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.

Youth leaders skilled on “Peace and Development” in Yaounde

Cameroon is currently being rocked by waves of attacks from the Boko Haram terrorist insurgency in her northern region, while the English speaking North West and South West Regions are witnessing social upheavals since November 2016, complaining about marginalization and assimilation by the Francophone majority. Youths have been mute and absent in the peace building process of these conflicts. This, in total ignorance of UNSC Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security, adopted on 9 December 2015, which acknowledges the urgent need to engage young peacebuilders in promoting peace and countering extremism.

Against this backdrop, UNIC Yaounde organized a one-day training workshop for youth leaders on “Youth, Peace and Development”, in partnership with “Promise Africa” and the “Organization of African Youth for Peace (OAYP)” on Thursday April 13, 2017. The objective was to build the skills of youths on the fundamentals of peace consolidation, conflict prevention and crisis management, and engage them in the peacebuilding process.

UNIC’s Jean Njita emphasized the correlation between peace and Development, emphasizing Kant’s perpetual peace to Galtung’s negative and positive peace, presenting the history of Development through Rostow’s “stages of economic growth”, the 1992 Rio Earth summit, to the MDGs and SDGs. Focus was on SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, for “there can be no sustainable development without peace and no genuine peace without sustainable development.

The high rate of youth unemployment in Cameroon (about 6.7% in 2013, according to ILO), was identified as the reason for the high involvement of youths in conflicts, and political authorities were called upon to exercise good governance, for poor employability will eventuality lead to more conflicts. UNSCR 2250 was highlighted as a major instrument to mobilize youths in peace and Development activities as young peacebuilders, for it brings recognition and legitimacy for youth’s efforts in building peace. While Education, public awareness, youths training are pre-requisites for a durable peace building, genuine mediation can be a catalyst in reconciling and healing post conflicts societies. One participant called on youths to “bury their egoism, be tolerant, and accept different viewpoints for peace to thrive in their hearts…for today’s youths are too proud”

Participants acknowledged that youths have a role to play in conflict resolution, and should thus get involved. They were encouraged to use social media to transmit messages of love and reconciliation, to rebuild broken homes, and their society. Just as war is waged, Cameroonian youths should also ‘wage peace’ by making peace a full time activity. NGOs and associations advocating for Peace were urged to network for better coordination and greater impact of activities on the field. At the end, testimonials were handed to all participants.

UN Secretary-General – Remarks on Designation of Malala Yousafzai as UN Messenger of Peace

New York, 10 April 2017
Dear Malala, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends,

It is for me a very emotional day to be here with you. You are the symbol of one of the most important causes in the world – probably the most important cause in the world – and that is education, education for all, and particularly because we know it is more difficult in many societies – education for girls.

 Now, I must say I am a frustrated ex Assistant Professor of Physics in my University. When I say frustrated, because I wanted to be a Professor but with the revolution in Portugal I had to close all my papers and dedicate myself to other things. But there was always this nostalgia, being a professor, and can you imagine what it is for a frustrated Professor to be facing the most famous student in the world. It is an enormous pleasure to have you as our Messenger of Peace.

You are not only a hero, but you are a very committed and generous person, and the person that has this fantastic quality … a Nobel Prize, recognized everywhere, and you keep the same simplicity, the same open way to deal with all of us. People usually when they get all these honours become full of vanity, they become difficult to access, but you are this fantastic example of friendship and simplicity that really makes us very, very, very appreciative.

On the other hand, you have been going to the most difficult places, where education has more problems in becoming a reality. You have visited several refugee camps.  You have  two schools of your foundation in Lebanon, in the Beka’a Valley, where so many refugees are.  I have spent ten years of my life dealing with refugees, so you can imagine how happy I am to be able to confer to you the important responsibility of being a Messenger of Peace.   I am in total denial of protocol, but I think I have to read something here.

This is your assignment. Today, I am proud to designate you the youngest ever United Nations Messenger of Peace, with a special focus on girls’ education.

This is the official designation: inspired by your dedicated service to the ideals and objectives of the United Nations, especially its vision of a life of dignity for all people admiring of your courageous defense of the rights of all people, including women and girls, to education and equality honouring the fact that you have shown, even in the face of grave danger, an unwavering commitment to peace conscious of your consistent focus on the best in humankind and your resolve to foster a better world grateful that your example has energized people of goodwill to join together in pursuit of our common values hopeful that your principled activism will advance our shared vision of a future of justice, equity and sustainable progress it takes great pride and pleasure to me in proclaiming Malala Yousafzai a United Nations Messenger of Peace”.

