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Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa, François Louncény Fall said, “Central Africa has continued to grapple with a worsening situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccination campaigns in the subregion have remained generally slow and asymmetric.” He called upon the international community to “continue supporting Central Africa in its efforts to contain the pandemic and mitigate its impact.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 15 DECEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, Exterior, United Nations

15 DECEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. 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):
“Central Africa has continued to grapple with a worsening situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccination campaigns in the subregion have remained generally slow and asymmetric. According to official data, as of 16 November, nearly 3 per cent of people have been vaccinated across Central Africa. Meanwhile, 438,000 cases have been reported, including 7,047 who have lost their lives since the beginning of the pandemic, a 100 per cent increase compared to the situation in June. I call upon the international community to continue supporting Central Africa in its efforts to contain the pandemic and mitigate its impact.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
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):
“As the subregion prepares for crucial elections in 2022 and 2023, including in Angola, Chad, the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and São Tomé and Príncipe, renewed commitment to peaceful and democratic electoral processes remains paramount for regional stability. This requires the timely provision of adequate support to enable the creation of conditions conducive for credible, inclusive and peaceful elections, and prevent election-related violence.”
6.Wide shot, Security Council
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):
“A strong ECCAS is needed to help its member States address the many challenges facing Central Africa. These include, among others, terrorism and violent extremism, particularly in the Lake Chad Basin, maritime insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea, the weak participation of women in peace and political processes, and the impact of climate change on peace and security.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. 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):
« C'est un signal fort envoyé à la fois aux parties prenantes tchadiennes et aux partenaires internationaux, car la contribution de tous est nécessaire pour une transition réussie qui jettera également les bases d'une paix durable. »
“This is a strong signal sent to both Chadian stakeholders and partners international, because everyone's contribution is necessary for a successful transition that will also the basis for lasting peace.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (French) François Louncény Fall, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa and Hehe United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA):
« Au Cameroun, la violence se poursuit dans les régions du Nord-Ouest et du Sud-Ouest, y compris contre des cibles civiles. Le conflit prend de plus en plus une tournure régionale, avec des groupes armés non-étatiques qui formeraient des alliances avec des groupes étrangers et déploieraient des armes et des tactiques plus complexes. Malheureusement, les initiatives visant à résoudre le conflit de manière pacifique ont fait des progrès limités. Dans ce contexte, je salue les nouvelles initiatives locales visant à promouvoir une approche allant de la base vers le sommet qui contribuerait à terme à créer un environnement propice à la résolution de la crise par le dialogue. J'appelle également toutes les parties à prendre des mesures sincères et décisives en vue d'une solution politique négociée. »
“In Cameroon, violence continues in the North West and South West regions, including against civilian targets. The conflict is increasingly taking a regional turn, with non-state armed groups that would form alliances with foreign groups and deploy more complex weapons and tactics. Unfortunately, initiatives to resolving the conflict peacefully have made limited progress. In this context, I welcome the new local initiatives to promote a bottom-up approach that would ultimately help create an environment conducive to resolving the crisis through dialogue. I also call on all parties to take sincere and decisive steps towards a negotiated political solution.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa, François Louncény Fall said, “Central Africa has continued to grapple with a worsening situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccination campaigns in the subregion have remained generally slow and asymmetric.” He called upon the international community to “continue supporting Central Africa in its efforts to contain the pandemic and mitigate its impact.”

Briefing the Council today (15 Dec) in New York, the Special Representative said that according to official data, as of 16 November, nearly 3 per cent of people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 across Central Africa. Meanwhile, 438,000 cases have been reported, including 7,047 who have lost their lives since the beginning of the pandemic, a 100 per cent increase compared to the situation in June.

Fall also noted that the management of COVID-19, while showing the resilience of States of Central Africa, has also exposed some protracted governance challenges that need to be addressed for the subregion to prevent, mitigate and successfully resolve future crises.

He said, “as the subregion prepares for crucial elections in 2022 and 2023, including in Angola, Chad, the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and São Tomé and Príncipe, renewed commitment to peaceful and democratic electoral processes remains paramount for regional stability,” adding that “this requires the timely provision of adequate support to enable the creation of conditions conducive for credible, inclusive and peaceful elections, and prevent election-related violence.”

The Special Representative also reiterated that a strong Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) is needed to “help its member States address the many challenges facing Central Africa.”

Fall explained, “these include, among others, terrorism and violent extremism, particularly in the Lake Chad Basin, maritime insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea, the weak participation of women in peace and political processes, and the impact of climate change on peace and security.”

The Special Representative also noted that several Central African countries continued to face problems policies and security with known or potential negative repercussions on countries neighbors and regional stability.


He noted that Chad has made significant progress in reaching key transition milestones, despite significant challenges. The Special Representative welcomed the statement issued by the 52nd Ministerial Meeting of UNSAC, which reaffirmed the Committee's unwavering support for the efforts made by Chad to complete a peaceful and democratic transition within 18 months.

He added that the strong support expressed by the Peacebuilding Commission at its meeting on the Chadian transition, held on December 2, is also encouraging, as it helps to mobilize international support for the completion of the transition in a peaceful, inclusive and expeditious manner.

Fall said, “this is a strong signal sent to both Chadian stakeholders and partners international, because everyone's contribution is necessary for a successful transition that will also the basis for lasting peace.”

In Cameroon, “violence continues in the North West and South West regions, including against civilian targets, said the Special Representative.

He said, “the conflict is increasingly taking a regional turn, with non-state armed groups that would form alliances with foreign groups and deploy more complex weapons and tactics. Unfortunately, initiatives to resolving the conflict peacefully have made limited progress.”

Fall welcomed the new local initiatives to “promote a bottom-up approach that would ultimately help create an environment conducive to resolving the crisis through dialogue. I also call on all parties to take sincere and decisive steps towards a negotiated political solution.”
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