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L’ONU encourage le Cameroun à réduire les tensions dans les régions anglophones [Scroll down for English Version]

New York, 8 août 2017 – La Vice-Secrétaire générale des Nations Unies, Amina J. Mohammed, a rencontré mardi 8 août au siège de l’ONU à New York une délégation du Cameroun avec qui elle a discuté de la situation dans les régions anglophones du pays, a indiqué le porte-parole du Secrétaire général de l’ONU dans un compte rendu de cette rencontre.

Lors de cette rencontre avec la délégation menée par le Professeur Paul Ghogomu, Ministre et Directeur de cabinet du Premier ministre du Cameroun, Mme Mohammed s’est félicitée « des efforts entrepris par le gouvernement pour réduire les tensions et a souligné l’importance de renforcer les mesures de renforcement de la confiance, notamment en veillant à ce que la justice soit accordée à tous et que les droits de l’homme soient respectés », a précisé le porte-parole.

La Vice-Secrétaire générale a réitéré la volonté des Nations Unies, grâce aux bons offices du Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général pour l’Afrique centrale et Chef du Bureau régional des Nations Unies pour l’Afrique centrale (UNOCA), François Louncény Fall, et à l’équipe-pays des Nations Unies, de soutenir les efforts de dialogue inclusif pour répondre aux causes profondes des tensions dans les régions touchées.

Selon la presse, le gouvernement avait ordonné fin avril le rétablissement de l’Internet dans les deux régions anglophones du pays après une interruption de plus de trois mois suite à des revendications sur le bilinguisme.

Par ailleurs, Mme Mohammed a félicité le Cameroun pour sa générosité envers les réfugiés de la République centrafricaine et du Nigéria. Elle a indiqué que les Nations Unies souhaitaient travailler avec le Cameroun, le Nigéria et le Tchad pour réintégrer les personnes concernées, en particulier les femmes, les jeunes et les enfants.

Le Vice-Secrétaire générale et le chef de la délégation camerounaise ont également discuté du Programme de développement durable à l’horizon 2030 et de la réforme du système de développement des Nations Unies, ainsi que de la situation dans la péninsule de Bakassi et de la lutte contre Boko Haram.

Readout of the Deputy Secretary-General’s meeting with a delegation led by Prof. Paul Ghogomu, Director of Cabinet of the Prime Minister of Cameroon

New York, On 8 August, the Deputy Secretary-General met with a delegation led by Prof. Paul Ghogomu, Minister and Director of Cabinet of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Cameroon. They discussed the internal situation in the Republic of Cameroon, particularly in the Anglophone regions. The Deputy Secretary-General welcomed the efforts being undertaken by the Government to de-escalate tensions and highlighted the importance of further confidence building measures, including ensuring that justice is given to all and that human rights are upheld and respected, and noting that those responsible for rule of law are to be held to a higher standard.

The Deputy Secretary-General also reiterated the willingness of the United Nations, through the good offices of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), Mr. François Louncény Fall, and the United Nations country team, to support inclusive dialogue efforts to address the outstanding root causes of the tensions in the affected regions.

The Deputy Secretary-General commended Cameroon for its generosity towards refugees from Central African Republic and Nigeria and conveyed that the United Nations looks forward to working with Cameroon, Nigeria and Chad to reintegrate those affected, especially women, youth and children.

The Deputy Secretary-General and Prof. Ghogomu also discussed the 2030 Agenda and the United Nations development system reform, as well as the situation in the Bakassi Peninsula and the fight against Boko Haram.

 

UN Peacekeeping Chief on the dire situation in the Central African Republic

New York, 28 July 2017 

Addressing the Security Council yesterday on the Central African Republic, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, warned that the increased intensity of attacks on civilians and peacekeepers risks bringing us rapidly to a tipping point, which ‘we must forestall at all cost’.

He was referring to the worsening security and humanitarian situation in Bangassou, in the south-east part of the country, where three peacekeepers were killed since last Sunday when they came under attack by self-defence groups affiliated to anti-Balaka while trying to secure access to water sources for the 2,000 displaced civilians. 

