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  • 20 Nov 2019

    The situation in Africa’s Sahel region continues to be “of serious concern and urgent action is needed”, a high-level United Nations official told the Security Council on Wednesday, attributing a rising number of attacks to terrorist armed groups.

  • 20 Nov 2019

    Regardless of any national policy declarations, Israeli settlement activities are “a flagrant violation under international law”, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process spelled out to the Security Council on Wednesday.

  • 20 Nov 2019

    Madam President,

    Members of the Security Council,

    We meet today in the aftermath of the most serious recent escalation between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza. Although the immediate crisis was diffused, the situation remains highly volatile.

    Following Israel’s targeted killing of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) Commander Baha Abu al-Ata...

  • 20 Nov 2019

    NICKOLAY MLADENOV

    SPECIAL COORDINATOR FOR THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS

    BRIEFING TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL ON THE SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST

    20 November 2019 [As Delivered].

    Madam President,

    Members of the Security Council,

    We meet today in the...

  • 20 Nov 2019

    BISHKEK, KYRGYZSTAN

    On 19 November, SRSG Natalia Gherman represented the Secretary-General of the United Nations at the High-Level Forum “...

  • 19 Nov 2019

    Improving understanding of the nexus between terrorism, transnational organized crime and drug trafficking is essential, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday in his address to a high-level meeting involving the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a leading player in diplomacy in Eurasia.

  • 19 Nov 2019

    A recap of Tuesday’s stories in brief: UN ‘regret’ over US settlements reversal; Almost daily attacks plunge Sahel into ‘three-country crisis’;  live ammunition reportedly used against Iranian protesters; reconciliation helps ‘repair fractures’, promote peace; call for poorest countries to take leading role in their own development agendas; and World Toilet Day.

  • 19 Nov 2019

    Increasing hurdles which prevent former combatants from returning to a peaceful civilian life have prompted the UN to update its standard practices, in an effort to ensure they remain “fit-for-purpose for years to come”.

  • 19 Nov 2019

    The longstanding position of the UN regarding Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory – that they are in breach of international law – is unchanged, Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said during a press briefing on Tuesday in New York, reacting to the policy reversal announced by the United States.

  • 19 Nov 2019

    The UN Security Council this Tuesday has been debating what one activist labeled “the toughest and arguably most important part of the peace-building cycle”: reconciliation.

  • 19 Nov 2019

    Violent attacks by extremists “almost every day” in the Sahel nations of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso have displaced nearly one million people and caused emergency levels of malnutrition, UN humanitarians have said.

  • 18 Nov 2019

    A recent resurgence of violence in Tripoli, means Libya is “ever more in a race against time” to reach peace, however, agreeing the way forward to ending the conflict “is a realistic prospect”, the top UN official in the country told the Security Council on Monday.  

     

  • 18 Nov 2019

    Representatives from across the Middle East are meeting at UN Headquarters this week in efforts to negotiate a legally binding treaty establishing a regional zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.

  • 18 Nov 2019
    Mr. President Members of the Security Council, Seven and half months into the conflict in Libya, and given the recent dangerous escalation in the hostilities in and around Tripoli, we find ourselves ever more in a race...
  • 18 Nov 2019
  • 16 Nov 2019

    The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is urging authorities in Bolivia to ensure security forces comply with international standards on the use of force following the deaths of at least five protestors on Friday.

  • 16 Nov 2019

    Mogadishu – Somalia’s international partners listed below* welcome the measures agreed at a meeting between the President of Somalia, H. E. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, and...

