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2020

  • 12 Aug 2020

    Unwavering international support is crucial to maintain the fragile stability achieved in Guinea-Bissau, officials told the Security Council today,...

  • 12 Aug 2020

    The theme of this year’s International Youth Day – “Youth Engagement for Global Action” -- spotlights the ways in which the voices and activism of young people are making a difference and moving our world closer to the...

  • 12 Aug 2020

    The theme of this year’s International Youth Day – “Youth Engagement for Global Action” -- spotlights the ways in which the voices and activism of young people are making a difference and moving...

  • 11 Aug 2020

    UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Jan Kubis Briefs the UN Security Council

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  • 11 Aug 2020

    Denise Nyakeru Tshisekedi, First Lady of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, addressing the roundtable on the prevention of violence against women in the Great Lakes region.

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  • 11 Aug 2020
    ‘You Are Not Alone, We Are in This Together’, Declare UN Staffers in Lebanon

     

    Last Saturday was another scorching August day in Lebanon’s shattered capital of Beirut, but UN staff members who had...

  • 11 Aug 2020

    GARDEZ/FAYZABAD - The importance of public access to information is even more critical during the time of COVID-19, said participants in a series of radio discussions held in Afghanistan’s northeastern and...

  • 9 Aug 2020

    As a busy mother bringing up four children between the ages of 10 and 20, Deka Mohamud Dirie would seemingly not have too much time to engage in environmental activism. Some people even told her that a woman would be...

  • 8 Aug 2020

    New York, 9 August, 2020

    COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on more than 476 million indigenous people around the world.

    Throughout history, indigenous peoples have been decimated by diseases brought from elsewhere, to which they had no immunity.

    It is critical for countries to marshal the resources to respond to their needs,...

  • 8 Aug 2020
    By UN News: BEIRUT BLAST: HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP THE UN AID LEBANON'S RECOVERY

     

    After a devasting blast ripped through Beirut Port in Lebanon on Tuesday, wounding thousands and rendering hundreds of...

  • 7 Aug 2020

     

    Juan Ángel Cuesta, who graduated last year as a Rural Health Promoter and now helps save lives in the town of Mandé, in Urrao, Antioquia, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, malaria, and snake bites, among other illnesses. ...
  • 7 Aug 2020

     

    1 - 7 August 2020

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

    Lebanon

    Reactions to Beirut explosions
    Following the devastating explosions in Beirut this week, Special Coordinator Ján Kubiš said on 4 August “The sight of ordinary Lebanese citizens taking a personal initiative to help lift the rubble and support compatriots whose homes and shops were destroyed in devastating Beirut blast offers a beautiful image of hope built in human and national solidarity. This is true Lebanon in action.” In a statement, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Ms. Najat Rochdi, is releasing USD $9 million from the Lebanese Humanitarian Fund, and the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, will release additional funding from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to address immediate needs and help strengthen the capacity of existing hospitals. On Sunday, 9 August, the International Support Group for Lebanon will hold a high-level meeting co-hosted by the UN and France.
    Read more here

     

    COVID-19

    New policy brief
    This week, UN Women and DPPA launched a joint policy brief on the impact of COVID-19 on women´s participation in ceasefire and peace processes. The women, peace and security agenda provides a critical framework for inclusive decision-making and sustainable solutions, and the impact of the ongoing pandemic on women in conflict-affected contexts is of particular concern. “If we want to build back better after COVID-19, we must use the crisis as an opportunity to put women´s meaningful participation in public life and peacebuilding efforts front and center of our collective efforts,” Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo tweeted in conjunction with the launch.
    Read the policy brief here


     

    For up-to-date information on COVID-19 and its impact, please visit:   
    WHO website  
    UN coronavirus website 

     

     

     

    Iraq

    Anniversary of atrocities against Yazidis
    Recalling the atrocities committed by Da’esh (ISIL) against the Yazidis six years ago, Special Representative Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert commended the Yazidis’ resilience in preserving their culture and land, and determinedly pursuing their rights despite the odds. “I take heart in the determination of the many Yazidis pursuing freedom and justice for their community,” the Special Representative said.
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    Innovation

