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  • 10 Dec 2019

    On 10th December, International Human Rights Day, we commemorate the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), amidst serious violations of human rights in Libya. Human Rights Day...

  • 10 Dec 2019
    PRESS STATEMENT 28/2019

    Mogadishu – On the occasion of Human Rights Day, the UN envoy to Somalia today called on the country’s youth to build on progress made to date in enshrining human rights as a...

  • 10 Dec 2019

    Under the theme, Young People in Defense of Human Rights and closing the campaign of 16 Days of Activism, today was the day of Human Rights.

    In Guinea-Bissau, the celebrations began at the Noble...

  • 10 Dec 2019

    Making the appeal is the UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, who reports that online hostility against activists has increased since the announcement last month of international legal proceedings over the atrocities.

  • 10 Dec 2019

    Baidoa – As 2019 draws to a close, senior officials from some of Somalia’s international partners today visited Baidoa, in South West State (SWS), for the start of a...

  • 10 Dec 2019

    Baidoa – As 2019 draws to a close, representatives of the African Union, European Union, Intergovernmental Authority on Development and United Nations today visited...

  • 10 Dec 2019

    KABUL - Marking International Human Rights Day, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) joined the global campaign ‘Youth Stand Up for Human Rights’ to highlight the role of young people as...

  • 9 Dec 2019

    Being a volunteer in the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, gave Ornella Uberti the confidence of doing what she has always been passionate about: being part of a social...

  • 9 Dec 2019

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan

    On December 6, 2019, at the expanded meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, His...

  • 9 Dec 2019

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan

    On December 6, 2019, at the expanded meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, His...

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  • 9 Dec 2019

    Dakar, 09 December- The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West...

  • 9 Dec 2019
    PRESS STATEMENT 27/2019

    Mogadishu – Marking International Anti-Corruption Day, the United Nations envoy to Somalia today welcomed the country’s progress in strengthening...

  • 8 Dec 2019

    KABUL - Marking International Anti-Corruption Day, the United Nations reiterates its support to Afghanistan’s initiatives to fight corruption, acknowledges steps made to challenge...

  • 8 Dec 2019

    MAZAR-E-SHARIF - At a UN-backed event in Mazar, the capital of Balkh province, participants underscored the pressing need for stronger measures to protect children from harm in Afghanistan’s armed conflict.

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  • 7 Dec 2019

    The top UN official in Iraq has strongly condemned the shooting of unarmed protesters in Baghdad on Friday night, which left a high number of deaths and injuries among innocent citizens, calling for the perpetrators to be “identified and brought to justice without delay”. 

  • 7 Dec 2019

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan

    On 7 December, UNRCCA organized an event at its headquarters in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, to commemorate International Volunteer Day.

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  • 6 Dec 2019

    Madame la Présidente,

    Permettez-moi de vous féliciter pour votre présidence du Conseil ce mois-ci.


    Madame la Présidente,
    Distingués membres du Conseil,

    Je vous remercie de me donner la parole pour vous briefer sur la situation en Afrique centrale et les activités du Bureau régional des Nations Unies pour l’Afrique centrale (UNOCA),
    depuis la publication du rapport qui vous a été soumis.

    De façon générale, la situation politique et sécuritaire en Afrique centrale demeure préoccupante. En effet, la sous-région continue de faire face à des défis sécuritaires,  humanitaires, socioéconomiques et en matière de droits humains. De même, les problèmes de sécurité liés au changement climatique se posent avec plus d’acuité. Toutefois, nous devrions saluer les principales réalisations enregistrées au cours des 11 derniers mois dans les réformes structurelles ainsi que dans la consolidation et la construction de la paix. Parmi ces réalisations, pour ne citer que celles-là, on pourra retenir la finalisation de tous les documents et instruments majeurs de la réforme de la Communauté économique des Etats de l’Afrique centrale (CEEAC) ; l’adoption du Plan d’action régional pour la mise en oeuvre de la résolution 1325 sur les Femmes, la paix et la sécurité ; et la création d’un réseau régional de la société civile, COPAC.

    Entre 2020 et la fin du mandat en cours de l’UNOCA en août 2021, la plupart des Etats de la sous-région organiseront de nouvelles élections et, dans ce contexte, les efforts de promotion du dialogue national et d’une meilleure participation des femmes et des jeunes dans la gouvernance et la consolidation de la paix se poursuivent.