  • 15 Nov 2019


     

    9 - 15 November 2019

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

    Security Council

    Closed consultations on Guinea-Bissau
    Rosine Sori-Coulibaly, Special Representative and Head of UNIOGBIS, briefed the Security Council, in closed consultations, on the fast-evolving political situation in Guinea-Bissau on 11 November.
    For more information, contact us

     

    Colombia

    Paris Peace Forum highlights Colombian peace process
    Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, attended the Paris Peace Forum this week. Speaking about the Colombian peace process at the event "Upholding Humanity Even in Times of War: the Geneva Conventions at 70" on 12 November, Mr. Ruiz Massieu said that: “Together, with the international community, we will make sure that the peace process will be implemented”.
    Watch the event here

     

    Former FARC-EP combatants participate in a coffee contest in Spain
    Former guerrillas in the process of reintegration competed with the best tasters in the world in the XIV Forum Café Barista Championship held in Madrid, Spain, on 14 November. Their participation in this championship was made possible via the National Coffee Table created with the accompaniment of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia. The ex-combatants also participated in the forum "Agriculture and Peace: Coffee as an instrument of reconciliation, development and the construction of lasting peace" held at the Polytechnic University of Madrid.
    For more information, contact us

     

    El Salvador

    Peacebuilding Fund partners visit El Salvador
    A group of Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) partners visited El Salvador on 11 November to see first-hand the impact and work of projects the PBF is backing. Representatives of Canada, the European Union, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom participated in the mission and met with the Government, beneficiaries, civil society organizations, and the UN System. The PBF and implementing partners UNDP, UNHCR, IOM and WFP provide support to the internal oversight mechanisms of the police, assist with returning migrants and help in the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence.
    For more information, contact us

     

    Afghanistan

    Theater group promotes the rights of children in Kandahar 
    Large audiences in the southern province of Kandahar were recently treated to drama sketches and performances by a group of actors highlighting the importance of protecting the rights of children. In a series of UN-supported performances in eight districts around Kandahar province, several thousand children, teachers, community elders and women attended performances by members of the Kandahar Theater and Film Group. The troupe looked to provoke thinking around child recruitment. They also spotlighted the importance of access to education for all children, as well as building a safer environment for children.
    Read more on UNAMA’s website

     

     

     

     


     

    Central Asia

    Water diplomacy on the agenda in Dushanbe
    In the context of the “Water, Peace and Security” agenda, the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) organized a capacity building workshop in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 12 November on “water diplomacy” practices related to disputes over water resources. Representatives of relevant ministries and institutions of the Central Asian countries and Afghanistan participated, along with UN agencies, partner organizations and independent experts.
    Read more on UNRCCA’s website

     

    Training course to counter internet propaganda
    The regional training course, “Countering the use of the Internet for propaganda and recruitment purposes in Central Asia”, organized by UNRCCA and the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Center within the United Nations Office of Counter Terrorism (UNCCT- UNOCT) took place in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on 13 and 14 November. Over two days, more than 40 participants discussed approaches and technologies to addressing challenges related to extremism and terrorism in cyberspace.
    Read more on UNRCCA’s website

     

    Iraq

    Meeting with Women’s Advisory Group
    Deputy Special Representative for Iraq Alice Walpole met with members of the Women’s Advisory Group on 14 November. This is a group of female Iraqi civil society activists and experts who regularly advise the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), on political, legal, social, cultural and human rights issues. The meeting focused on the valuable participation and contribution of Iraqi women to the national discussion arising from demands made during the ongoing public protests. Participants at the meeting emphasized the importance of using the proposed political, constitutional and electoral reform processes to advance women’s rights in the political, social and economic spheres.
    For more information, contact us

     

    African Union

    High-level visit to the African Union
    The Peacebuilding Commission visited Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 10 to 13 November to continue strengthening the UN-AU strategic partnership in support of peacebuilding and sustaining peace efforts in Africa. Led by PBC Chair Ambassador Guillermo Fernández de Soto, the delegation took part in an interactive dialogue with the AU Peace and Security Council and met with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, and the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, H.E. Ms. Sahle-Work Zewde. Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support Oscar Fernández-Taranco took part in the visit.
    For more information, contact us

     

    Great Lakes

    Workshop on the participation and representation of women in electoral processes
    The Office of the United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region and the African Union Department of Political Affairs organized a regional workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 12 and 13 November 2019 to assess women’s participation in electoral processes in the Great Lakes region and make recommendations to improve the situation. The workshop was organized with the support of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
    Read more here

     

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  • 15 Nov 2019

    A recap of Friday’s main stories: The Security Council adopts resolutions on Central African Republic and Somalia: ICC to investigate crimes against Rohingya; UNESCO marks International Day for Tolerance; rise in migrant deaths in the Americas, and encouraging news on Ebola in the DRC.