    Futuring peace
    The UN is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. To mark this special occasion, DPPA's Innovation Cell and Design Futures Initiative (DFI) are calling for designers and futurists to create speculative artifacts that evoke novel futures of how to better sustain peace. Under the theme “Futuring Peace”, they are seeking creative speculative pieces on conflict prevention, peace mediation, and peacebuilding. These concepts should take into account the complex, long term nature of reducing the risk of lapsing or relapsing into conflict using diplomatic action, regional and international partnerships, and supporting local peace initiatives. Submissions with a focus on the meaningful participation of women in sustaining peace and inclusion at large are particularly welcome.
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  • 7 Aug 2020

    Press Briefing Note on Lebanon by Spokesperson of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

     

    This week's horrific blast in Beirut has brought into sharp focus the need for the international community to step up and help Lebanon and its people at their time of crisis. Only a swift international response and sustained engagement will prevent many more lives being lost.

    Four weeks ago, the High Commissioner...

  • 6 Aug 2020

    UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Assesses Immediate Response and Support Needed Following Beirut Blast

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  • 6 Aug 2020

    UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Assesses Immediate Response and Support Needed Following Beirut Blast

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  • 5 Aug 2020
     

    Fisheries | FAO hands over fishing and training vessels to the...

  • 4 Aug 2020

    NEW YORK - The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack that took place at a prison complex in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on 3...

  • 4 Aug 2020

     

    Bogotá, 4 August 2020. Today, at the headquarters of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, the Special Representative and Head of the Mission, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, along with national and international officials, paid tribute to the memory and work of Mario Paciolla, a Mission volunteer who died last 15 July in San Vicente del Caguán, Caquetá.

    The ceremony began with a minute of silence. Then, the Special Representative, Ruiz Massieu, remembered Pacciolas's...

  • 4 Aug 2020
      Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General.

    In response to questions asked at the noon briefing, the Spokesperson has the following to say:

    We are deeply saddened by the death of our colleague in Colombia, Mr. Mario Paciolla, and we reiterate the expressions of condolences that have been extended to his family and the Government of Italy, as well as our gratitude for his service to the Verification Mission and the cause of peace in Colombia.

    We...

  • 4 Aug 2020

    Nairobi, 4 July 2020 –The Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region has signed an agreement with the Norwegian Government in support of the implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the region.Norway and the Office of the Special Envoy have committed to a partnership programme to be implemented between August 2020 and August 2023, with a total budget of NOK...

  • 4 Aug 2020

    Education is the key to personal development and the future of societies.

    It unlocks opportunities and narrows inequalities.

    It is the bedrock of informed, tolerant societies, and a primary driver of sustainable development.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the largest...

  • 4 Aug 2020

    Women and young people are working alongside Senegalese civil society...

  • 3 Aug 2020

    On behalf of the United Nations, United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Jan Kubis offered to Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab humanitarian and other assistance in the wake of the tragic catastrophe in Beirut. Newly arrived Deputy UN Special Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator Najat Rochdi will coordinate it with the respective authorities. 

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  • 3 Aug 2020

    The Secretary-General expresses his deepest condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Lebanon,...

  • 3 Aug 2020

    @OCHA/Charlotte Cans and Giles Clarke

    The participation of those...

  • 30 Jul 2020

    Mogadishu – The United Nations in Somalia extends its warmest wishes to all Somalis as they celebrate Eid al-Adha. 

    “On behalf of the entire United Nations...

  • 29 Jul 2020

     

    Young people living in the former Territorial Area for Training and Reintegration (TATR), from Tierra Grata, in Cesar department in northern Colombia, shared their stories with young people from the neighbouring municipality,...

  • 29 Jul 2020

     

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of former Farc-EP combatants and their families joined together to donate part of their bean and plantain harvest to the most needed inhabitants of Chamuscados, a local...
  • 29 Jul 2020

    New York, 30 July 2020

    This year’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons honours the first responders helping to end the crime of human trafficking: law enforcement officers, social workers, healthcare professionals, NGO staff and many others working around the world to protect the vulnerable. Like the frontline heroes saving lives and sustaining our societies in the COVID-19 pandemic,...

  • 29 Jul 2020

    New York, 30 July 2020

    As in other parts of the world, the health, economic and political impact of COVID-19 has been significant across Southeast Asia — hitting the most vulnerable the hardest.

