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  • 8 Mar 2020

    Thank you, Mr. President and greetings to you and to the people of Baidoa and of South West State. This is my fourth visit to Baidoa since arriving in Somalia last June. I have had a full day programme here, and as always, am grateful for the very warm reception by President Abdiaziz Hassan Mohamed and by the people of South West State.

    My visit today focused on children and youth, as well as women’s empowerment.

    Accompanied by the UNICEF Representative in Somalia...

  • 8 Mar 2020

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    Wars exacerbate gender inequalities. Women become more vulnerable to gender-based violence, including sexual violence, loss of economic rights and...

  • 8 Mar 2020

    TRIPOLI, 08 March 2020 - Today, the world celebrates International Women’s Day, which is marked globally under the theme of “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”. ...

  • 8 Mar 2020

    KABUL - The United Nations in Afghanistan marks International Women’s Day under the global theme of “I Am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights” to leverage individual and...

  • 7 Mar 2020

    Mogadishu – On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the United Nations in Somalia applauded the role of Somali women in their country’s progress...

  • 7 Mar 2020

    The global number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus disease, COVID-19, has surpassed 100,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Saturday.

  • 7 Mar 2020

    The United Nations has underscored its solidarity with Afghanistan following a deadly attack in the capital, Kabul, on Friday.

  • 7 Mar 2020

    Marib, 7 March 2020 – The UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, concluded today a one-day visit to Marib, northern Yemen.

    Mr. Griffiths met during his visit with local government officials, tribal chiefs, civil society including women and youth groups and internally displaced Yemenis. 

    “I came here today to listen to the people of Marib and their concerns and make sure that...

  • 7 Mar 2020

    In a visit to northern Yemen on Saturday, UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths repeated his call for an immediate freeze on military activities and for warring parties to work towards a de-escalation in fighting.

  • 7 Mar 2020

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    I am going to speak in English, and I want to make sure, with your help, that I speak very accurately and carefully because this is a very...

  • 7 Mar 2020

    Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, talks with journalists on the set of Zan TV in Kabul....

  • 6 Mar 2020

    29 February - 6 March 2020

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

    Security Council

    Hennis-Plasschaert: ‘Critical’ window of opportunity closing fast in Iraq 
    Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Special Representative for Iraq and Head of UNAMI, briefed the Security Council on the situation in the country on 3 March. She updated the Council on the ongoing demonstrations, political situation, and the threat of ISIL and other non-state armed groups. “Times of crisis also present opportunities. And I sincerely hope that Iraqi political leaders will recognize in this moment, the crossroads where they either stand idle, or where they place themselves in the service of their countrymen and women. But I have to say: the critical window of opportunity is closing fast,” Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert said. 
    Read her full remarks here 
    Read more in UN News

     

    Security Council discusses DPRK missile launch 
    At the request of France, Germany and the UK, the Security Council held a closed session on 5 March on the most recent launch of ballistic missiles by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding, briefed the Council. 
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    New York

    Longstanding conflict between Equatorial Guinea and Gabon formally ends 
    Secretary-General António Guterres and Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo witnessed the last step in the resolution of the longstanding border dispute between Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. At a ceremony on 3 March, the Permanent Representatives of the two countries exchanged notifications that formally put an end to a conflict that dated back to the early 1970’s. The UN mediated in the conflict for more than two decades.    
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    DPPA and East Africa Community signs agreement to enhance cooperation  
    DPPA and the East Africa Community (EAC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 5 March. Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo signed the MoU on behalf of DPPA. From now on, the two actors will cooperate on conflict prevention, electoral assistance, women, peace and security and gender equality, youth, peacebuilding, countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism. “In a time of persisting multifaceted challenges across the globe, the strengthening of partnerships between DPPA and regional and sub-regional organizations is essential,” Ms. DiCarlo said in her remarks.  
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    Peacebuilding Commission meets on Burkina Faso  
    The Chair of the Peacebuilding Commision (PBC), Canadian Permanent Representative Marc-Andre Blanchard, convened a meeting on “Peacebuilding and sustaining peace in Burkina Faso” on 5 March. Burkinabe Minister of Economy Lassané Kaboré, Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo, senior representatives of the European Union, the African Development Bank and the World Bank, the Mayor of the city of Dori, and a representative of a women’s civil society organization in Burkina Faso briefed the Commission. Member States deplored the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in the country but welcomed the rallying of international support for the governments’ priorities for immediate action. Member States also agreed on the need to ensure immediate mobilization of resources to close the financing gap; and reiterated their commitment to help accelerate development and sustain peace in Burkina Faso through the government’s forthcoming National Development Plan (2021-2025). They also recognized UN system-wide support across humanitarian, development and peacebuilding areas of work, including through strengthened UN presence in the five regions of the Sahel Emergency Program, and acknowledged in particular the role of the Peacebuilding Fund. They encouraged the UN to continue to do its utmost to ensure system-wide coherence, including by regularly mapping its interventions and funding gaps.     
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    Great Lakes