  • 15 Nov 2019

    UNOAU Deputy Head of Office, Mr. Gerald Mitchell delivering the UN statement on behalf of SRSG Tetteh at the AU PSC open session on youth, peace and security

    UN...

  • 15 Nov 2019

    Huang Xia, UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region (dark suit) conversing with a group of participants at the workshop (Photo AU).

    Addis...

  • 15 Nov 2019

    Addis Ababa, November, 14 2019: The African Union (AU) Department of Political Affairs (DPA), in partnership with the Office of the United Nations (UN) Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), convened a regional workshop on the "Participation, Representation and Protection of Women in Electoral Processes in the Great Lakes Region” at the AU Headquarters in...

  • 14 Nov 2019

    The top UN humanitarian official was in the Security Council on Wednesday to appeal for the renewal of an operation that delivers life-saving food and other aid relief to some four million civilians in northern Syria.

  • 14 Nov 2019

    UN chief António Guterres announced on Thursday that he had appointed a Personal Envoy who would be travelling to Bolivia later in the day, to offer support to national leaders, following the departure of former president, Evo Morales. 

  • 14 Nov 2019

    MAZAR-E- SHARIF – Investing in women’s education will help improve livelihoods, gender inequality and reduce poverty for all Afghans – that was the message from participants at a UN-backed event to...

  • 13 Nov 2019

    The office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Guinea-Bissau launches a Public Report on the Right to Participate in Political and Public Affairs in Guinea-Bissau

    The report is timely contribution on the Right to Participate in Political and Public Affairs in Guinea-Bissau. The Report reveals that although challenges remain, various achievements and good practices illustrate the commitment of the State and other stakeholders to ensure that the...

  • 13 Nov 2019

    Noting that the people of Iraq were at “a critical juncture”, the top UN Envoy in the country told parliamentarians there on Thursday that over the past six weeks, hundreds of thousands have been peacefully voicing their “genuine, legitimate, demands, loud and clear”. 

  • 13 Nov 2019

    BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan 

    On 13-14 November 2019, the regional training course “Countering the use of the Internet for propaganda and...

  • 13 Nov 2019

    Following Israel's targeted killing of a Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader inside Gaza on Tuesday, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process has expressed his growing concern over increasing rocket fire across the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip.

  • 13 Nov 2019

    KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) provides the following information in relation to the recent publication in the media of official correspondence between UNAMA’s head and the Chair of the...

  • 13 Nov 2019

    KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) provides the following information in relation to the recent publication in the media of official correspondence between UNAMA’s head and the Chair of the...

  • 13 Nov 2019

    “I am very concerned about the ongoing and serious escalation between Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Israel, following the targeted killing of one of the group’s leaders inside Gaza yesterday.

    The indiscriminate launching of rockets and mortars against population centres is absolutely unacceptable and must stop immediately.

    There can be no justification for any attacks against...

  • 13 Nov 2019

    CAIRO/TRIPOLI, 13 November 2019 - A group of leading Libyan journalists, bloggers and social media influencers attended a workshop on “Combating Hate Speech and Ethics of Journalism...

  • 12 Nov 2019

    Dushanbe, Tajikistan

    In Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on 12 November 2019, the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) organized a...

  • 12 Nov 2019

    The UN Secretary-General has welcomed the decision to push back the deadline for the formation of a unity Government in South Sudan.

