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05 Sep 2018 description


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

The Secretary-General commends the people of Mauritania for the peaceful conduct of parliamentary, regional and municipal elections in the country on 1 September, which saw broad participation of political parties.

05 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 suit de près l’évolution de la situation en Mauritanie à la veille des élections législatives, régionales et municipales prévues le 1er septembre. Il exhorte toutes les parties à assurer la tenue d’élections pacifiques et crédibles et à permettre la participation de tous les acteurs concernés. Il appelle toutes les parties à veiller au respect de l’état de droit et à faire respecter les droits de l’homme de tous les Mauritaniens.

28 Mar 2018 description


Following are UN Deputy Secretary‑General Amina Mohammed’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the Strategic Consultative Meeting on the Sahel, in Nouakchott, Mauritania, today:

I am pleased to be with you today to discuss how we can, together, improve the situation in the Sahel. This timely gathering will help ensure that the security and development efforts being driven by the countries, people and institutions of the subregion are aligned with what the African Union, United Nations and other international partners are doing.

22 Mar 2018 description

21 MARS 2018

Le Secrétaire général de l’ONU, M. António Guterres, a annoncé aujourd’hui la nomination de M. Ibrahim Thiaw, de la Mauritanie, au poste de Conseiller spécial pour le Sahel.  M. Thiaw aidera le Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général et Chef du Bureau des Nations Unies pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest et le Sahel, M. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, à recalibrer la Stratégie intégrée des Nations Unies pour le Sahel et le nouveau Plan de soutien au Sahel.

30 Oct 2017 description


Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the Security Council meeting on the Sahel, translated from French, in New York today:

I would like to thank the Government of France for initiating this debate, which follows on from the Security Council’s visit to the Sahel. I would also like to thank the Ministers of the country members of the G-5 [Group of Five] Sahel for their presence today.

08 Aug 2017 description


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

With regard to the constitutional referendum of 5 August in Mauritania, the Secretary-General encourages all stakeholders to ensure that disagreements are addressed peacefully, within the confines of the law and respect for the rights to freedom of assembly and expression.

The Secretary-General calls on all Mauritanians to work together to deepen the rule of law and promote social cohesion and national unity.

23 Jun 2017 description

Le Secrétaire général salue l'adoption, le 21 juin, de la résolution 2359 (2017), première étape du soutien à la décision du Groupe des cinq pour le Sahel (G5) de mettre en place une force conjointe pour lutter contre le terrorisme et la criminalité transnationale organisée, en coordination avec les forces nationales et internationales.

23 Jun 2017 description

The Secretary-General welcomes the adoption on 21 June of resolution 2359 (2017) as a first step in support of the decision by the Group of Five for the Sahel (G5) to set up a joint force to combat terrorism and transnational organized crime, in coordination with national and other forces.

24 May 2016 description

During my recent visit to Mauritania, I had the opportunity to visit fistula patients at a hospital in Nouakchott. I was moved and impressed by their courage and resilience. It pains me deeply that this preventable and treatable condition still exists in our world, mainly affecting the poorest and most marginalized women and girls, causing them even greater suffering and isolation.

18 May 2016 description


Secrétaire général
Communiqués de presse

La déclaration suivante a été communiquée aujourd’hui par le porte-parole du Secrétaire général de l’ONU, M. Ban Ki-moon:

Le Secrétaire général se félicite de la libération, le 17 mai, des activistes des droits de l’homme, Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid et Brahim Ould Bilal, en Mauritanie suite à une décision de la Cour suprême.

18 May 2016 description


Press Release

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General welcomes the release of human rights activists Biram Dah Abeid and Brahim Ould Bilal on 17 May in Mauritania, following a Supreme Court decision.

04 Mar 2016 description

Nouakchott, Islamic Republic of Mauritania, 4 March 2016

Je vous remercie de cette opportunité de visiter l'hôpital Mère-Enfant de Nouakchott.

Je félicite toute l'équipe pour leur travail et leur dévouement.

Je suis très impressionné par vos effort, qui sont une partie intégrale des objectifs du development durable.

Vos efforts ici contribuent à la survie des mères, des enfants et des adolescents en Mauritanie.

15 Nov 2012 description


Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message to the International Conference on Food Security in Drylands, in Qatar on 14 November:

I am pleased to send greetings to the International Conference on Food Security in Drylands, and I thank His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani and the Qatar National Food Security Programme for organizing it. I also thank Qatar for hosting the forthcoming 18th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

27 Sep 2012 description



1 . A High-Level Meeting on the Sahel took place in New York on 26 September 2012, at the invitation of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon. Member States of the United Nations and representatives of regional and international organizations participated in the meeting.

20 Jun 2012 description

More than 42 million people around the world have been forcibly displaced from their homes and communities. More than a million fled their countries in the last eighteen months alone due to a wave of conflicts, in Cote d’Ivoire, Libya, Mali, Somalia, Sudan and Syria. These numbers represent far more than statistics; they are individuals and families whose lives have been upended, whose communities have been destroyed, and whose future remains uncertain.

World Refugee Day is a moment to remember all those affected, and a time to intensify our support.

19 Jun 2012 description


Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for World Refugee Day, observed 20 June:

29 Jun 2009 description


The following statement was issued on Saturday, 27 June, by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General welcomes the signing late yesterday of the decree establishing a transitional government of national unity in Mauritania.