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Note to Correspondents on the findings of the Central African Republic Special Investigation

24 January 2018 On 13 November 2017, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, announced an independent Special Investigation led by Brigadier General (rtd) Fernand Amoussou (Benin) into a number of incidents in the southeast of the Central African Republic that occurred between 1 May and 31 August 2017. Members of the multi-disciplinary investigation team included human rights, protection of civilians, legal and political experts.

The security situation in the southeast of the Central African Republic deteriorated in May 2017, with increased attacks against civilians, humanitarian actors as well as peacekeepers belonging to the United Nations Mission deployed in the country (MINUSCA).

The investigation looked into attacks against civilians by armed groups that occurred in close proximity to a presence of MINUSCA in Haute-Kotto, Basse-Kotto, Mbomou, and Haut-Mbomou prefectures as well as the Mission’s response to these incidents. The investigation report was submitted to DPKO and DFS on 15 December 2017. General Amoussou provided recommendations to improve MINUSCA’s ability to protect civilians under imminent threat of violence in areas where it is deployed.

The Special Investigation held consultations and interviews in New York and in the Central African Republic with relevant interlocutors and stakeholders, including local authorities, civil society, witnesses and victims, Security Council members, troop- and police- contributing countries, MINUSCA personnel and humanitarian partners and reviewed a wide range of reports and documents related to the incidents.

Among the main findings were:
·        The Mission has a well-established protection of civilians strategy and functioning early warning mechanisms. However, in the cases investigated, these did not translate into preventive actions and there were deficiencies in civil-military-police planning, and operations, particularly at the field level. 
·        A number of gaps were identified with regard to T/PCCs training and their understanding of protection of civilians. 
·        No evidence was found that any of the Mission’s contingents in the southeast had acted in a partial manner towards certain armed groups or communities. 

General Amoussou offered a number of recommendations for United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ) and MINUSCA and troop- and police- contributing countries, including:
·        MINUSCA should review its protection of civilians strategy to ensure that its operational response is better aligned to and supported by its political engagement and that the Mission’s civilian components are more proactively involved.
·        UNHQ should develop and strengthen tools to address shortcomings and engage troop-and police-contributing countries with performance gaps to ensure a better operational readiness. 
·        UNHQ and MINUSCA, in collaboration with troop-and police-contributing countries, should review pre-deployment and in-Mission training to ensure proper understanding of protection of civilians requirements, with an emphasis on the role of commanders and senior leadership. 

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning

Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development. Major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrolment rates in schools particularly for women and girls. Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals. For example, the world has achieved equality in primary education between girls and boys, but few countries have achieved that target at all levels of education.

Facts and Figures

  • Enrolment in primary education in developing countries has reached 91 per cent but 57 million children remain out of school
  • More than half of children that have not enrolled in school live in sub-Saharan Africa
  • An estimated 50 per cent of out-of-school children of primary school age live in conflict-affected areas
  • 103 million youth worldwide lack basic literacy skills, and more than 60 per cent of them are women

Goal 4 Target

  • By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and Goal-4 effective learning outcomes
  • By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and preprimary education so that they are ready for primary education
  • By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university
  • By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
  • By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations
  • By 2030, ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy
  • By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development
  • Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, nonviolent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all
  • By 2020, substantially expand globally the number of scholarships available to developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States and African countries, for enrolment in higher education, including vocational training and information and communications technology, technical, engineering and scientific programmes, in developed countries and other developing countries
  • By 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing states.

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Objectif 3 : Permettre à tous de vivre en bonne santé et promouvoir le bien-être de tous à tout âge

Donner les moyens de vivre une vie saine et promouvoir le bien-être de tous à tous les âges est essentiel pour le développement durable. Des progrès sensibles ont été accomplis dans l’accroissement de l’espérance de vie et la réduction de certaines causes majeures de la mortalité infantile et maternelle. Des progrès notables ont été accomplis dans l’amélioration de l’accès à l’eau salubre et à l’assainissement, la réduction du paludisme, de la tuberculose, de la poliomyélite de la propagation du VIH/sida. Toutefois, il faut faire beaucoup plus pour éradiquer un large éventail de maladies et s’occuper de nombreuses questions de santé fort différentes, persistantes ou nouvelles.
Faits et Chiffres

