UN / MOHAMMED DRC NIGERIA

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Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told the Security Council that the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) “remains complex and volatile, with both state and non-state armed actors perpetrating violence, illicit flows of natural resources and deepening political tensions, including over delayed elections.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 10 AUGUST 2017, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

10 AUGUST 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, African Union ambassador
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo remains complex and volatile, with both state and non-state armed actors perpetrating violence, illicit flows of natural resources and deepening political tensions, including over delayed elections. There are real risks of increased political instability and a deepening crisis if the 31 December 2016 agreement becomes irrelevant.”
5. Pan left, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We also see a real opportunity to get the country on track towards stability. In all of our meetings, we emphasized the need to respect and implement the 31 December agreement and the willingness of the United Nations to provide support. This endeavour will require deeper investment, not a scaling back of our capacities and resources. While it is imperative to ensure the most efficient use of available resources, particularly in a fiscally-constrained environment, it is equally critical that mitigating measures are taken to avail vulnerable populations the level of protection they need. In this respect, I would like to commend MONUSCO for the steps taken to mitigate the possible impact of the closure of its bases in some locations and for its efforts to develop and implement a more holistic approach to protection of civilians.”
7. Pan left, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations:
“In Nigeria, we were moved by our meeting with the Chibok Girls facilitated by the Honourable Minister of Women’s Affairs. Their remarkable strength as survivors rather than victims is inspiring. Many are receiving an education and psychosocial support to prepare them for reintegration. But thousands of other young women who have been abducted and returned, subjected to sexual violence and affected by conflict in other ways are still yet to receive adequate support.”
10. Pan left, delegates
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Tete Antonio, Permanent Observer of the African Union (AU) to the United Nations:
“The changing nature of conflicts has demonstrated alarming challenges such as worsening humanitarian situations, already referred by the Deputy Secretary-General, and increased violent extremism. Dire humanitarian challenges, as experienced in the North East of Nigeria and East and Kasai regions of DRC, significantly impact the well-being of communities, particularly of women and girls.”
12. Wide shot, Council

STORYLINE:

Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed today (10 Aug) told the Security Council that the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) “remains complex and volatile, with both state and non-state armed actors perpetrating violence, illicit flows of natural resources and deepening political tensions, including over delayed elections.”

Mohammed said “there are real risks of increased political instability and a deepening crisis if the 31 December 2016 agreement becomes irrelevant.”
Briefing the Council on her recent visit to the region, the Deputy Secretary-General said stabilizing the situation in the DRC “will require deeper investment, not a scaling back of our capacities and resources.”

She commended the UN mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) “for the steps taken to mitigate the possible impact of the closure of its bases in some locations and for its efforts to develop and implement a more holistic approach to protection of civilians.”

During her visit to Nigeria, Mohammed said, “we were moved by our meeting with the Chibok Girls.”

She said “their remarkable strength as survivors rather than victims is inspiring” and noted that “many are receiving an education and psychosocial support to prepare them for reintegration. But thousands of other young women who have been abducted and returned, subjected to sexual violence and affected by conflict in other ways are still yet to receive adequate support.”

The Deputy Secretary-General’s visit to the DRC and Nigeria was the first visit of its kind: a high-level mission focused entirely on women, peace, security and development.

For his part, the Permanent Observer of the African Union (AU) to the United Nations, Tete Antonio, told the Council that “the changing nature of conflicts has demonstrated alarming challenges such as worsening humanitarian situations” as well as “increased violent extremism.”

He said “dire humanitarian challenges, as experienced in the North East of Nigeria and East and Kasai regions of DRC, significantly impact the well-being of communities, particularly of women and girls.”
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