights and duties of refugees in Cameroon.

UNIC Yaoundé prepared information kits comprised of the UNSG message, UNGA A/RES/55/76 12 February 2001 which proclaimed 20 June as World Refugee Day, background documents on the genesis of the day and various distinctive definitions on terms such as refugees, Asylum seekers, internally displaced persons, Stateless Persons, and returnees. This was distributed to the over 150 participants at the event.

First ever UN High-level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States to open in New York

Yaounde, 27 June 2018 

The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres will on Thursday, 28 June 2018 convene the first United Nations High-level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States at UN Headquarters under the theme “Strengthening international cooperation to combat the evolving threat of terrorism.” The 2-day Conference will provide an opportunity for the UN and Member States to forge new partnerships to address the complex and transnational threat of terrorism.

In an Op-Ed, the UN Secretary General called for a concerted multilateral response at global, regional and national levels to defeat the threat of terrorism. He writes “Terrorism is a transnational threat that cannot be defeated by any single government or organization… we must also address root causes by promoting education, tackling youth unemployment and addressing marginalization.” through the engagement of local communities, religious organizations and the media.

Meanwhile, the Sixth Biennial Review of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy of the General Assembly has opened at UN Headquarters. In advance of the event, the Secretary-General issued on 20 April his report on the activities of the UN System (A/72/840) (http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/72/840). The Review will provide an opportunity for Member States to take stock of the progress made in the implementation of the Strategy and to discuss the way forward.

UN Secretary-General’s message on International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict [scroll down for French version]

New York, 19 June 2018

Sexual violence in conflict is a threat to our collective security and a stain on our common humanity. Its effects can echo across generations, through trauma, stigma, poverty, poor health and unwanted pregnancy. Children conceived through wartime rape often struggle with issues of identity and belonging for decades after the guns have fallen silent.

They may be left in a legal limbo, or at risk of becoming stateless. They are vulnerable to recruitment, trafficking and exploitation, with broad implications for peace and security, as well as human rights. Their mothers may be marginalized and shunned by their own families and communities. These women and children are sometimes seen as affiliates of armed and violent extremist groups, rather than as victims and survivors.

On the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, we amplify the voices of these forgotten victims of war, who suffer stigma, shame and exclusion in societies polarized by armed conflict. The United Nations stands ready to work with governments, civil society, traditional and religious leaders, and all partners to support children born of rape in wartime and their mothers, and those working on the frontlines to support them.

Let us reaffirm our global commitment to eliminate the scourge of conflict-related sexual violence and to provide justice, services and support to all those affected.

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Plus qu’une menace pour notre sécurité collective, les violences sexuelles commises en période de conflit sont une honte pour l’humanité. Leurs effets – traumatismes, stigmatisation, pauvreté, maladies et grossesses non désirées – peuvent se transmettre au fil des générations. Il n’est pas rare que les enfants nés d’un viol commis en temps de guerre soient encore aux prises, des dizaines d’années après la fin du conflit, avec des troubles de l’identité et des problèmes d’appartenance.

Les enfants de la guerre peuvent se heurter à un vide juridique ou risquer de devenir apatrides. Ils sont, en outre, particulièrement vulnérables au recrutement en tant qu’enfants soldats, à la traite et à l’exploitation, avec tout ce que ces situations impliquent pour la paix et la sécurité ainsi que pour les droits de l’homme. Leurs mères peuvent se retrouver marginalisées ou répudiées par leur famille et leur communauté. De plus, elles et leurs enfants sont parfois considérés comme des sympathisants, plutôt que comme des victimes ou des rescapés, de groupes extrémistes armés ou violents.

À l’occasion de la Journée internationale pour l’élimination de la violence sexuelle en temps de conflit, nous joignons nos voix à celles de ces victimes oubliées de la guerre, qui subissent la stigmatisation, l’opprobre et l’exclusion dans des sociétés déchirées par les conflits armés.  L’Organisation des Nations Unies est disposée à collaborer avec les gouvernements, la société civile, les chefs traditionnels et religieux et tous les partenaires pour soutenir les enfants nés d’un viol commis en temps de guerre et les mères, et pour appuyer ceux qui interviennent auprès de ces personnes et en leur nom.

