Mali: Security Council Press Statement
On 23 April, the members of the Security Council were briefed by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali on the situation in Mali.
The members of the Security Council welcomed the “elements of a roadmap” to end the crisis, distributed by the Malian Government to the Security Council during its visit to Mali, from 1 to 3 February 2014. They further welcomed the organization of the workshops facilitated by the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) following the Security Council’s visit and the adoption on 18 February 2014 of a technical document, signed by the representatives of the Government as well as the signatory and adherent armed groups of the Ouagadougou Preliminary Agreement of 18 June 2013 and the international community, outlining the necessary steps to further the cantonment process, as a practical step leading to an effective disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) process, in the context of a comprehensive peace settlement. They called for the swift and full implementation of the cantonment process on this basis. [...]
Attacks against the United Nations and civilians in South Sudan: Security Council Press Statement
The members of the Security Council expressed their outrage at the recent attacks by armed groups in South Sudan that have purposefully targeted civilians as well as UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) sites and personnel, in particular the 17 April attack against the UNMISS compound in Bor that resulted in scores of dead and injured, including those seeking the shelter and protection of the United Nations, and the 14 April attacks in Bentiu and Unity State.
The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms these acts and underscored that attacks on civilians and UN peacekeepers may constitute a war crime. The members of the Security Council extended their condolences to the families of those civilians injured and killed in these attacks, and to the people of South Sudan who deserve the opportunity to live in peace. [...]
Séance d’information publique du Conseil de sécurité sur l’Ukraine
Le Conseil de sécurité a eu ce jour une séance d’information publique sur l’Ukraine, lors de laquelle il a entendu un exposé du Sous-Secrétaire général des Nations Unies aux droits de l’homme Ivan Šimonović sur la situation des droits de l’homme en Ukraine, y compris en Crimée.
Le Représentant permanent du Luxembourg, l'Ambassadeur Sylvie Lucas, a prononcé l'intervention suivante à titre national.
Prevention and fight against genocide: adoption of resolution 2150 (2014)
At a briefing held under the item of threats to international peace and security, the Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2150 (2014) on the prevention and the fight against genocide. The Council was briefed by Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson and Ambassador Colin Keating, Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of New Zealand, who was President of the Security Council in April 1994 during the genocide in Rwanda.
Libya: Security Council Press Statement
The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack against the Jordanian diplomatic convoy in Tripoli, Libya, on 15 April, which resulted in the abduction of the Jordanian ambassador and injuries to his driver.
The members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern at this attack and called for the immediate release of the Jordanian ambassador.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that such acts are unjustifiable regardless of their motivations, whenever and by whomsoever committed. They underlined the need to bring the perpetrators of such acts to justice. [...]
Terrorist Attacks in Nigeria: Security Council Press Statement
The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the multiple terrorist attacks committed by Boko Haram that occurred in Nigeria on April 13 and April 14 causing numerous deaths and injuries.
The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and expressed their sympathy to all those injured in these attacks, and to the people and the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed, and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group. [...]
Réunion d'urgence du Conseil de sécurité concernant l'Ukraine
Le Conseil de sécurité s'est réuni d'urgence en séance d'information publique compte tenu des récents événements très préoccupants dans l'est et le sud-est de l'Ukraine. Il a entendu un briefing du Sous-Secrétaire général des Nations Unies aux Affaires politiques, Oscar Fernandez-Taranco.
Le Représentant permanent de l'Ukraine, l'Ambassadeur Yuriy Sergeyev, est intervenu devant le Conseil en vertu de la règle 37 du règlement intérieur provisoire du Conseil de sécurité.
Le Chargé d’affaires a.i. du Luxembourg, Olivier Maes, a prononcé l'intervention suivante à titre national.
Situation in Burundi: Security Council Press Statement
The members of the Security Council expressed their concern for the political tensions in Burundi and for continued restrictions on the press and on civil liberties, including limitations on the freedoms of expression, of association and of peaceful assembly, including for members of opposition political parties, and for media and civil society organizations, especially in the run up to the 2015 elections.
They condemned any recourse to violence, and expressed their concern for the reported acts of intimidation, harassment and violence committed by youth groups in Burundi. They recalled the urgent need for the government of Burundi to address impunity, while respecting the right of due process, and for all the political parties to publicly condemn all political violence and acts of incitement to hatred or violence, in line with the Constitution of Burundi and the Arusha Agreement.
The members of the Security Council encouraged further efforts by the government of Burundi to ensure a space for all political parties and to continue to improve dialogue between all relevant actors, including civil society, with a view towards ensuring a conducive, free and open environment in the run up to the 2015 elections. [...]
