Africa’s Great Lakes region are “on the right track” to tackle political & other challenges

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    Briefing by Huang Xia, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region, on the situation in the region. (12 April 2021)

    UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region said he is “particularly concerned about the level of violence which continues to affect the security of individuals, in particular that of women and young people,” in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    One year since the first COVID-19 case was reported in the Great Lake Region, “nearly two million cases have been recorded across the 13 countries of the region and over “60,000 lives have been lost,” Xia Huang, the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General of the United Nations for the Great Lakes Region told the Security Council in a virtual briefing on Monday (12 Apr).

    In his briefing, the Special Envoy called on the Council members to continue their efforts towards more equitable and affordable access to vaccine, including in zones of armed conflict, as called for by the Council resolution adopted in February this year.

    However, Xia reported, “despite this particularly difficult context, the leaders of the region have remained committed to the Addis Ababa Framework Agreement, as evidenced by several political, security, judicial and economic initiatives.”

    He singled out efforts of the presidents of the DRC, Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi to find concrete and durable solution for the armed groups causing chaos in the eastern DRC.

    “Despite this progress,” Xia said, “challenges remain in the region, exacerbated by COVID-19.”

    Apart from the “well-known challenges,” Xia said he “remain particularly concerned about the level of violence which continues to affect the security of individuals, in particular that of women and young people, and to hamper the full development of communities. The violence that armed groups continue to perpetrate is appalling. We must put an end to it, not only through the strong measures already taken, but also through recourse to justice.”

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