Educational Talk on 2017 Slavery Remembrance at La Gaieté International School, Yaounde

UNIC Yaounde organized an Educational Talk with students of La Gaieté International School Complex, with over 175 students on 24 March 2017, on the occasion of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade on the theme Remember Slavery: Recognising the Legacy and Contributions of People of African Descent. The objective of the event was to increase awareness and to educate students on the legacy and contributions of people of African descent and the consequences of their actions on the societies in which they found themselves during the Transatlantic Slave Trade, as well as about the dangers of racism and prejudice today.

UNIC’s Jean Njita presented the genesis and context of the 2017 commemoration, stating the historical background on the transatlantic slave trade and slavery. This was followed by the projection of UNESCO’s documentary “Routes de l’Esclave” (Slave Routes), an exchange with students to size up their understanding. Prizes of T-shirts, branded pens were handed to students who gave correct answers, sparking off many exchanges from students.

Jean Njita, highlighted (in French and English) the raison d’être of the observance, spelling out UN Resolution 62/122 of 17 December 2007 declaring 25 March as Slavery Remembrance. He further presented the theme of the 2017 commemoration, saluted the courage of these men and women, who through their many valuable skills in rhythms, musical traditions, and arts contributed significantly to the development of societies and cultures around the world. Africans deported to the West carried along their culture and tradition, expanding on the rich musical repertoire of these communities, he stressed.

Mr. Njita presented the Human Rights violations, emphasizing the inhumane treatment meted on slaves by traders and masters. Citing articles 1, 3 &4 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, he stressed that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”, “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”, “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude…”, and called on the students to denounce any act of racism, discrimination and violence, so as to leave no one behind.

Participants then watched the film; Queen Nanny: Legendary chieftainess” and were thrilled by Queen Nanny’ story, as she reportedly led her people courageously to victory over the mighty British army. During the question and answer session, prizes were offered to students who gave correct answers to questions asked on the film “Queen Nanny”.

The over 175 participants were led by Jean Njita to a guided tour of a poster exhibition on “Remembering Slavery: Recognition, Justice and Development”, composed of sets of 13 of posters highlighting the tenth anniversary of the Remember Slavery Programme, the work of the Decade, contributions of the African diaspora and the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade in English and French. The symbols and message on each poster was explained to the students, to draw their attention to the atrocities of slave trade, slavery and encourage them to denounce any act tantamount to Human Rights violation, racism and discrimination in all its forms.

 

UNITED NATIONS, UNICEF AND SMURFS TEAM UP TO CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS

Small Smurfs Big Goals campaign inspires support for Sustainable Development Goals

New York, March 18 – Voice actors from the upcoming animated movie Smurfs: The Lost Village today joined officials from the United Nations, UNICEF and United Nations Foundation at the world body’s headquarters in New York to celebrate International Day of Happiness with a campaign promoting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The “Small Smurfs Big Goals” campaign is designed to encourage young people everywhere to learn about and support the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by world leaders in 2015 to help make the world more peaceful, equitable and healthy.

As part of the celebrations, Team Smurfs recognized three young advocates — Karan Jerath (20), Sarina Divan (17), and Noor Samee (17)for their actions to promote the Goals.

Jerath, a UN Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals, invented a containment device that could prevent offshore oil spills and ensure the protection of marine life. Divan expanded a UN Foundation girl empowerment initiative at her high school and beyond, and Samee is a UNICEF blogger and advocate on social justice issues and raising awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The movie’s U.S. stars — Demi Lovato, Joe Manganiello and Mandy Patinkin — presented the three young students with a symbolic key to the Smurfs Village in recognition of their work.

“This inspirational campaign highlights the fact that each and every one of us, no matter how young or old, small or big, can make our world a better and happier place,” said Cristina Gallach, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information. “We are grateful to creative partners like Sony Pictures Animation and Team Smurfs for their spirit of collaboration in helping the UN reach diverse audiences.”

The Small Smurfs Big Goals campaign culminates on the International Day of Happiness on 20 March, which emphasizes the importance of personal happiness and well-being. The idea is closely linked to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which include decent work for all, access to nutritious food, quality education and health services, and freedom from discrimination.

 “Today we have seen how the Small Smurfs Big Goals campaign is giving children and young people a platform to speak out about issues they are passionate about. As we celebrate International Day of Happiness, we hope many more young people are empowered to take action on the Sustainable Development Goals and help achieve a world free from poverty, inequality and injustice,” said Caryl M. Stern, UNICEF US Fund President and CEO.

