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Reports and Policy Documents

2022

  • 8 أغسطس 2022

    After three days of deadly fighting, the Security Council held an emergency meeting on Monday to assess a fragile truce between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza.

  • 8 أغسطس 2022

    Greater investment in State institutions is critical to counter peace and security challenges in Africa, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Monday. 

  • 8 أغسطس 2022
  • 8 أغسطس 2022

    New York, 9 August 2022

    On this year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, we are highlighting the role of Indigenous women in preserving and passing on traditional knowledge.

    Indigenous women are knowledge keepers of traditional food systems and medicines.

    They are champions of Indigenous languages and cultures.

    ...
  • 8 أغسطس 2022

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres condemned a recent attack on a nuclear power station in southern Ukraine during a meeting in Tokyo on Monday with the Japan National Press Club.

  • 8 أغسطس 2022

    In July, a UN human rights officer embarked on an outreach visit to the Horn of Africa’s Sool and Sanaag regions, a seven-day round-trip of more than 1,600 kilometres by road.

  • 7 أغسطس 2022

    United Nations has been intensively engaged and closely working with Egypt on mediating a restoration of calm.

    We underscore our commitment to do all we can towards ending the ongoing escalation, ensuring the safety and security of the civilian population, and following-up on the Palestinian prisoners file.

    I will continue to work with all relevant parties to de-escalate the...

  • 6 أغسطس 2022

    The ongoing and serious escalation of violence in and around Gaza between Palestinian militants and Israel has claimed the lives of 13 Palestinians by Israeli airstrikes, including a 5-year-old child and one woman, informed Lynn Hastings, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the territory.

  • 5 أغسطس 2022

    It is totally unacceptable for states in possession of nuclear weapons to admit the possibility of a nuclear war, António Guterres underscored early on Saturday in Japan at a ceremony marking the 77th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

  • 5 أغسطس 2022
    This Week in DPPA is a brief roundup of political and peacebuilding events and developments at UNHQ and around the world. 

    Lebanon

    UN marks second anniversary of Beirut Port blast 

    On 4 August, the United Nations and the diplomatic community in Lebanon, led by Special Coordinator of the Secretary-General Joanna Wronecka, marked the second anniversary of the devastating Beirut Port blast in 2020 by observing a minute of silence in front of the Port of Beirut in honor of the victims and in solidarity with the Lebanese people. In her remarks on Twitter, Wronecka said that “Achieving justice is indispensable for healing, for the rule of law, for rebuilding trust & for reinforcing Lebanon’s institutional credibility. “ Members of the International Support Group for Lebanon, chaired by UNSCOL, noted with concern the lack of progress so far in the judicial proceedings and called on the Lebanese authorities to help unblock any hurdles to completing the investigation.

    Read the full statement here

     

    Special Coordinator meets newly graduated female cadets from the Lebanese Army  

    Special Coordinator Wronecka congratulated the 46 recently graduated Lebanese female military cadets during a meeting on 5 August held at the military academy. The female cadets represent around 50 percent of all officers who graduated this year on Lebanon’s Army Day on 1 August, setting a first in the 77-year history of the Lebanese army. “What a big leap for Lebanon and the Lebanese army, particularly in the implementation of Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security,” the Special Coordinator noted. She promised to present this development in her next briefing to the Security Council as an important achievement for the Lebanese army in the promotion of gender equality.

    Yemen

    Special Envoy Grundberg announces additional two months for truce 

    On 2 August, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General Hans Grundberg announced that the Government of Yemen and the Houthis had agreed to extend the truce in Yemen under the same terms for an additional 2 months until 2 October 2022. The extension also included a commitment to intensify negotiations to reach an expanded truce agreement as soon as possible. “I will intensify my engagements with the parties to ensure the full implementation of all the parties’ obligations in the truce”, Grundberg said in a statement. 

    Read more here 

    Iraq

    Special Representative Hennis-Plasschaert discusses political situation with President 

    On 3 August, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq and Head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, met in Baghdad with President Barham Salih. They discussed the protracted political crisis in the country, as well as the need to find solutions through inclusive dialogue. Also this week, the Special Representative held separate meetings with leader of the Sadrist movement Sayyid Muqtada Al-Sadr, leader of the Fateh Alliance Hadi Al-Amiri, and leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party Masoud Barzani.  

