Burundi: Inclusive dialogue ‘only viable option’ for resolving country’s political crisis says, UN envoy

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Michel Kafando, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Burundi, briefs UN Security Council members on the situation in the country.

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations.

An inter-Burundian, inclusive dialogue remains the only viable option for lasting settlement of the political crisis and the holding of elections in 2020 in a peaceful environment, the United Nations Special Envoy for the country, Michel Kafando, told the Security Council on Tuesday.

On the political front, Mr. Kafando noted that Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza reiterated on 22 December 2018 his decision not to seek a new mandate in 2020 and that the request for official recognition of the new opposition party, the National Congress for freedom, was finally approved on 14 February by the Government.

“I encourage the Government to continue in this direction and urge it to be more inclusive, particularly in the context of ongoing discussions on the adoption of a new Electoral Code,” he said, recalling that the general elections, including the presidential election, were scheduled for sixteen months.

The Special Envoy also noted that the human rights situation remains a concern in Burundi according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

At the same time, he said the humanitarian situation had improved since 2017, except in some parts of the country, particularly in the eastern and north-eastern border provinces.

“About one and a half million people, however, remain threatened by food insecurity because of persistent socio-economic difficulties,” Mr. Kafando warned.

As of December 31, 2018, the UN estimated that 140,000 people were displaced and more than 347,000 were still Burundian refugees in neighboring countries (down from 380,000 refugees last November).

The Special Envoy traveled to Burundi from 20 to 29 January, with the intention of holding talks with President Nkurunziza and the Burundian authorities on the conclusions of the Security Council meeting of 21 November 2018, but also to reaffirm on the eve of the East African Community (EAC) Summit, United Nations support for the inter-Burundian process.

“Unfortunately, these talks could not take place,” Mr. Kafando reported.      

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Welcome to the COVID-19 era of world sport

6 facts to know about EU alternative investment funds

How the gender commuting gap could be harming women’s careers

Alexis Tsipras against internal and external “enemies” in pursue of a two-phase deal now

EU officially launches its first naval mission against migrant smugglers

UN chief urges ‘maximum restraint’ following policy shift over northeastern Syria

How young people can help respond to the coronavirus outbreak

COP24: World sports join team UN in race against climate change

Iraq: Security Council told ‘despair’ has ‘given way to hope’ but road to stability ‘long and far from easy’

Why “de-learning” is equally important as reskilling in conversations about the future of work

Commission considers anti-dumping duty on Chinese solar glass imports

Draghi tells the EU Parliament his relaxed policies are here to stay

Scores of Rohingya refugee shelters in Bangladesh destroyed by flooding

Sustainable finance: Commission publishes guidelines to improve how firms report climate-related information and welcomes three new important reports on climate finance by leading experts

Further reforms can foster more inclusive labour markets in The Netherlands

COVID-19: A time screaming for positivity

This is how music festivals are tackling plastic waste

Monday’s Daily Brief: #ClimateAction for the Pacific, Gaza blockade, attack in Burkina Faso

European Commission and European Investment Fund launch €75 million BlueInvest Fund

These 4 Nordic countries hold the secret to gender equality

AI can wreak havoc if left unchecked by humans

EU strengthens cooperation with Ethiopia

EU is not only obsessed with Facebook but also blaims now innocent websites using social plugins to serve democratic dialogues?

COVID-19 highlights how caregiving fuels gender inequality

Far more needed to ‘confront the world’s climate emergency’, UN chief tells ASEAN Summit

UN aid teams scramble to reach ‘most remote places’ cut off by Cyclone Kenneth in Mozambique

Revamp collective bargaining to prevent rising labour market inequalities in rapidly changing world of work

Who should be responsible for protecting our personal data?

How storytelling can be a force for social change

Those who produce food are among world’s hungriest – UN rights expert

Here’s how business needs to change for a new decade

CHINA: five letters that could mean…

Mankind’s first tool to fight malaria also kills

Eurozone: Bank resolution proposal gains wider interest

Water inequality used to be a developing world problem only. Not any more

Winter 2019 Economic Forecast: growth moderates amid global uncertainties

Shifting Tides: Policy Challenges and Opportunities for the G-20

EU–Canada Summit: strengthening the rules-based international order

Who will win the AI race? If countries work together, then the answer could be all of us

UN Human Rights chief urges Venezuela to halt grave rights violations

DR Congo: ‘No time to lose’ says newly appointed UN Ebola response coordinator

Parliament elects Ursula von der Leyen as first female Commission President

We don’t need to ban plastic. We just need to start using it properly

World food security increasingly at risk due to ‘unprecedented’ climate change impact, new UN report warns

Dare to be vulnerable, and three other lessons in leadership

Migration and rule of law on next ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly agenda

These 8 countries have perfect scores for women’s rights at work

China is sending science students to live with rural farmers – and crop yields are skyrocketing

EU budget 2021-2027: Commission calls on leaders to set out a roadmap towards an autumn agreement

MEPs vote for upgrade to rail passenger rights

Commission imposes a fine of €561 million on Microsoft

Africa’s Sahel must be a top priority for UN peacebuilding efforts, says commission

‘Growing alarm’ over Fall Armyworm advance, with cash crops ‘under attack’ across Asia

European Commission adopts rules to ensure a smooth transition to its next President and the next College of Commissioners

Why infrastructure is the only way to fight a COVID-19 recession in the US

ITU Telecom World Awards launches 2018 edition

China hopes EU Commissioner De Gucht drops super anti-dumping tariff on solar panels

European Court of Justice to Google: It is #righttobeforgotten but not #righttoberemembered

More than one million sexually transmitted infections occur every day: WHO

Cambodia: Giving back to UN peacekeeping

More Stings?


Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s