[Dateline: New York | Author: UNIC Bujumbura]
Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon paid an official visit to Burundi on 9 June 2010 where he met staff members. On his arrival at the International Airport of Bujumbura, accompanied by his Spouse, Mr. BAN was welcomed by his Executive Representative, Charles Petrie, on behalf of the United Nations System in Burundi and by the First Vice-President of Burundi, Dr. Yves Sahinguvu on behalf of the government.
Mr. BAN was later briefed by the United Nations country team and mission leaders while he attended a lunch hosted by the UN Integrated Office in Burundi (BINUB) at its Headquarters in Bujumbura.
He also took part in a town hall meeting with UN staff in which he talked about upcoming Summit on the Millennium Development Goals end the UN efforts on the issue of Climate Change.
In his declaration to the press at the airport he said that his visit aimed to congratulate the government and the people of Burundi for the contribution of the country to international peace and security in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). He also congratulated the people of Burundi for their achievements in consolidating peace in the country.
The Secretary-General also visited a Burundian battalion to recognize Burundi’s important contribution to the African Union Mission in Somalia, AMISOM, and to pay tribute to those who lost their lives there.
The last step of the Secretary-General’s visit to Burundi was a meeting with the Head of State, Pierre Nkurunziza, followed by a joint press encounter.
From South Africa, Mr. BAN will also take visit Cameroon, Benin and Sierra Leone.
UNIC Bujumbura participated in the media coverage facilitation of the visit.