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  •  The President of the 76th Session of the General Assembly Abdulla Shahid will travel to Rwanda for a 3 day official visit on the invitation of the government Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly Ms Paulina Greer in a statement on Wednesday said the 3 day visit would be from Thursday to Saturday The visit hellip
    UNGA President travels to Rwanda, plans to attend CHOGM
     The President of the 76th Session of the General Assembly Abdulla Shahid will travel to Rwanda for a 3 day official visit on the invitation of the government Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly Ms Paulina Greer in a statement on Wednesday said the 3 day visit would be from Thursday to Saturday The visit hellip
    UNGA President travels to Rwanda, plans to attend CHOGM
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    UNGA President travels to Rwanda, plans to attend CHOGM

    The President of the 76th Session of the General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid, will travel to Rwanda for a 3-day official visit on the invitation of the government.

    Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly, Ms Paulina Greer, in a statement on Wednesday, said the 3-day visit would be from Thursday to Saturday.

    The visit coincides with the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Rwanda.

    As part of his Commonwealth engagements, Shahid will participate in the Commonwealth Business Forum 2022, which is held this year on the theme of “Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming.”

    He will also take part in a high-level event entitled “Keeping 1.5 Alive,” co-hosted by the governments of Rwanda and the UK, and the COP26 Presidency.

    A proponent of gender equality, President Shahid will also participate in a high-level event on ending violence against women, hosted by the First Lady of Rwanda, Jeannette Kagame.

    While in Kigali, Greer said the president of the General Assembly is expected to meet with President Paul Kagame.

    He will also meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Vincent Biruta.

    The topics of discussion are expected to include the five priority areas of the Presidency of Hope, namely COVID recovery, sustainable development, prioritising the needs of the planet, human rights and UN revitalisation.

    Shahid will engage with young civil society leaders at the Kigali Genocide Memorial.

    He will also meet with UN Country Team in Rwanda, led by Resident Coordinator Fodé Ndiaye.

    Similarly, UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, has departed New York for Kigali to attend CHOGM.

    According to UN Spokesperson, Mr Stephane Dujarric, Mohammed left New York on Tuesday evening to attend the meeting, holding between June 20 and June 26.

    The theme for CHOGM 2022 is, “Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming.”

    Dujarric said Mohammed would also be meeting with UN officials and other stakeholders in Rwanda. (

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  •  United Nations UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed has departed New York for Kigali the capital of Rwanda to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting CHOGM According to UN Spokesperson Mr Stephane Dujarric Mohammed left New York on Tuesday evening to attend the meeting holding between June 20 and June 26 The theme for CHOGM hellip
    UN deputy chief, Nigeria’s Mohammed, to attend CHOGM in Rwanda
     United Nations UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed has departed New York for Kigali the capital of Rwanda to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting CHOGM According to UN Spokesperson Mr Stephane Dujarric Mohammed left New York on Tuesday evening to attend the meeting holding between June 20 and June 26 The theme for CHOGM hellip
    UN deputy chief, Nigeria’s Mohammed, to attend CHOGM in Rwanda
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    UN deputy chief, Nigeria’s Mohammed, to attend CHOGM in Rwanda

    United Nations (UN) Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, has departed New York for Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

    According to UN Spokesperson, Mr Stephane Dujarric, Mohammed left New York on Tuesday evening to attend the meeting, holding between June 20 and June 26.

    The theme for CHOGM 2022 is, “Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming.”

    Dujarric said Mohammed would also be meeting with UN officials and other stakeholders in Rwanda.

    The spokesperson said after CHOGM, the UN deputy chief would proceed to Paris on Monday, to participate in the Transforming Education Pre-Summit, and meet with member states and other stakeholders.

    “On June 30, she will then travel on to Lisbon, where she will participate in the UN’s Oceans Conference.

