Security Council focus on peacekeeping in Africa

On Tuesday 20 November, the Secretary-General took part in a Security Council debate on strengthening peacekeeping operations in Africa. “The factors that drive conflict in Africa – including poverty, youth unemployment, climate change, competition for resources, and transnational crime – threaten global security,” stated the Secretary-General.  He added that “improving the impact and effectiveness of peacekeeping in Africa is a collective responsibility.” The Secretary-General called for a moment of silence in honour of eight peacekeepers, all from African countries, killed in the line of duty last week in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Security Council observes a moment of silence for fallen peacekeepers. UN Photo/ Eskinder Debebe


Addressing the “global pandemic” of violence against women

On Monday 19 November, the Secretary-General delivered remarks at an event marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. He said violence against women and girls is “a global pandemic” and a “major obstacle to inclusive, equitable and sustainable development.” “Not until the half of our population represented by women and girls can live free of fear, violence and everyday insecurity, can we truly say we live in a fair and equal world,” the Secretary-General stated.

The Secretary-General addresses the special event to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. UN Photo/ Loey Felipe


Global Forum of the Alliance of Civilization

The Secretary-General stressed the importance of harmony and solidarity at events related to this week’s United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Global Forum.  “We need to promote the conditions where people of different identities, faiths and cultures can live in harmony, free of discrimination and persecution,” the Secretary-General stressed. He said that “in these troubled times” the Alliance is “a unique and inclusive platform for Member States, the private sector, youth, civil society and the media to exchange views and commit to dialogue and new partnerships.” He also announced the appointment of Miguel Angel Moratinos of Spain as the new High Representative for the Alliance, effective 1 January 2019.

Remarks at Opening of Global Forum:

Remarks to the Group of friends:

Statements and Messages

On Africa Union reforms:

On Afghanistan:

On killings in the Central African Republic:

On World Prematurity Day:

To the European Parliament’s Human Rights Week (video):

To the virtual summit of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (video):

To the Asian Forum on Human Rights (video):

To the UN World Geospatial Information Congress (video):

Next Week

On Tuesday, the Secretary-General will deliver remarks at the commemoration of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. He will also speak at the high-level events of the Multi-Partner Human Security Trust Fund for the Aral Sea region and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. On Wednesday, the Secretary-General will attend the opening ceremony of the Global South-South Development Expo.