    The pandemic has highlighted deep inequalities, shortfalls in governance and the imperative for a sustainable development pathway.

    And it has revealed new...

  • 29 Jul 2020

    KABUL - The following is a transcript of the oppening remarks delivered by the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, Deborah Lyons, at the Senior Officials Meeting.

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  • 29 Jul 2020

    The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) releases its second quarter civilian casualty report for 2020. The data shows an increase in civilian casualties from the armed conflict in Libya. UNSMIL renews its call for all parties to...

  • 29 Jul 2020

    Amman, 31 July 2020 - The UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, extends his heartfelt greetings and best wishes to all the people in Yemen on the occasion of Eid Al Adha.

    “I wish all of you and your loved...

  • 29 Jul 2020

    The group of five (5) international partners of Guinea-Bissau, known as the “P5 Group”, namely the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union (AU), the Community of...

  • 28 Jul 2020

    Nairobi, 28 July 2020 – The Office of the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region convened virtual consultations with women entrepreneurs, business leaders...

  • 28 Jul 2020

    A joint press statement by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland and UNAMA.

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  • 28 Jul 2020

    Mogadishu – Somalia’s international partners* express their concern and their strong hope that recent political developments, including in the Federal...

  • 27 Jul 2020

    New York, 28 July 2020

    Urban areas are ground zero of the COVID-19 pandemic, with 90 per cent of reported cases.

    Cities are bearing the brunt of the crisis – many with strained health systems, inadequate water and sanitation services, and other challenges.

    This is especially the case in poorer areas, where the pandemic has exposed...

  • 27 Jul 2020

     Tripoli, 27 July 2020 - Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Stephanie Williams is pleased to...

  • 27 Jul 2020

    KABUL - The first half of 2020 witnessed fluctuating levels of violence impacting civilians in Afghanistan, with the United Nations documenting 3,458 civilian...

  • 24 Jul 2020

    Excellencies,
    Distinguished Delegates,
    Ladies and Gentlemen.

    I thank the co-organizers for convening this timely debate and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas for chairing this meeting.

    Climate change impacts all of us. Record temperatures, unprecedented sea levels and frequent extreme weather events paint a dangerous future for the planet and for humanity. The environment suffers and people suffer. As lives and livelihoods are threatened, resource competition increases and communities are displaced.

    The climate emergency is a danger to peace. There is no automatic link between climate change and conflict. But climate change does exacerbate existing risks and creates new ones.

    And the consequences vary from region to region.

    In the Pacific, the rise in sea levels places pressure on livelihoods, exacerbated by frequent extreme weather events that pose a risk to social cohesion.

    In Central Asia, water stress and reduced access to natural resources and energy can contribute to regional tensions.

    Across Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America, climate change is expected to displace more than 140 million people within their national borders by 2050, with potentially disruptive consequences for regional stability.

    In the Horn of Africa and the Middle East, the effects of climate change have deepened grievances and escalated the risk of violent conflict, providing fodder for extremist organizations.

    Around the world, fragile or conflict-affected situations are more exposed and less able to cope with the effects of climate change. It is no coincidence that 7 of the 10 countries most vulnerable and least prepared to deal with climate change host a peacekeeping operation or special political mission.

    Differences exist between regions, within regions, and within communities. Climate-related security risks impact women, men, girls and boys in different ways. In Sudan, climate change intersects with conflict and a legacy of exclusionary decision-making to compound resource scarcity. As a result, men often need to migrate away from their families in search of alternative livelihoods, leaving women behind in rural areas where they find themselves on the frontlines of both climate change and insecurity.

     

    Excellencies,

    To cope with climate change, we need to act on multiple fronts. Unquestionably, we need ambitious climate action and a commitment to accelerating the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

    Peace and security actors also have an essential role to play. The failure to consider the growing impacts of climate change will undermine our efforts at conflict prevention, peacemaking and sustaining peace, and risk trapping vulnerable countries in a vicious cycle of climate disaster and conflict.

    In the Lake Chad Basin, insecurity and governance challenges have impeded climate adaptation efforts, affecting livelihoods, social cohesion, and ultimately human security, which Boko Haram has proven adept at exploiting.