    “The deputy secretary-general will be back in New York on July 4,’’ he said. (

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  •  The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for military authorities in Sudan and civilian representatives and political leaders to enter direct talks over the future of the country in good faith following continued unrest A military coup in October 2021 led to the suspension of a power sharing arrangement between civilian representatives and senior officers hellip
    Sudan: UN chief calls for ‘good faith’ ahead of direct talks
     The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for military authorities in Sudan and civilian representatives and political leaders to enter direct talks over the future of the country in good faith following continued unrest A military coup in October 2021 led to the suspension of a power sharing arrangement between civilian representatives and senior officers hellip
    Sudan: UN chief calls for ‘good faith’ ahead of direct talks
    Foreign4 weeks ago

    Sudan: UN chief calls for ‘good faith’ ahead of direct talks

    The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has called for military authorities in Sudan and civilian representatives and political leaders, to enter direct talks over the future of the country in “good faith”, following continued unrest.

    A military coup in October 2021, led to the suspension of a power-sharing arrangement between civilian representatives and senior officers, which had been established since the overthrow of former ruler, Omar al-Bashir, in 2019.

    Political protests took place in several parts of the capital on Monday, according to news reports, which met with a heavy response from security forces, including the use of tear gas.

    Since the coup, a violent crackdown has seen nearly 100 civilians killed, according to UN figures.

    In a statement issued by his Spokesperson, Mr Stephane Dujarric, Guterres, welcomed the efforts of the trilateral mechanism, “to facilitate a solution”.

    “As Sudanese stakeholders prepare to engage in direct talks, he encourages them to participate in good faith and to continue to work towards establishing a conducive environment for a constructive dialogue in the interest of the Sudanese people.

    “The secretary-general condemns all calls for violence and reiterates the importance of a peaceful atmosphere for the talks to be successful.

    “He is also concerned about attempts to undermine the efforts of the trilateral mechanism and its envoys,” the statement stated.

    Guterres stressed that “all forms of hate speech represent an attack on tolerance, undermine social cohesion and can lay the foundation for violence, setting back the cause of peace.”

    He reaffirmed his strong support for the work of the UN assistance mission, UNITAMS, “as it continues to support the Sudanese aspirations for democracy, peace and prosperity.”

    Adama Dieng, the UN Designated Expert on the human rights situation in Sudan, said in a statement that he was shocked by the killing of a young man in a protest on Friday, reportedly shot in the chest by security forces.

    “There can be no justification for firing live ammunition at unarmed protestors…This is a tragedy – each of these deaths is a tragedy for Sudan – another young man whose family are in mourning today.

    “His killing must be investigated immediately, and the perpetrator prosecuted,” the expert said.

    Dieng encouraged all Sudanese to contribute to efforts towards a political settlement and resumption of the important legal and institutional reforms started by the transitional government. (

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  •  UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Monday welcomed the peaceful presidential elections held in Somalia on Sunday and congratulated the president elect Guterres in a statement by his spokesperson Mr Stephane Dujarric congratulated the President elect Mr Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on his election as the 10th president of Somalia The 66 year old politician prevailed against 35 candidates in hellip
    UN chief welcomes peaceful elections in Somalia
     UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Monday welcomed the peaceful presidential elections held in Somalia on Sunday and congratulated the president elect Guterres in a statement by his spokesperson Mr Stephane Dujarric congratulated the President elect Mr Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on his election as the 10th president of Somalia The 66 year old politician prevailed against 35 candidates in hellip
    UN chief welcomes peaceful elections in Somalia
    Foreign2 months ago

    UN chief welcomes peaceful elections in Somalia

    UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, on Monday welcomed the peaceful presidential elections held in Somalia on Sunday and congratulated the president-elect.

    Guterres, in a statement by his spokesperson, Mr Stephane Dujarric, congratulated the President-elect, Mr Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, on his election as the 10th president of Somalia.

    The 66-year-old politician prevailed against 35 candidates in the election for the country’s highest office, including the incumbent president, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, who had replaced Mohamud in power in February 2017.

    Parliamentary and presidential elections were long overdue in Somalia, where Farmajo’s term expired in February 2021, but elections earlier this year were postponed due to a political impasse over electoral regulations.

    The UN chief commended the outgoing President Farmaajo for immediately accepting the results and expressing support for his successor.

    The secretary-general expressed his hope that the new president would move swiftly to form an inclusive cabinet, and that the new government and federal member states would work closely to advance critical national priorities and address the challenges Somalia faced.