Mr. Lacroix also raised serious concerns about the deterioration of the security situation in the border town of Zemio, 290 km east of Bangassou, with the risk of further clashes between the Muslim community and elements affiliated with anti-Balaka, which had already led to the displacement of more than 22,000 civilians. He also mentioned that the security situation in the town of Bria, in the north of the country, remains fragile and that the departure of the Ugandan and American forces from the eastern part of the country this spring has created a vacuum leading to the emergence of hostile ‘self-defence’ groups. 

He also drew attention to the worsening humanitarian situation. Since last year, the number of internally displaced persons has increased by almost 40 percent while, at the same time, attacks against humanitarian personnel, convoys and infrastructure have intensified. 

Mr. Lacroix noted that this violence is taking place against the backdrop of sustained fighting in the south-east of the country, heightened inter-ethnic tensions and efforts by spoilers to manipulate communities along religious lines and undermine the stabilization process in the country. 

Mr. Lacroix updated the Council on the robust posture taken by the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and its efforts to reinforce Bangassou through re-deployments of additional peacekeepers in order to stabilize the situation, stop the attacks on internally displaced persons, enable the delivery of humanitarian assistance and address the threat of the anti-Balaka affiliated groups. 

However, Mr. Lacroix stressed yet again that a military solution to the problem of the armed groups will not suffice to address the root causes of the conflict. The absence of tangible progress in the peace process risks further worsening the situation. He emphasised the importance of operationalizing the July 17 roadmap by the members of the African Initiative for Peace and Reconciliation and underlined the importance of prioritising the implementation of the ceasefire agreed upon in the Rome agreement of 20 June. He reiterated the UN’s commitment to support the mediation efforts by the African Initiative in line with MINUSCA’s mandate. 

He also pressed the Council to put the Central African authorities before their responsibility to foster national reconciliation and protect and serve all Central Africans, including minorities, while welcoming the Council’s readiness to impose sanctions on spoilers. 

MINUSCA continues to support the Government to advance national reconciliation and is intensifying political advocacy by mobilizing local, traditional, religious and national authorities to counter incendiary speech and advocate for all Central Africans to contribute to prevent the situation from relapsing. In the last weeks, the Mission has undertaken a series of visits with the national authorities to Bangassou and Zemio to promote reconciliation. 

Mr. Lacroix finally paid tribute to the 13 peacekeepers who lost their lives since the beginning of the year as a result of attacks against them, including nine in Bangassou and surroundings alone.

Mr. Lacroix is heading over the weekend to the Central African Republic to convey a message of support to MINUSCA and engage with the national authorities. 

United Nations Celebrate Mandela’s Life and Legacy in Yaounde

At a moment when Cameroon is going through difficult security issues and social unrest, when the English speaking regions are manifesting their grievances of marginalization by the Central Government in Yaounde since November 2016, Mandela’s example of leadership was preached as a model of compromise, negotiation and reconciliation for an all-inclusive society. This message of hope was echoed during an outreach event organized by UNIC Yaounde at the National Centre for the Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities, at the Etoug-Ebe neighborhood in Yaounde. This Centre admits persons with different degrees of disabilities, most of them cases of emergency. This event comprised:

  • Guided visit to patients of the Centre
  • Panel discussion on The Mandela day themes
  • Screening the movie; “INVICTUS”

Guided visit to patients of the Centre

 

To demonstrate Mandela’s love and service to humanity, UN staff and invitees, in 67 minutes paid a guided visit to 67 patients and persons with disabilities admitted in respective wards (Pavillon) of the Centre. During this visit, the patients received words of comfort, hugs and symbolic gifts from the Mandela change-makers. These gifts were composed of detergents, cubes of soap and toothpastes.

Panel discussion on the Mandela day themes

Mrs Grace Formuluh; Director General of the National Centre welcomed participants, lauded the UN for choosing the institution to celebrate Mandela’s legacy, as their daily actions reflect the Mandela philosophy of selfless service to humanity. She narrated the several material challenges of the Centre she heads, and appealed for more support from people of goodwill.

This was immediately followed by a panel discussion moderated by Jean Njita.