    Drawing on the evidence before us, on what we are seeing happening globally, I would like to outline some actions we can take, together, to address climate-related security risks more effectively.

    First, we need to leverage new technologies and enhance our analytical capacity to translate long-term climate foresight into actionable, near-tearm analysis. The Climate Security Mechanism – a joint iniative by the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, the UN Development Programme and the UN Environment Programme – has developed guidance in this regard and supports innovative approaches in the field.

    In Iraq, the United Nations Assistance Mission, supported by the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, is developing an early warning system that combines remote sensing techniques with an analysis of population density and displacement data to anticipate potential tensions over water resources.

    Second, our efforts to deliver peace and security must place people at the center and learn from those who experience daily the consequences of climate change on  their security. In this regard, I commend the organizers for ensuring a diversity of perspectives in today’s debate.  I look forward to hearing from Ms. Coral Pasisi and Colonel Mahamadou Magagi. In our own work, we are also seeking to understand the broadest range of  perspectives, such as those of practitioners and grassroots organizations from the Caribbean, the Middle East, Nepal, the Pacific and the Sahel.

    Building on the power of women and youth as agents for change, we must better integrate peacebuilding, environmental and gender equality goals. In Chocó, Colombia, an interagency United Nations pilot project is promoting the engagement of women in environmental governance and natural resource management within the context of the implementation of the Final Peace Accord, with positive effects on local-level peacebuilding.

    Third, we need to strengthen multi-dimensional partnerships and connect the work of the United Nations, Member States, regional organizations and others in this area.

    The Regional Stabilization, Recovery and Resilience Strategy for Areas Affected by Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin, led by the African Union and the Lake Chad Basin Commission, demonstrates the potential of inclusive, climate and security-informed approaches and shows a path towards stability.

    The UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel and the Economic Community of West African States have established a joint coordination mechanism on climate-related security risks, which inter alia seeks to identify good practices for the prevention of transhumance-related violence in the region.

    In the Pacific, the United Nations is continuing its close engagement with the Pacific Islands Forum to support implementation of the Boe Declaration and help strengthen the resilience of States and communities to address the unique challenges faced by atoll nations.

    And in Central Asia, the United Nations Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy supports the Green Central Asia Initiative, launched by Germany, to create an environment conducive to regional cooperation on trans-boundary water and climate change.

    These tailored, region-specific examples can provide valuable insights and lessons for other partnerships to follow. We are strongly committed to such collaboration.

     

    Excellencies,

    In recent years we have made considerable progress in our understanding of the linkages between climate change, peace and security. But climate change is relentless and its cascading effects will continue to grow and evolve.

    We must remain vigilant and summon the courage to adapt our established approaches to ensure they are fit for a climate-changed world.

    And above all, we must translate words into action. As the Secretary-General has emphasized, the pandemic recovery offers an opportunity to strengthen resilience and promote climate justice.

    I am encouraged by today’s debate as another important step in the right direction and thank the organizers again for convening this meeting.

    Thank you.

  • 24 Jul 2020

    Mogadishu – Somalia’s international partners* hope that the important meeting between  Somalia’s Federal Government (FGS) and Federal Members States (FMS) leaders in...

  • 23 Jul 2020

    Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Syria by Special Envoy Geir O. Pedersen

     

    Mr. President, Minister,

    Thank you for the opportunity to brief you on Syria and my effort to facilitate the political process pursuant to Security Council resolution 2254. I am joining you today from Geneva, where I look forward to reconvening the Constitutional Committee next month.

    The issue of detainees, abductees and the missing is one that I have put at the heart of my efforts since I began my tenure. We have regularly met with the families of those detained and missing, whose experiences have made a deep impression on me.

    This is a humanitarian and indeed human rights issue that demands sustained and meaningful action, in line with international law. And meaningful action on this file, which touches all Syrian families, could also build significant confidence within society, as well as between the parties and international stakeholders.

    My Deputy and I have engaged directly with the parties, and our team continues also to participate in a working group together with Iran, Russia and Turkey, though this has not met now for many months due to COVID-19.

     

    Mr. President,

    Frankly, progress on this file has been vastly insufficient, to the frustration of many Syrians, inside and outside Syria. So many Syrians remain detained, abducted or missing, and so many families still desperately seek information on the fate of their loved ones.