    UNAMI Office of Electoral Assistance training workshops 

    On 1 August, the legal advisors of the UNAMI Office of Electoral Assistance (OAE) kicked off a four-day training on electoral legal framework and election dispute resolution for the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) and Governorate Electoral Office staff. Topics included the electoral legal framework, key international obligations, electoral cycle, hierarchy and levels of legal framework, electoral justice, international standards of Election Dispute Resolution, types of dispute resolution systems and mechanisms, standard of evidence and burden of proof, effective investigation, rights, and remedies and educating stakeholders on Election Dispute Resolution. Separately, from 1 to 4 August, OEA also organized a workshop on logistics management and planning for IHEC staff.  

    Colombia

    Latin American youth meet with former combatants in Tolima 

    On 2 August, the UN Verification Mission in Colombia accompanied more than 25 young people from the Continental, Latin American and Caribbean Student Organisation (OCLAE) to visit the reintegration zone of La Fila in Icononzo, Tolima, in the center of Colombia. They met with ex-combatants to identify the challenges and needs faced by them in the reintegration process, and their main findings will contribute to the OCLAE report on progress in the implementation of the Peace Agreement. 

    Libya

    Acting Head of UNSMIL meets Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangoush 

    On 4 August, Raisedon Zenenga, the Acting Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), met with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Najla El Mangoush. They discussed the latest developments in Libya and agreed on the need to chart a pathway to elections as soon as possible, based on a consensual constitutional framework. Zenenga reiterated UNSMIL’s commitment to support Libya in overcoming the ongoing political divisions. 

    Sudan

    UNITAMS Rule of Law team concluded visit to Kadugli  

    The UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) ended on 4 August a two-day visit to Kadugli, the capital city of South Kordofan State. The Rule of Law team met with judicial, prison, law enforcement officials and civil society to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing UN support to enhance the criminal justice chain in the State.  

    Special Representative discusses political solution and return to civilian-led transition in Sudan 

    Volker Perthes, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNITAMS, continued his round of discussions this week with various Sudanese stakeholders involved in efforts to build consensus towards a political solution in Sudan. He met with Sovereign Council member Malik Agar on 1 August, and with Member of the Sudanese Congress Party Khalid Omer Yousif on 2 August, where each meeting discussed efforts to reach an acceptable format for restoration of the civilian-led democratic transition. On 4 August, Special Representative Perthes met with Chairman of the Sudan Liberation Movement Mini Arko Minawi, and separately with the National Umma Party leader, General Fadlallah Burma Nasir. He reiterated the UN’s engagement with all actors to encourage the return of a civilian-led transition.  

    Security Council

    July edition of “United Nations Security Council in Review” now available

    DPPA’s Security Council Affairs Division has released the July 2022 edition of the "United Nations Security Council in Review." The monthly newsletter offers an overview of the activity of the Security Council, which in July includes the signature events held by Brazil during its presidency, as well as a list of the key topics covered. It is an addition to the existing research tools and information products available here.

    Read the July newsletter here

    Multi-Year Appeal 

    This week, DPPA received voluntary contributions from the Republic of Korea to support work on foresight capacity, the Office of the Special Envoy for Myanmar, and rapid response for Ukraine.  

    Next Week

     

    On 8 August, the Security Council will discuss Peace and security in Africa: capacity-building for sustaining peace. The Peacebuilding Commission Chair, Muhammad Muhith, is to brief at the open debate. 

    Subscribe to This Week in DPPA here

    Contact DPPA at dppa@un.org

     

       
  • 5 أغسطس 2022

    Nuclear weapons will continue to pose a risk to humanity unless countries fully adhere to the treaty that prohibits their testing, a senior UN official said at a press conference in New York on Friday. 

  • 5 أغسطس 2022

    Armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) must lay down their arms and engage in political dialogue, a UN-appointed independent human rights expert said on Friday, urging the international community to strengthen efforts to restore State authority and end impunity there.

  • 5 أغسطس 2022

    Special Coordinator Wennesland...

  • 5 أغسطس 2022

    Rising acute food insecurity in Somalia has caused more than 900,000 people to flee their homes in search of humanitarian assistance since January last year, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned.

  • 5 أغسطس 2022

    Activists who raise concerns about business projects in Colombia are under serious threat for speaking out, and UN human rights experts are urging the government to do much more to protect them. 