    Le terrorisme représente toujours une menace à la stabilité de la sous-région de l’Afrique centrale, en particulier dans le bassin du lac Tchad où Boko Haram reste actif. Mon collègue Mohamed Ibn Chambas et moi-même étions au Nigéria en novembre pour boucler notre tournée dans les quatre pays du bassin du lac Tchad, entreprise conjointement avec le Représentant spécial de l’Union européenne pour le Sahel, Angel Losada. La Secrétaire exécutive de CTED, Michèle Coninsx, nous a rejoints au Tchad. Nous sommes arrivés à la conclusion qu’un appui à la mise en oeuvre de la Stratégie régionale en faveur de la stabilisation, du redressement et de la résilience des zones du bassin du lac Tchad touchées par Boko Haram devrait être une de nos priorités.


    Madame la Présidente,

    Le changement climatique continue d’avoir un impact sur la vie des femmes et des hommes en Afrique centrale, avec souvent des implications directes sur la paix et la sécurité. Le 20 novembre, le Gouvernement de la République du Congo a déclaré l’état de catastrophe naturelle et d’urgence humanitaire dans trois départements du nord, en raison de sérieuses inondations qui affectent environ 50.000 personnes. Il convient de noter que plusieurs autres pays de l’Afrique centrale font également face à de graves catastrophes naturelles liées au changement climatique. J’appelle les partenaires internationaux à apporter une assistance humanitaire aux gouvernements concernés.

    Du 25 au 29 novembre, je me suis rendu à Luanda, en Angola, pour participer à la 49ème réunion du Comité consultatif permanent des Nations Unies chargé des questions de sécurité en Afrique centrale. Le Comité a discuté de la situation géopolitique et sécuritaire en Afrique centrale et tenu un débat consacré au changement climatique et à son impact sur la paix et la sécurité. A l’issue de sa session ministérielle, le Comité a adopté la Déclaration de Luanda sur l’Impact du changement climatique sur la paix et la sécurité en Afrique centrale.

    La sous-région de l’Afrique centrale continue de faire face aux défis de la sécurité maritime, notamment dans le golfe de Guinée. Le 7 novembre, une attaque contre un pétrolier a
    été signalée au nord-ouest de Sao Tomé. Le 20 novembre, le Centre interrégional de coordination (CIC) à Yaoundé a signalé une autre attaque près de Malabo, ce qui a amené le Gouvernement de la Guinée équatoriale à placer ses forces de sécurité en état d’alerte élevée dans tout le pays. Le Représentant spécial Ibn Chambas et moi-même envisageons de mener une visite conjointe au CIC début 2020, pour évaluer la situation maritime dans le golfe de Guinée et déterminer les domaines spécifiques dans lesquels les Nations Unies pourraient apporter une assistance interrégionale intégrée.

    Je suis encouragé par les efforts déployés par les Etats de l’Afrique centrale pour améliorer les capacités en matière de coopération sous-régionale en renforçant la CEEAC. L’organisation sous-régionale est en train d’accélérer son action pour la tenue à Libreville du 9ème Sommet extraordinaire des chefs d’Etat et de gouvernement, le 18 décembre prochain, qui sera consacré à sa réforme. Au cours de ce Sommet, les dirigeants de l’Afrique centrale devraient approuver le programme de réforme institutionnelle de la CEEAC. Les conclusions de ce Sommet constitueront une étape importante dans le processus de réforme. Je réaffirme l’engagement total des Nations Unies à travailler main dans la main avec la CEEAC et ses Etats membres, ainsi que leurs partenaires, pour la mise en oeuvre de la réforme et contribuer au développement des capacités de la CEEAC.

    Comme vous le savez, Madame la Présidente, le Gouvernement du Cameroun a organisé un dialogue national du 30 septembre au 4 octobre, et qui s’est achevé avec une série de recommendations clés destinées à répondre à la crise dans les régions du Nord-Ouest et du Sud- Ouest. Je reste cependant préoccupé par le niveau de violence qui continue de  menacer la vie des Camerounais, tandis que l’on ne cesse de rapporter des cas de violations des droits humains et d’abus attribués à toutes les parties. Le personnel humanitaire a également été attaqué, ce qui met en exergue l’ampleur de l’insécurité. Plus de 700.000 personnes seraient maintenant déplacées en raison du conflit en cours dans les deux régions. D’autres rapports indiquent également que des milliers de personnes sont mortes ou ont été blessées. J’appelle les partenaires internationaux à appuyer les efforts nationaux en cours visant à répondre aux besoins humanitaires de la population.

