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  • 17 Jan 2020


     

    11 - 17 December 2019

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

    West Africa and the Sahel

    DPPA chief visits five countries in five days on first West Africa tour
    On a five-day visit to West Africa and the Sahel from 13 to 17 January, Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo traveled to Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Niger, Nigeria and Burkina Faso. In Senegal on 13 January, she met with President Macky Sall and Foreign Minister Amadou Ba and agreed that the international community must step up support to efforts to address security challenges in the Sahel region. DiCarlo also commended them on recent legislation to combat violence against women.

     

    Recent presidential elections were the focus of discussions in Guinea-Bissau on 14 January, where DiCarlo met with President José Mário Vaz and congratulated him for completing his term and for his readiness to peacefully transfer power. She also met separately with the contestants in the second round of the election, Domingos Simões Pereira, from the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), and Umaro Mokhtar Sissoco Embaló, of the MADEM-G15 party. She encouraged them to work for reconciliation and unity in the country.

     

    In Niger the following day, DiCarlo met with President Mohamadou Issoufou, Ministers Ankouraou, Bazoum and civil society. She expressed her condolences and solidarity with Niger for the loss of life in recent terror attacks. She also urged greater international support for Niger’s efforts against terrorism and to address development challenges.

    In Nigeria, the Under-Secretary-General exchanged views with Nigeria's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada, on the overall security and humanitarian situation in Lake Chad Basin, including the need to continue to improve humanitarian access to affected areas. She also met with Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission President, and discussed specific actions to enhance coordination in the implementation of the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel and the ECOWAS action plan.

    In meetings with President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré and other Burkinabè officials, DiCarlo reiterated UN condolences and solidarity with Burkina Faso following recent terrorist attacks. They agreed that current challenges cannot be addressed only militarily. Social cohesion, development and ensuring the rule of law are key. She also held encounters with civil society and political parties – the ruling party and the opposition. "I encouraged peaceful and inclusive elections in 2020, and greater participation of women in the political process. The unity of the Burkinabè is essential in these challenging times, she tweeted.


    Burkina Faso was the last stop on the Under-Secretary-General’s visit to West Africa. From Ouagadougou she is flying to Berlin to take part in the Berlin Conference on Libya on 19 January.
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    New York 

    Commemoration of tenth anniversary of Haiti earthquake
    At a ceremony on 17 January, Secretary-General António Guterres honored the memory of the hundreds of thousands of Haitians and 102 UN colleagues who lost their lives in the earthquake on 12 January 2010.  "Together, we will safeguard Haiti’s future and build lives of peace, prosperity and dignity for all Haitians," the Secretary-General said.  After the ceremony, participants paid their respects to the victims at the new Haiti earthquake memorial installed in the North Lawn of UN HQ, which lists the first names of the UN colleagues who lost their lives. The tragedy in Haiti is the single greatest loss of personnel in the UN’s history.
    Read the UN News story

     

    Security Council

    Ruiz Massieu: Hard-won gains in Colombia must be protected, preserved and built upon
    Special Representative and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia Carlos Ruiz Massieu told the Security Council on 13 January that Colombia had continued to make significant strides in its peace process in 2019 even in the face of serious challenges. “These hard-won gains must be protected, preserved and built upon,” he said, warning that the pervasive violence in conflict-affected areas continues to threaten the consolidation of peace. “Peace will not be fully achieved if the brave voices of social leaders continue to be silenced through violence and if former combatants who laid down their weapons and are committed to their reintegration continue to be killed.” He concluded by recalling that the UN remains convinced that the full implementation of the Peace Agreement, in all its interconnected aspects, provides the best possible hope for Colombia to lay the foundations for a more peaceful and prosperous future.
    Read his remarks

     

    UNMHA mandate extended
    The Security Council, on 13 January, "[r]eaffirming its commitment to the unity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Yemen and its commitment to stand by the people of Yemen," extended the mandate of the United Nations mission to support the Hudaydah ceasefire agreement (UNMHA) until 15 July 2020.
    Read Security Council resolution 2505 extending UNMHA’s mandate


    Military de-escalation cannot be sustained without political process, says UN envoy
    Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths said during his Security Council briefing on 16 January that the movement of forces and military on the ground had reduced, leading to "one of the quietest periods of the conflict.” "Experience however tells us that military de-escalation cannot be sustained without political progress between the parties," he cautioned. Recent developments constituted good news, he said, “not least because it is also a starting point for opening a new page to be dominated and noted and themed by sincere consultations between the Yemeni parties to reach a political solution to end the Yemeni crisis.”
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    Colombia