Central African Republic: Adoption of resolution 2149 (2014)
The Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2149 (2014) on the situation in the Central African Republic, establishing the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). As from 15 September 2014, MINUSCA will initially comprise up to 10,000 military personnel and 1,800 police personnel.
L’aide aux pays en développement reprend en 2013 – le Luxembourg à la troisième place
Le CAD (Comité d’Aide au Développement de l’OCDE) a publié le 8 avril ses statistiques concernant le classement des donateurs pour l’année budgétaire 2013.
L’aide au développement a augmenté de 6.1 % en termes réels en 2013 pour atteindre son plus haut niveau historique, malgré les tensions budgétaires qui persistent dans les pays de l’OCDE depuis la crise économique mondiale. Les apports nets d’aide publique au développement (APD) des donneurs se sont élevés à 134.8 milliards USD au total, ce qui constitue un rebond après deux années de baisse des volumes, un certain nombre de pays ayant augmenté leurs dépenses au titre de l’aide étrangère.
Les donneurs les plus généreux, en volume, ont été les États-Unis, le Royaume-Uni, l’Allemagne, le Japon et la France. Le Danemark, le Luxembourg, la Norvège et la Suède ont de nouveau dépassé l’objectif de 0.7 % du RNB consacré à l’APD, qui a été atteint pour la première fois par le Royaume‑Uni. Le rapport APD/RNB des Pays-Bas est inférieur à 0.7 % pour la première fois depuis 1974. Le Luxembourg est resté stable en allouant comme lors des années précédentes 1 % de son RNB à l’APD. En 2013, la Norvège et la Suède ont alloué 1.07 % et 1.02% respectivement. [...]
Attack against UN personnel in Somalia: Security Council Press Statement
The members of the Security Council are outraged by the killing today of two UN personnel in Galkayo, Somalia. The members of the Security Council condemned the killings in the strongest terms. The members of the Security Council extended their condolences to the families of the victims. The members of the Council further offered their condolences to the United Nations and the Governments of the Republic of France and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
The members of the Security Council are appalled that individuals working to support the people of Somalia have been killed as they sought to help Somalia progress towards peace and prosperity.
The members of the Security Council called on the Somali authorities to bring the perpetrators of this act to justice. The members of the Security Council underlined their support to the peace and reconciliation process in Somalia. They reiterated that their determination to support the people of Somalia would not be reduced as a result of this or any other such act.
Elections in Afghanistan: Security Council Press Statement
The members of the Security Council welcome the holding of the presidential and provincial council elections on 5 April 2014 in Afghanistan. The members of the Council reiterate the importance of these historic elections to Afghanistan’s transition and democratic development. Members commend the participation and courage of the Afghan people to cast their ballot despite the threat and intimidation by the Taliban and other extremist and terrorist groups.
The members of the Security Council applaud the Afghan-led efforts to prepare for and hold these electionsand recognize the important role of the Afghan electoral institutions, including the Independent Election Commission and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission, as well as the support provided by international partners.
The members of the Security Council welcome the level of public debate during the campaign, through the media and in communities, which has enabled the people of Afghanistan to discuss the issues that are important to them. [...]
Guinea-Bissau: Security Council Press Statement
The members of the Security Council welcomed the successful conclusion of the voter registration process in Guinea-Bissau and acknowledged that funding and preparations for the upcoming presidential and legislative elections on 13 April 2014 were well on track, thanks to the contributions of ECOWAS Member States, the ECOWAS Commission, Nigeria, Timor-Leste and donors to the UNDP Basket Fund, in particular the European Union.
The members of the Security Council expressed support for UNIOGBIS’s activities and the leadership of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, José Ramos-Horta, and commended his role in facilitating the electoral process.
The members of the Security Council condemned the episodes of political violence and intimidation in Guinea-Bissau, in particular the kidnap and assault of a member of the Party for Social Renewal (PRS). They urged all national stakeholders to facilitate the conduct of peaceful and credible elections, and to respect the election results as an expression of the will of the people of Guinea-Bissau in line with the country's agreed electoral code. They also called upon them to refrain from any action that could hamper the electoral process and to live up to their responsibilities in the interest of lasting peace and developmentin Guinea-Bissau. [...]
Séance de synthèse des travaux du Conseil de sécurité au mois de mars 2014
En application de la note S/2010/507, la Présidence luxembourgeoise du Conseil de sécurité a organisé ce jour une séance de synthèse des travaux du Conseil au mois de mars 2014. Au cours de cette séance, l'Ambassadeur Sylvie Lucas, Représentant permanent du Luxembourg, a prononcé l'intervention suivante à titre national.
Democratic Republic of the Congo: adoption of resolution 2147 (2014)
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