    A la suite du dialogue national, quelques mesures ont déjà été prises, telle que la libération de certains prisonniers, ce qui est à saluer. Une mise en oeuvre rapide des  recommandations du dialogue constituera un pas supplémentaire vers une solution durable à la crise. Du 19 au 24 novembre, le Gouvernement du Cameroun a envoyé des délégations dans les régions du Nord-Ouest et du Sud-Ouest pour sensibiliser sur les conclusions du dialogue national. Le Président de la Commission de l’Union africaine, Moussa Faki Mahamat, la Secrétaire générale de l’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, Louise Mushikiwabo, et la Secrétaire générale du Commonwealth, Patricia Janet Scotland, se sont rendus récemment au Cameroun pour échanger avec les acteurs nationaux, y compris le Président Paul Biya, sur la situation dans le pays. Dans leur déclaration finale conjointe, les trois officiels ont encouragé « l’ensemble des parties prenantes à continuer dans cette voie de la sagesse et de la responsabilité, notamment celle du Gouvernement dans la mise en oeuvre des conclusions » du dialogue national.

    A la suite de l’annonce faite par le Président Paul Biya sur la tenue des élections législatives et municipales au Cameroun le 9 février 2020, le chef du parti de l’opposition le  Mouvement pour la renaissance du Cameroun, Maurice Kamto, a informé le 25 novembre que son parti ne participerait pas aux élections, affirmant que les conditions ne seraient  pas réunies pour que le vote ait lieu dans les régions du Nord-Ouest et du Sud-Ouest. Il a également appelé à une révision du code électoral. D’autres partis politiques ont exprimé  quelques réserves sur leur participation aux élections. En réponse, au cours d’une conférence de presse organisée le 2 décembre, le Ministre de l’Administration du territoire et le  Ministre de la Communication ont assuré que les conditions étaient en place pour des élections apaisées. 

    Comme le Secrétaire général l’a souligné dans son rapport, il est important de poursuivre le dialogue avec toutes les parties prenantes « afin d’apaiser les griefs sous-jacents de  ceux qui se sentent marginalisés ». Il est essentiel de renforcer la dynamique créée par le dialogue national en assurant l’inclusivité dans la mise en oeuvre des recommandations  du dialogue, y compris sur une décentralisation accrue, l’aide au développement, et le désarmement, la démobilisation et la réintégration (DDR). La tenue d’élections apaisées,  inclusives et crédibles en 2020 dépendra en grande partie de tels efforts et sera un test capital pour la démocratie dans le pays et pour démontrer la détermination des acteurs  nationaux à avancer vers une véritable stabilité, ainsi que vers un développement socioéconomique et une paix durables pour tous les Camerounais. Les Nations Unies restent  engagées à travailler en étroite collaboration avec les autorités nationales et les autres acteurs concernés à cet effet, ainsi qu’à appuyer les initiatives locales faisant la promotion de la participation des femmes, des jeunes et d’autres groupes marginalisés. Parallèlement, il est essentiel que tous les acteurs sur le terrain renforcent leurs efforts pour protéger  et promouvoir les droits humains et lutter contre l’impunité.

    Au Tchad, la situation sécuritaire dans les trois provinces qui ont une frontière commune avec la Libye et le Soudan et sont en état d’urgence représente toujours un risque pour la consolidation d’une paix durable. Ceci nécessitera un engagement multiforme continu, spécialement au moment où le Tchad poursuit ses préparatifs en vue de la tenue d’élections législatives longtemps reportées et prévues maintenant pour le premier trimestre de l’année prochaine et la tenue de l’élection présidentielle en 2021.