Mrs Bih Suzanne Awenti, National Pedagogic Inspector of History and Citizenship Education at the Ministry of Secondary Education (MINESEC), who dwelt on the global theme of “Take action and Inspire change”.  She narrated Mandela’s iography, situating his lifestyle as that of a selfless man who sacrificed all forms of comfort for the wellbeing of his fellow South Africans. She traced Mandela’s life from birth through his actions within the African National Congress party (ANC), life in prison, and rise to power as President of South Africa. She emphasized that Mandela’s stewardship as President was that of reconciliation, and the building of an inclusive, free, just, and prosperous rainbow South Africa for all; Afrikaners, Africans, etc. This was manifested through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission put in place by Mandela to heal the wounds of the apartheid era in South Africa, she added.

Dr Victor Manyim, Director of International Leadership University (ILU) centred his presentation on the 2017 theme: “action against poverty”. After a scholarly definition of poverty, he stated that poverty is understood in this context as a situation where “one who lacks income and cannot provide for his/her material needs”. He further added that poverty is increasing because root causes which are cultural and spiritual have so far not been sufficiently addressed. The University don in distinguishing between material and spiritual poverty, stated that spiritual wealth is the act of being rich (dignity) even though being materially poor, while spiritual poverty is the act of being poor (humble), even when one is materially rich. He called on the society to adopt an inclusive attitude, to reflect Mandela’s legacy in our daily life. For “it is only when the materially rich show humility and cater for the needs of the materially but dignified poor that we can bridge the gap and effectively fight poverty in our society

These exchanges were interspersed by sketches played by secondary school students, in which the achievements of Mandela were re-echoed. (see link: https://youtu.be/Rwm7gqycFmA). There was also a display of some sustainable items produced by students of Mario Secondary School to fight against poverty.

 Screening the movie; “INVICTUS”

During the same event, participants watched the movie; “INVICTUS“, which portrays how, Mandela used Sports (Rugby) to show strong leadership, and reconcile South Africans around an ideal of success, and brought about national Unity.

Note to correspondents on MINUSCA

New York, 21 June 2017: The UN Secretariat has concluded a review of the deployment of uniformed personnel from the Republic of Congo in the UN Mission in the Central African Republic, MINUSCA.

The UN recognises the importance of the sub-region in the resolution of the crisis in the Central African Republic and expresses its appreciation for the constructive role played by the Republic of Congo, and President Sassou-Nguesso as international mediator during the Transition and after the election of President Touadera, and looks forward to their continued political engagement to bring stability to the Central African Republic.

The review of the deployment of uniformed military personnel from the Republic of Congo found that the nature and extent of existing allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse, in their totality, point to systemic problems in command and control. These problems have also been compounded by issues related to the preparedness, overall discipline, maintenance of contingent owned equipment, and logistical capacity of these troops.  

The outcome of the review has been shared with the authorities of the Republic of Congo, who have decided to withdraw their military personnel deployed in MINUSCA.

The Government of the Republic of Congo has reiterated its commitment to United Nations peacekeeping and stability in the Central African Republic. The Secretariat is working with the Republic of Congo and MINUSCA on the modalities for a speedy withdrawal that will have the least impact on the mission’s operational requirements and ability to implement its mandate.

The United Nations stands ready to assist the Republic of Congo authorities by identifying factors in the areas of leadership and command, performance, conduct and readiness, to enable them to address these gaps and for Republic of Congo military contingents to be eventually considered for future deployment to United Nations peacekeeping operations.

Failures identified with the military contingent are not reflected by the performance of the police contingent from the Republic of Congo, also deployed with MINUSCA. Therefore, the police contingent will be retained. Nonetheless, the Republic of Congo authorities have been requested to urgently inform the United Nations of accountability measures they have taken regarding the one substantiated allegation of sexual abuse involving a Republic of Congo police personnel.

World’s Top Advertising Groups Come Together with Google to Mobilize Gen Z Around the Sustainable Development Goals

NEW YORK, June 14, 2017 – The Common Ground alliance, in partnership with Google, today announced the launch of “The Common Future Project,” a first-of-its-kind initiative aimed at driving widespread awareness and action among young people in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted at the United Nations in 2015.

The Common Future Project combines multidisciplinary teams from across the world’s biggest advertising and marketing services groups and independent advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy with the dedicated resources from Google to create a global action campaign for the SDGs that engages the current generation of mission-driven young people – otherwise known as Gen Z.

