Archive for May, 2013

Africa making great strides toward many MDG targets yet serious challenges remain, new report says

27th May 2013 Uncategorized

Addis Ababa, 27 May 2013 – Converting Africa’s impressive economic performance over the past decade into greater gains on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) remains a primary challenge for Africa, according to a new report. (more…)

Secretary-General’s statement on fighting in Syria and risk of regional spillover – 26 May 2013

27th May 2013 Uncategorized

Syria – The Secretary-General continues to be extremely concerned by the intense military confrontation in Syria, in particular in recent days in and around the town of Qusayr, and the resulting human toll and suffering.  The Secretary-General reiterates that protecting civilians must be the priority and urges all to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law. (more…)

Secretary-General’s statement on Colombia – 26 May 2013

27th May 2013 Uncategorized

Colombia – The Secretary-General welcomes the announcement that the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) have today reached agreement on the first agenda item in the peace talks being held in Havana, namely, Rural Development. This is a significant achievement and an important step forward. He wishes both delegations further success in their efforts to reach agreement on the remaining issues and to put an end to Colombia’s long conflict.

Joint efforts critical to achieve peace in eastern DR Congo – UN chief

27th May 2013 Uncategorized

DRC – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed that African countries have a “historic opportunity” to end the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and underlined that joint efforts will be critical to stabilize the region. (more…)

ON AFRICA DAY, UN CHIEF SAYS CONTINENT’S FUTURE FULL OF OPPORTUNITY AND HOPE

25th May 2013 Uncategorized

New York, May 25 2013  – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today declared that while Africans forge ahead with “a new narrative” for their continent, the United Nations will support them as they faced any challenges that remain on the path towards a prosperous future. (more…)