The actors and UN officials  addressed some 1,500 students  attending an international Model UN conference in the iconic General Assembly Hall of the United Nations, where they encouraged all participants and the public to join “Team Smurfs”.

The campaign invites the general public to visit SmallSmurfsBigGoals.com to find out how to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and share information, ideas and images on social media.

La Session d’information sur la situation humanitaire en République centrafricaine à Yaounde, Cameroun

Yaoundé, le 15 mars 2017 – La situation humanitaire continue de se dégrader en République centrafricaine (RCA). Avec la recrudescence de la violence et la multiplication des foyers de tension depuis le mois de septembre 2016 et le premier trimestre 2017, plus de 100 000 nouveaux déplacés ont été enregistrés, portant le nombre de déplacés internes 402 240. Ceci implique qu’un Centrafricain sur cinq est soit déplacé soit réfugié dans les pays limitrophes.

Alors que cette situation crée de nouveaux besoins urgents, le financement de l’action humanitaire suit une tendance à la baisse amorcée depuis 2014. Le budget du Plan de réponse humanitaire 2017 pour la RCA d’un montant de 399,5 millions de dollars n’est financé à ce jour qu’à hauteur de 5% soit 19 millions. En 2016, seuls 37% des 531,5 millions de dollars requis n’ont été mobilisés. Dans ce contexte, la RCA demeure le seul pays au monde où la moitié de la population doit sa survie à l’aide humanitaire.

Ministre des Affaires sociales et de la réconciliation de la RCA

«Ne laissons pas la Centrafrique devenir une crise oubliée ou négligée par le reste du monde » ont lancé de concert le ministre des Affaires sociales et de la réconciliation, Virginie Baikoua et le Coordonnateur humanitaire ad intérim en RCA, Michel Yao, aux partenaires techniques et financiers réunis le 15 mars 2017 à Yaoundé au Cameroun, à l’occasion une session d’information sur la situation humanitaire.

Coordonnateur humanitaire ad intérim en RCA

Des progrès indéniables ont été réalisés mais 2,2 millions de Centrafricains soit la moitié de la population dépend de l’aide humanitaire. «La République centrafricaine demeure une priorité absolue pour la communauté humanitaire » a rappelé Michel Yao. Le sous-financement chronique de l’action humanitaire a entrainé une baisse perceptible de l’aide humanitaire en termes qualitatif et quantitatif. La diminution de moitié des rations alimentaires dans plusieurs régions en atteste.

Représentants des donateurs de la RCA, Corps diplomatiques, et ONU

Des acteurs humanitaires se sont complétement retirés en divers endroits faute de financement alors qu’ils étaient souvent les seuls à procurer des services sociaux de base. La disparition de ces activités est déplorable notamment dans le secteur de la santé. En 2016, les dernières estimations montraient que 56% des infrastructures de santé étaient tenues par les humanitaires.

Cette situation risque d’hypothéquer les acquis obtenus si un niveau de financement adéquat ne permet pas de les consolider et de tomber dans une crise humanitaire plus aiguë. Afin de mieux répondre aux nouveaux besoins exprimés et faire face à ceux qui préexistaient tout en prenant en compte les contraintes logistiques et infrastructurelles spécifiques à la RCA, Michel Yao et Virginie Baikoua en ont à nouveau appelé à la générosité des donateurs.

«Cela nous aidera aussi à proposer un autre récit de la Centrafrique au reste du monde et un nouveau départ aux Centrafricains et aux Centrafricaines » a conclu Virginie Baikoua.

UN Secretary-General releases Report on Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: A New Approach

  New York, 9 March 2017

The Secretary-General today released his report on Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: A New Approach for consideration by the General Assembly.

During his first week in office, in January 2017, the Secretary-General established a diverse

The UN Secretary-General Mr. António Guterres

The UN Secretary-General Mr. António Guterres

High-Level Task Force, led by his Special Coordinator Jane Holl Lute, to develop as a matter of urgency a strategy to achieve visible and measurable improvements in the way the Organization prevents and responds to sexual exploitation and abuse.

“Such acts of cruelty should never take place.  Certainly no person serving with the United Nations in any capacity should be associated with such vile and vicious crimes,” said the Secretary-General in a video message.

The report emphasizes that sexual exploitation and abuse is not exclusive to the peacekeeping forces, but can occur within any Organization just as any other part of the United Nations. It is therefore imperative that the United Nations addresses this problem through a system-wide approach.