  • 4 أغسطس 2022

    Three more ships have been given the green light to leave Ukraine’s Black Sea ports on Friday, carrying just over 58,000 tons of corn, in a move that will raise hopes further for the success of a UN initiative aimed at lowering prices of essential foods and easing the global crisis.

  • 4 أغسطس 2022

    Special Coordinator Meets Military Female Cadets

    UN Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka congratulated today the 46 recently graduated Lebanese female military cadets...

  • 4 أغسطس 2022

    The United Nations continues to engage with authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the wake of the deadly shooting this past weekend involving peacekeepers from its Mission there, MONUSCO. 

  • 3 أغسطس 2022

    A powerful new sculpture unveiled at UN Headquarters on Wednesday honours the memory and mission of two human rights experts who were murdered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) five years ago. 

  • 3 أغسطس 2022

    Every effort must be made to support the Yazidi community in Iraq, the United Nations said on Wednesday, marking eight years since the extremist group ISIL launched a brutal assault on the religious minority. 

  • 3 أغسطس 2022

    The first, eagerly-awaited commercial shipment of grain to leave the Ukrainian port of Odesa since Russia’s invasion more than five months ago, was cleared to proceed to Lebanon on Wednesday, after a scheduled inspection stopover in Istanbul.

  • 3 أغسطس 2022

    On the second anniversary of the tragic explosion at the port of Beirut on 4 August 2020, members of the International Support Group for Lebanon (ISG) express their solidarity with Lebanon and its people, particularly with the families of the victims and all those whose lives were affected by that event that shook Lebanon and the world. We remember the more than 200 dead, and the many thousands who were injured, lost homes or employment, and who...

  • 2 أغسطس 2022

    The landmark truce in Yemen, which has been holding since April, has been renewed for an additional two months through 2 October, UN Special Envoy for the country, Hans Grundberg, announced on Tuesday. 

  • 2 أغسطس 2022

    AMMAN, 2 AUGUST 2022 – I am pleased to announce that the parties have agreed to extend the truce, under the same terms, for an...

  • 1 أغسطس 2022

    As geopolitical tensions reach new highs, and some governments are spending billions on nuclear weapons in a false bid for peace and security, countries must uphold the nearly 80-year norm against their use, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in New York on Monday. 

     

  • 1 أغسطس 2022

    The Secretary-General wishes to express his sincere gratitude to Ms. Stephanie Williams, who has just concluded her assignment as his Special Adviser on...

  • 1 أغسطس 2022

    Amman, 01 August 2022 – The Supervisory Committee on the Implementation of the Detainees Release and Exchange Agreement between...

  • 1 أغسطس 2022

    The UN chief on Monday welcomed the departure of the first ship from the Ukrainian port of Odesa, carrying grain under the landmark deal signed by Ukraine, Russia and Türkiye, overseen by the UN.

  • 31 يوليو 2022

    Secretary-General António Guterres is “outraged” over a “serious incident” that took place on Sunday morning on the border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda, according to his deputy spokesperson. 

  • 31 يوليو 2022

    Baidoa – Security, peace- and state-building, as well as the drought, were among issues covered in discussions today by the top United Nations officials in Somalia on his visit to the country’s...

  • 31 يوليو 2022

    As I conclude my mission as the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General, I would like to thank the Libyan people and the hundreds of interlocutors with whom I have had the privilege to meet and engage over...

  • 31 يوليو 2022

    [As delivered]

    Mr. President, honourable members of the cabinet and members of the press. Good morning.

    I am pleased to be here with you with Mr. Frantz Celestin, who is the head of the International...

  • 30 يوليو 2022

    Secretary-General António Guterres is “following with concern” ongoing protests in Iraq that have injured many people, according to his deputy spokesperson, Farhan Haq.

  • 30 يوليو 2022

    Secretary-General António Guterres is “following with concern” ongoing protests in Iraq that have injured many people, according to his deputy spokesperson, Farhan Haq.

  • 30 يوليو 2022

    Dhusamareb, 30 July 2022 – On a visit to the capital of Galmudug today, Somalia’s top United Nations official met the Federal Member State’s leader for talks on a...

  • 30 يوليو 2022

    [as delivered]

    Good afternoon. 

    I would like to begin by thanking President Ahmed Abdi Kariye and his team for the warm welcome extended to us today.

    We had the opportunity to discuss...

  • 30 يوليو 2022
     

    Human trafficking | UNODC supports judges and prosecutors in...