Santé infantile

  • Le nombre de décès d’enfants de moins de 5 ans est passé de 12,7 millions en 1990 à 6,3 millions en 2013, ce qui correspond à une baisse journalière de 17000 décès
  • Depuis 2000, les vaccins contre la rougeole ont permis d’éviter plus de 15,6 millions de décès
  • Alors que le taux de mortalité des enfants de moins de cinq ans a baissé dans son ensemble, la proportion des décès est en augmentation en Afrique Subsaharienne et en Asie du Sud. 4 décès sur 5 d’enfants ayant moins de 5 ans ont lieu dans ces régions
  • Le risque de décès est également plus élevé en zone rurale et dans les ménages les plus pauvres
  • L’éducation de la mère demeure un puissant déterminant d’inégalité : les enfants de mères éduquées ont plus de chances de survivre que les enfants de mères sans éducation.

Santé maternelle

  • Le taux de mortalité maternelle a diminué de 45% depuis 1990
  • En Asie de l’Est, Asie du Sud et en Afrique du Nord, la mortalité maternelle a baissé de 2/3
  • Le taux de mortalité maternelle est 15 fois plus élevé dans les pays en développement que dans les pays développés
  • La proportion d’accouchements pratiqués en présence d’un personnel qualifié (médecin, infirmière ou sage-femme) est passée de 56% en 1990 à 68% en 2012
  • La moitié seulement des femmes dans les régions en développement ont bénéficié du
    minimum recommandé de soins de santé
  • Moins d’adolescents ont des enfants dans la plupart des régions en développement, mais les progrès ont ralenti. La forte augmentation de l’utilisation des contraceptifs dans les années 1990 n’a pas été suivie dans les années 2000
  • Les besoins de planification familiale sont progressivement satisfaits pour plus de femmes, mais la demande augmente à un rythme rapide

VIH/sida, paludisme et autres maladies

  • Fin 2014, 13,6 millions de personnes avaient accès à la thérapie antirétrovirale
  • En 2013, on estimait à 2,1 millions le nombre de nouvelles infections au VIH, soit 38% de moins qu » »en 2001
  • Le nombre de personnes dans le monde vivant avec le VIH était d »environ 35 millions fin 2013
  • Fin 2013, 240 000 enfants étaient nouvellement infectés par le VIH
  • Depuis 2001 les nouvelles infections à VIH chez les enfants ont diminué de 58%
  • Les adolescentes et les jeunes femmes sont confrontées à des inégalités fondées sur le sexe, l » »exclusion, la discrimination et la violence, qui les exposent à un risque accru de contracter le VIH
  • Le VIH est la principale cause de décès chez les femmes en âge de procréer dans le monde
  • Depuis 2004, les décès liés à la tuberculose chez les personnes vivant avec le VIH ont chuté de 36%
  • En 2013, 250 000 nouvelles infections au VIH ont été enregistrées chez les adolescents, dont les deux tiers étaient des filles
  • Le sida est désormais la principale cause de décès chez les adolescents (10-19 ans) en Afrique et la deuxième cause la plus fréquente de décès chez les adolescents à l »échelle mondiale
  • Dans de nombreux milieux, le droit à la vie privée et à l »autonomie corporelle des adolescentes n »est pas respecté. Beaucoup d »adolescentes déclarent que leur première expérience sexuelle était forcée
  • En 2013, 2,1 millions d » »adolescents vivaient avec le VIH
  • Entre 2012 et 2013, plus de 6,2 millions de décès liés au paludisme, principalement chez les enfants de moins de cinq ans en Afrique sub-saharienne ont été évités. Le taux mondial du paludisme a diminué de 37% et la mortalité de 58%
  • Entre 2000 et 2013, la prévention de la tuberculose, ainsi que le diagnostic et le traitement, a sauvé environ 37 millions de vies. Le taux de mortalité de la tuberculose a chuté de 45% et le taux de prévalence de 41% entre 1990 et 2013.

Woman in a very happy mood in Dili beside a graffiti representing the sun.

