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2021

  • 22 Apr 2021

    Expectations are high for the first Palestinian elections in 15 years, UN Middle East envoy Tor Wennesland told a virtual meeting of the Security Council on Thursday, urging international support for the process. 

  • 22 Apr 2021

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    GENEVA, 22 April 2021 - Special Envoy of Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya...

  • 22 Apr 2021

    The United Nations Support Mission in Libya expresses its concern regarding the recent shutdown in oil production at Marsa al-Hariga and indications that other shutdowns may be imminent. The uninterrupted production of oil...

  • 22 Apr 2021

    New York, 22 April 2021

    As we mark International Mother Earth Day, our planet is at a tipping point.

    Humanity continues to abuse the natural world.

    We heedlessly plunder the Earth’s resources, deplete its wildlife and treat air, land and seas as dumping grounds.

    Crucial ecosystems and food chains are being pushed to the brink of...

  • 22 Apr 2021

    New York, 22 April 2021

    Information and communication technologies have been invaluable during the COVID-19 pandemic. They help us to stay connected, and to keep vital services and businesses going.

    Yet almost half the world is still offline – and most of those who lack access to digital technology are women and girls in developing countries. Latest figures from the...

  • 22 Apr 2021

    Two million people facing growing food insecurity linked to the ongoing political crisis in Myanmar are to receive nutrition assistance, amid rising “hunger and desperation”, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday. 

  • 22 Apr 2021

    20 years after the United Nation Security Council Resolution 1325 was passed, how far have we come? The podcast series She Stands For Peace explores the state of the Women, Peace and...

  • 21 Apr 2021

    United Nations Special Envoy Ján Kubiš and Co-chair Ambassador Christian Buck of Germany warmly welcome the participation of Prime Minister Adbulhamid Dbeiba and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas at the Senior Officials Meeting of the International Follow-up Committee on Libya on 21 April 2021.

    Participants welcomed the adoption of Security Council resolutions 2570 (2021) and 2571 (2021) that reflect their shared...

  • 21 Apr 2021

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    UN Deputy Special Coordinator, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon, Ms. Najat Rochdi, announced...

  • 21 Apr 2021

    By António Guterres...

  • 21 Apr 2021

    KABUL - Turkey, Qatar and the United Nations had planned to co-convene a high-level conference in Istanbul, from 24 April to 4 May 2021, with the participation of the representatives of the Islamic...

  • 20 Apr 2021

    The UN and international partners have welcomed significant progress towards advancing an inclusive and comprehensive political solution in Libya .

  • 20 Apr 2021

    Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has underlined the UN’s solidarity with Chad following the death of the country’s leader, announced on Tuesday. 

  • 20 Apr 2021

    Disturbing reports have continued to emerge of widespread abuse of civilians in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, nearly six months since conflict erupted, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.

  • 19 Apr 2021

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on Monday for leaders in Asia to bolster efforts towards finding a peaceful solution to the bloody crisis in Myanmar, sparked by the military coup in February. 

  • 19 Apr 2021

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

    10 - 16 April

    Security Council

    Xia: "Need relentless support" for peace, stability and sustainable development of Africa’s Great Lakes region 

    The Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa, Huang Xia, told the Security Council on 12 April that the region appears to be “firmly on the right track” to tackle its security, political and economic challenges, particularly regarding diplomatic relations. In his briefing, Xia commended the region’s “resilience and determination” in the fight against COVID-19 and urged Council members to continue their mobilization “to foster more equitable and affordable access to the vaccine, including in areas affected by armed conflict.” 

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    Griffiths: “The urgency of progress towards a peaceful settlement makes the continued violence on the ground all the more concerning”

    Martin Griffiths, Special Envoy for Yemen, told the Security Council on 15 April of a continued deterioration of the conflict in the country, with dangerous signs of escalation of the fighting in Marib and Taiz. He expressed appreciation for the Security Council’s consensus on prioritizing Yemen and the urgent need for a political settlement as the only way to end the conflict. “There's a reason for hope: the way to end the war is known and its main elements frequently discussed with the parties,” he said. “All we need now is for the parties to agree to this deal.” 