    Special Envoy visits the United Arab Emirates 
    Huang Xia, UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, visited the United Arab Emirates from 29 March to 1 February. The objective of the visit was to promote the upcoming Great Lakes Investment and Trade Conference (GLITC), scheduled to take place in Kigali, Rwanda, on 18-20 March. The Special Envoy met with H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and they exchanged views on the immense potential for investment and trade in the Great Lakes region, which remains largely untapped.  
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    Political Coordination meeting in Nairobi  
    The Office of the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region organized its 7th Political Coordination meeting in Nairobi on 5-6 March to review the political and security situation and arrive at a shared analysis of recent dynamics and trends in the Great Lakes region. Huang Xia, UN Special Envoy, chaired the meeting, that brought together UN representatives from regional entities. In a bid to reinforce their collaboration considering the recent positive momentum observed, participants discussed ways to enhance concerted UN support through a clarification of roles and responsibilities of the different UN entities within the region. 
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    Libya

    Special Representative steps down  
    Ghassan Salamé, Special Representative and Head of UNSMIL, said on 2 March he was stepping down.  “My health no longer allows this rate of stress,” Mr. Salamé tweeted. “So I asked the Secretary-General to relieve me from my mission, wishing Libya peace and stability.” Mr. Salamé served as Special Representative for Libya for more than two years, and recently convened talks between representatives of the warring sides in Geneva.  
    Read more in UN News 
     

    Somalia

    Consultation meeting on Somalia’s new constitution in Hirshabelle  
    A three-day public consultation ended in Jowhar on 3 March, at which representatives from all walks of life in Somalia’s federal state of Hirshabelle discussed and shared views on key elements of a future constitution for their country. Topics discussed included power-sharing, federalism, the financial system, the justice system, national security, and the status of the capital city, Mogadishu. Those in attendance included a range of community representatives, including civil society groups, academics, clan elders, youth, women, farmers, persons with disabilities, and religious leaders. The meeting was organized by the Federal Ministry of Constitutional Affairs (MoCA), with support of the UN Assistanec Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). 
    Read more on UNSOM’s website


    Colombia

    Ex-combatants and Indigenous people reconcile
    The Embera indigenous community and former FARC combatants in Dabeiba, Antioquia department, held a reconciliation ritual on 1 March. Representatives of the Government, political parties and the UN Verification Mission in Colombia attended the ceremony, which consisted of four acts symbolizing the protection of the land, truth and commitment to non-repetition, the vision of a future without violence, and a chant of healing. According to Embera leader Leonardo Domicó, the ceremony allowed FARC to recognize that the indigenous communities were victims of the conflict. "We want FARC's party to join in building well-being and opportunities for the communities, as a testimony and symbol of the commitment for peace to last in Dabeiba and Colombian territory." Francesc Claret, Head of the Mission's regional office in Medellín, said the event "is very symbolic because it is the first time that FARC made an act of forgiveness to these communities. The ceremony has been prepared for a long time, following the traditions and culture of the Embera community."  
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    Ruiz Massieu: Peace Agreement offers mechanisms that help to end the cycles of violence in Colombia 
    Special Representative and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, participated in the roundtable for the Protection of Life in Puerto Asís, Putumayo, on 3 March. The event, organized by the Prosecutor's office, the Truth Commission, the Ombudsman's office, and USAID, aimed to promote the protection of social leaders and human rights defenders in the region. In his statement, the Special Representative highlighted that "the Peace Agreement offers mechanisms that help to end the cycles of violence that impact communities affected by the conflict and facilitates the integral presence of the State, local development and reintegration sustainability." At the end of the meeting, the attendees signed the "Road Map for the Protection of Social Leaders," an initiative of civil society, governors, and the Attorney General's Office. 
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    Iraq

