UN and Africa: focus UN General Assembly, CAR and South Sudan

MINUSCA patrols the streets of Bangui. UN File Photo/Nektarios Markogiannis

CAR entering delicate period ahead of elections

The high-level session of the UN General Assembly started on 28 September in New York.  Heads of State have been discussing and presenting their visions on issues that are essential to their countries. High-level summits were held on a number of issues including the future of the troubled Central African Republic. After two and a half years of violent conflict, that has left thousands dead and millions displaced, the most tenuous months for the country may very well lie ahead. Veronica Reeves reports that the meeting in New York happened as the country prepares for critical elections, due to take place later this month.

 

Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda. UN Photo/Cia Pak

African leaders address the UN General Assembly

During the week-long general debate, leaders from across the continent, had the opportunity to address the UN general Assembly and share their perspectives on development issues, in particular, the newly agreed global goals.

 

Ban Ki-moon addresses a meeting on South Sudan. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

South Sudan President urged not to “betray” hopes for peace

South Sudan's President has been urged by the UN Secretary-General not to "betray and disappoint" international hopes for peace in his country. Political infighting in the world's youngest country has led to the deaths of thousands of people over the past two years. The recent signing of a peace agreement has renewed hopes for the future. Dianne Penn reports on discussions in New York, aimed at putting South Sudan back on the path to peace and development.

 

Presenter: Matthew Wells
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
Duration: 10’00″

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