  • 12 Nov 2019

    Former Minister of Culture (2001) of Senegal, Professor of Muslim and Western Middle Ages History at the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Mrs. Penda Mbow has been engaged for more than twenty...

  • 12 Nov 2019
  • 12 Nov 2019

    His Excellency President Michel Aoun received today at Baabda the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Mr. Ján Kubiš together...

  • 11 Nov 2019

    KANDAHAR – Large audiences in the southern province of Kandahar were recently treated to drama sketches and performances by a group of actors highlighting the importance of protecting...

  • 11 Nov 2019

    ISG meeting with President Aoun (photo/Dalati and Nohra)

    His Excellency President Michel Aoun received today at Baabda the United Nations Special Coordinator for...

  • 11 Nov 2019

    In a speech to the Paris Peace Forum in Paris on Monday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that to thrive, multilateralism had to adapt, mindful that “conflicts persist, creating suffering and displacement: our world is unsettled”.  He was speaking as commemorations took place in countries across the world, marking the official end of the First World War, in 1918.

  • 10 Nov 2019

    United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has urged all concerned parties in Bolivia to “refrain from violence, reduce tension and exercise maximum restraint” in the wake of the resignation of President Evo Morales earlier on Sunday. 

  • 10 Nov 2019

    United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has urged all concerned parties in Bolivia to “refrain from violence, reduce tension and exercise maximum restraint” in the wake of the resignation of President Evo Morales earlier on Sunday. 

  • 8 Nov 2019

    A recap of Friday’s stories in brief: Ongoing upheaval threatens civilians in Syria; ‘Brutal’ prison conditions may have prompted Morsi’s death; Rights experts condemn use of force in Chile protests; ICJ will hear claims by Ukraine; 60,000 youth refugees who travelled alone, in need across Italy. 

  • 8 Nov 2019

    The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has agreed to hear claims by Ukraine related to the conflict in the east of the country, where Government forces have been fighting mostly pro-Russian separatists, for more than five years.

  • 8 Nov 2019

    United Nations human rights experts on Friday condemned the excessive use of force during Chile’s ongoing street protests, and in a statement underscored that violence “can never be the answer to people's social and political demands”.

  • 8 Nov 2019

    Mr. Chairman,
    Excellencies,
    Distinguished delegates,

    On behalf of the Secretary-General, I am pleased to address this Committee on his seventh report entitled “Overall policy matters pertaining to special political missions”. I am also grateful for the presence of my colleague USG Atul Khare, whose services my department relies on for operational support to SPMs.   

    I would like to thank Finland and Mexico, as co-facilitators of this item, for their leadership and engagement. I also thank all Member States for the constructive interactive dialogue that we held last July. The focus then on adapting special political missions to evolving peace and security contexts was timely.

    Today’s discussion is a further opportunity to exchange views on a range of policy issues which are elaborated in greater detail in the report.  While, the report covers several thematic areas, I would like to focus my briefing on four areas, namely:

    • Conflict prevention and sustaining peace;
    • Regional partnerships;
    • Women, peace and security; and
    • Youth engagement

     

    Mr. Chairman,

    Throughout the year, special political missions continued to prioritize their core mandates of conflict prevention, conflict resolution, and sustaining peace.

    In Syria, the efforts led by the Secretary-General with the support of his Special Envoy resulted in an agreement in late September between the Syrian parties for a credible, balanced and inclusive Syrian-owned and Syrian-led Constitutional Committee.

    This was the first political agreement between the Government of Syria and the opposition. The Constitutional Committee was formally launched on 30 October and its Large Body of 150 members met on 31 October and 1 November in working sessions under the chairmanship of its two Co-Chairs.  This week the work of the Constitutional Committee has continued, in the first working sessions of a Small Body of 45 members.

    The Special Envoy for Yemen continues his engagement with all parties and stakeholders in the region. This includes providing support to the parties in implementing the Stockholm Agreement. Despite ongoing challenges and the fragility of the situation, the United Nations Mission to support the Hudaydah Agreement has made encouraging progress with the Yemeni parties and has had a positive deterrent effect.   