    En République du Congo, il faudra poursuivre les efforts visant à créer un environnement politique favorable à la tenue de l’élection présidentielle en 2021. Le Secrétariat permanent du Conseil national du dialogue poursuit ses consultations avec un vaste éventail d’acteurs nationaux, y compris les partis politiques et la société civile, avec le soutien des Nations Unies à travers le Fonds de consolidation de la paix, afin de préparer un dialogue national inclusif pour 2020. J’appelle les autorités nationales et toutes les autres parties prenantes à unir leurs efforts afin de contribuer à la tenue d’un dialogue véritablement inclusif et constructif, ce qui créera un environement favorable à la consolidation de la paix et les conditions propices à la tenue d’une élection présidentielle apaisée, inclusive et crédible. Une assistance internationale constante pour la stabilisation de la région du Pool est également nécessaire, tout comme la contribution financière indispensable du Gouvernement pour la mise en oeuvre effective du programme de DDR. 

     

    Madam President,
    Distinguished members of the Council,

    I would like to reiterate my appreciation to the Security Council for its continued support to UNOCA and myself to facilitate the implementation of our mandate. Your support was, once again, evidenced through the presidential statement of 12 September 2019 welcoming the conclusions of UNOCA’s strategic review. DPPA and UNOCA are working together, in cooperation with relevant UN entities, to ensure the full implementation of the strategic review recommendations. We will continue to update you as appropriate.

    Thank you for your attention.

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    30 November - 6 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

    PBC discusses transhumance and sustainable peace and development in West Africa and the Sahel
    The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) held a joint meeting on the impact of cross-border transhumance on sustainable peace and development in West Africa and the Sahel on 3 December. The meeting aimed to raise awareness about the complex challenges related to transhumance in countries and cross-border areas of West Africa and the Sahel. The discussions aimed at showcasing successful practical approaches and actions, providing lessons learned, identifying gaps and challenges to implementation and impact and making recommendations and giving policy advice on how to provide a coherent and coordinated response to address the root causes of conflict between farmers and pastoralists. Deputy Special Representative of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) Ruby Sandhu-Rojon shared her experiences of UN efforts to promote peaceful transhumance in West Africa and the Sahel.  Guillermo Fernández de Soto, Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission emphasized the PBC’s commitment to engage societies beyond political elites and include the perspectives and deep knowledge of local communities in relevant discussions. 
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    Support to peacebuilding in the Sahel, Lake Chad and Mano River Union discussed
    The next day, during PBC’s Annual Session, participants from the PBC, ECOSOC, UNOWAS, the UN Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Lake Chad Basin Commission reviewed challenges and opportunities for enhancing regional and sub-regional approaches to peacebuilding in the Sahel, the Lake Chad Basin, and the Mano River Union (MRU). The annual session focused on ensuring consistent PBC accompaniment to the Sahel region, to sustain international attention and to advance a more coherent, coordinated and action-oriented approach to peacebuilding and sustaining peace and explore ways to support the region’s movement towards strong economic growth and steady progress in governance and institution building. UNOCA head François Louncény Fall called upon the Peacebuilding Commission to consolidate engagement in the Lake Chad Basin in support of activities that reinforce social cohesion and promote socio-economic development.
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    Security Council

    Special Representative calls for “bold, forward thinking” in Iraq
    Speaking about the current protests and civil unrest in Iraq at the Security Council on 3 December, Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said that the situation cannot be resolved “by buying time with band-aid solutions and coercive measures: this approach will only further fuel public anger and distrust.” She added that the challenge is to seize this opportunity and build a sovereign, stable, inclusive and prosperous Iraq. “Now is the time to act. The great hopes of so many Iraqis call for bold, forward thinking.”
    Read her full remarks on UNAMI’s website

     

    Political and security situation in Central Africa worrying, says Special Representative
    Special Representative and head of the UN Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) François Louncény Fall at the Security Council on 6 December said that the political and security situation in Central Africa remained worrying, citing insecurity and humanitarian, human rights and socio-economic challenges. He also pointed to security threats related to climate change. UNOCA is continuing efforts to promote national dialogue and greater participation of women and youth in governance and peacebuilding as most states in the sub-region prepare for elections in 2020 and 2021, the Special Representative added.
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    Afghanistan

    Afghan community leaders call for support for peace in the country
    Peace remains the single most important aspiration for the people of Afghanistan, stressed participants at recent UN-backed events in the southeastern province of Khost and in the central highlands province of Bamyan. In the Bamyan event, some 100 community leaders – including religious scholars, civil society members, women’s rights activists and youth representatives – came together to add their voices to other communities across the country calling for peace. In a similar UN-backed event in Khost, a 120-strong delegation of religious leaders and government officials came together to discuss how they could strengthen peace efforts. Religious leader Ezatullah Khairkhuwa, participating in the event in Bamyan, stressed the importance of religious scholars in promoting peace, tolerance and harmony. “This is not a choice, but rather a responsibility,” he said. “This is the time for all of us to seize the moment and support peace in the country.”
    Read the full story on UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan’s website