  • 29 يوليو 2022
    This Week in DPPA is a brief roundup of political and peacebuilding events and developments at UNHQ and around the world. 

    Security Council

    USG Rosemary DiCarlo briefs the Security Council on the situation in Ukraine

    On 29 July, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo briefed the Security Council on the situation in Ukraine, underscoring that the grain agreement signed on 22 July in Istanbul was a sign that dialogue between the parties is possible. The UN is now making every effort to support the parties in operationalizing the initiative, she said, stressing that avoiding incidents such as the recent strikes on Odesa will be essential for the initiative to succeed. She noted that, as the conflict enters a more protracted phase, attention is increasingly turning to its longer-term humanitarian, recovery, reconstruction, and socio-economic impact. Regrettably, she added, political dialogue has virtually ground to a halt, she said. 

    Read full remarks here 

    UN News on the briefing here 

     
    SRSG Hennis-Plasschaert calls Iraq shelling “horrific attack” as she briefed the Security Council 

    On 26 July, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the UN Assistant Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), briefed the Security Council on the situation in that country.  Mentioning the artillery shelling in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, she said that the “horrific attack on a well-known and clearly identifiable tourist site demonstrates a shocking disregard for civilian life.”  

    Read full remarks here 

    UN News on the briefing here

     

    Growing sense of hopelessness among Palestinians on prospect for statehood

    On 26 July, Lynn Hastings, the Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, briefed the Security Council on the Israeli-Palestinian situation and said that we continue to witness concerning levels of violence against civilians, which exacerbates mistrust and undermines a peaceful resolution to the conflict. She underlined tensions have been mounting, amidst continued settlement activity and settler-related violence. She also stressed that there was no substitute for a legitimate political process to resolve the core issues driving the conflict. 

    Read full remarks here 

    UN News on the briefing here 

    ASG Pobee notes that constitutional and political stalemate in Libya continues, despite progress made

    Martha Pobee, the Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Africa, briefed on 25 July the Security Council on Libya, calling the situation there “highly volatile” and citing the increased number of clashes in Tripoli. In addition, the dire economic situation has been exacerbated by the politicization of the National Oil Corporation. “The message from the young Libyans to their leadership was that they need to do more to improve their living conditions and that they want elections to be held as soon as possible in order to choose their legitimate representatives,” ASG Pobee said. 

    Read full remarks here 

    UN News on the briefing here
     

    Myanmar 

    Special Envoy meets with Malaysian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister  

    In Malaysia, Special Envoy of Secretary-General Noeleen Heyzer met on 26 July with Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah and Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob to discuss the situation in Myanmar, including the need for innovative solutions for the Rohingya both in and outside that country.  The Special Envoy underscored Malaysia’s role in mobilizing a regional and international response.  


    Lebanon

    Special Coordinator hosts dialogue with Lebanese editors to discuss constitutional timeline 

    Special Coordinator of the Secretary-General Joanna Wronecka hosted a group of senior Lebanese editors at UNSCOL to discuss their views on the challenges facing Lebanon and the constitutional timeline. The meeting was the second in a series of dialogues that the Special Coordinator is holding with the media on priorities for Lebanon. The discussions covered the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1701, the current political and socio-economic crisis and the role that the media can play in pushing forward the process of reforms in the country. 

    Iraq

    UNAMI Human Rights Office holds workshop on accountability for gender-related killings 

    On 26 July, the Human Rights Office of UNAMI held a workshop in Erbil, Kurdistan Region-Iraq, with NGOs, women’s organizations and civil society to discuss accountability for gender related killings. Participants proposed strategies on how to engage with government authorities, courts and other relevant actors, to ensure that perpetrators of gender related killings are held accountable, as well as to systematically monitor cases and raise awareness at the community level.

     

    UNAMI Office of Electoral Affairs holds session for Independent High Electoral Commission reporting team 

    On 25 July, UNAMI Office of Electoral Affairs (OEA) reporting advisers held a session for the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) reporting team to support the Commission enhance its reporting electoral activities and processes.  During the first session, OEA provided a presentation on samples, considerations, and steps in preparing regular internal narrative reports. Follow up and on the job learning sessions will continue as part of this initiative for enhancing IHEC’s electoral reporting process. 
     

    Central Africa

    Secretary-General appoints new Special Representative and Head of UNOCA 

    On 28 July, the Secretary-General appointed Abdou Abarry of Niger as his Special Representative for Central Africa and Head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA). Abarry brings extensive experience in the areas of politics and diplomacy.  