    In Myanmar, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General has been working closely with the authorities to help resolve the Rohingya crisis. This engagement, focuses specifically on addressing the humanitarian crisis, promoting the safe, dignified, voluntary and sustainable return of Rohingya refugees and forcibly displaced persons, and ensuring accountability for human rights violations.

    In February, the Secretary-General tasked his Special Representative and Head of the UN Mission in West Africa and the Sahel to lead an inter-agency mission to Burkina Faso. The aim was to assess the repositioning and organization of the UN presence there to address the challenges of intercommunal violence, terrorism, governance and long-term development needs.  We are about to establish five offices in the country to carry out this agenda.  We are leveraging PBF funds to address some of the funding gaps and we are keeping the Peacebuilding Commission engaged on these issues.

     

    Mr. Chairman,

    As outlined in the report of the Secretary-General, most of the activities undertaken by special political missions are conducted jointly or in consultation with regional and subregional partners. Their engagement and support remain essential for the successful implementation of the mandates of our missions.

    In West Africa, our regional office, UNOWAS, is working closely with regional stakeholders, especially ECOWAS and the African Union, to advance preventive diplomacy and support political processes.

    In Guinea-Bissau, UNIOGBIS and UNOWAS are working closely with other members of the Group of five international partners, the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States, the European Union and the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries, to ease political tensions and advance the electoral process.

    In Nigeria, Senegal and Mauritania, ahead of presidential elections held this year UNOWAS engaged with national stakeholders, alongside our regional and international partners, to encourage democratic consolidation in the region.

    In East Africa, we are strengthening our cooperation with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development to advance conflict prevention in the region, including in Sudan and South Sudan.

    And in Somalia, we are working in tandem with the African Union to advance peace and security and to strengthen state and local institutions.  

    Finally, in Central Asia, the regional center for preventive diplomacy, UNRCCA, continues to engage with the five Central Asian Countries -- and increasingly with Afghanistan -- to reinforce regional capacities in preventive diplomacy and support efforts towards greater regional cooperation and stability.

    In this regard, UNRCCA revitalized its work to facilitate regional cooperation on transboundary water management, in close collaboration with the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea.  

     

    Mr. Chairman,

    Special political missions continued to champion and support the effective implementation of the women, peace and security agenda.  In June of this year, I issued a new DPPA Women, Peace and Security Policy to ensure that gender-sensitive analysis is systematically integrated into all our work. It also aims to better align our support to women’s meaningful political participation in peacemaking contexts around the world.  Special political missions are increasingly integrating gender perspectives into the implementation of their mandates

    The establishment of consultative Women’s Advisory boards and groups to our Special Envoys in Syria, Yemen and Iraq, demonstrated the importance we attach to working to ensure that the voices, concerns and needs of women are consistently heard and integrated into peace processes. This is in addition to our efforts to press for women’s direct participation in mediation efforts and political processes more broadly.  

    In Guinea-Bissau for instance, UNIOGBIS provided technical support to the advocacy efforts of women’s organizations. These efforts were instrumental in the adoption in August of the Parity Law on the Participation of Women in Politics and Decision-making Spheres.

    In Afghanistan, UNAMA and UN Women held a series of nation-wide dialogues around women, peace and security.  The dialogues reflected on opportunities and challenges for the meaningful participation of women in peace processes. These platforms provided an opportunity to hear women’s concerns and priorities, and to amplify their voices.

    In July, I visited Afghanistan with the Deputy Secretary-General and the Executive Directors of UN-Women and UNFPA – an all-women delegation. The objective was to engage with national stakeholders, particularly women officials and women’s groups to support their roles in peace and political processes and their efforts to maintain the gains made for women’s rights in a peace settlement.