     

    Viet Nam

    ASEAN, UN and Viet Nam discuss cooperation towards a more inclusive and agile mechanism for conflict management and resolution
    The fifth Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-UN Regional Dialogue on Political-Security Cooperation (AURED V) brought together senior UN and ASEAN officials, senior officials from ASEAN Member States, and civil society representatives in Ha Noi, Viet Nam on 3 and 4 December. They discussed opportunities for enhancing ASEAN’s conflict prevention and resolution capacities, through the ASEAN-Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR). UN Assistant Secretary-General Khaled Khiari led the UN delegation. Under Chatham House rules, participants highlighted the increasingly complex security threats facing Southeast Asia, from growing tensions in the South China Sea, weakening of trust between countries as well as between governments and their peoples, violent extremism and climate-related security risks. Discussion focused on furthering the Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) and the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agendas and exploring opportunities and challenges of establishing a ‘pool of experts’ under AIPR, as a mechanism for conflict prevention. DPPA, as lead on the ASEAN-UN Comprehensive Partnership will continue to support ASEAN's efforts in this regard.
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    Libya

    Libyans, UN discuss national response to displacement
    The UN and the Libyan Ministry of Local Government on 3 December hosted a meeting for ministries and municipalities in Tripoli on the “National Response to Displacement in Libya” to discuss best ways to enhance and improve response to displacement resulting from the current conflict. Representatives of the Presidential Council, 19 municipalities and ministries of Local Governance, IDPs, Education, Finance, Social Affairs, Planning and the Central Bank of Libya with Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Ghassan Salamé, Deputy Special Representatives (DSRSGs) Stephanie Williams and Yacoub El-Hillo and representatives of other UN organizations discussed the response so far, achievements, challenges and ways to address obstacles and improve quality, timeliness and suitability of humanitarian response. In the meeting, mayors and municipal council representatives briefed about the mounting challenges they face in responding to displacement and presented ideas to improve the humanitarian response with support from the Government of National Accord and the UN. SRSG Salamé said “It was a frank discussion characterized by a high level of openness.” 
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    Somalia

    ‘One person, one vote’ elections in 2020
    Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) James Swan met with two former presidents this week, with Hassan Sheikh (2012-2017) on 2 December and with Sheikh Sharif (2009-2012) on 4 December. During these meetings, they discussed political developments, including next year’s ‘one person, one vote’ elections, and the importance of political space and inclusion. On 2 December, in a meeting between commissioners of the National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC), the Minister of Internal Security Mohamed Abukar Islow ‘Duale’ and international partners, they reiterated their support to the upcoming ‘one person, one vote’ elections.
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    UN Representative to the African Union makes first visit to Somalia
    Wrapping up her first visit to Somalia, UN Special Representative to the African Union Hanna Tetteh, on 5 December, noted that she had had the “opportunity to understand the challenges both the UN and the AU are facing in Somalia and the efforts that are being made to address those challenges.” In addition to meeting the heads of the UN Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) and UNSOM – Lisa Filipetto and James Swan, respectively – Ms. Tetteh held talks with Somalia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmed Isse Awad and the Speaker of the House of the People Mohamed Mursal Sheikh Abdirahman. She also met the head of Hirshabelle state, President Mohamed Abdi Waare, members of his cabinet and the deputy speakers of parliament during a visit to Jowhar, Hirshabelle’s capital on 4 December. Ms. Tetteh also held meetings with AMISOM’s leadership as well as ambassadors representing the countries that contribute troops to AMISOM. Also on 4 December, she met with female Members of Parliament in Mogadishu in what she called an “eye-opening session” about the challenges they faced. They also discussed the importance of securing 30% female representation in Somalia's elections next year.
    Read the full story on UNSOM’s website

     