    He reiterated the continued support of the UN to the government and people of Somalia and looked forward to continuing to closely work with the new administration to advance Somalia’s state-building agenda and address the dire humanitarian situation in the country.

    Similarly, the UN in Somalia welcomed the conclusion of the country’s presidential election held on Sunday, praising the “positive” nature of the electoral process and peaceful transfer of power.

    “I would like to congratulate the newly-elected President Mohamud on his victory,” the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, said.

    He also expressed “appreciation to the other candidates, and particularly outgoing President Farmaajo for respecting the outcome and for continuing the Somali tradition of embracing whoever wins and supporting them going forward.

    The top UN official in Somalia was speaking at the conclusion of the election, at the venue in Mogadishu known locally as the “hangar,” located near the Aden Adde International Airport, where he and other representatives of Somalia’s international partners had been invited.

    President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud won office on the third round of voting by the country’s parliamentarians, after some 12 hours of voting and counting.

    The UN Special Representative noted that the electoral process had been a long one, as well as actively competitive – and that focusing on domestic and state-building priorities should now become the focus of attention.

    “There have been some difficult moments in this lengthy election.

    “However, I believe that the process demonstrated that it was a genuine horse race, that it was a competitive election, and that there was an opportunity for all of the candidates to contest fairly.

    “Now it’s time for Somalis and for Somalia’s friends to come together to support the new government as it is installed, and to work on the critical national priorities that still face Somalia.

    “There’s much work to be done, and we look forward to being Somalia’s partners going forward,” Swan said.

    Swan also noted that some of the country’s critical priorities included finishing the constitutional review process, addressing urgent needs for improved development, security and the current drought. (www.nannnews.ng)

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  •  United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has expressed deep concern over the unfolding conflict in the breakaway Tigray region of Ethiopia Guterres latest comments on the conflict came in a statement by his spokesman Mr Stephane Dujarric on Wednesday The UN chief specifically mentioned an impending military offensive by the Ethiopian central government into the Tigray capital Mekelle He hellip
    Ethiopia: UN ‘deeply worried’ over impending military offensive
     United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has expressed deep concern over the unfolding conflict in the breakaway Tigray region of Ethiopia Guterres latest comments on the conflict came in a statement by his spokesman Mr Stephane Dujarric on Wednesday The UN chief specifically mentioned an impending military offensive by the Ethiopian central government into the Tigray capital Mekelle He hellip
    Ethiopia: UN ‘deeply worried’ over impending military offensive
    Foreign2 years ago

    Ethiopia: UN ‘deeply worried’ over impending military offensive

    United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed “deep concern” over the unfolding conflict in the breakaway Tigray region of Ethiopia.

    Guterres’ latest comments on the conflict came in a statement by his spokesman, Mr Stephane Dujarric, on Wednesday.

    The UN chief specifically mentioned an impending military offensive by the Ethiopian central government into the Tigray capital, Mekelle.

    He told all sides “to do everything possible to protect civilians, uphold human rights and ensure humanitarian access for the provision of much-needed assistance”.

    Guterres also stressed the need for free and safe movement of people searching for safety and assistance, “regardless of their ethnic identity across both national and international borders.

    “The secretary-general reiterates the full support of the United Nations to the initiative of the Chairperson of the African Union, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, to facilitate peaceful solutions.

    “He urges all parties to seize this opportunity to de-escalate tensions,” the statement said.

    According to reports, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Nov. 22, gave the region’s fighters until Nov. 25 to surrender or risk an offensive.

    Following the announcement, the army reportedly warned residents of the region’s capital that soldiers would “encircle” the city and attack it.

    But the region’s leader, Debretsion Gebremichael, has rejected the ultimatum and vowed to fight on.

    Hundreds of people have reportedly been killed and tens of thousands have fled in nearly three weeks of fighting in Tigray, according to the BBC.

    The conflict emanated from “long-standing tension” between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the regional powerful party.

    The latest fighting started after Prime Minister Ahmed in March postponed parliamentary elections scheduled for August, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    As a result, the TPLF now considers the central government as illegitimate and that Abiy no longer has authority to remain as prime minister.

    The regional party went ahead to conduct its own election, which the government dismissed as illegal.


    Edited By: Silas Nwoha
    (NAN)