Nous réaffirmons notre détermination collective à éliminer le fléau de la violence sexuelle liée aux conflits et à garantir, aux personnes touchées, l’accès au soutien, aux services et à la justice.

World Environment Day, 5 June 2018

“On World Environment Day, the message is simple: reject single-use plastic. Refuse what you can’t re-use. Together, we can chart a path to a cleaner, greener world.” — Secretary-General, António Guterres
https://s3.amazonaws.com/downloads2.unmultimedia.org/public/video/ondemand/2165260_MSG%20SG%20WORLD%20ENVIRONMENT%20DAY%2021%20MAY%2018%20EN.mov

Humans are both creatures and moulders of their environment, which gives them physical sustenance and affords them the opportunity for intellectual, moral, social and spiritual growth. In the long and tortuous evolution of the human race on this planet a stage has been reached when, through the rapid acceleration of science and technology, humans have acquired the power to transform their environment in countless ways and on an unprecedented scale.

The United Nations, aware that the protection and improvement of the human environment is a major issue, which affects the well-being of peoples and economic development throughout the world, designated 5 June as World Environment Day. The celebration of this day provides us with an opportunity to broaden the basis for an enlightened opinion and responsible conduct by individuals, enterprises and communities in preserving and enhancing the environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in more than 100 countries.

“Beat Plastic Pollution”

Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2018, “Beat Plastic Pollution,” is a call to action for all of us to come together to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time. The theme invites us all to consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our wildlife – and our own health. While plastic has many valuable uses, we have become over-reliant on single-use or disposable plastic – with severe environmental consequences.

 

Les Etats membres approuvent la réforme du développement de l’ONU axée sur les gens et les résultats

Réunis en Assemblée générale, les Etats membres de l’ONU ont donné leur feu vert jeudi à la réforme proposée par le Secrétaire général afin que le système de développement des Nations Unies apporte des résultats plus tangibles pour les individus et soit plus rentables pour leurs contributeurs.

« La résolution que vous adoptez aujourd’hui inaugure la transformation la plus ambitieuse et la plus complète du système de développement de l’ONU depuis des décennies. Il jette les bases pour repositionner le développement durable au cœur des Nations Unies », a dit le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, António Guterres, aux Etats membres.

« Et cela donne un sens concret à notre promesse collective de faire progresser les Objectifs de développement durable (ODD) pour tous, partout dans le monde – avec pour objectif premier l’éradication de la pauvreté, en ne laissant, comme on dit toujours, personne derrière », a-t-il ajouté.

M. Guterres a souligné que la réforme qui vient d’être approuvée consiste à mettre en place des mécanismes permettant de faire une réelle différence dans la vie des gens. « Vous avez clairement défini vos mandats d’établir une nouvelle génération d’équipes-pays des Nations Unies et de renforcer nos investissements dans les personnes, la planète, la paix et la prospérité », s’est-il félicité.

La réforme met l’accent sur l’appropriation par les pays, la responsabilité et les résultats pour guider le système de développement des Nations Unies à chaque étape du processus. Les équipes de l’ONU sur le terrain « seront désormais mieux à même d’adapter leur présence, leurs capacités, leurs compétences et leur réponse globale à vos priorités », a dit le Secrétaire général.

« Notre instrument de planification conjointe dans les pays – le cadre d’aide au développement des Nations Unies – reflétera mieux les priorités des pays et les besoins des pays », a dit M. Guterres, tout en soulignant que des partenariats plus forts avec les gouvernements, mais aussi avec la société civile, les universités, le secteur privé et au-delà seront sollicités.

Redéfinition du rôle de Coordinateur résident des Nations Unies

L’ONU compte actuellement 129 coordonnateurs résidents en charge des questions de développement dans 165 pays. « Être un coordonnateur résident est l’un des emplois les plus difficiles des Nations Unies », a  reconnu M. Guterres. « Mais les structures que nous avons aujourd’hui au niveau des pays dépendent excessivement des personnalités et de la bonne volonté à système qui ne récompense pas toujours la coopération », a-t-il ajouté.