    Former adversaries and local community build bridge together
    At the request of the Colombian Armed Forces, the UN Verification Mission in Colombia transported materials for the construction of a bridge in southern Tolima department on 11 January. Tolima is where the FARC guerrilla organization was born 56 years ago.  The bridge will be built by former combatants, the Armed Forces and members of the community working together. It will benefit the surrounding communities, including schoolchildren. "I cannot think of a more encouraging example to begin the new year than the image of former adversaries working with a local community to build a bridge together," Special Representative Carlos Ruiz Massieu said in his briefing to the Security Council on 13 January.
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    Peacebuilding Commission visits Colombia
    At the initiative of the President of Colombia, Iván Duque Márquez, a meeting of the Peacebuilding Commission on “Good Practices in Financing for Peacebuilding and Partnerships” took place in Cartagena, Colombia, on 14-15 January. An exhibition displaying the products made by former-combatants, survivors and communities was also held. The President, Foreign Affairs Minister Claudia Blum, Mr. Ruiz Massieu, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Oscar Fernández-Taranco, and representatives of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), the World Bank, the private sector and civil society addressed the meeting. 
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    Haiti

    Commemoration of 10th anniversary of the Haiti earthquake
    Assistant Secretary-General Miroslav Jenča was in Port-au-Prince on 12 January to honor those lost in the earthquake in Haiti 10 years ago. During his visit, he also discussed with President Jovenel Moïse the political dialogue process in the country and cooperation between the UN Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) and the Government.
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    Afghanistan

    “Without women in the peace process, there is no peace.”
    The ‘Women as pioneers for peace’ meeting on the role of women in peace in Herat, the capital of the western province, on 13 January,  brought together around 100 women activists, government leaders and civil society from across the region, including Badghis, Ghor, Farah and Herat. Herat Governor Abdul Quayom Rahimi and his Deputy Monesa Hassanzadeh, reaffirmed a call for women to take centre stage and ensure that their role and rights are adequately reflected and safeguarded in peace efforts, as well as any subsequent agreement. "Without women in the peace process, there is no peace,” Rahimi told the participants. In closing the event, participants unanimously adopted a final declaration comprising thirteen articles and calls for the meaningful participation of women in all decision-making processes related to peace, reconciliation, reintegration and security; the establishment of a consultation mechanism to accompany the peace process; and for the peace process to be Afghan-led and Afghan-owned building on democratic, civil and human rights values.
    Read the story on UNAMA’s website

     

    Yemen

    Special Envoy meets President of Yemen and US Secretary of Defense
    In a meeting with the President of Yemen, Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi on 13 January,  Special Envoy Martin Griffiths praised recent steps taken for the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement between the Government and the Southern Transitional Council and discussed next steps to reach a comprehensive peace in the country. President Hadi renewed his commitment to the UN-led peace process in Yemen.
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    Gabon

    African Union Peace and Security Council and African Council members discuss peace and security in Africa
    Assistant Secretary-General for Africa Bintou Keita participated in the 7th high-level meeting on peace and security in Africa between the members of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union and the African members of the UN Security Council. The meeting was held in Libreville, Gabon, from 13 to 14 January. On the margins of the event, Keita, together with UN Special Representative for Central Africa François Louncény Fall, met with the Secretary-General of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), Ahmad Allam-Mi, on 13 January, and on 14 January participated in a working session with Gabonese Defence Minister Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda focusing on the security situation in Central Africa and the role of Gabon in conflict prevention and peacekeeping. On 15 January, she also met with Gabonese Minister of Foreign Affairs Alain Claude Bilie-By-Nze, accompanied by Mr. Fall and UN Resident Coordinator Stephen Jackson, to discuss various peace, security, development and regional issues in Central Africa. 
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    Libya

    Ceasefire and Berlin conference discussed during visit to Tripoli
    Special Representative for Libya Ghassan Salamé and Deputy Special Representative Stephanie Williams met the head of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez Serraj in Tripoli on 15 January. The meeting focused on the latest developments, including the ceasefire and ongoing preparations for the conference in Berlin on 19 January. At a temporary shelter at Al-Ghunaimi School, Bin Ashour District, they listened to the concerns and needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who had fled the fighting in Tripoli. They stressed the readiness of the UN humanitarian agencies to intensify efforts to provide necessary support to IDPs. Salamé said he hoped that the Berlin conference would lead to a lasting ceasefire, allowing a safe retun of all IDPs to their homes. 
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    Somalia