UN Deputy Secretary General Ms. Amina Mohammed said: “The Sustainable Development Agenda is the most ambitious anti-poverty, pro-planet agenda ever adopted by the UN. The Common Future Project recognizes the power of young people as global agents of change. I commend the Common Ground partners for this creative effort to transform the video platforms that young people use into platforms for action for a world of peace and dignity for all.”

Over a three-day period, teams from Dentsu, Havas, IPG, Omnicom, Publicis Groupe and WPP, as well as Wieden+Kennedy, worked side–by-side at the YouTube Space NY to develop big ideas with the goal of inspiring Gen Z (aged 15 to 24) – the largest generation of youth in history – to become advocates for the SDGs and take action toward a more sustainable future.

As part of the workshop, multi-agency teams experienced briefings from the UN Deputy Secretary General and the UN’s SDG Team on the challenges of galvanizing Gen Z and others globally around the SDGs. These agency teams also explored the cultural influence of YouTube, a place where anyone can have a voice, and how the power of video is helping brands and creators generate positive social change.

On the final day, the teams had three hours to shoot, produce and edit rough videos of their concepts in the YouTube Space before pitching a panel of experts including UN SDG Advocate Alaa Murabit; Jake Horowitz, Co-founder, Mic.com; Madonna Badger, Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Badger & Winters; and Golriz Lucina, Head of Creative for SoulPancake.

In a joint statement, Toshihiro Yamamoto, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dentsu; Yannick Bolloré, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Havas Group; Michael Roth, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IPG; John Wren, President and Chief Executive Officer of Omnicom Group; Arthur Sadoun, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Publicis Groupe; Neil Christie, Global Chief Operating Officer of Wieden+Kennedy; and Sir Martin Sorrell, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of WPP, said:

“In the year since the launch of Common Ground, we have seen companies across the world uniting behind the Sustainable Development Goals. The Common Future Project is an unprecedented physical manifestation of that commitment to collaborate, and to the important role our industry can take in addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges.”

Over the next few months, a virtual cross-agency team will work to develop and produce the winning idea into a broader campaign, set to launch later this summer. The campaign will tap into the range of ways to tell stories on YouTube, including the newest format, built-for-mobile bumper ads (:06) and longer-form content. To support and amplify the campaign, Google is committing a grant of global YouTube media.

Torrence Boone, VP, Global Agency Development, Google said: “When we first learned about the Common Ground initiative last year, we saw a terrific convergence of interests and values. Time and time again, we’ve all seen the power of video and YouTube to help affect positive social change. So we’re thrilled to be able to shine a spotlight on the great collaboration of these agencies coming together for the common good and are committed to helping their great ideas come to life on our platforms.”

Watch a short documentary film of the three-day workshop, here: [ADD LINK]

Launched by the world’s six largest advertising holding companies (Dentsu, Havas, IPG, Omnicom, Publicis Groupe and WPP) last June at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Common Ground represents a working partnership that transcends commercial rivalry to: accelerate the achievement of the SDGs; demonstrate to the industry and world that the goals are of universal importance and require universal contribution; and inspire other industries to follow suit.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
In September 2015, UN Member States unanimously adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, focused on the three interconnected elements of economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. With 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at its core, the Agenda is universal, integrated and transformative and aims to spur actions that will end poverty, reduce inequality and tackle climate change between now and 2030.

www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment

Also a behind the scenes video on the effort featuring the DSG: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gza_RHHZTO8

Temporary Job Opening 003/UNIC/2017: SSA DRIVER – MESSENGER at UNIC Yaounde

A temporary job opening (TJO) number 003/UNIC/2017 for the position of SSA DRIVER – MESSENGER is available at the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Yaounde with a deadline of 17 June 2017, for a period of six months.

Eligible candidates must complete and submit their applications, curriculum vitae, signed UN P-11 form (obtained at UNIC) and relevant certificates to:

United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Yaoundé

(Behind Camp Sic Tsinga)

P O Box 836

Tel: 237 222- 21-23-67

Yaoundé – Cameroon

E-mail: unic.yaounde@unic.org

Terms of Reference for the TJO: UNIC Yaounde – Driver-Messenger17

P.11:P.11-E (Personal History)               P.11-F (Notice Personnelle)

N.B: No applications sent after the deadline of 17 June 2017 at the UNIC will be accepted.