    Read more here
     

    Sudan

    UNITAMS meets with women’s rights advocates 

    The UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), UN Women and UNDP Sudan held a three-day meeting this week with women's rights advocates from Blue Nile, Darfur and Central regions. They exchanged views about building alliances among women's groups and enhancing women’s rights. On 27 July, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General Khardiata Lô Ndiaye also met with the groups to discuss the recent violence in the Blue Nile and its ongoing impact on civilians, underscoring the UN’s commitment to supporting the women of the Blue Nile, not just as beneficiaries but as actors of change. 

    Training for the Permanent Ceasefire Committee of the Juba Peace Agreement  

    A two-day training for the Permanent Ceasefire Committee of the Juba Peace Agreement was organized by UNITAMS and the NGO Promediation in Elfasher, North Darfur. It focused on conflict management and resolution, as well as mediation and negotiation, to support the peace process in Darfur. The Committee also held a technical consultative meeting on 26 July with over 110 representatives of civil society in to discuss priorities and concerns regarding the work of the Commission, as well as broader efforts to advance Sudan's political transition. 

    Colombia

    Fashion Fair features clothing made by former combatants  

    On 26 July, the Colombia Fashion Fair in Medellin showed 31 projects of clothing and textiles made by former combatants of the National Network of Clothing for Peace RENA-C. The UN Verification Mission in Colombia accompanied former combatants from Tolima, Cundinamarca, Antioquia, La Guajira, Arauca, Cesar, Valle del Cauca, Nariño, Putumayo, Caquetá, Meta, Guaviare and Cauca, who told their stories of hope and reconciliation. Designer Beatriz Camacho and the Avon Colombia Foundation also accessorized outfits from their collection with handmade bags made by former FARC combatants from the "Tejiendo Paz" cooperative.  


    Innovation

    New documentary on future-leaning approach in Guinea  

    DPPA’s Innovation Cell (IC) launched a documentary this week, “Foresighting Guinea”, produced by the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Guinea, with support from IC and the University of Stellenbosch. This follows IC’s efforts in piloting the approach in country programming, especially in fragile contexts.   

    Watch the documentary here  

    Peacebuilding

    Security Council receives the annual report of the Peacebuilding Commission  

    At the Security Council briefing on the annual report of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) on 27 July, the former PBC Chair Osama Abdelkhalek presented the 2021 PBC annual report and informed the Council of the Commission’s main achievements in 2021. He underscored that the scope of the PBC’s geographic and substantive focus has been expanded and its advisory and bridging roles had been strengthened. The current Chair, Md Monwar Hossain, updated the Council on the status of the implementation of the Commission’s 2022 Programme of Work. He noted that the PBC continues to emphasize delivery, with a focus on national ownership and inclusivity. The ASG for Peacebuilding Support, Ms. Elizabeth Spehar, also attended. 

    Read more here 

    Multi-Year Appeal 

    This week, DPPA has received voluntary contributions from the United Arab Emirates, unearmarked, and from Romania to provide support the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia. 
     

    Next Week

    Assistant Secretary-General for Africa Martha Pobee will brief the Security Council on the situation in Libya on Monday, 25 July. The former and current PBC Chairs will brief on peacebuilding and sustaining peace on Wednesday, 27 July. In closed consultations, the Council will discuss UNRCCA and Syria on Thursday, 28 July.  

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    Contact DPPA at dppa@un.org

     

     

     

  • 29 يوليو 2022

    New York, 30 July 2022

    Human trafficking is a horrific crime and an all-out assault on people’s rights, safety and dignity.

    Tragically, it is also a problem that is growing worse — especially for women and girls, who represent the majority of detected trafficked persons globally. 

    Conflicts, forced displacement, climate change,...

  • 29 يوليو 2022

    The war in Ukraine shows no signs of ending, more than five months after the Russian invasion, and fighting is intensifying, the UN Security Council heard on Friday. 

  • 29 يوليو 2022

    KABUL - The UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, Dr. Ramiz Alakbarov, strongly condemns this afternoon’s...

  • 29 يوليو 2022

    Located in eastern Somaliland, Sool and Sanaag are two regions known for their striking landscapes and rich, untapped natural resources. 

    They are home to some 600,000 people, whom the United Nations tries to support in a range of areas...

