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19 Sep 2018 description


La déclaration suivante a été communiquée aujourd’hui par le Porte-parole de M. António Guterres, Secrétaire général de l’ONU:

Le Secrétaire général se félicite de la réunion tenue entre le Président de Djibouti, M. Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, et celui de l’Érythrée, M. Isaias Afwerki, le 17 septembre à Djeddah sous les auspices de Sa Majesté, le Roi Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saoud d’Arabie saoudite.

18 Sep 2018 description


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General welcomes the meeting between President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh of Djibouti and President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea held on 17 September in Jeddah under the auspices of His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia.

09 Sep 2018 description


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General welcomes the visit to Djibouti on 6 September by the Ministers for Horn of Africa of Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia, joining Djibouti's Foreign Minister, as another important step in the rapprochement among the countries in the Horn of Africa region. The agreement reached among the four Ministers to work together to restore peace and stability in the region is a positive example for the Horn and beyond.

19 Mar 2016 description


The Secretary-General has learned of the arrival in Djibouti today of the Foreign Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, and the announcement of the release of four Djiboutian prisoners by the Eritrean authorities.

The Secretary-General commends the efforts of the Qatari mediation in brokering this process and the State of Eritrea for releasing the prisoners. He hopes this will help address other regional outstanding issues between Djibouti and Eritrea and enhance regional peace and security in the Horn of Africa.

11 Oct 2011 description


Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for World Food Day, commemorated on 16 October:

Today, in the Horn of Africa, more than 13 million people are affected by one of the region’s worst droughts in 60 years. Famine grips swathes of southern Somalia. Yet, drought does not need to become famine — nor should it ever be allowed to, either through system failure or through the kind of deliberate deprivation we are seeing in areas controlled by Al-Shabaab.

16 Sep 2011 description


« Alors que nous sommes confrontés à une palette extraordinaire de défis géopolitiques et humanitaires, à des turbulences sans précédent et à une grande angoisse liée à la crise économique et financière, l’ONU est plus que jamais nécessaire pour répondre aux besoins des populations. »

18 Aug 2011 description


Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message to the Emergency Ministerial Meeting on the Horn of Africa, as delivered by Gwi-Yeop Son, Director of Corporate Programmes Division, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, in Rome, 18 August:

Thank you for coming together for this Emergency Ministerial Meeting on the Horn of Africa. The crisis across the region continues to take a heavy toll on millions of people — especially women and children — and the situation shows little sign of abating.

17 Jun 2009 description

New York, 17 June 2009

Desertification and land degradation affect one third of the Earth's surface, threatening the livelihoods, well-being and development of as many as 1 billion people. Faced with long periods of drought, famine and deepening poverty, many have only one option: flight from the land. There are already an estimated 24 million environmentally induced migrants.

17 Feb 2009 description


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Madam Ban Soon-taek arrived at Addis Ababa's Bole International Airport in the evening of Saturday, 31 January.

On Sunday, the Secretary-General met first with President Kgalema Motlanthe of South Africa to discuss regional issues. He also met with President Omer Hassan al-Bashir of the Sudan. The Secretary-General expressed his deep concern regarding the situation in Muhajeria and urged the President to uphold the safety of civilians and ensure humanitarian access.

01 May 2000 description

Press Release SG/SM/7373 - 20000501
The following statement was issued today by the Office of the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General has asked Manuel Aranda da Silva, a senior staff member with the World Food Programme, to travel immediately to the Horn of Africa to serve as the United Nations Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Drought in the Horn of Africa.