    Event to combat hate speech with Under-Secretary-General Adama Dieng 
    UNAMI’s Human Rights Office brought together representatives of Iraqi human rights organizations, media monitoring bodies and legal associations, and representatives of diverse communities, to take stock of the dangers that hate speech represents to Iraqi society. The event took place in Baghdad on 3 March. Under-Secretary-General Adama Dieng, Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and the UN global focal point on hate speech, attended the event, and launched an appeal for all Iraqis to band together against hatred, discrimination and violent extremism. “We are mainstreaming measures to counter hate speech, in line with international human rights norms and standards, into our programmes and activities, working with local stakeholders and interlocutors,” Deputy Special Representative Alice Walpole said in her remarks.  
    Read more on UNAMI’s website

     

    Syria

    Special Envoy visits Egypt  
    Syria Envoy Geir O. Pedersen addressed the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the League of Arab States in Cairo, Egypt on 4 March. He briefed the Ministers on the latest developments in Syria and his efforts to facilitate the political solution to the conflict. “Syria is beset by deep political divisions, massive humanitarian needs, and economic challenges growing in severity,” he said. He also focused on the situation in Idlib, the Constitutional Committee, and the role of the international community. “Let us work for the day when Syria’s sovereignty, unity, independence and territorial integrity are fully restored, and the Syrian people are able to determine their own future, as called for in Security Council resolution 2254,” Mr. Pedersen concluded.   
    Read his full remarks here 

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • 6 Mar 2020

    The UN human rights office is calling on authorities in Yemen to revoke death sentences imposed against 35 parliamentarians allegedly for treason charges.

  • 6 Mar 2020

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  • 6 Mar 2020

    NEW YORK - The Secretary-General strongly condemns the attack today in Kabul at a commemoration of the life of Afghan leader Abdul Ali Mazari. He expresses his deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and to the...

  • 6 Mar 2020

    KABUL - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns today’s attack in Kabul. Initial reports indicate that the attack killed nearly 30 civilians and injured many more,...

  • 5 Mar 2020

    Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for the timely organization of this important meeting. I would like to extend a warm welcome to Minister  Kabore of Burkina Faso. Thank you, Mr. Minister, for  traveling from Ouagadougou to be with us today and for the comprehensive briefing on your country’s commendable efforts to respond to a very challenging and fast evolving situation. I am pleased that our Prevention and Peacebuilding Assessment (PPBA) partners, namely the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the European Union, together with members of the Peacebuilding Commission and other Member States and organisations have joined us today in support of your efforts.

    I would also like to extend greetings to UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Makhetha, Mayor Dialogue of Dori, and Ms. Compaoré from Coordination Regionale des Organisations Feminines du Sahel , – as well as a number of locally based Ambassadors and partners who are joining us from Ouagadougou.  And I am pleased that UNDP Resident Coordinator Mr. Ciowa has joined us in New York today.

    This meeting is a clear demonstration of the fact that we have built a new and strong partnership for prevention and peacebuilding in Burkina Faso. It marks the conclusion of Phase I of PPBA - an important milestone - as we now have clear priorities for immediate action. This is also an opportune time to reiterate our commitment to help accelerate development and sustain peace in Burkina Faso through the government’s forthcoming National Development Plan (2021-2025).

    In my recent visit to Burkina Faso, I discussed with the President and several ministers the worsening security situation, which has multiplied the humanitarian challenges facing the country. I share the government’s grave concern over the increasing attacks on the population by extremist and other armed groups, intercommunal violence, and human rights violations in many regions of the country.

     

    The number of internally displaced people has rapidly risen, going from 87,000 in January last year to over 765,000 in February this year. Similarly, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance has increased from 1.5 million in December 2019 to 2.2 million in January 2020. The Humanitarian Response Plan, launched on 27 February by the UN and the Government, is appealing for US$ 321 million, to provide direct lifesaving assistance to more than 1.2 million people. The complex security and humanitarian situation is threatening social cohesion and the culture of solidarity that the people of Burkina Faso have long enjoyed and taken pride in. Protracted insecurity has detrimental and long-term effects on a country’s development trajectory, its macro-economic stability and the resilience of the population, especially women and youth.