    The lack of progress is a pity because this is a cause that we can all get behind. Let me remind you that, a little over a year ago, this Council unanimously adopted resolution 2474 (2019) on “Missing persons in armed conflict”. It is indeed unfortunate that today in Syria the scale of the problem remains unchanged.

    And so today, I want to begin with a loud and clear appeal for the Syrian government and all other Syrian parties to carry out unilateral releases of detainees and abductees, and meaningful actions on missing persons - at a scale that is commensurate with the scope of this tragic issue. Without addressing this issue, true reconciliation, the healing of society’s wounds, credible justice and sustainable peace will remain elusive. Let us make the upcoming Eid al-Adha an occasion that sees more Syrian families welcome their loved ones home.

     

    Mr President,

    Of course, the tragedy of detainees, abductees and missing persons represents only a single layer of the humanitarian catastrophe that has engulfed Syria – the greatest of this century.

    Syrians are now being hit by yet another tsunami of suffering - economic collapse. Over the last month, Syria’s currency has regained some of its lost value, but still remains significantly depreciated relative to last year. And by almost any measure we see a downward spiral: rampant inflation, rising unemployment, weakened demand, more businesses shutting down, increased food insecurity with families skipping meals, and shortages of medicine.

    We also now see a rise in reported cases of COVID-19, exacerbating Syria’s economic malaise and further constraining the humanitarian response. Testing remains extremely limited, particularly in areas outside government control. As of yesterday (22 July), the Syrian Ministry of Health has confirmed 561 cases – a relatively low figure, but still more than double the cases since my last briefing. And the geographical spread of the virus is increasing, penetrating more areas outside of Damascus, including the first 22 cases in north-west Syria, as well as 6 cases in the north-east.

     

    Mr. President,

    Humanitarian access is ever more imperative. Echoing the Secretary General, I want to “call on all parties to the conflict to ensure humanitarian access to all people in need in accordance with international humanitarian law”. I take note of this Council’s decision to extend the UN cross-border mechanism in northwest Syria via the Bab al-Hawa border crossing for twelve months.

    And here let me also re-echo the Secretary General’s appeal from earlier this year, for the waiver of sanctions that can undermine the capacity of the country to ensure access to food, essential health supplies and COVID-19 medical support to respond to the pandemic.

     

    Mr President,

    To end Syrians’ suffering we must end the violent conflict, through a nationwide ceasefire, in line with resolution 2254, as well as an effective, targeted, cooperative approach to Security Council-listed terrorist groups in line with international humanitarian law.

    There has been some progress towards this goal. In recent months, we have seen relative calm throughout Syria, with no major escalation and front-lines mostly frozen. But we continue to see flares of violence within and across those front-lines, which gives us cause for concern.

    South-west Syria remains tense. In late June, we saw reports of clashes followed by further protests, assassinations and other security incidents. The Russian Federation has been working to help contain the situation. And I have been messaging to this effect as well. Meanwhile, underlying geopolitical tensions persist in the south-west. And I note fresh reports of Israeli airstrikes across a broad range of targets in Syria.

    In the north-west, the calm brought about by Russian and Turkish efforts continues to largely hold. I note further progress in Russian-Turkish cooperation inside the de-escalation area, including the first joint patrols across the entire M4 route. I also note that the extremist wa-Harid al- Mu’minin operations room, which had launched cross-line attacks against the Syrian Government earlier this year, was forcibly dismantled by listed terrorist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, following sustained clashes between the two groups. Last week, we then saw an attack on a joint patrol near Ariha, injuring Russian and Turkish soldiers. Subsequently, there was a brief uptick in pro-government airstrikes south of the M4 and shelling on north-west Syria as well as airstrikes on al-Bab city near the Turkish border. I hope that Russia and Turkey can help contain the situation and sustain calm across north-west Syria.

    North-east Syria remains broadly stable but has seen some concerning incidents: most notably, fatal car bombings around Tell Abiad and Ras al-Ayn; a drone strike resulting in fatalities near the town of Ayn al-Arab; another drone strike near al-Derbassiya and recurring disruptions to the Allouk water station. We appeal to all stakeholders there, local and international, to exercise restraint and uphold existing arrangements that have provided calm throughout this year.