Sécurité : les Etats membres de l’UNSAC se retrouvent à Yaoundé du 29 mai au 02 juin pour leur 44e réunion ministérielle // Security: UNSAC Member States in Yaoundé from 29 May to 02 June for their 44th Ministerial Meeting

Yaoundé (Cameroun), 27 mai 2017– La  44e réunion ministérielle du Comité consultatif permanent des Nations Unies chargé des questions de sécurité en Afrique centrale (UNSAC) aura lieu du 29 mai au 02 juin 2017 à Yaoundé, la capitale du Cameroun. Les travaux commencent avec la rencontre des experts qui, pendant trois jours, feront un état des lieux prospectif de la situation sécuritaire et géopolitique dans les onze Etats membres du Comité (Angola, Burundi, Cameroun, République centrafricaine, Congo, République démocratique du Congo, Gabon, Guinée équatoriale, Rwanda, Sao Tomé et Principe, Tchad).

Les discussions porteront sur les questions en rapport avec, entre autres, la gouvernance politique et les multiples facteurs qui menacent la paix et la stabilité de la sous-région. Les participants échangeront notamment des vues sur la dimension régionale de certaines crises, dont celle de la République centrafricaine. Ils mettront également un accent sur les voies et moyens de renforcer la lutte contre les phénomènes comme la violence armée et le terrorisme, l’insécurité maritime dans le Golfe de Guinée, le braconnage et le trafic illicite des espèces sauvages, les tensions électorales, le trafic des drogues, la criminalité transnationale organisée, la prolifération des armes légères et de petit calibre, etc.

Sur ce dernier point, il convient de souligner que la 44e réunion du Comité s’ouvrira près de trois mois après l’entrée en vigueur, le 8 mars 2017, de la Convention de l’Afrique centrale pour le contrôle des armes légères et de petit calibre, de leurs munitions et de toutes pièces et composantes pouvant servir à leur fabrication, réparation et assemblage, dite “Convention de Kinshasa” – adoptée le 30 avril 2010 lors de la 30e réunion du Comité à Kinshasa (République démocratique du Congo). Cette entrée en vigueur a été facilitée par le dépôt, le 6 février 2017, du sixième instrument de ratification par l’Angola (précédé quelques années plus tôt par le Cameroun, la République centrafricaine, le Congo, le Gabon et le Tchad).

UNOCA avait exprimé sa satisfaction par rapport à cette évolution positive à laquelle il a contribué à travers diverses actions de plaidoyer auprès des Etats membres du Comité. « Nous continuerons à soutenir les efforts de la sous-région dans sa détermination à prévenir, à combattre et à mettre fin à la circulation incontrôlée des armes en Afrique centrale », souligne M. François Louncény Fall, Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies pour l’Afrique centrale et Chef de l’UNOCA, encourageant les pays qui ne l’ont pas encore fait à ratifier la Convention de Kinshasa. « Cela permettrait de renforcer davantage la confiance entre les Etats et de rassurer les populations, principales victimes de ce phénomène qui constitue par ailleurs une entrave au développement durable de l’Afrique centrale », explique-t-il.

Le Représentant spécial aura l’occasion d’évoquer cette question et bien d’autres dossiers cruciaux avec les chefs de délégation. Du 1er au 2 juin, M. François Louncény Fall prendra part à la session ministérielle dont l’un des temps forts sera la lecture, lors de la cérémonie officielle d’ouverture, du message du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, M. António Guterres. Cette phase protocolaire sera également marquée par la mise en place d’un nouveau bureau du Comité. Le Ministre camerounais des Relations extérieures en assurera la présidence pour une durée de six mois. Il succèdera à son homologue santoméen, qui occupe ce poste depuis la 43e réunion de l’UNSAC – qui a eu lieu du 28 novembre au 02 décembre 2016 à Sao Tomé.

Mis en place le 28 mai 1992 par l’ONU (à la demande des Etats membres de la CEEAC), le Comité, dont le fonctionnement vient de faire l’objet d’une évaluation, est un précieux outil de diplomatie préventive. Conformément à l’esprit d’un des séminaires fondateurs de cette institution organisé à Yaoundé du 17 au 21 juin 1991, le Comité a en effet pour mission principale de promouvoir les mesures de confiance aux niveaux régional et sous-régional afin d’atténuer les tensions et de faire progresser le désarmement et la non-prolifération des armes légères et de petit calibre en Afrique centrale. Depuis sa création, la capitale camerounaise a déjà abrité plusieurs de ses sessions. La dernière remonte à la 26e rencontre tenue du 3 au 7 septembre 2007.

COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE N° 125 — Sécurité — les Etats membres de l’UNSAC se retrouvent à Yaoundé du 29 mai au 2 juin pour leur 44e réunion ministérielle

PRESS RELEASE N° 125 – Security — UNSAC Member states in Yaoundé from 29 May to 02 June for their 44th Ministerial Meeting

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Humanitarian Coordinator Alerts on Early Signs of a New Humanitarian Crisis in Central Africa

Bangui, 15 May 2017 – The city of Bangassou in the Mbomou Prefecture (South-Eastern CAR) has been the scene of indiscriminate violence since May 13 when an assault was launched by unidentified gunmen on the Tokoyo district, which is mainly inhabited by the Muslim population. Massive displacement of population followed. Within hours, intense violence forced more than 3,000 people to flee their homes. At present, nearly 1,000 people are confined in the Mosque compound following threats of an imminent attack on them. The Cathedral of Bangassou is home to about 1,500 people, while 500 others have taken refuge in the town’s hospital. An unknown number of displaced persons also took refuge in the parish of Tokoyo. Another unknown number of people have crossed the border into the Democratic Republic of Congo, where an outbreak of Ebola virus was recently reported in a town located about 250 km from the border with CAR.

“This violence is of the utmost concern as it returns the country to the stigmatization of communities, which instigated the political crisis in 2013 and resulted in more than 800,000 Internally Displaced People, and an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, “regretted the Humanitarian Coordinator in the Central African Republic, Najat Rochdi. Bangassou had so far been spared by inter-communal violence and was presented as a model of social cohesion. Najat Rochdi forcefully condemned this stigmatization of a community and the ensuing human rights violations.

The situation in Bangassou is all the more dramatic that the level of violence does not yet allow wounded to be attend or to bury the deceased. Indeed, armed men proceeded to the destruction of all the bridges of Bangassou and to the occupation of the road. “This regrettable trend undermines the mechanisms for the protection of civilians and the capacity of humanitarian actors to reach the affected populations and affected populations to access aid,” said Ms. Rochdi. The humanitarian community is ready to initiate lifesaving interventions as soon as calm returns. The NGO “Doctors without Borders” is already providing vital assistance at the Bangassou hospital. In the spirit of “Stay and Deliver”, the Humanitarian Coordinator praised the courage of the actors who maintained their presence in Bangassou in order to continue saving lives even in an extremely unstable environment.

The ongoing crisis in Bangassou will inevitably generate new needs that were not foreseen in the humanitarian response. Additional funding will be needed to help those whose vulnerability will be exacerbated. “It is unfortunate that the humanitarian situation is deteriorating in Bangassou while advocacy efforts aimed at increasing donors ‘support to the Central African Republic are beginning to yield encouraging results,” said the Humanitarian Coordinator. “I urge the perpetrators of this upsurge of violence not to lose sight of the fact that in CAR half of the population is still dependent on aid,” she added. To date, the $ 399.5 million Humanitarian Response Plan has received only $ 64.8 million, or 16% of the required amount.

Press release – Humanitarian situation in Bangassou – 15052017

Déclaration attribuable au porte-parole du Secrétaire  général sur l’attaque contre la ville de Bangassou en République centrafricaine [Scroll down for English]

New York, le 14 mai 2017 : Le Secrétaire général est outragé par les attaques perpétrées par des présumés anti-Balaka contre des civils ainsi que contre la Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation en République centrafricaine (MINUSCA) les 12 et 13 mai, à Bangassou, dans le sud-est de la République centrafricaine. Ces attaques ont entraîné des déplacements considérables de civils, un nombre indéterminé de victimes civiles ainsi que la mort d’un casque bleu marocain, portant à six le nombre des soldats du maintien de la paix tués en Centrafrique cette semaine.