    Horn of Africa envoy visits Somalia
    On his visit to Mogadishu from 13 to 14 January, the UN Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, met a range of Somali government and electoral officials, civil society representatives and international partners and discussed regional security, elections, development, humanitarian and other issues. “It gives me hope that, as the country will be engaging in a quite significant electoral process, everything will be done in a way that the country can build on its gains so far, to strengthen the rule of law and governance structures,” he said. During his meeting with the Chairperson of Somalia’s National Independent Electoral Commissions, Halima Ibrahim, Onanga-Anyanga discussed the challenges and opportunities regarding the country’s upcoming “one-person, one vote” elections. He stressed the importance of inclusive political participation and the meaningful role that women and youth can play.
    Read the full story on UNSOM’s website

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  • 17 Jan 2020

    More than 200,000 Haitians who perished in the devastating earthquake which struck the island nation ten years ago, were honoured in a solemn ceremony of remembrance at UN Headquarters in New York on Friday, along with 102 staffers who died – the single greatest loss of life in the Organization’s history. 

  • 17 Jan 2020

    The world should not accept the “dire and untenable” situation facing children in wartorn Libya the head of the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Friday.

  • 16 Jan 2020

    Despite the threat posed by recent tensions in the Gulf, Yemen was able to weather the crisis thanks in part to restraint exercised by its political leaders, the UN Special Envoy for the country said on Thursday. 

  • 16 Jan 2020

    Nearly nine years of conflict in Syria have robbed boys and girls of their childhood and subjected them to “unabated violations of their rights”, including being killed, maimed, displaced, forced to fight or subjected to torture, rape and sexual slavery. 

  • 15 Jan 2020

    Fresh clashes in the Central African Republic’s southeast have driven some 400 people to seek shelter at a UN base there, the United Nations Spokesperson said on Wednesday.

  • 15 Jan 2020

    Implementation of the 2015 peace agreement in Mali provides the only pathway for stabilization there, the head of UN peacekeeping told the Security Council on Wednesday. 

  • 13 Jan 2020

    The President of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly on Monday set out his 2020 priorities, which aim to make the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality by the start of the next decade.

  • 13 Jan 2020

    Colombia has continued to make “significant strides in its peace process”, the top UN envoy in the country told the Security Council on Monday.

  • 10 Jan 2020

    The Security Council on Friday evening renewed a UN operation delivering humanitarian aid across the Syrian border to millions of civilians, but some of the body’s members expressed disappointment that the “watered down” measure cut in half the number of crossing points and duration of the authorization.

  • 10 Jan 2020


     

    4 - 10 December 2019

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

    New York 

    Highlights of Security Council Practice for 2019
    The Security Council Affairs Division (SCAD) has released its Highlights of Security Council Practice for 2019. The interactive document summarizes the Council’s daily work for the year via an informative set of facts, figures and interactive charts.
    See all the highlights here

     

    Security Council

    Salamé: “Keep your hands off Libya”
    Ghassan Salamé, Special Representative and Head of UNSMIL, spoke to the media  after briefing the Security Council in closed consultations on 6 January. “Keep your hands off Libya,” was his message to international actors intervening in the conflict. “There are enough weapons in Libya, they don’t need extra weapons,” he said. “There are enough mercenaries in Libya, so stop sending mercenaries as is the case right now, with hundreds or thousands right now coming into the country of late.” 
    Read the transcript here



    Devastating surge in terrorist attacks in West Africa and the Sahel
    Special Representative Mohamed Ibn Chambas, presenting the latest report of the Secretary-General on the activities of UNOWAS on 8 January, told the Security Council that despite positive political developments, “the region has experienced a devastating surge in terrorist attacks against civilian and military targets.” “The geographic focus of terrorist attacks has shifted eastwards from Mali to Burkina Faso and Niger, and is increasingly threatening West African coastal States,” Mr Chambas said.
    Read his full statement here
    Read more in UN News

    Guterres: “We must come home to the UN Charter”
    The Security Council held an open debate on “Upholding the United Nations Charter to Maintain International Peace and Security” on 9 January. In his statement at the meeting, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres encouraged countries to return to fundamental principles. “We must come home to the UN Charter,” he said. “At this time of global divisions and turmoil, the Charter remains our shared framework of international cooperation for the common good.”  
    Read his full statement here