    Full briefing to the Council here

    Security Council holds annual open debate on conflict-related sexual violence

    Pramila Patten, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, briefed the Security Council on 14 April. She presented the findings of her office’s 2020 annual report, which covers 18 country situations and documents over 2,500 UN-verified cases of conflict-related sexual violence. She called for concerted efforts to ensure that survivors of sexual violence are not obscured beneath the long shadow cast by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Council also heard civil society appeals for proactive measures to combat sexual violence in conflict and assistance to victims.

    Read more here

    Afghanistan

    UNAMA releases quarterly report on civilian casualties in Afghanistan 

    The latest Afghanistan Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict 2021 First Quarterly Report, released on 14 April, documents 1,783 civilian casualties, with 573 people killed and 1,210 people injured in the first three months of the year. This represents a 29 percent increase compared with the same period in 2020. There was a 37 percent increase in the number of women killed and injured, and a 23 percent increase in child casualties. “The number of Afghan civilians killed and maimed, especially women and children, is deeply disturbing,” Deborah Lyons, Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, wrote in the report. “I implore the parties to urgently find a way to stop this violence.”. 

    Read more here

    Full report here

    Yemen

    Special Envoy visits Germany and United Arab Emirates

    Special Envoy Martin Griffiths met in Berlin on 12 April with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and senior officials from the permanent members of the Security Council, as well as the European Union, Germany, Kuwait and Sweden. He reiterated his call to the parties to seize this opportunity to negotiate in good faith and without preconditions and stressed this is a moment for decisions and responsible leadership. Griffiths then went on to the United Arab Emirates, where he met in Abu Dhabi on 14 April with the president of Yemen’s Southern Transitional Council, Aidaroos Al-Zubaidi. They discussed the current negotiation efforts to agree on a nationwide ceasefire, urgent humanitarian measures and the resumption of the political process. 

    Libya 

    Special Envoy visits United Arab Emirates, Ehiopia and Egypt

    Ján Kubiš, Special Envoy for Libya and Head of UNSMIL, concluded on 10 April a three-day visit to Dubai. He met with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, State Minister of Foreign Affairs Khalifa Shaheen al-Marar, and Diplomatic Advisor to the President Anwar Gargash. They discussed the situation in Libya, including the need to support the newly elected interim authority in Libya to achieve unity, stability, and prosperity. 

    Kubiš then traveled to Ethiopia, where he concluded on 13 April his first visit to the African Union in Addis Ababa. He held discussions with Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security Bankole Adeoye, and Commissioner for Social Affairs Amira El Fadil on ways to strengthen the UN-AU cooperation in support of Libya and the region under the Berlin process framework. 

    In Egypt on 14-15 April, Kubiš held discussions with Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shokry and other senior officials. He also met Secretary-General of the League of Arab State Ahmed Aboul Gheit.

    Iraq

    Special Representative discusses Baghdad-Erbil relations

    Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Special Representative for Iraq and Head ofUNAMI, met in Baghdad on 10 April with the President of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani. They discussed the latest political developments in Iraq, in particular the situation in the Kurdistan Region as well as Baghdad-Erbil relations. Later in the week on 15 April, she met with National Security Advisor Qassem Al Arajiv to discuss the current security situation in the country, including the implementation of the Sinjar Agreement.

    Iraq’s Electoral Preparations and Processes for April is published 

    UNAMI issued on 10 April the latest Electoral Preparations and Processes. Through the monthly report, mandated under Security Council Resolution 2522 (2020), the Mission provides electoral assistance and advice to the Government of Iraq and the Independent High Electoral Commission.  