The Secretary-General acknowledged that “the vast majority of UN troops and personnel serve with pride, dignity and respect for the people they assist and protect, very often in dangerous and difficult conditions and at great personal sacrifice.” However, he added that the “Organization continues to grapple with the scourge of sexual exploitation and abuse, despite great efforts over many years to address it.”

The report outlines a victim-centered strategy rooted in transparency, accountability and ensuring justice. It focuses on four main areas:

·        Putting the rights and dignity of victims of sexual exploitation and abuse at the forefront of our efforts;

·        Establishing greater transparency on reporting and investigations in an effort to end impunity for those guilty of sexual exploitation and abuse;

·        Building a truly multi-stakeholder network to support the UN effort to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation and abuse; and

·        Raising awareness and sharing best practices to end this scourge.

Sexual exploitation and abuse are deeply rooted in gender inequality and discrimination. The Secretary-General is convinced that increasing the number of women throughout UN activities, including service as uniformed peacekeepers, would help advance the UN efforts to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation and abuse.

The Secretary-General’s new approach to combat sexual exploitation and abuse also seeks to build a strong partnership with Member States and stamping out this scourge will require all relevant actors to find strength in unity. The Secretary-General calls on all parties to deliver on these goals together: “Let us do so in the name of all who look to the United Nations for life-saving protection and support – and on behalf of the tens of thousands of United Nations personnel around the world who deliver that assistance with courage and commitment to the highest ideals.”

The Secretary-General is committed to the implementation of this strategy and has instructed and expects all his leadership to take immediate action. “We owe it to the people we serve, to all of those women, men and children who see the UN flag as a symbol of something as invaluable as it is intangible: hope”.

The report can be found at: https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/N17/054/00/PDF/N1705400.pd…
It is available on the Official Document System under symbol: A/71/818

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FAITES DU BRUIT POUR LA JOURNÉE ZÉRO DISCRIMINATION LE 1ER MARS 2017 !

Cette année, nous appelons tout le monde à faire du bruit pour la journée #zerodiscrimination. Les individus et les communautés peuvent unir leurs voix pour transformer le monde. La Journée Zéro Discrimination est l’occasion d’insister sur le fait que chacun de nous peut participer à cette transformation et défendre une société juste et équitable.

UNAIDS URGES EVERYONE TO MAKE SOME NOISE FOR ZERO DISCRIMINATION

Everyone will have experienced discrimination of some kind during their lives; however, non-discrimination is a human right. Equally, states and individuals have a legal obligation not to discriminate. This year, on 1 March, Zero Discrimination Day, UNAIDS is urging people to make some noise around zero discrimination, to speak up and prevent discrimination from standing in the way of achieving ambitions, goals and dreams.

Discrimination has many forms, from racial or religious discrimination to discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation or age, and to bullying at school or at work. In only three out of 10 countries worldwide do equal numbers of girls and boys attend upper secondary school, and people living with disabilities are nearly three times more likely to be denied health care than other people.

“Everyone has the right to be treated with respect, to live free from discrimination, coercion and abuse,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “Discrimination doesn’t just hurt individuals, it hurts everyone, whereas welcoming and embracing diversity in all its forms brings benefits for all.”

Zero discrimination is an integral part of UNAIDS’ vision and for this year’s Zero Discrimination Day UNAIDS is calling for zero discrimination in health-care settings. The right to health is a fundamental human right that includes access to affordable, timely and quality health-care services for all, yet discrimination remains widespread in health-care settings, creating a serious barrier to access to HIV services.

“Health-care settings should be safe and supportive environments. It is unacceptable that discrimination is inhibiting access to care today,” said Mr Sidibé. “Eliminating discrimination in health-care settings is critical, and we must demand that it become a reality.”

Data from 50 countries from the People Living with HIV Stigma Index show that one in eight people living with HIV report being denied health care. Around 60% of European Union/European Economic Area countries report that stigma and discrimination among health-care professionals remains a barrier to the provision of adequate HIV prevention services for men who have sex with men and people who inject drugs.

This year, UNAIDS is calling on everyone to make some noise for #zerodiscrimination. Zero Discrimination Day is an opportunity to highlight how everyone can be part of the transformation and take a stand for a fair and just society.

Temporary Job Opening 75045 for the position of Administrative Assistant at UNIC Yaounde:

There is a temporary job opening (TJO) number 75045 for the position of Administrative Assistant at the G-5 level in the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Yaounde with a deadline of 7 March 2017, for an initial period of six months, with the possibility of extension.

Eligible candidates MUST complete and submit their applications in Inspira in order to apply. The instructions to search and apply for UNIC TJOs are attached in PDF format.