     

     

     

     

    Iraq

    UNAMI chief meets with Iraqi president
    Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Special Representative and Head of UNAMI, met with Iraqi President Barham Salih on 6 January. They discussed the current political developments in the country and the region. Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert reiterated United Nations support for Iraq’s security and stability as well as the need to undertake reforms that would address the Iraqi people’s legitimate demands for change.
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    Libya

    Experts discuss Libya’s economic future
    UNSMIL convened a meeting of 19 Libyan experts on 6 January representing the main Libyan financial and economic institutions as well as the different economic sectors. The experts were selected based on their capacity to represent interests from across the Libyan political and geographic spectrum. The experts agreed that the Libyan economy was under duress due to the institutional fragmentation caused by the conflict and that this was having an increasingly detrimental impact on the daily lives of Libyans. It was also agreed that any comprehensive political settlement would require a mechanism to unify financial and economic policy as well as the institutions.
    Read more on UNSMIL’s website
     

     

    Somalia

    Visit to Somaliland
    The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, James Swan, visited Hargeisa in Somaliland on 8 January. He met with Somaliland’s President Musa Bihi Abdi and members of his cabinet, and they discussed how confidence-building efforts and dialogue between the authorities in Hargeisa and Mogadishu could bring about broad benefits in several areas. “The United Nations welcomes initiatives aimed at building mutual confidence and fostering dialogue between Hargeisa and Mogadishu,” he said. “We believe there are many areas in which greater cooperation could improve security, promote economic growth, and improve the lives of the people,” Mr. Swan told press after the meeting.  
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  • 10 Jan 2020

    The targeting of the Hema community in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with violence, including killings and rape, may amount to crimes against humanity, said the UN on Friday. 

  • 9 Jan 2020

    Amid an era of rising geopolitical tensions and declining trust between nations, the United Nations Secretary-General has encouraged countries to “come home” to a defining document of the international community: the UN Charter. 

  • 9 Jan 2020

    The UN Security Council has stressed the need to resolve the ongoing political impasse in Haiti between President Jovenel Moïse and a surging opposition movement. 

  • 9 Jan 2020

    Hargeisa, 9 January 2020 – The United Nations envoy to Somalia today flagged the world body’s belief that confidence-building efforts and dialogue between the authorities...

  • 9 Jan 2020
  • 9 Jan 2020
    PRESS STATEMENT 01/2020

    Good morning and Happy New Year to all of you. 

    I thank President Musa Bihi Abdi, his team, and the people of...

  • 8 Jan 2020

    Tripoli, 08 January 2020 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in...

  • 8 Jan 2020

    A Ukrainian airliner crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran on Wednesday morning, killing all 176 passengers and crew members on board. In a statement, UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ offered his deepest condolences, saying he was “deeply saddened by the crash”.

  • 8 Jan 2020

    The top UN official in West Africa and the Sahel updated the Security Council on Wednesday, describing an “unprecedented" rise in terrorist violence across the region.

  • 8 Jan 2020

    In the wake of an Iranian ballistic missile attack on air bases which house US forces in Iraq, the UN Secretary-General said on Wednesday that he would “continue his active engagement” to de-escalate tensions and avert full-scale war.

  • 7 Jan 2020

    Tuesday’s top stories include: A “daily nightmare” in Syria’s Idlib; polio remains an international health emergency; Guterres extends condolences as Australia bushfires continue; measles in DR Congo; clashes in Darfur displace thousands; and a celebration of stolen art.

  • 7 Jan 2020

    Tuesday’s top stories include: A “daily nightmare” in Syria’s Idlib; polio remains an international health emergency; Guterres extends condolences as Australia bushfires continue; measles in DR Congo; clashes in Darfur displace thousands; and a celebration of stolen art.

  • 7 Jan 2020

    On Monday, the Secretary-General made a passionate appeal for peace. His message to world leaders was simple:

    Stop escalation.

    Exercise maximum restraint.

    Re-start dialogue.

    Renew international cooperation.

    This appeal remains as important today as it was on Monday.

    For his part, the Secretary-General will continue his active engagement with relevant actors. It is our common duty to make every effort to avoid a war in the Gulf that the...

  • 7 Jan 2020

    Around 40,000 have been displaced in Sudan’s West Darfur State in recent days, following intercommunal clashes, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Tuesday, citing Sudanese Government data.

