Sharing experiences in addressing gender-based violence: Women & girls in crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of South Sudan
UN Headquarters, New York, 24 September 2019
NEW YORK/GENEVA/KINSHASA/ROME - "Tomorrow, 1 August, marks one year since the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) declared an outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in North Kivu province of the DRC. Two weeks ago, it was declared a public health emergency of international concern.
Geneva, Switzerland, 15 July 2019
Thank you very much indeed ladies and gentlemen for attending this afternoon. I am delighted to be co-chairing this with Dr. Tedros. Let me just explain the format at the outset.
Geneva, 13 April 2018
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Thank you for coming. We are talking about problems and challenges today and for that reason, the first point I want to make is a positive point. Progress in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is possible. Over the last 15 years, under the leadership of the Government, infrastructure in many major cities has improved, access to education has increased, child mortality rates have fallen and immunization rates have increased.
In response to the deterioration in the humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over the previous year, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee activated a Level 3 response on 20 October 2017, with a focus on the Kasais, Tanganyika and South Kivu provinces.
This is Mwasi Kallunga and her seven children, including her 18-month-old baby, Shabani. You all have this picture in front of you. You can see little Shabani has the distended belly of many malnourished children. I met them last Tuesday in Katanika camp in Kalemie, in the stunning and rich landscape surrounding Lake Tanganyika in Eastern Congo.
New York, 16 November 2017
This crisis rarely reaches the international headlines so I am grateful for the opportunity to brief you on the growing humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. My main message today is that we can no longer deal with this crisis on a business-as-usual basis. The scale and scope of the humanitarian crisis has far surpassed what we estimated or planned for this year.
(New York, 21 November 2012) I have been shocked by the pictures I have seen of the ordinary women, men and children fleeing the violence in and around Goma, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, due to the recent escalation in fighting between the Armed Forces of the DRC and the March 23 Movement or M23.
The DRC's humanitarian situation is not only one of the world's most serious, but also one of the most enduring. In conflict areas, millions of people have rarely known peace and security. Many live without protection, at the mercy of armed groups who do not show any respect for civilians - in violation of the most basic norms of international and national law.
Without humanitarian assistance, the most vulnerable would face hunger and disease on a regular basis. The emergency has become chronic, while development indicators are worsening.
Today I was appalled by the testimonies I heard.
A few hundred members of the LRA commit horrific atrocities. These are not large numbers, but they are responsible for nearly 300,000 people being currently displaced. Their brutality creates fear in communities. The weak presence of the Government and under-resourcing of MONUSCO has meant that the LRA have not been stopped.
The Government must strengthen its presence in this area. MONUSCO must also try to step up its operations.
I arrived in Goma today. I flew over the beautiful landscape of this province, and landed to find an immensely difficult reality confronting people on the ground.
Almost every week, armed men attack villages throughout North Kivu - often looting, raping, maiming, killing, kidnapping, and burning villages before leaving. These atrocities force entire communities to flee, sometimes many times, relying on humanitarian assistance for their survival.
An estimated 1.3 million people, who fled these atrocities, are displaced in North and South Kivu.