    Colombia

    Business roundtable with former combatants
    The central Colombian city of San José del Guaviare hosted a business roundtable on 2 December that brought together farmers of the region and, for the first time, involved people in the process of reintegration. The event was attended by 300 people and 45 entrepreneurs. The former combatants presented their products, including panela (unrefined whole cane sugar), honey, paprika sauce, and clothing items. The business roundtable was organized by the Guaviare governor’s office, the municipal mayor's office, the army, the Chamber of Commerce and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. The UN Verification Mission in Colombia accompanied the activity.
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    Alliance for life, development and peace consolidation in the territories
    Carlos Ruiz-Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia participated in a meeting of elected governors "Alliance for Life, Development and Peace Consolidation in the Territories” on 3 December. The governors of all 32 departments of Colombia, who begin their term on 1 January 2020, announced their willingness to include the fulfillment of the peace agreement in the agenda of their development plans. "You will govern departments that today are different from those four years ago. You assume essential leadership to consolidate the advances that the Peace Agreement and other public policies have allowed, as well as to consolidate transformations in the territories," said Ruiz-Massieu. The event was organized by the Attorney General's Office, the Federation of Departments, the Cooperation Group Colombia, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Colombia. 
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  • 6 Dec 2019

    The international community on Friday took stock of action to improve UN peacekeeping in line with a Security Council resolution aimed at enhancing performance at all levels, both at Headquarters in New York and in the field. 

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  • 5 Dec 2019

    Mogadishu, 5 December 2019 – Wrapping up her first visit to Somalia, a senior United Nations official charged with the world body's...

  • 3 Dec 2019

    Peacekeepers have been sent to the northern Lakes region in South Sudan in a bid to deter further violence between communities there, the UN Mission in the country, UNMISS, said on Tuesday.

  • 3 Dec 2019

    After decades of sectarian strife and conflict, “a renewed sense of patriotism has taken hold”, the head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) told the Security Council on Tuesday.

  • 3 Dec 2019

    On 24 July 2019, the Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Office for West...

  • 3 Dec 2019

    KABUL - UN envoy Tadamichi Yamamoto led a delegation yesterday to meet with Afghanistan’s security agencies chaired by President Ashraf Ghani concerning last week’s incident in Kabul which resulted in the...

  • 2 Dec 2019

    The Members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern at the recent escalation of violence in Libya. The Members of the Security Council stressed the need for all parties urgently to de-escalate the situation and to commit to a ceasefire.

     

    The Members of the Security Council reaffirmed their full support for the leadership of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) Ghassan Salamé and for his work to resolve the conflict...

  • 2 Dec 2019

    Mohamed Ali Farah is passionate about the rights of a disabled people in Somalia – so much so that he has dedicated his life to fighting for their rights and established a non-governmental...

  • 2 Dec 2019

    Security in Mali has become critical, with unprecedented incidents of communal violence and increasingly more deadly terror attacks, reported a UN human rights expert on Monday, following a 10-day visit to the country.

  • 2 Dec 2019

    The recycling of plastic waste in India is boosting the incomes of impoverished women and helping build roads and fire cement furnaces, thanks to support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 

  • 2 Dec 2019

    Nearly half a million children in eastern Ukraine continue to face “grave risks” to their physical health and psychological well-being, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Monday.

  • 2 Dec 2019

    KHOST/BAMYAN - Peace remains the single most important aspiration for the people of Afghanistan, stressed participants at recent UN-backed events in the south-eastern province of Khost and...

  • 29 Nov 2019

    A recap of Friday’s stories in brief: attacks on communities in an Ebola outbreak hotspot in eastern DRC sparks a humanitarian crisis; Guterres expresses concerns at continued protester deaths in Iraq; UN-appointed panel raises concerns about violence against indigenous rights defenders in Colombia; 5 things you need to know about COP25; UN rights chief urges dialogue to ease Ecuador unrest. 

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    23 - 29 November 2019

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

    New York

    DiCarlo: “Stand by the Palestinian people, today and every day”
    Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo opened the exhibit “Palestine: the most universal of national causes” on 27 November at UN headquarters. The exhibit forms part of the commemoration of International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on 29 November. DiCarlo said the Day “serves as an important reminder of our collective responsibility in achieving a just solution of the Palestinian question and in supporting the Palestinian people in their legitimate search for justice and peace.”
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    Security Council