  • 29 يوليو 2022
    Mr. President,
     

    The war triggered by the Russian invasion of Ukraine is over five months old and shows no signs of ending. Instead, the fighting is intensifying.  

     

    In the face of such a grim prospect, the agreement signed on 22 July in Istanbul to facilitate the safe transportation of grain and foodstuffs from Ukrainian ports of Odesa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny constitutes a “beacon of hope” for humanity, as the Secretary-General put it.  

     

    This humanitarian agreement, together with the understanding between the Russian Federation and the UN Secretariat on promoting access of Russian food products and fertilizers to world markets, will help bridge the global food supply gap and reduce high prices.

     

    Member States received yesterday a virtual briefing on these efforts from Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, and Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, Vera Songwe.

     

    The grain agreement is a sign that dialogue between the parties is possible in the search to ease human suffering. The UN is now making every effort to support the parties in operationalizing the initiative, starting with the inauguration of the Joint Coordination Center two days ago. 

     

    As the Secretary-General has stated, all parties made clear commitments to ensure the safe movement of grain and related products to global markets. Avoiding incidents such as recent strikes on Odesa and creating enabling conditions will be key for the initiative to succeed.

     

    It is, therefore, imperative that the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Türkiye work in partnership to effectively implement the agreement.  

     

    Mr. President,

     

    Since I last briefed this Council on 28 June, the number of civilians killed, wounded or maimed by fighting continued to grow. Deadly missile, air and artillery attacks by Russian armed forces have continued unabated, reducing many Ukrainian cities and towns to rubble.

     

    The streets of Kharkiv, Dnipro and Mykolaiv have been repeatedly targeted. The port city of Odesa and the surrounding region have also suffered multiple attacks. The capital of the Kirovohrad region (Kropyvnystkyi) was reportedly struck yesterday, as was the town of Liutizh just north of Kyiv. Cities in the Donbass, including Donetsk and Bakhmut, are also reported to be under fire. Renewed heavy fighting is now anticipated in Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions.

     

    At the same time, reported efforts to alter administrative structures on the ground, including attempts to introduce local governing bodies in Russian-controlled areas, raise serious concerns about the political implications of the war.

     

    As the conflict enters a more protracted phase, attention is increasingly turning to its longer-term humanitarian, recovery, reconstruction, and socio-economic impact. As summer wanes, the need for winterization planning is also becoming pressing.

     

    Regrettably, political dialogue has virtually ground to a halt.

     

    Mr. President,

     

    The war has taken an unacceptably heavy toll on Ukrainian civilians. As of 27 July, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights had recorded 12,272 civilian casualties in the country: 5,237 killed and 7,035 injured.

     

    This represents at least 1,641 new civilian casualties since my last briefing. These are figures based on verified incidents; the actual numbers are considerably higher.

     

    As we have reported, most of the civilian casualties recorded were caused by explosive weapons with a wide impact area. Many of these weapons are inherently indiscriminate when used in populated areas, where they invariably have devastating humanitarian consequences.

     

    OHCHR, WHO and UNESCO continue to document damage and destruction of civilian housing, educational and healthcare facilities, as well as places of worship.

     

    The impact of war on Ukraine’s health sector is particularly alarming. As of 25 July, there have been 414 attacks on health care in Ukraine, resulting in 85 deaths and 100 injuries. This includes 350 attacks on facilities in areas of conflict, where on average around 316,000 patients were treated per month.

     

    Also, UNESCO has verified conflict-related damage to 168 cultural sites since 24 February, including 73 religious buildings and 13 museums. Some 2,129 educational institutions have also reportedly suffered from bombing and shelling. 

     

    Indiscriminate attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure are a clear violation of international humanitarian and human rights law. We reiterate our urgent call to all parties to respect these laws, including the rules of distinction, proportionality and precaution and to avoid the use of heavy weapons in populated areas.

     

    Mr. President,

     

    As of 20 July, the humanitarian community has provided aid to 11 million people.

     

    Some 9 million people have received food and livelihood assistance, and more than 4.5 million people have benefitted from protection services, including legal assistance, mine clearance and mine-risk reduction.

     

    More than 4.2 million people have also been able to access safe water and proper sanitation, while nearly 2.3 million people have received cash assistance.

     

    Despite difficulties in reaching people in need in the non-Government-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk, humanitarian partners have provided aid to up to 125,000 people and to over 30 health, education, and social institutions in the area.