    Globally, we need to scale-up all efforts aimed at promoting women’s meaningful participation and empowerment in peacemaking and peacebuilding processes.

    It is equally important to ensure adequate, predictable and sustainable financing. In that regard, since 2015, the UN Peacebuilding Fund, has exceeded the Secretary-General’s 15 per cent target for gender-responsive peacebuilding. Last year, 40 per cent of its funding was allocated towards gender equality and women’s empowerment.

    I have also asked my staff to prioritize the use of our Multi-Year Appeal funding for initiatives to promote women’s participation in contexts as diverse as the Great Lakes region, Colombia and Iraq.

     

     

    Mr. Chairman,

    Special political missions have been actively engaging youth in different aspects of their work, including through building their capacities and supporting their participation in peace processes.

    In Central Asia, UNRCCA launched the “Preventive Diplomacy Academy”, an initiative aimed at increasing cooperation and trust between communities in border areas throughout Central Asia and Afghanistan. The initiative hopes to foster a culture of mutual understanding and mitigate conflict risks.

    As part of this initiative, UNRCCA is organizing a series of workshops and outreach activities bringing together young people aged 18 to 29 to support their initiatives in inter-cultural dialogue, leadership and conflict management.

    In Colombia, as part of the Mission’s strategy to advance youth, peace and security, a network of youth focal points was established across the mission’s regional and subregional offices. The aim is to integrate youth perspectives into the Mission’s verification and liaison activities.

     

    Mr. Chairman,

    I would like to pay a special tribute to the United Nations personnel serving in special political missions, working under challenging conditions to advance the promise of the Charter. I want to particularly honor the memory of Clive Peck, Hussein Abdalla Mahmoud El-Hadar and Seniloli Tabuatausole who lost their lives on 10 August when a car bomb exploded in Benghazi, Libya.

    Our colleagues in Somalia are often subjected to mortar attacks targeting the UN compound, while those in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen, also face considerable risks while discharging their duties.

    My Department is working closely with the Department of Safety and Security on risk management strategies and security mitigation measures.  We cannot compromise the lives of our staff.   We greatly value and appreciate their commitment and dedication.

     

    Mr. Chairman,
    Excellencies,
    Distinguished delegates,

    As I conclude, I wish to thank this Committee and the broader Membership of the United Nations for the continued support to special political missions and to my Department. I reiterate our commitment to continue working with Member States and other partners to prevent conflicts and sustain peace. I look forward to your views and questions.

    Thank you.

     

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    1 - 8 November 2019

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

     

    Under-Secretary-General

    Partnerships key to evolving multilateralism, DiCarlo says at Yale lecture
    Speaking at Yale University’s MacMillan Centre on 4 November, Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo expanded on how the UN works to extend and nurture partnerships with a range of actors to improve the climate for global international cooperation. Such partnerships should also include civil society, the private sector, youth and women, she said, not only governments.
    Read her full remarks here 

     

    New York

    New report on UN-AU partnership
    Assistant Secretary-General Bintou Keita participated in a panel organized by the International Peace Institute in collaboration with the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies on 7 November to launch a joint report entitled “Toward a More Effective UN-AU Partnership on Conflict Prevention and Crisis Management.” The discussion highlighted the significant progress achieved in the UN-AU partnership; noted the need to make further progress to implement the women, peace and security agenda, including by Member States; and pointed out the opportunities offered by “Silencing the Guns in Africa” as the AU theme for 2020.
    For more information, contact us

     

    Mediation

    Gender and Inclusive Mediation Strategies in focus at Helsinki seminar
    The 10th annual UN High-Level Seminar on Gender and Inclusive Mediation Strategies, held in collaboration with the Finnish MFA and the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), took place in Helsinki from 5 – 7 November. The Seminar aims to generate more consultative processes by promoting women’s effective participation and building inclusive, gender-sensitive mediation capacity at international, regional and national levels. It provided participants the opportunity to discuss challenges for inclusion in their work and offered concrete tools and strategies to overcome obstacles. Assistant Secretary-General Khaled Khiari represented DPPA.  Hanna Tetteh, Special Representative to the African Union, delivered key note remarks, sharing her experience from the South Sudan peace process. 
    For more information, contact us

