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Abdou Abarry, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Central Africa, told the Security Council that the region “is richer in opportunities and resources than it is in challenges.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 05 JUNE 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

05 JUNE 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (French) Abdou Abarry, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA):
“In my exchanges with the various political and civil society actors, I was comforted by the fact that Central Africa is richer in opportunities and resources than it is in challenges.”
4.Pan left, Council members
5. SOUNDBITE (French) Abdou Abarry, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA):
“Recent developments on the border between Chad and the Central African Republic and the impact of the Sudanese crisis on these two countries remind us of the urgent need to adopt a holistic approach to issues of peace and security in Central Africa, region already marked by the presence of a multitude of armed and terrorist groups, with a humanitarian impact, especially for women and young people.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (French) Abdou Abarry, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA):
“I would like to underline that the coming months will mark an important turning point for Central Africa where crucial political and electoral processes must take place by the end of the year. We will ensure with your valuable support, ladies and gentlemen members of the Council, that the episodes of violence, fueled in particular by hate speech, which have marked the elections in the past are avoided at all costs; the peace and stability of this sub-region are at stake.”
8. Med shot, Council members
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Gilberto Da Piedade Verissimo, President of the Commission of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS):
“At the time of this Council meeting, the security situation in the majority of ECCAS Member States shows signs of hope and therefore of encouragement. Although these countries are not spared by various security threats, they nevertheless manage to control them and thus prevent them from contributing to the development of national hotbeds of insecurity likely to have a negative impact on the stability of the entire sub-region.”
10. Close up, Security Council president
11. SOUNDBITE (French) Gilberto Da Piedade Verissimo, President of the Commission of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS):
“But despite these rather positive signs, it must be recognized that Central Africa is simultaneously facing major security challenges, the nature and extent of which vary from country to country. We can cite, in this regard, the persistent activism of armed groups, secessionist factions and terrorist movements; the presence of cross-border combatants.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (French) Marie Tamoifo, Founder and Regional Coordinator of the Network of Young Leaders for Sustainable Management of Central African Forest Ecosystems (REJEFAC)
“The negative consequences of climate change also have an impact on the availability of resources, a problem that young people will face throughout their lives. I insist here on the forced displacement of young men and women, who abandon all their possessions at the risk of their lives sometimes.”
14. Med shot, Council members
15. SOUNDBITE (French) Marie Tamoifo, Founder and Regional Coordinator of the Network of Young Leaders for Sustainable Management of Central African Forest Ecosystems (REJEFAC)
“If we have to ask you anything in these times of climate change and geopolitical uncertainty, it's to aim straight. We have to change the paradigm, because today, acting only with the States is no longer enough, we have to act more with civil societies, young people, women, ordinary citizens, more numerous, more active, who show an overflowing imagination in the face of the vulnerabilities facing Central Africa.”
16. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:

Abdou Abarry, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Central Africa, told the Security Council that the region "is richer in opportunities and resources than it is in challenges.”

Briefing the Council on Monday (5 June), Abarry, who also acts as the Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), said, “Recent developments on the border between Chad and the Central African Republic and the impact of the Sudanese crisis on these two countries remind us of the urgent need to adopt a holistic approach to issues of peace and security in Central Africa, region already marked by the presence of a multitude of armed and terrorist groups, with a humanitarian impact, especially for women and young people.”

Abarry also underlined that “the coming months will mark an important turning point for Central Africa where crucial political and electoral processes must take place by the end of the year.”

“We will ensure with your valuable support, ladies and gentlemen members of the Council, that the episodes of violence, fueled in particular by hate speech, which have marked the elections in the past are avoided at all costs; the peace and stability of this sub-region are at stake,” said the Special Representative.

The President of the Commission of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), Gilberto Da Piedade Verissimo, also briefed the Council, noting that, at the time of the meeting, “the security situation in the majority of ECCAS Member States shows signs of hope and therefore of encouragement.”

Verissimo added, “Although these countries are not spared by various security threats, they nevertheless manage to control them and thus prevent them from contributing to the development of national hotbeds of insecurity likely to have a negative impact on the stability of the entire sub-region.”

The President also said that “despite these rather positive signs, it must be recognized that Central Africa is simultaneously facing major security challenges, the nature and extent of which vary from country to country”, highlighting the persistent activism of armed groups, secessionist factions and terrorist movements; the presence of cross-border combatants.

From the civil society, Council members heard from the founder and Regional Coordinator of the Network of Young Leaders for Sustainable Management of Central African Forest Ecosystems (REJEFAC), Marie Tamoifo, who said that “the negative consequences of climate change also have an impact on the availability of resources, a problem that young people will face throughout their lives.”

“I insist here on the forced displacement of young men and women, who abandon all their possessions at the risk of their lives sometimes,” Tamoifo told the Council.

She added, “If we have to ask you anything in these times of climate change and geopolitical uncertainty, it's to aim straight. We have to change the paradigm, because today, acting only with the States is no longer enough, we have to act more with civil societies, young people, women, ordinary citizens, more numerous, more active, who show an overflowing imagination in the face of the vulnerabilities facing Central Africa.”
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