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The Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) François Louncény Fall said the persistence of armed conflicts in some parts of region is undermining efforts to respond to challenges posed by COVID-19. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 12 JUNE 2020, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, United Nations headquarters exterior

JUNE 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Multiscreen, Security Council members and briefers
3. SOUNDBITE (French) François Louncény Fall, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA):
“The slowdown in economic activities due to COVID-19 deprives States of the resources they need to address the socio-economic impact of the pandemic, with the risk of creating social unrest. As governments are forced to choose between urgent public health expenditures and other priorities, they risk lacking the resources needed for the smooth functioning of national institutions and the financing of crucial reforms.”
4. Multiscreen, Security Council members and briefers
5. SOUNDBITE (English) François Louncény Fall, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA):
“Unfortunately, in these trying times for the governments and the populations of Central Africa, terrorist and armed groups have continued to destabilize the subregion. I strongly condemn deliberate attacks on civilians, and the destruction of private property and public infrastructure, including hospitals. I welcome the mobilization of the armies of Cameroon and Chad, including within the framework of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), to fight against terrorism in the Lake Chad basin.”
6. Multiscreen, Security Council members and briefers
7. SOUNDBITE (English) François Louncény Fall, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA):
“The fight against the LRA must be pursued to ensure that the gains made are not undermined. I therefore call on regional actors, including the African Union and ECCAS, and international partners, to strengthen their cooperation and mobilize the necessary resources to defeat the LRA, within the framework of the United Nations regional strategy to address the threat and impact of the activities of the LRA.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

8. Close up, Flag outside Nations headquarters


STORYLINE:

The Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) François Louncény Fall said the persistence of armed conflicts in some parts of region is undermining efforts to respond to challenges posed by COVID-19.

Addressing a virtual meeting of the Security Council today (12 Jun) Fall said the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives of citizens, as well as the functioning of States and regional institutions in Central Africa. The resulting economic crisis disproportionately affects the subregion of Central Africa, where many countries are oil producers. He added, “As governments are forced to choose between urgent public health expenditures and other priorities, they risk lacking the resources needed for the smooth functioning of national institutions and the financing of crucial reforms.”

As of yesterday, a total of 21,929 laboratory-confirmed cases and 462 deaths related to COVID-19 were reported, according to WHO.

Fall highlighted the efforts of regional Governments and organizations to counter the virus. However, he said in these “trying times for the governments and the populations of Central Africa, terrorist and armed groups have continued to destabilize the subregion.” He strongly condemned “deliberate attacks on civilians, and the destruction of private property and public infrastructure, including hospitals” and welcomed the mobilization of the Cameroonian and Chadian armies, “including within the framework of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), to fight against terrorism in the Lake Chad basin.”

The UN Special Representative said the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), although weakened, continues to kill, loot and abduct civilians and children. He stressed that the fight against the LRA “must be pursued to ensure that the gains made are not undermined.” He called on regional actors, including the African Union and ECCAS, and international partners, “to strengthen their cooperation and mobilize the necessary resources to defeat the LRA, within the framework of the United Nations regional strategy to address the threat and impact of the activities of the LRA.”

The UNOCA chief said COVID-19 would amplify the many challenges still faced by Central Africa, but underscored that the individual and collective measures taken by the countries of the subregion to contain the pandemic and meet the other challenges facing them are encouraging and deserve the support of the international community.
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