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United Nations Day:


Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, appeals for peace consolidation

in the DRC

 
Kinshasa, 23 October 2014
– Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in the DRC, calls on “Congolese people to own the United Nations Charter in order to practice tolerance, to live in peace with one another, in a spirit of good neighborliness, and to join forces with the United Nations to maintain peace and international security.”

 
The United Nations Charter is a message of peace, “We the peoples of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war…” and also a tool enabling Member States to fulfill their obligations: peace, stability, development and freedom for all people and individuals. “You are the United Nations!” said the Head of MONUSCO.

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North Kivu:

Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, calls for decisive joint military actions to neutralize the ADF

 

 Kinshasa 18 October 2014 – Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, calls for “decisive joint military actions of FARDC and MONUSCO to start as soon as possible in order to relieve the population from the terror imposed by the ADF, once and for all”.


Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, calls for “decisive joint military actions of FARDC and MONUSCO to start as soon as possible in order to relieve the population from the terror imposed by the ADF, once and for all”.

 

“This sequence of violence, killings, assassinations, and human rights violations in Beni territory needs to stop immediately and I strongly condemn these atrocious acts” added the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Human Rights:


Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, profoundly concerned at the request of DRC Government calling for the departure of Scott Campbell

 

 

Kinshasa, 18 October 2014 – Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, is deeply disturbed by the request of the DRC government, calling for the departure of Scott Campbell, the chief of the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) and calls upon the government to reconsider its decision.

“I express my full confidence and trust in Scott Campbell and the work undertaken by his whole team. The Likofi report was prepared in accordance with the Security Council mandate for MONUSCO and followed the methodology used by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. I take full responsibility for its conclusions and recommendations” declared the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the DRC.

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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty:

Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in the DRC, is worried about a form of extreme poverty which also affects workers

 

Goma, October 17, 2014 - “Eradicating poverty for good in the whole world is neither an utopia nor an illusion ; it is a clear objective towards which we must all strive for,” stated Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The eradication of extreme poverty and hunger is at the heart of the Millennium Development Goals. Their aim is to reduce by half, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of the population living below the poverty line. The global objective has been achieved; as in the developing world, the percentage of individuals living below the poverty line fell from 47% in 1990 to 22% in 2010.
North Kivu:


Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, is
in Beni to express his support to the families of the victims of the massacres perpetrated by ADF

 


Beni, 17 October 2014
– Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, paid homage to the victims of the Beni attacks, bowing in front of the mortal remains of the villagers killed during the night of 15 to 16 October in Ngadi and Kadu, near Beni, North-Kivu province. 

 

During the ceremony, Martin Kobler met with the families of the victims of the ADF attacks. “I came to Beni to show my solidarity and to express my profound and sincere condolences to the family of the victims. I strongly condemn the slaughter perpetrated by ADF rebels. There will definitely be consequences for those heinous and unacceptable crimes,” declared the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Martin Kobler condemns in the strongest terms the heinous attacks against the population in Beni
Goma, October 16, 2014 - Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, is deeply concerned about the recent spate in attacks against the population in the region of Beni. "I strongly condemn the criminal attacks perpetrated during the night of 15 October in the Ngadi and Kadou localities near the town of Beni in the North-Kivu Province," declared the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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World Food Day:


Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in the DRC, celebrates the vital role of smallholder farmers in the Congolese society

 


Goma, 16 October 2014 –
On the occasion of the World Food Day, observed under the theme Family Farming, Martin Kobler underlines its crucial functions.

 

“Not only does family farming nourishes the world, but it also protects the planet. That is why I would like to acknowledge the extraordinary work done by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in supporting the Congolese population,” states the Head of MONUSCO before reminding us that “family farming is responsible for 70% of the world’s food production”.

 

Moreover, family farming can help in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving overall livelihoods, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas. 

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North Kivu:

Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO condemns in the strongest terms the heinous attacks against the population in Beni and vigorously reiterates the common determination of MONUSCO and FARDC to neutralize the Allied Democratic Forces


Goma, October 16, 2014
- Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, is deeply concerned about the recent spate in attacks against the population in the region of Beni. "I strongly condemn the criminal attacks perpetrated during the night of 15 October in the Ngadi and Kadou localities near the town of Beni in the North-Kivu Province," declared the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

This extremely violent attack during which about twenty people were slain occurred after several civilians were killed in Oicha just a week ago. These two acts were committed by elements alleged to be part of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group.

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Fight against the LRA:



Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, announces enhanced cooperation between the United States of America and MONUSCO in fighting the LRA in Dungu


Kinshasa, 12 October 2014
– Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, during a visit in Dungu with representative of the United States of America (USA) announced an enhanced cooperation in the fight against the Lord Resistance Army (LRA). “I came to Dungu today with members of the American Embassy to demonstrate our joint commitment to neutralize all armed groups in DRC, including the LRA” declared the Special representative of the Secretary-General.


During their joint visit in Dungu on 10-11 October Martin Kobler and Eric Madison, Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States of America, discussed various means to increase cooperation between the US and MONUSCO forces in Dungu in order to accelerate the complete neutralization of the LRA in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco Mr Mohammed Ben Kudoor took the opportunity of the visit of the SRSG to Dungu to visit Moroccan troops operating under the UN flag in this area.
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Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, condemns the killing of 9 people in Oicha, Eastern DRC



Kinshasa, 10 October 2014
– Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, strongly condemns the killing of nine civilians by suspected members of the Ugandan rebel group, ADF, at Oicha, 30 km north of Beni, in eastern DRC.

“I am deeply shocked by this ignoble attack which shows the need to continue and reinforce the fight against armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The violence must end. MONUSCO will do everything in its power to help the Government neutralize ADF and all other rebel groups that terrorize the civilian population in the DRC,” said Martin Kobler.

The attack occurred in the night of 8 to 9 October, when rebels invaded Oicha and killed 9 people from two families, including children.

The attack caused a massive displacement of the local population from Oicha to Beni. Between 3,000 and 5,000 civilians have arrived in Beni over the last 24 hours. 

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