Mozambique: visit of solidarity following cyclones Idai and Kenneth

On Thursday, the Secretary-General arrived in Maputo, Mozambique, for a visit of solidarity with the people of the country following the devastation caused by cyclones Idai and Kenneth. “Mozambique does not really contribute to global warming,” he said, “but it is at the forefront of the victims of global warming.” The Secretary-General also took part in a joint press encounter with President Filipe Nyusi and met with representatives of NGOs involved in fighting discrimination against albinism. On Friday, the Secretary-General travelled to Beira, in the north of the country, to take stock of the recovery efforts in the areas hard-hit by the cyclones.

The Secretary-General visits temporary classrooms in a school in Beira, Mozambique. The school was destroyed by Cyclone Idai. Photo: UN Mozambique.

Joint press encounter:

In Kenya, Secretary-General highlights priority of preventing violent extremism

On Wednesday, the Secretary-General addressed the opening session of the African Regional High-level Conference on Counter‑Terrorism and Prevention of Violent Extremism Conducive to Terrorism. “The threat of terrorism in Africa is spreading and destabilizing entire regions,” he warned, stressing his great concern about the situation in the Sahel and increasing risks in West Africa. The Secretary-General said it was time “for the international community to step up and provide the financial and technical resources needed to support African-owned and -led counter-terrorism efforts, while fully respecting human rights, the rule of law and gender considerations.” While in Nairobi, he also met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat. He also participated in a dialogue on the role of women in preventing violent extremism and in a town hall meeting with youth involved in programmes to prevent violent extremism.

The Secretary-General visited a training centre in Kamakunji, Kenya, and talked to youth about countering violent extremism, and preventing radicalization. UNEP/Duncan Moore

Remarks to the African Regional High-Level Conference:

Transcript of the Joint Press Stakeout with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission:

Annual report of the Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB)

On Monday, in New York, the Secretary-General presented the annual overview report of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB). He called the Board a “critical component in enhancing the coordination and direction-setting role of the UN leadership.” The Secretary-General outlined his aim “for each CEB member to leave our sessions with a shared understanding and vision of the immediate priorities of the United Nations system, with clarity about each entity’s respective contribution, and with the conviction to lead courageously.”


Statement and messages

On World Population Day:

On Syria:

Senior Appointments

Mr. Mirko Manzoni of Switzerland as Personal Envoy for Mozambique:

Next Week

On Tuesday in New York, the Secretary-General will participate in the opening of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and in a meeting commemorating the 25th anniversary of the international conference on population and development.  On Thursday, he will attend the observance of Nelson Mandela International Day and deliver remarks at a Security Council briefing on strengthening partnerships for successful nationally-owned post-conflict transitions