No applications sent by email, regular mail, or dropped off in person at the UNIC will be accepted.
 

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Déclaration conjointe sur la République centrafricaine de la Communauté économique des Etats de l’Afrique centrale, l’Union africaine, l’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, l’Union européenne et l’Organisation des Nations unies

19 février 2017
Libreville, Addis Abéba, Paris, Bruxelles et New York, le 19 février 2017: La Communauté économique des Etats de l’Afrique centrale (CEEAC), l’Union africaine, l’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), l’Union européenne (UE) et l’Organisation des Nations unies (ONU) sont profondément préoccupées par la situation sécuritaire en République centrafricaine (RCA), en particulier dans les préfectures de la Ouaka et de la Hautte-Kotto.

Les cinq organisations partenaires condamnent les dernières violences perpétrées par le Front populaire pour la Renaissance de Centrafrique (FPRC) et ses alliés, ainsi que par le Mouvement pour l’Unité et la Paix en Centrafrique (UPC), qui ont causé de lourdes pertes parmi les populations civiles et des déplacements importants, aggravant ainsi une situation humanitaire déjà alarmante. Elles expriment leur profonde appréciation pour l”action robuste que la MINUSCA a prise dans le cadre de son mandat, pour protéger les civils et aider à mettre fin aux violences dans les zones menacées par les belligérants, et l’encouragent à persévérer dans ses efforts. Les cinq organisations partenaires exigent des belligérants qu’ils cessent immédiatement les hostilités. Elles rappellent que toute attaque contre la population civile, le personnel des Nations unies et des organisations humanitaires est passible de poursuites judiciaires, conformément à la législation centrafricaine et au droit international. Elles saluent les mesures prises en vue du fonctionnement effectif de la Cour pénale spéciale.

Les cinq organisations partenaires rappellent que seul le dialogue, dans le respect de l’ordre constitutionnel et démocratique, permettra de trouver des réponses appropriées et durables aux préoccupations légitimes des différents acteurs centrafricains concernés. A cet égard, elles réitèrent l’importance que revêt l’Initiative africaine pour la paix et la réconciliation portée par l”UA, la CEEAC et la Conférence internationale sur la région des Grands Lacs (CIRGL) et soutenue par l”Angola, le Congo et le Tchad. Elles expriment leur engagement à travailler ensemble à l’aboutissement de cette Initiative, en appui aux efforts du Président Faustin-Archange Touadéra visant à promouvoir durablement la réconciliation et une gouvernance inclusive dans le prolongement des conclusions du Forum de Bangui. Elles soulignent que les groupes armés qui se livreraient à de nouvelles violences courent le risque de s’exclure, d’eux-mêmes, de l’Initiative africaine et s’exposent à des sanctions internationales additionnelles.

Joint statement on the Central African Republic by the Economic Community of Central African States, the African Union, the International Organization of La Francophonie, the European Union and the United Nations

The Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the African Union (AU), the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF), the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) are deeply concerned by the security situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), particularly in the prefectures of Ouaka and Hautte-Kotto.

The five partner organizations condemn the latest acts of violence perpetrated by the Front populaire pour la Renaissance de Centrafrique (FPRC) and its allies, as well as by the Mouvement pour l’Unité et la Paix en Centrafrique (UPC), that have caused heavy civilian losses and significant population displacement, thereby worsening an already alarming humanitarian situation. They express their deep appreciation for the robust action undertaken by MINUSCA, in the framework of its mandate, to protect civilians and help put an end to violence in the areas threatened by the belligerents, and encourage it to continue its efforts.

The five partner organizations demand that the belligerents cease the hostilities immediately. They recall that all attacks against the civilian population, the United Nations and humanitarian personnel may be subject to judicial prosecution, in line with the Central African legislation and international law. They welcome the measures put in place for the operationalization of the Special Criminal Court. The five partner organizations recall that only dialogue, in adherence with the constitutional and democratic order, will allow the concerned Central African actors to find the appropriate and sustainable responses to their legitimate grievances. In this regard, they reiterate the importance of the African Initiative for Peace and Reconciliation led by the AU, ECCAS and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and supported by Angola, the Republic of Congo and Chad. They expressed their commitment to work together for the success of this Initiative, in support of the efforts of President Faustin-Archange Touadéra aimed at sustainably promoting reconciliation and inclusive governance in line with the conclusions of the Bangui Forum. They underscore that those armed groups that engage in new violent acts run the risk of excluding themselves from the African Initiative and expose themselves to additional international sanctions.