Regional security and integration in Central Africa under threat, Security Council warned
François Louncény Fall, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), briefed the UN Security Council on 4 June on the situation in Central Africa and the activities of UNOCA. The briefing was based on the latest report of the Secretary-General. The report states that the political situation in Central Africa remained volatile and highly charged by recent electoral processes and security and human rights challenges.
Five new members elected to the UN Security Council
Estonia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia and Viet Nam were elected by the General Assembly as new non-permanent members of the Security Council on 7 June. The countries will take up their seats in the Council on 1 January 2020. Read more about the newly elected council members and their priorities in Politically Speaking.
Senior Leadership Travel
Assistant Secretary-General Jenča visits El Salvador
Assistant Secretary-General Miroslav Jenča participated in the inauguration ceremony of the new President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele on 1 June. While in the country, ASG Jenča also met with Vice President Felix Ulloa, and they discussed the Government’s plan to establish an anti-corruption mechanism, possible cooperation with the UN in El Salvador, migration issues, gender equality and regional cooperation.
Russia expresses support for UN’s Libya envoy
Ghassan Salamé, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, met with Sergey Lavrov, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, in Moscow on 4 June. Mr. Lavrov expressed full support for SRSG's efforts and stressed the need to stop fighting and resume on the political track. The SRSG also met with Mikhail Bogdanov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and emphasized the need for a political solution to the Libyan crisis.
DPPA partners convene in Addis Ababa
DPPA, in cooperation with the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU), organized a field visit to Addis Ababa for member State partners who have contributed to DPPA’s Multi-Year Appeal (MYA). The two-day visit, opened by Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union Hanna Tetteh, provided DPPA’s partners a first-hand account of work in support of regional organizations, and briefings on the mandate of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Horn of Africa, among other discussions. The delegation included some 60 participants representing 30 UN member States. The program also included briefings on the work of the UNOAU, UN-AU collaboration in implementing the women, peace and security agenda, case studies on UN-AU collaboration and electoral assistance as well as a presentation on the work of the newly established Group of Friends of the UN-AU partnership.
700 people benefit from medical mission to reintegration area
This week, a two-day medical mission to Colinas, a territorial area for training and reintegration in Guaviare department, attended to more than 700 people, including former FARC-EP combatants, their families, and people from nearby local communities. Professionals of cardiologists, urologists, optometrists, orthopedists, gynecologists, dentists and pediatricians treated and diagnosed children, pregnant women, elderly people and families in the community. This medical mission was run by the Rotary Club with support from Colombia’s Reintegration and Normalization Agency (ARN) and the UN Verification Mission in Colombia.