     

    Afghanistan

    Media summit spotlights impact of worsening violence against reporters in Afghanistan
    For the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on 2 November, the United Nations and the Afghan Journalist Safety Committee (AJSC) convened a Media Summit in Kabul to spotlight the impact of worsening violence against reporters in Afghanistan. Some 100 journalists, along with government officials and members of the international community, participated in the event. “Speaking truth to power, of any type, is a fundamental function in democratic societies, and exercising freedom of expression rights in a country at conflict entails enormous risk,” said UNAMA’s Human Rights Chief Fiona Frazer in her opening remarks.
    Read the full story here

     

    Colombia

    National Rafting Championship "Paddling for Peace" makes history
    The biggest tournament in the history of rafting in Colombia ended on 4 November in the Pato River, Caquetá Department after having brought together victims of the armed conflict and forced displacement, members of the security forces, ex-combatants and members of the community. Twenty teams from six departments of Colombia, and two special guests from Costa Rica, participated in the national rafting championship held in Miravalle reintegration area. The championship was marked by messages of resilience, reconciliation, and teamwork. The Championship was organized by Caguán Expeditions, the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia, the International Rafting Federation for Colombia, the Agency for Reincorporation and Normalization, the Ministry of Sports, the Vice-Ministry of Tourism, the Government of Caquetá, the Mayor's Office of San Vicente del Caguán, the National Police and the National Army.
    For more information, contact us


     

    Central Africa

    Meetings to discuss ECCAS reform
    François Louncény Fall, Special Representative for Central Africa and Head of UNOCA, met with President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon on 5 November. President Bongo Ondima is President-in-Office of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), and Mr. Louncény Fall congratulated him on progress made on ECCAS reform and reiterated the UN’s commitment to support this process.
    For more information, contact us

     

    “Building Partnerships for prevention”
    UNOCA hosted the Second Annual Meeting of Political Units and Peace and Development Advisors in Central Africa under the theme "Building Partnerships for prevention" from 4 – 5 November. Participants, including UN Staff from DPPA/DPO (Headquarters and field missions), Resident Coordinators Offices, Regional Offices and ECCAS  focused their discussions on four main areas: Early warning and analysis with a gender perspective; Good offices in non-mission settings, particularly in the lead up to the upcoming electoral cycle in the subregion; Support for and strengthening the capacity of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS); and Building partnerships with civil society and supporting sub-regional civil society networks.
    For more information, contact us

     

    Somalia

    Somalia’s food crisis can be tackled by data-driven early action and investment
    Following a joint mission to Somalia, Mahmoud Mohieldin, the World Bank Group’s Vice-President for the 2030 Development Agenda, UN Relations, and Partnerships; Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, and Oscar Fernández--Taranco UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, have written an opinion piece on how the two organizations are working together to improve food security in Somalia. 
    ead the opinion piece here

     

    Mano River Union

    Peacebuilding Commission visits the Mano River Union
    A high-level delegation from the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) is on a mission to the Mano River Union this week. From 4 – 9 November, the delegation is visiting Sierra Leone, Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire to assess the international support to the countries peacebuilding priorities and explore opportunities for enhanced cooperation in support of cross-border regional issues, relevant peacebuilding and sustaining peace challenges. The Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, Oscar Fernández--Taranco, and the Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, accompanies the delegation, which is led by the Permanent Representative of Colombia to the UN and Chair of the PBC, Ambassador Guillermo Fernández de Soto.
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  • 8 Nov 2019

    Almost daily violence targeting built-up areas and health facilities in Syria continues to threaten the lives of civilians there, UN rights experts and humanitarians said on Friday.

  • 8 Nov 2019

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