Le Secrétaire général présente ses condoléances à la famille endeuillée et au Gouvernement du Royaume du Maroc. Le Secrétaire général souligne que les attaques contre les casques bleus des Nations Unies peuvent constituer un crime de guerre. Il condamne fermement les attaques contre les populations civiles et la MINUSCA et lance un appel aux autorités de la République centrafricaine pour qu’une enquête soit lancée afin que les responsables répondent rapidement de leurs actes devant la justice.

Le Secrétaire général réaffirme la détermination des Nations Unies a avancer la mise en oeuvre du mandate de la MINUSCA. Le Secrétaire général tient à remercier profondément les pays contributeurs de troupe et de police dans leur détermination à protéger les civils.
Ces récents incidents démontrent que la situation en République centrafricaine reste fragile d’où le besoin d’un appuis continu et soutenu de la part de la région et de la communauté internationale pour surmonter les défis auxquelles le pays fait face. 

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the attacks against civilians and MINUSCA peacekeepers in the town of Bangassou in the Central African Republic 

New York 14 May, 2017: The Secretary-General is outraged by the attacks perpetrated by suspected anti-Balaka against civilians and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on 12 and 13 May, in the town of Bangassou, in the south east of the country. These attacks led to significant population displacement, an undetermined number of civilian casualties and the death of one Moroccan peacekeeper, bringing to six the number of peacekeepers killed in the Central African Republic this week.

The Secretary-General offers his condolences to the family of the bereaved peacekeeper and the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco. The Secretary-General reiterates that attacks against United Nations peacekeepers may constitute a war crime. He strongly condemns attacks against the civilian population and MINUSCA and calls on the Central African Republic authorities to investigate the attacks in order to swiftly bring those responsible to justice.

The Secretary-General reaffirms the determination of the United Nations to advance the implementation of MINUSCA’s mandate. The Secretary-General extends his deep appreciation to MINUSCA’s troop and police contributing countries for their support.

These recent incidents amply demonstrate that the situation in the Central African Republic is still fragile hence the need for continued and sustained regional and international support to overcome the challenges at hand.

Déclaration attribuable au porte-parole du Secrétaire général sur l’attaque contre un convoi de la Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation en République centrafricaine [Scroll down for English]

New York, le 9 mai 2017: Le Secrétaire général condamne fermement l’attaque perpétrée par un groupe soupçonné d’anti-Balaka contre un convoi de la Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation en République centrafricaine (MINUSCA) le 8 mai, sur l’axe Rafai-Bangassou, dans le sud-est de la République centrafricaine. L’attaque a causé la mort de quatre casques bleus tandis que dix autres ont été blessés et évacués sur Bangui. Un casque bleu est toujours porté disparu.

Le Secrétaire général présente ses plus sincères condoléances aux familles endeuillées at aux Gouvernements des pays contributeurs de troupes concernés, et souhaite un prompt rétablissement aux blessés. Le Secrétaire général souligne que les attaques contre les casques bleus des Nations Unies peuvent constituer un crime de guerre. Il lance un appel aux autorités de la République centrafricaine pour qu’une enquête soit lancée afin que les responsables répondent rapidement de leurs actes devant la justice.

Le Secrétaire général souhaite réitérer son soutien aux actions de la MINUSCA pour protéger les civils et stabiliser la République centrafricaine, et demande aux parties de répondre favorablement à l’appel du Président Faustin Archange Touadéra en vue d’arrêter les violences et de travailler ensemble pour la stabilité du pays.

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the attack against a convoy of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic

New York, 09 May 2017: The Secretary-General strongly condemns the attack perpetrated by suspected anti-Balaka against a convoy of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on 8 May, on the Rafai-Bangassou axis, in the south east of the Central African Republic. The attack led to the death of four peacekeepers while ten others have been evacuated to Bangui. One peacekeeper is still missing.

The Secretary-General offers his deepest condolences to the bereaved families and the Governments of the concerned troop contributing countries, and wishes a swift recovery to the wounded. The Secretary-General would like to underline that attacks against United Nations peacekeepers may constitute a war crime. He calls on the Central African Republic authorities to investigate the attack in order to swiftly bring those responsible to justice.

The Secretary-General would like to reiterate his support to the actions of MINUSCA to protect civilians and stabilise the Central African Republic, and call on all parties to heed President Faustin Archange Touadéra’s call to cease violence and work together towards the stability of the country.