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    Colombia

    Children from communities of conflict receive music lessons 

    The UN Verification Mission in Colombia delivered on 15 April musical instruments to the children and adolescents from the Tierra Grata community in Manaure, Cesar and San José de Oriente as part of the reincorporation of the youth group “Son de Paz”. The project will allow children and adolescents to access free music classes focused on rights and peacebuilding and reconciliation through art. The instruments were donated as part of the national campaign ‘Let’s sing another story’, led by the UN Mission. 

    Next Week

    Special Representative Carlos Ruiz Massieu will update the Security Council on Colombia on Wednesday, 21 April, in the afternoon. The Council will hold an open debate on the Middle East on Thursday, 22 April, in the morning. 

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  • 19 Apr 2021

    The international community has a responsibility to protect the people of Myanmar, under attack from their own military, the UN independent human rights expert on the country argues, in the second part of our in-depth interview, calling also for refuge to be given to those who have fled for their lives to neighbouring countries.

  • 16 Apr 2021

    More than 31 million people across West and Central Africa may not have enough to eat in the coming months as hunger rises due to an “explosive mix” of skyrocketing food prices, conflict and fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday. 

  • 16 Apr 2021

    The UN Security Council has unanimously passed a resolution which calls for all foreign forces and mercenaries to leave Libya and gives the green light for a UN team to monitor last October’s historic ceasefire agreement.

  • 16 Apr 2021

    The crackdown on journalists, cutting off the Internet and disrupting the flow of information across Myanmar, is “not working”, and the world is not buying the military leadership’s “propaganda” that it is exercising restraint against protesters, the UN independent human rights expert on the country has said, in an in-depth interview with UN News. 

  • 16 Apr 2021

    A spate of clashes involving Government security forces and insurgent groups in northeast Nigeria has caused mass displacement and threatened humanitarian assistance, as armed groups go “house-to-house” hunting for aid workers, the UN said on Friday.

  • 16 Apr 2021

    In this pivotal year for humanity, now is the time for bold climate action.

    The science is irrefutable and globally agreed: to stop the climate crisis from becoming a permanent catastrophe, we must limit global heating to 1.5 degrees Celsius. 

    To do this, we must get to net zero emissions of greenhouse gases by mid-century.  Countries making up about two-thirds of the global...

  • 15 Apr 2021

    The UN Special Envoy for Yemen appealed on Thursday for warring parties to implement a nationwide ceasefire and agree a date for peace talks, in line with a plan to end their conflict. 

  • 15 Apr 2021

    CAIRO, 15 April 2021 –Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Ján Kubiš concluded today a two-day...

  • 14 Apr 2021

    Mogadishu – The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Canada, Denmark, European Union (EU), Finland, France, Germany, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway,...

  • 14 Apr 2021

    Mogadishu – The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Canada, Denmark, European Union (EU), Finland, France, Germany, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain...

  • 14 Apr 2021

    KABUL - Extraordinary levels of harm inflicted on civilians in the Afghan conflict continues unabated, with UNAMA finding that the...

  • 13 Apr 2021

    Recent elections in Kosovo reflected a strong desire for change, the head of the UN mission there, UNMIK, said in his virtual briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday. 

  • 13 Apr 2021

    The UN together with Turkey, and Qatar, announced on Tuesday that a high-level conference aimed at ending decades of conflict in Afghanistan will go ahead beginning on 24 April, bringing together representatives of both the Afghan Government and the Taliban.

  • 13 Apr 2021

    ADDIS ABABA, 13 April 2021 –Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Ján Kubiš concluded today his first visit to the African Union in Addis Ababa and discussions on ways to strengthen the UN-AU cooperation in support of Libya and the region. 

     

    During his visit, Special Envoy Kubiš met with the African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Ambassador Bankole Adeoye. They...

  • 13 Apr 2021

    The Republic of Turkey, the State of Qatar, and the United Nations are co-convening a high level and inclusive conference from 24 April – 4 May 2021 between representatives of the Islamic...

  • 13 Apr 2021

    I wish the people of Yemen a blessed and peaceful Ramadan. 

    I hope this holy month of reflection and compassion will provide an opportunity for all of us to come...