    Meanwhile, ISIL’s continuing activity remains a serious concern – in southern, central and eastern Syria - with reported riots among ISIL detainees in al-Hasakeh.

    Let me here recall once again that all parties to the conflict remain bound by international humanitarian law, including the rules of distinction, proportionality and precautions in order to avoid civilian harm.

     

    Mr President,

    We have now firmed up plans to convene the third session of the Syrian-led and Syrian-owned Constitutional Committee. Earlier this week, I was able to confirm with the Co-Chair nominated by the Syrian Government and the Co-Chair nominated by the Syrian opposition that we will begin in Geneva on 24 August – provided that travel conditions do not change. I was also able to inform Middle Third members of this as well. I have encouraged all to prepare for a productive session on the agenda. And I hope that thereafter we will be able to proceed in subsequent sessions in a regular, business-like and substantive manner.

    I hope that the Syrian parties can count on the support of the key international players with influence, in ensuring the success of the upcoming session. In this regard, I appreciated the expressions of support for reconvening and advancing the work of the Constitutional Committee, and for the implementation of resolution 2254, by the Presidents of the Astana guarantor countries, and by the many countries who participated in the Brussels IV Conference.

     

    Mr. President,

    I also hope that those key international players will work to unlock progress on the broader political process. Only through international dialogue can we begin to address many of the myriad challenges that Syria and Syrians face from humanitarian need, detention, displacement, violence and terror, to economic destitution and the violation of Syria’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence. We continue to see starkly different views on the nature of these challenges – the debate on sanctions is just one example. There is no sign that this or any of these issues will be resolved by entrenched positioning and rhetoric, in the hope that the other side eventually caves in. Serious and consequential international diplomacy is needed, to bridge significant gaps, including through reciprocal measures.

    I believe that this is indeed possible and that common interest exists for such a dialogue. I have been encouraged by continuing dialogue between the Russian Federation and United States and will continue to engage them and all relevant countries on how to build a constructive Syria diplomacy that can support a Syrian-led, Syria-owned political process facilitated by the United Nations. If this path is not taken, all the other paths would lead to further loss and suffering for everyone – inside and outside Syria. This cannot be in anyone’s interest. 

     

    Mr President,

    That is why, guided by resolution 2254 and with the support of the key international players and this Council, I hope that, step by step, we can chart a path forwards to end the Syrian people’s suffering and allow them to shape their future. That is: the release of those detained and abducted; a nationwide ceasefire to end violent conflict; a safe, calm and neutral environment that enables the safe, voluntary and dignified return of refugees; and a final political settlement built around a new constitution and inclusive free and fair elections under UN supervision, one that meets the Syrian people’s legitimate aspirations, that fully restores Syria’s sovereignty, unity, independence, territorial integrity and economic prosperity.

    Thank you, Mr. President.

     

  • 22 Jul 2020

    The CNMC was awarded on 20 July 2020 the Raymond Milefsky Prize by IBRU, Durham University’s Centre for Borders Research (United States). This...

  • 21 Jul 2020

    Mister President,

    Members of the Security Council,

    I brief you today as Palestinians and Israelis are grappling with a complex and potentially destabilizing three-pronged crisis:

    An escalating health crisis as both struggle to contain the rapid spike of COVID-19 cases.

    A spiraling economic...

  • 20 Jul 2020

    ALGIERS, 19 July 2020 - In a meeting yesterday in Algiers President of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria Abdelmadjid Tebboune and Acting SRSG/Head of...

  • 19 Jul 2020
  • 19 Jul 2020

    Digital rights are not what immediately come to mind when Somalia’s development is being discussed, but Abdifatah Hassan Ali is trying to change that.

    The 33-year-old activist is becoming...

  • 17 Jul 2020

    New York, 18 July 2020

    Each year, on Nelson’s Mandela’s birthday, we pay tribute to an extraordinary global advocate for equality, dignity and solidarity.   Madiba was a moral giant of the 20th century, whose timeless legacy continues to guide us today. The theme of Nelson Mandela International Day is “Take action, inspire change”. It highlights the...

  • 17 Jul 2020

    Mogadishu – The International Partners (listed below) supporting Somaliland’s democratization process welcome the Somaliland Political Parties agreement, signed on 12th July 2020, to...