     

    Mr. President,

     

    As of 19 July, 5,984,263 refugees from Ukraine were recorded across Europe. 

     

    Border crossings from Ukraine since 24 February have totaled over 9.5 million. Crossings to Ukraine numbered 3.8 million.

     

    We are concerned that winter will make it harder for the displaced or the returnee community to have access to shelter and health care.

     

    To address these risks, the humanitarian community is focusing on supporting the national and local systems to respond with housing solutions, social protection, and economic inclusion.

     

    Mr. President,

     

    We cannot ignore the specific way the war is affecting women and girls.

     

    While access to food has significantly declined across Ukraine, women-headed households in Ukraine are twice as likely to experience food insecurity as those headed by men.  

     

    Women’s access to health services, including sexual and reproductive health, is rapidly deteriorating, as is access to new-born and child health. 

     

    With access to education also largely hindered, women are taking on the primary responsibility of home-schooling children.

     

    Further, women in Ukraine face significantly increased safety and protection risks. Incidents of gender-based violence, including allegations of sexual violence in conflict have increased, but services for survivors are not provided in full.   It is also likely that many victims and survivors are currently unable to report their cases.  

     

    Especially for these reasons, women must meaningfully participate in discussions and initiatives to shape the future of the country, including peace negotiations, recovery efforts, peacebuilding and accountability efforts.

               

    Mr. President,

     

    The impact of the war globally is glaringly clear.  The consequences will only become more pronounced the longer the conflict lasts, particularly with the onset of winter.     

     

    Despite the encouraging developments on grain and fertilizers, we remain deeply concerned about the lack of prospects for a shift towards a meaningful resumption of diplomatic efforts to end the war.

     

    Escalatory rhetoric from any side, including about expanding the conflict geographically or denying Ukraine’s statehood, is not consistent with the constructive spirit demonstrated in Istanbul.  

     

    Here, let me state once again the commitment of the United Nations to Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence within its internationally recognized borders.    

     

    Mr. President,

     

    We are all aware of the horrors of this war.

     

    In both Government and non-Government controlled areas, ordinary people bear the brunt of attacks and counterattacks.

     

    Two weeks ago, the city of Vinnytsia became the scene of another atrocious attack. Missiles fired from the Black Sea killed over 20 people, including three children.

     

    Among those brutally cut down in the attack was a 4-year-old girl, Liza, who had been strolling through a park with her mother. We know the heartbreaking story of her killing, but there are many other children, fathers and mothers dying in similar circumstances every day in Ukraine.

     

    This incident and the long list of attacks devastating Ukraine stand as the ultimate indictment of the utter senselessness and brutality of this war.

     

    Thank you, Mr. President.

  • 28 يوليو 2022

    Abdou Abarry (left), here on 4 June 2019 after the presentation of his credentials to Secretary-General António Guterres as Permanent Representative of the Republic of Niger to the United Nations. UN...

  • 28 يوليو 2022

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the official start of the operation based in the Turkish capital, Istanbul, that will help implement the UN-brokered deal to resume exports of Ukrainian grain via the Black Sea, amid the ongoing conflict and rising food prices worldwide. 

  • 27 يوليو 2022

    The UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) aims to adopt a more “ambitious and forward-looking agenda” in 2022, the body’s Chair told the Security Council on Wednesday.

  • 27 يوليو 2022

    The UN Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned an attack on peacekeepers serving in the Stablization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) which took place during violent demonstrations at the mission’s base on Tuesday. Two Indian police officers and a Moroccan ‘blue helmet’ were killed, and an Egyptian police officer injured.

  • 26 يوليو 2022

    The deadly shelling of a mountain resort in northern Iraq last week represented a shocking disregard for civilian life and international obligations on civilian protection, the UN Special Representative for the country, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, told an emergency session of the Security Council on Tuesday. 

  • 26 يوليو 2022

    The UN Children’s Fund UNICEF, delivered supplies on Tuesday to help an estimated 50,000 children in the war-ravaged districts of Odesa, the crucial Black Sea port which Russia bombed on Saturday, just hours after signing a landmark deal to allow Ukrainian grain to reach millions of food insecure people across the world.

  • 26 يوليو 2022

    While specific developments within the wider context of the conflict involving Israel and Palestine fluctuate, “the structural reality has not changed,” the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) informed the Security Council on Tuesday.