  • 13 Apr 2021

    The ongoing repression of protests in Myanmar could spark a “full-blown conflict” on a par with Syria, the United Nations’ top human rights official warned on Tuesday, urging States with influence to take immediate and impactful action to halt the “slaughter” of civilians. 

  • 13 Apr 2021

    Mogadishu – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Somalia, James Swan, extends his warm wishes to all Somalis as the Holy Month of Ramadan begins.

    “On behalf of the...

  • 12 Apr 2021

    A report released on Monday by the body dedicated to freeing the world of chemical weapons, concludes that there are “reasonable grounds” to believe that a Syrian military helicopter carried out a chemical attack on the town of Saraqib, in 2018.

  • 12 Apr 2021

    TRIPOLI, 12 April 2021 - The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ján Kubiš, extends...

  • 12 Apr 2021

    Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries in Africa’s Great Lakes region are “on the right track”, with leaders pushing forward on political, security and economic cooperation, UN Special Envoy Huang Xia told the Security Council on Monday.  

  • 12 Apr 2021

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    Berlin, 12 April 2021- Heiko thank you very much indeed, thank you...

  • 12 Apr 2021

    The UN Country Team in Myanmar on Monday, reiterated its call for an end to violence against civilians, amid reports of dozens of deaths in the latest crackdown on protests against the military takeover. 

  • 11 Apr 2021

    The UN and international partners working to support a lasting peace and democratic election process across Somalia, said on Sunday that they were highly concerned by the current situation there, calling on Somali leaders to “prioritize the national interest” and resolve their political impasse.

  • 11 Apr 2021

    The UN and international partners working to support a lasting peace and democratic election process across Somalia, said on Sunday that they were highly concerned by the current situation there, calling on Somali leaders to “prioritize the national interest” and resolve their political impasse.

  • 11 Apr 2021

    31 March 2021 - Over the years, the Sultanate of Oman has played an important role in building bridges for peace in the region, including in Yemen.  

    In particular, I am grateful to His Majesty, Sultan...

  • 10 Apr 2021

    Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Ján Kubiš concluded today a three-day visit to the United Arab...

  • 10 Apr 2021

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  • 10 Apr 2021

    TUNIS, 10 April 2021 - The Legal Committee of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LDPF) concluded today a three-day in-person meeting, which took place in Tunisia from 7 to 9 April to...

  • 9 Apr 2021

    Mr. Annadif Khatir Mahamat Saleh, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the...

  • 9 Apr 2021

    9 April 2021

    AS PREPARED

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Distinguished Members of the Legal...

  • 9 Apr 2021



    3 - 9 April 2021

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

    Fernández-Taranco highlights the importance of peacebuilding and prevention 

    On 8 April, Assistant Secretary-General Oscar Fernández-Taranco took part in the first quarterly meeting of the Group of Friends of the Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund (PBF). It was convened by the Group co-chairs, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom Barbara Woodward and Permanent Representative of Sweden Anna Karin Eneström. The meeting focused on finding solutions to ensure adequate and predictable financing. Taranco briefed on the outcomes of the PBF’s high-level Replenishment Conference held in January, as well as next steps for fund capitalization. He further emphasized the importance of PBF’s flexibility in carrying out peacebuildling and prevention work, especially in times of significant volatility. In 2020, the PBF approved $173.7 million in 39 countries, despite challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Yemen

    Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths met Amr Al-Bidh, Special Representative of the Presidential Council of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) on 4 April to discuss the UN plan to reach an agreement on a nationwide ceasefire, opening Sana'a airport, allowing fuel and commercial ships into Hudaydah port, and resuming the political process. 

    Libya

    UNSMIL facilitates LPDF Legal Committee meeting in Tunis

    A three-day meeting of the LPDF Legal Committee was held in Tunis on 7-9 April with support from UNSMIL. The meeting was held to finalize discussions on a constitutional basis for the upcoming national election on 24 December, in accordance with the LPDF Roadmap. Special Envoy for Libya and Head of UNSMIL Ján Kubiš underscored that a constitutional and electoral framework must be ready by early July for the election to take place on the agreed date. He also strongly encouraged them to rise above divisions for deliberations to move forward with preparations for the elections.  