    The Government of Burkina Faso has been working to respond to these emerging threats, including through dedicated measures such as the Emergency Program for the Sahel, which has been expanded to take into account threats beyond the North and the Sahel regions. Following the PPBA exercise in July 2019, the government and its international partners worked for months to ensure that preventive and peacebuilding support is fully aligned with the needs and priorities of the Government and the people of Burkina Faso. This led to the identification of priority actions that focus on Security and Rule of Law; Social Services; Local Governance; and Resilience and Social Cohesion, a clear sign of leadership and national ownership. A detailed description of these actions has been shared with all of you in advance of the meeting. 

    We must work to strengthen the resilience of the people in Burkina Faso. As the Minister just stated, security and rule of law remain key priorities. The Government recently finalised its first ever national security policy. Coordinated and coherent support for its implementation is now urgently needed.  

    n implementing the action plans, priority should be given to the meaningful participation of women and youth in prevention and peace processes, including through direct support to women-led and youth-lead initiatives that aim to promote social cohesion, counter violent extremism and radicalization and offer livelihood opportunities.

     

    It is encouraging that the government has taken steps towards the strengthening of its infrastructure for peace by investing in mechanisms for conflict prevention, management, resolution and peacebuilding at all levels of society.

    The Government’s openness towards broad and inclusive dialogue as a means for consensus building on issues of national interest, including on tackling the security crisis facing the country, is equally important.

    The UN remains committed to providing fully integrated and system-wide support across humanitarian, development and peacebuilding areas of work, including through our strengthened presence in the five regions of the Sahel Emergency Program. In addition, the Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) continues to support prevention and peacebuilding activities, in line with the government’s priorities.

    I am happy to report new PBF commitments to (i) strengthen UN interventions in the Sahel, North and Center North regions; (ii) help broaden geographic support to the east within the context of the government’s Emergency Program for the Sahel; and (iii) improve cross-border cooperation in the Liptako-Gourma region (focusing on transhumance and farmers-herders conflicts), and in the border areas of Burkina Faso, Benin and Togo to prevent violent extremism and further expansion of the crisis to Western coastal states.

    All PBF programmes in Burkina Faso promote the meaningful engagement of women and youth in peacebuilding processes, including by strengthening their participation in local decision-making processes.

    In view of the increasing insecurity, attacks by armed groups, and threats to social cohesion values, UN support is also critical in helping to ensure the holding of credible elections in November 2020.

    The United Nations remains committed to accompanying the people of Burkina Faso on their peacebuilding and sustainable development journey, together with all the partners present here today.

    In conclusion, I wish to thank the Commission for helping to ensure that Burkina Faso receives the attention it deserves. I strongly encourage immediate support for the priorities articulated in the action plans. Once again, I thank you Minister Kaboré for your clear explanation of the need for urgent action to help the people of Burkina Faso.

    I thank you Mr. Chairman.

  • 5 Mar 2020

    Countries meeting in New York next month to review progress on nuclear non-proliferation are being urged by the UN Secretary-General to use the opportunity to strengthen global peace and security. 

  • 5 Mar 2020

    The UN Secretary-General said on Thursday that he hoped the latest ceasefire agreement between Russia and Turkey to end fighting across Syria’s stricken Idlib region, would finally lead to “an immediate and lasting cessation”, that would protect civilian lives.

  • 5 Mar 2020

    Prosecutors have been given the green light to investigate alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan - and beyond its borders – linked to Afghan, Taliban and US troops, the International Criminal Court said on Thursday. 

  • 5 Mar 2020

    The Office of the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes organized the 7th Political Coordination meeting in Nairobi on 5-6 March (UN Photo/Penangnini Toure)

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  • 5 Mar 2020

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  • 4 Mar 2020

    Many global programmes aimed at countering violent extremism have negative impacts on human rights and may even ‘foster radicalization’ rather than preventing it, an independent UN human rights expert warned on Wednesday.