Cibles
  • 3.1 D’ici à 2030, faire passer le taux mondial de mortalité maternelle au-dessous de 70 pour 100 000 naissances vivantes3.2 D’ici à 2030, éliminer les décès évitables de nouveau-nés et d’enfants de moins de 5 ans, tous les pays devant chercher à ramener la mortalité néonatale à 12 pour 1 000 naissances vivantes au plus et la mortalité des enfants de moins de 5 ans à 25 pour 1 000 naissances vivantes au plus3.3 D’ici à 2030, mettre fin à l’épidémie de sida, à la tuberculose, au paludisme et aux maladies tropicales négligées et combattre l’hépatite, les maladies transmises par l’eau et autres maladies transmissibles

    3.4 D’ici à 2030, réduire d’un tiers, par la prévention et le traitement, le taux de mortalité prématurée due à des maladies non transmissibles et promouvoir la santé mentale et le bien-être

    3.5 Renforcer la prévention et le traitement de l’abus de substances psychoactives, notamment de stupéfiants et d’alcool

    3.6 D’ici à 2020, diminuer de moitié à l’échelle mondiale le nombre de décès et de blessures dus à des accidents de la route

    3.7 D’ici à 2030, assurer l’accès de tous à des services de soins de santé sexuelle et procréative, y compris à des fins de planification familiale, d’information et d’éducation, et la prise en compte de la santé procréative dans les stratégies et programmes nationaux

    3.8 Faire en sorte que chacun bénéficie d’une couverture sanitaire universelle, comprenant une protection contre les risques financiers et donnant accès à des services de santé essentiels de qualité et à des médicaments et vaccins essentiels sûrs, efficaces, de qualité et d’un coût abordable

    3.9 D’ici à 2030, réduire nettement le nombre de décès et de maladies dus à des substances chimiques dangereuses et la pollution et à la contamination de l’air, de l’eau et du sol

    3.a Renforcer dans tous les pays, selon qu’il convient, l’application de la Convention-cadre de l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé pour la lutte antitabac

    3.b Appuyer la recherche et la mise au point de vaccins et de médicaments contre les maladies, transmissibles ou non, qui touchent principalement les habitants des pays en développement, donner accès, à un coût abordable, à des médicaments et vaccins essentiels, conformément à la Déclaration de Doha sur l’Accord sur les ADPIC et la santé publique, qui réaffirme le droit qu’ont les pays en développement de tirer pleinement parti des dispositions de l’Accord sur les aspects des droits de propriété intellectuelle qui touchent au commerce relatives à la marge de manœuvre nécessaire pour protéger la santé publique et, en particulier, assurer l’accès universel aux médicaments

    3.c Accroître considérablement le budget de la santé et le recrutement, le perfectionnement, la formation et le maintien en poste du personnel de santé dans les pays en développement, notamment dans les pays les moins avancés et les petits États insulaires en développement

    3.d Renforcer les moyens dont disposent tous les pays, en particulier les pays en développement, en matière d’alerte rapide, de réduction des risques et de gestion des risques sanitaires nationaux et mondiaux.

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Year in Review 2017

The year 2017 marked a shift in leadership at the United Nations as Secretary-General António Guterres began his term at a time of heightened global challenges. The world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis unfolded in Myanmar while the threat of famine loomed over Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia. Resolved to forestall crises before they occur, Secretary-General Guterres launched a series of reforms aimed at advancing meditation and prevention. These build on past successes, including the proud legacy left by the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, which closed its doors after reshaping the global approach to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. As the United Nations rises to the world’s collective security challenges, the voices of the people most affected resound with greater meaning for our common future.

Year in Review 2017 is available for download via the following links.

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2017 in Photos

Secretary-General António Guterres began his tenure in January 2017, as we commenced a year that saw a continuation of many of the flashpoints and fault lines of the year prior: continued conflict, escalating tensions, refugee and humanitarian crises spurred on by conflict and drought. Hurricanes devastated parts of the Caribbean, with great loss of life and widespread destruction. In 2017 one truth was readily apparent – the work of the United Nations is as vital now as ever.

UN News: In Case You Missed It – 2017

UN News presents a look back at some of the noteworthy news developments that took place over the past year in the UN system.

UN Web TV – Top Videos of 2017

UN Web TV Most Watched Events of 2017
UN YouTube channel Top 10 Videos of 2017

The entire breadth of multimedia resources available from the United Nations may be reviewed at http://www.unmultimedia.org/.

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.