    “Critical time for Lebanon,” Security Council members say
    Special Coordinator for Lebanon Ján Kubiš and Assistant Secretary-General Khaled Khiari briefed the Security Council, in closed consultations, on the situation in Lebanon and the implementation of Security Council resolution 1701 (2006) on 25 November. Karen Pierce, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations and President of the Security Council for the month of November said after the meeting that the members of the Security Council noted that this was a critical time for Lebanon. They stressed the importance of the timely formation of a new government able to respond to the aspirations of the Lebanese people and to restore the stability of the country within the constitutional framework.
    Read full press elements from the Security Council meeting on Resolution 1701 and Lebanon

     

    Colombia

    Commemoration of signing of peace agreement in Colombia
    The locality of Agua Bonita, in Colombia’s Caquetá Department commemorated the third anniversary of the signing of the Peace Agreement between the Colombian Government and the former FARC-EP guerrillas, on 24 November with sports and cultural activities, as well as with an emotional act of reconciliation. In 2002, locals were victims of massive displacement. This week, they found themselves face to face with those, who in the past, were their victimizers. "In the name of all the ex-combatants who live in this community, I want to ask you, from the bottom of my heart, to forgive us for all the damage and pain we caused you, but I also want to tell you that there is a future that we are going to build with all of you," said one of the leaders of the former Reintegration Area of Agua Bonita. Senators and representatives of the “Defendamos la Paz” movement, leaders of the FARC political party, the Reintegration and Normalization Agency, the UN Verification Mission in Colombia and surrounding communities attended the event. 
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    Communication and gender workshop with former FARC combatants
    A group of 60 men and women in the reintegration process from the different Reintegration Areas in Antioquia Department participated in training activities on gender bias, social networks, writing, photography, and non-verbal communication. This was part of the "Communication and Gender Workshop" held in the city of Medellín on 27 November, organized by the UN Verification Mission in Colombia for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
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    Afghanistan

    Communities across Afghanistan call for an end to violence against women
    Hundreds of Afghans gathered at UN-backed events across the country on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the start of the campaign of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, to decry violence against women and girls, and to strategize on practical steps to put an end to harmful traditional practices in Afghanistan. Together, participants in televised debates, radio programmes and other gatherings voiced their support for the human rights of women and discussed ways to raise awareness about the negative impact of harmful traditional practices on communities across the country.
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    Iraq

    Special Representative meets injured protesters at Baghdad hospitals
    During a visit to the al-Kindi hospital in Baghdad, Iraq, on 24 November, Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) had “moving conversations with injured peaceful protesters determined to achieve freedom and dignity.” On 26 November, at the Neurosurgery Teaching Hospital, Hennis-Plasschaert said that she was extremely saddened to witness the horrific injuries. “Freedom of expression should never come at this price”.
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    African Union

    Tetteh: “Imperative to have young people have a seat at the table”
    Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UN Office to the African Union (UNOAU) Hanna Tetteh delivered remarks at the inaugural Denmark-Africa dialogue on “Strengthening Conflict Resilience Through Prevention and Youth Engagement”, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 26 November. It is “imperative that young people have a seat at the table,” she stressed. The Special Representative, in her remarks, outlined key recommendations for better collective action towards engaging youth, particularly in efforts towards building sustainable peace, including changing the narrative of young people being seen as victims or potential perpetrators of violence and fostering participation of young people in formal decision-making.
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    Coordination meeting between incoming AU PSC Chair and UNSC Presidency
    The Secretariat of the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) and the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) facilitated an informal coordination meeting on 26 November in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, between Francisco da Cruz, Ambassador of the Republic of Angola and the incoming Chairperson of the African Union Peace and Security Council, and the Ambassador of the United States of America to the African Union, Jessye Lapenn, representing the December 2019 UN Security Council (UNSC) Presidency. They discussed ways to enhance information-sharing, coordination and policy alignment between the two Councils and outlined priorities and events for the month of December.
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    Mano River Union

    UN and Mano River Union discuss threats to peace and stability
    The UN Regional Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) and the Mano River Union (MRU) held a sub-regional meeting on peace and security within the Mano River Union from 25 to 26 November in Free Town, Sierra Leone. "The Mano River Union region unfortunately encountered and continues to grapple with a number of important threats to its peace and stability, most of which have a cross-border dimension," said UNOWAS Deputy Special Representative Ruby Sandhu-Rojon. Participants discussed the role of the Joint Border Security and Confidence Building Units, to draw lessons from the current status of these units and to analyze ways to improve.
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