UNGA: Gutteres, Keita appeal for support for G5 Sahel force

UNGA: Gutteres, Keita appeal for support for G5 Sahel force

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Gutteres urged the international community to support the regional G5 Sahel Joint Force in northwest Africa, while warning that the window of opportunity for bringing stability to Mali was slowly narrowing. Guterres, speaking at a ministerial meeting at UN headquarters Wednesday, said delays in implementing…

In Uganda, Guterres calls on South Sudan’s leaders to end war

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres completes his “Solidarity Summit” visit to Uganda on Friday, in an effort to raise the visibility of refugees and increase support for them and their host communities. Hosted by Guterres and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, the summit of delegates, donors and heads of state hopes to…

Focus on Africa in Guterres’ remarks to G7 leadership

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres, speaking at a session on Africa and the G7 during the weekend summit in Italy, emphasized six strategies for advancing growth across the continent while reducing the risks that unemployment and economic frustration create for peace and security. Guterres noted the challenges facing fragile…

Morocco announces withdrawal from Western Sahara border region

Morocco announced it will withdrawal forces from the Guerguerat region of Western Sahara, a move expected to reduce tensions between the government and armed elements of the Polisario Front maintaining their decades-long call for an independent state. Reuters reports the decision came just days after a phone call between King…

UN: Guterres warns that sealing off refugees may backfire, fuel terrorism

New United Nations Secretary General António Guterres has reiterated the U.N. position on protecting refugees, joining the chorus of international voices concerned over President Donald Trump’s stance on those seeking help from the United States, and other countries with similar closed-border policies. “Refugees fleeing conflict and persecution are finding more…

Mali: UN condemns bombing attack as death toll rises

Following a vehicle bombing attack Wednesday that killed at least 77 people and left dozens more injured, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres issued a statement condemning the incident and called for continued commitment to the peace process. The attack came shortly after 9 a.m. at the camp in Gao, in Mali’s southeastern region,…