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Recalling &#39responsibility to protect&#39 UN pays tribute to victims of Srebrenica genocide

1 July 2015 – During a high-level commemorative event in New York, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to the victims of the Srebrenica genocide, perpetrated 20 years ago, and which, he said, &#8220will forever weigh on the collective conscience of the international community.&#8221

&#8220We are here to remember the thousands who lost their lives in the genocide…We are here to tell the families and friends of the victims that we share their sorrow. May their souls rest in peace, said Mr. Ban in his remarks to the special event, which honours the 8,000 men and boys who were killed by Bosnian Serb forces who overran Srebrenica &#8211 the largest such massacre on European soil since the founding of the United Nations.

Organized by the Preparatory Committee for the Commemoration of the Twentieth Anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, which is made of 17 UN Member States, as well as the Permanent Mission to the UN of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the ceremony, was also attended by Sam Kutesa, President of the General Assembly.

Mr. Ban said that the United Nations, &#8220which was founded to prevent such crimes from recurring&#8221, &#8220failed in its responsibilities&#8221 to protect the lives of innocent civilians seeking protection from the conflict and violence around them. The UN Secretariat, the Security Council and Member States share the blame, he emphasized.

&#8220Here today, I again extend my deepest sympathies to the families of the victims. I renew my pledge to work harder and harder, every single day, to safeguard people everywhere from assaults on their dignity and security,&#8221 the Secretary-General stressed.

Saying that it was his duty to pay his respects in person, he reminded the gathering that he had visited Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2012, and had returned with the image of &#8220endless rows of tombstones…etched in my mind.&#8221

At the same time, while there, he also witnessed &#8220how far&#8221 Bosnia and Herzegovina has come since the &#8220dark days&#8221 of Srebrenica.

&#8220I learned about the ways the country’s varied communities are striving to build bridges, increase trust and lay the groundwork for full reconciliation. It takes a long time to heal such deep wounds, and the United Nations remains strongly committed to supporting these efforts. To build a common future, the past has to be frankly addressed and assessed,&#8221 he advised.

In the two decades since the genocide, the UN had taken many steps to fulfil this fundamental obligation &#8220to learn from the massacre&#8221, by strengthening its work for prevention, Mr. Ban continued.

Hi Special Advisers on the Prevention of Genocide and on the Responsibility to Protect provide early warning and work closely with UN Member States to build their capacity to protect people from atrocity crimes, while his Special Advisers on Sexual Violence in Armed conflict and on Children in Armed Conflict are also making important contributions, he pointed out.

&#8220The Human Rights Up Front initiative aims to identify the risks of serious violations before situations escalate and the mandates of peacekeeping operations now consistently include authorization to use all necessary means to protect civilians.&#8221

Flagging the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide an &#8220important international instrument&#8221, the Assembly President Sam Kutesa called upon Member States that had not yet ratified or acceded to it to do so.

He said that it is of critical importance that the international community, particularly the United Nations, is equipped to recognize early warning signs, in order to detect and deter situations that could result in genocide of other gross violations of human rights.

Praising the role of the Secretary-General’s Special Advisers in this regard, Mr. Kutesa said that another vital component &#8220of our efforts must be to ensure those responsible for mass killings or genocide are held accountable, and that victims are afforded justice. We must make every effort to ensure justice, while also rebuilding trust and fosterin reconciliation following such terrible crimes.&#8221

The Secretary-General also observed that the UN is promoting &#8220truth-seeking&#8221 while upholding the principle of individual criminal accountability through the work of fact-finding and commissions of inquiry and the International Criminal Court, tribunals and other judicial bodies.

&#8220The perpetrators of such heinous crimes must not enjoy impunity,&#8221 Mr. Ban said.

Saying that more can always be done, he acknowledged that the international community is still failing too many people in desperate need, from Syria to South Sudan, with &#8220unspeakable&#8221 levels of violence and terror.

&#8220We must stand together against those who incite and divide &#8211 and those guilty of repression and misrule. Let us not turn our backs when people turn to us for help. This should be our promise to the victims of Srebrenica: to make right what was done wrong. A responsibility which falls on all of us,&#8221 the UN chief stated in conclusion.

Victims of Srebrenica genocide remembered and honoured

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Ban Ki-moon (second from right) visited the memorial site for the victims of the 1995 massacre in Srebrenica. UN File Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The thousands of lives lost in the genocide in the Bosnian town, Srebrenica, 20 years ago were remembered at UN Headquarters on Wednesday.

Speaking at a commemorative event in New York, the UN Secretary-General said the atrocious murder of Muslim men and boys will forever weigh on the collective conscience of the international community.

Eight thousand unarmed Muslim men and boys were killed by Bosnian Serb forces who overran Srebrenica during the Balkan war in 1995.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

Ban Ki-moon said the UN Secretariat, the Security Council and Member States share the blame for the crimes committed two decades ago in Srebrenica.

The UN failed in its responsibility to protect the lives of innocent civilians seeking protection from the conflict and violence around them, he added.

The UN chief spoke about his visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2012.

