New York, 24 January 2017, 9:00 AM
Mr. President of the General Assembly,
Ladies and gentlemen,
All protocol observed,
The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack against the camp of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Aguelhoc, in the north of Mali, on 23 January 2017, which caused the death of a Chadian peacekeeper and injured others.
The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the family of the victim, as well as to the Government of Chad and to MINUSMA. They paid tribute to the peacekeepers who risk their lives.
The UN World Data Forum drum is handed over to representatives of the UAE, who will host the second Forum
The first UN World Data Forum convened from 15-18 January 2017, in Cape Town, South Africa. The Forum took place following the recommendation in the report, “A World That Counts: Mobilising the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development,” which was presented in November 2014 by the UN Secretary-General’s Independent Expert Advisory Group on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development, and the subsequent decision by the UN Statistical Commission that a UN World Data Forum on Sustainable Development Data would be the suitable platform for intensifying cooperation with various professional groups, such as national statistical offices (NSOs), information technology and geospatial information managers, and data scientists among other representatives of government, intergovernmental organizations and civil society.
The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the barbaric attack on 18 January 2017 in Gao against the camp of the Operational Coordination Mechanism, which caused the death of dozens of persons and for which the terrorist group Al Mourabitoune has claimed responsibility. They highlighted that this terrorist attack targeted members of the Malian defense and security forces and of the Plateforme andCoordination armed groups, designated to participate in joint security patrols within the framework of theAgreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali.
The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the suicide-vehicle attack perpetrated against the camp of the Operational Coordination Mechanism this morning in Gao.
The camp housed over 600 individuals designated by the three signatory parties to the peace agreement to start mixed patrols in Gao region. While the exact number of casualties remains to be confirmed, preliminary reports point out to dozens of dead and dozens of injured.