  • 7 Jan 2020

    The latest twist in Venezuela’s ongoing political crisis “make urgently needed dialogue even more difficult to achieve”, the UN Secretary-General has said.

  • 7 Jan 2020

    Following a sharp escalation of hostilities in southern Idlib, “at least 300,000 civilians have fled their homes” since mid-December, the UN Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria crisis said on Tuesday, voicing concern for their well-being.

  • 7 Jan 2020

    TUNIS, 07 January 2020 – UNSMIL convened yesterday a meeting of 19 Libyan economic experts representing the main Libyan...

  • 7 Jan 2020

     

    ​A group of 40 former FARC combatants, 20 of their relatives, and 20 residents of the community of Llano Grande, Dabeiba, for the first time, visited the Atanasio Girardot stadium in...
  • 6 Jan 2020

    Informal comments to the media by Ghassan Salameh, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the...

  • 6 Jan 2020

    Monday’s top stories include: UN chief’s call for de-escalation in global tensions; UNICEF offers help as Australia bushfires continue to rage; condolences following Burkina Faso bus explosion; new shipping regulation to boost health of people and planet; and ILO responds to deadly Cambodia building collapse.

  • 6 Jan 2020

    The top UN official in Libya has delivered a stern message urging other nations to stop intervening in the country’s ongoing crisis. 

  • 6 Jan 2020

    The current tensions across the Middle East and Gulf region and their potential implications for cultural heritage sites were the focus of a meeting on Monday between the head of the UN’s cultural agency, UNESCO, and a senior diplomat from Iran. 

  • 6 Jan 2020

    The UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on world leaders to de-escalate geopolitical tensions on Monday, which he described as being “at their highest level this century” as the new decade dawns.

  • 6 Jan 2020

    PRESS RELEASE

    The United Nations launches 75th anniversary dialogues:

    The biggest global conversation on the world's future starts now.

     

    January 1, 2020 saw the launch of the UN75 initiative - the largest...

  • 6 Jan 2020

    The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations’ Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, expresses his...

  • 6 Jan 2020

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  • 5 Jan 2020

    The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), on Sunday strongly condemned the bombing of a military academy in the capital Tripoli, which according to news reports left at least 30 dead and more than 30 others wounded.

  • 5 Jan 2020

    It is recess time, and lively chatter can be heard from the grounds of Abdalla Deerow School in Baidoa.

    Located in the centre of the city, it provides free education five days a week to more than one thousand girls...

  • 3 Jan 2020

    TRIPOLI, 03 January 2020 - The Deputy Special Representative of...

  • 3 Jan 2020

    Amidst concern for the safety and protection of more than three million civilians in Syria’s last rebel-held enclave, the UN’s most senior humanitarian and political affairs officials briefed the Security Council on Syria behind closed doors on Friday.

  • 3 Jan 2020

    Authorities in Sudan are being urged to restore peace and order in the wake of intercommunal clashes in West Darfur state which erupted on Sunday and left 65 people dead, 54 injured, and thousands displaced. 

     

  • 3 Jan 2020

    The abducted four-year-old son of a UN migration agency worker who was killed in South Sudan in October has been released and reunited with his father during an emotional reunion in the capital Juba on Friday.

  • 3 Jan 2020

    The UN Secretary-General António Guterres has expressed deep concern over the latest escalation in tension across the Gulf region, following the killing of a top Iranian General in Iraq, in an airstrike carried out by the United States. 

  • 3 Jan 2020

    Shelling near a major facility run by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Thursday, has sparked the deep concern for the safety of refugees and asylum seekers there.

  • 3 Jan 2020

    Electoral authorities announced victory of former prime minister and retired general Umaro Sissoco Embaló in the December 29 election.

    Elected president of the Movement...

  • 2 Jan 2020

    The Secretary-General has consistently advocated for de-escalation in the Gulf.  He is deeply concerned with the recent escalation.

    This is a moment in which leaders must exercise maximum restraint.  The world cannot afford another war in the Gulf.

    Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General

    New York, 3 January 2020

  • 2 Jan 2020

    Only an end to the war in Syria can bring safety to children there, the head of the UN child rights agency said on Thursday. 

  • 2 Jan 2020

    The head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) has underlined the Organization’s support for Guinea-Bissau following the conclusion of its presidential election. 

  • 2 Jan 2020

    A fruit seller in downtown Gardez, the capital of Paktya, one of four provinces in Afghanistan's south-eastern region. Photo: UNAMA / Fardin Waezi

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