“I felt it was my duty to pay my respects in person. The image of endless rows of tombstones is now etched in my mind. I will always remember the tears and pain of the mothers and loved ones of those who were killed because of who they were. Here today, I again extend my deepest sympathies to the families of the victims. I renew my pledge to work harder and harder, every single day, to safeguard people everywhere from assaults on their dignity and security.”

Mr Ban added that the United Nations has strengthened its work for the prevention of genocide.

But he added that it is clear more must be done as the global community is still failing too many people in desperate need, from Syria to South Sudan.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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Globeleq celebrates completion of the Azito power plant expansion in Côte d’Ivoire

LONDON, July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Globeleq, the leading independent power producer in Africa, celebrated the completion of the expansion and conversion to combined cycle of its majority-owned Azito gas-to-power plant near Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.  Azito’s 430 MW of installed capacity will generate electricity using locally supplied natural gas and will provide more than a quarter of the country’s electricity.

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An on-site inauguration ceremony was held in the presence of His Excellency Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, along with many other West African leaders, key government officials, international and local representatives, contractors, employees and members of the local community.

Mikael Karlsson, Globeleq’s CEO remarked:  “This clearly demonstrates what can be achieved when governments, the international financing community and the private sector act in close cooperation to develop sub-Saharan Africa’s energy sector. Azito provides a blueprint for the development of similar power projects, both in Côte d’Ivoire and West Africa as a whole.”

The expansion adds 139MW of generating capacity to the sector by converting the power station to combined cycle gas turbine technology. The newly expanded Azito plant does not consume any additional gas or create any further carbon emissions, making it one of the most affordable and efficient thermal generation facilities in Côte d’Ivoire.

During the peak of construction of the expanded plant, more than 1,300 jobs were created.  Sixty percent of these were sourced from the local area.  Hyundai Engineering and Construction Co Ltd, the engineering, procurement and construction contractor, completed the expansion on 21 May 2015.  The Azito expansion project provides Côte d’Ivoire with access to much needed electricity – a key driver in the development of the local economy and improvement in living standards.

About Globeleq

Globeleq is focused on providing reliable power to the emerging markets of Africa.  Since the company’s launch in 2002, it has participated in transactions involving nearly 14,000 MWs in 27 countries, investing more than US$1.3 billion of equity across 44 different power projects.  Globeleq is wholly owned by Actis Infrastructure Fund 2, a fund managed by Actis, the pan emerging markets fund manager, which has US$7.6 billion of funds under management. www.globeleq.com

Globeleq célèbre l’achèvement du projet d’extension du site de la centrale électrique d’Azito en Côte d’Ivoire

LONDRES, le 1 juillet 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Globeleq, le premier producteur d’énergie indépendant en Afrique sub-saharienne, a célébré l’achèvement de l’extension de 139 MW de sa centrale électrique à gaz d’Azito majoritairement détenue près d’Abidjan, en Côte d’Ivoire. Générant désormais 430 MW d’électricité à partir du gaz naturel fourni localement, Azito fournit plus d’un quart de l’électricité du pays.

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Une cérémonie d’inauguration sur site s’est déroulée en présence de Son Excellence Alassane Ouattara, Président de la République de Côte d’Ivoire, ainsi que de nombreux autres dirigeants ouest-africains, les principaux responsables gouvernementaux, des représentants locaux et internationaux, les entrepreneurs, les employés et les membres de la communauté locale.

Mikael Karlsson, PDG de Globeleq a observé : « Cela démontre clairement ce qui peut être accompli lorsque les gouvernements, la communauté financière internationale et le secteur privé agissent en étroite collaboration pour développer le secteur de l’énergie de l’Afrique sub-saharienne. Azito propose un exemple à suivre pour le développement de projets énergétiques similaires, tant en Côte d’Ivoire que dans toute l’Afrique de l’Ouest ».

L’extension ajoute une capacité de génération de 139 MW au réseau national en convertissant la centrale électrique vers une technologie de turbine à gaz à cycle combiné. La centrale d’Azito nouvellement agrandie ne consomme pas de gaz supplémentaire et ne crée pas de nouvelles émissions de carbone, ce qui en fait l’une des installations de production thermique les plus rentables et efficaces du pays.

Au plus fort des travaux de construction de l’extension de la centrale, plus de 1 300 emplois ont été créés. Soixante pour cent d’entre eux étaient occupés par des résidents locaux. Hyundai Engineering and Construction Co Ltd, l’entrepreneur en ingénierie, approvisionnement et construction, a achevé l’extension le 21 mai 2015. Le projet d’extension d’Azito fournit au pays l’accès à l’électricité indispensable – un facteur clé dans le développement de l’économie et l’amélioration du niveau de vie local.

À propos de Globeleq

Globeleq se concentre sur la fourniture d’une alimentation fiable aux marchés émergents en Afrique. Depuis la création de la compagnie en 2002, elle a participé à près de 14 000 MW dans 27 pays, investissant plus de 1,3 milliards de $ de capitaux dans 44 projets de centrales différents. Globeleq est entièrement détenue par Actis Infrastructure Fund 2, un fond géré par Actis, l’investisseur leader sur les marchés émergents avec plus de 7,6 milliards $ de fonds sous gestion. www.globeleq.com