Dans un entretien accordé plus tôt à ONU Info, la Vice-Secrétaire générale des Nations Unies, Amina J, Mohammed, a indiqué que l’idée est de passer d’un système de « cacophonie » à celui de « symphonie dédié à la réalisation des ODD ».

Pour le Secrétaire général, la réforme est l’occasion de « résoudre un déficit historique dans notre fonction de coordination, et institutionnaliser ce qui fonctionne, dans tous les domaines ».

Compromis sur une solution de financement hybride

Le Secrétaire général a sollicité l’appui des Etats membres pour financer « adéquatement et de façon prévisible ce système de coordonnateur résident revigoré et centré sur les personnes ».

A l’origine, la préférence de M. Guterres portait sur un financement du système des coordonnateurs résidents par le biais du budget ordinaire des Nations Unies, « afin de garantir la prévisibilité, la durabilité et l’appropriation par tous les États membres ».

Les co-facilitateurs ont privilégié un financement hybride qui « est la meilleure alternative possible », estime le chef de l’ONU.« En combinant différentes sources, il diversifie la base de financement et améliore la perspective d’un financement adéquat et prévisible », a dit le Secrétaire général tout en appelant les Etats membres à garder à l’esprit que le succès dépendra beaucoup de leur appui financier.

Lancer la réforme début 2019

La réforme approuvée, l’objectif est désormais de pouvoir la mettre en œuvre dès le 1er janvier 2019.

« Je suis conscient que nous devons travailler maintenant sur les modalités d’opérationnalisation du système de coordonnateurs résidents revitalisé, y compris ses modalités de financement », a dit M. Guterres qui présentera avant la fin de la session actuelle de l’Assemblée générale, un plan de mise en œuvre traitant de ces questions.

Alors que le Programme de développement durable à l’horizon 2030 entre dans sa 4eme année, le chef de l’ONU a souligné qu’il n’y a pas de temps à perdre. « Nous nous engageons à accélérer la transformation, à travailler en étroite collaboration avec vous – et pour vous au nom des gens », a-t-il dit. « Le changement n’est jamais facile. Mais il peut être bien géré et inclusif pour assurer des transitions en douceur et des résultats tangibles. C’est notre engagement ».

Une transition menée sous l’égide de la Vice-Secrétaire générale

M. Guterres a demandé aux Etats membres d’appuyer le changement qu’ils ont adopté en soutenant les organes directeurs des agences, fonds et programmes des Nations Unies. Sa priorité est désormais à la mise en place d’une équipe de transition sous la direction de la Vice-Secrétaire générale pour mettre en œuvre les décisions prises par les Etats membres.

Le chef de l’ONU a souligné que l’équipe de Mme Mohammed travaillera de la même manière ouverte, transparente et inclusive nous avons mené ce processus jusqu’ici et assurons l’inclusion de nos fonds, programmes et agences spécialisées.

« Vous avez montré que le consensus et l’ambition peuvent aller de pair. Vous l’avez fait parce qu’un système de développement des Nations Unies plus fort est dans notre intérêt commun », a dit M. Guterres.

Le Président de l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies, Miroslav Lajčák, s’est fait l’écho des éloges du Secrétaire général sur l’adoption de la réforme proposée. « Vous avez montré ce dont nous sommes capables, quand nous utilisons notre système multilatéral – et travaillons ensemble », a-t-il dit aux Etats membres.

Here is a link to the video made in English and the international version, as well as the script.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/074q2bo678fqnn9/AABZIGTT6hSpFaKbEuSsiDFta?dl=0&preview=DevelopmentReform_v3_FINAL_EN.mp4
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/074q2bo678fqnn9/AABZIGTT6hSpFaKbEuSsiDFta?dl=0&preview=DevelopmentReform_v3_FINAL_CLEAN.mp4

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/074q2bo678fqnn9/AABZIGTT6hSpFaKbEuSsiDFta?dl=0&preview=0530DEVELOPMENT+REFORM+VIDEO-2.docx