    Read more here

    Full remarks here

    UNSMIL convenes international financial review meetings of the Central Bank of Libya

    UNSMIL, together with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and Deloitte International, convened a series of meetings on 2-5 April to review and verify the preliminary results of the international financial review of the Central Bank of Libya. Security Council Resolution 2434 (2018) endorses the creation of conditions for the unification of Libyan financial institutions with integrity and transparency and also mandates UNSMIL to support the process. The final report, including practical steps to unify the central bank and enhance accountability and transparency, will be completed this month.

    Read more here

    Afghanistan

    Special Representative visits Doha

    Deborah Lyons, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of UNAMA, visited Doha this week. She met with peace negotiators from the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban, as well as other international partners, to discuss the upcoming proposed peace conference in Istanbul. Concurrently in Doha, UNAMA Human Rights representatives met with Taliban representatives to discuss victim-centred justice in peace efforts, and stressed the need to take active steps to protect civilians in Afghanistan from harm.

    Iraq

    Special Representative discusses Baghdad-Erbil relations 

    Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Special Representative for Iraq and Head of UNAMI, met in Erbil on 4 April with the Minister of Interior in Kurdistan Regional Government, Rêber Ahmed, and the Head of Foreign Affairs and Diplomacy Office of the Kurdistan Region, President Niyaz Barzani. They discussed the current political situation in the region and Baghdad-Erbil relations, including voluntary returns of internally displaced persons. 

    Special Representative meets the governor of the Central Bank of Iraq

    Special Representative Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert met on 6 April in Baghdad with the Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq, Mustafa Ghaleb. They discussed the current financial and economic situation of the country. 

    Colombia

    Former combatants receive land in the department of Guaviare

    The UN Verification Mission in Colombiaparticipated in an event on 8 April that celebrated the formalization of the purchase of land for ex-combatants in the village of Boquerón, San José del Guaviare in southeastern Colombia. As agreed between the Agency for Reintegration and Normalization (ARN) and 137 former combatants from the department of Guaviare, a total of 197 hectares of land was purchased through the National Land Agency. The event was attended by Director of ARN Andres Stapper, Paster Alape of the Componente FARC del Consejo Nacional de Reincorporación (CNR) Comunes, officials from the National Land Agency, representatives from the Governor's Office of Guaviare, the mayor of San José del Guaviare, leaders of the Reintegration Area of Charras and people from the community. 

    Colombia: Verification Mission strengthens youth capacities in peacebuilding

    On 7 April, the Verification Mission spoke with 13 young people from the State of Querétaro, Mexico, who are part of the 'Embajadores 2030' program of the Secretaría de la Juventud. Topics covered included progress made on the implementation of the Acuerdo de Paz, the Mission's youth strategy, and the importance of their role in building peace. Earlier in the week on 5 April, the Mission also published a video capturing testimonials by young people from the former Reincorporation and the Territorial Spaces for Training and Reincorporation (ETCR) of Tierra Grata and Pondores, in Cesar and La Guajira, who had participated in capacity-building projects on peacebuilding given by the Mission. 

    Watch the video here

    Next Week

    Special Envoy Huang Xia will update the Security Council on the Great Lakes Region on Monday, 12 April. The Council will hold an open debate on sexual violence in conflict on Wednesday, 14 April, followed by a briefing on Yemen by Special Envoy Martin Griffiths on Thursday, 15 April. 


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  • 9 Apr 2021

    The UN human rights office, OHCHR, has urged authorities in Sudan to protect citizens “without discrimination” in the wake of the latest resurgence of deadly violence in West Darfur. 

  • 8 Apr 2021

    The UN and partners are “following with deep concern” new reports of violations against civilians in northern Mozambique, the UN Spokesperson said on Thursday.