  • 4 Mar 2020

    Difficult winter weather conditions, road congestion and military manoeuvres are restricting humanitarian aid delivery to desperate civilians in the Syrian province of Idlib, where a Government operation to weed out extremists has uprooted nearly one million people since December. 

  • 4 Mar 2020

    Positive developments in South Sudan have “moved the country further along the road to sustainable peace”, the top UN official there told Security Council members on Wednesday.

  • 4 Mar 2020

    The Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2512 (2020), extending the mandate of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) until 31 December. 28 February 2020. UN...

  • 4 Mar 2020

    The United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) is launching a series of on-line exchange of views as part of the global #UN75 initiative to create a collective...

  • 3 Mar 2020

    The sprawling Dadaab refugee complex in north-eastern Kenya has a population of close to 220,000 registered refugees and asylum seekers. Most of them are from...

  • 3 Mar 2020

    Political leaders in Iraq will have to “step up to the plate” and prioritize national interests if the country is to realize a more just and prosperous future, the top UN official there said in the Security Council on Tuesday. 

  • 3 Mar 2020

    Jowhar, 3 March 2020 – A three-day public consultation ended today in Jowhar, at which representatives from all walks of life in Somalia’s federal state of...

  • 3 Mar 2020

    The United Nations is “determined to stand by” civilians across Syria’s war-torn northwest, as “a grave humanitarian crisis” continues, the UN emergency relief chief said on Tuesday.

  • 3 Mar 2020

    A delegation of the Advisory Board on Women, Peace and Security in the Great Lakes region meeting with Burundian authorities in Bujumbura

    The Advisory Board on Women,...

  • 3 Mar 2020

    The UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes, Huang Xia, and his delegation, meeting Emirati officials

    Dubai (United Arab Emirates), 1 March 2020 – The Office of the United Nations Special...

  • 2 Mar 2020

    After serving more than two years as the UN’s Special Representative in charge of finding a way to a lasting peace in war-torn Libya, Ghassan Salamé - who also heads up the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) - handed in his resignation on Monday, citing failing health caused by the immense stress of the job.  

  • 2 Mar 2020

    Humanitarian assistance needs to be scaled up significantly to more than a million people displaced by fighting in northwest Syria, a senior UN aid official said on Monday, amid reports that children are freezing to death on the Turkish border.

  • 2 Mar 2020
  • 29 Feb 2020

    On Saturday the United Nations called for further reductions in violence in Afghanistan, and for the conditions for intra-Afghan peace talks to be met, following the announcement of an agreement between the United States and the Taliban.

  • 29 Feb 2020

    NEW YORK - The Secretary-General welcomes efforts to achieve a lasting political settlement in Afghanistan. Today’s events in Doha and Kabul mark important developments in this regard....

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  • 29 Feb 2020

    KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomes the successful conclusion of a seven-day period of reduced violence, which is expected to lead to the start...

  • 29 Feb 2020

    The members of the Security Council noted the progress made in the preparations for the holding of national elections in late 2020 or early 2021 in Somalia, and welcomed the role of the Federal Government of Somalia...

  • 28 Feb 2020

    22 - 28 February 2020

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

    Security Council

    UN Envoy warns against escalating situation in the Middle East   
    Special Coordinator Nickolay Mladenov briefed the UN Security Council on the situation in the Middle East on 24 February. "The situation is escalating as we speak with continuing projectiles being fired from Gaza and retaliatory Israeli airstrikes," Mr. Mladenov said. Palestinian Islamic Jihadist fired more than 60 rockets towards Israel, with Israel Defense Forces (IDF) responding with multiple airstrikes in the Gaza strip. The Special Coordinator called for “an immediate stop” to the firing of rockets and mortars that “only risk dragging Gaza into another round of hostilities with no end in sight.” Mr. Mladenov also briefed on the situation in the West Bank and on the lack of negotiations towards a two-state solution.
    Read his full remarks here
    Read more in UN News


    Swan: ”2020 has the potential to be a transformative year for Somalia”
    James Swan, Special Representative and Head of UNSOM, briefed the Council on the situation in Somalia on 24 February. ”2020 has the potential to be a transformative year for Somalia,” Mr. Swan said, referring to the upcoming elections in the country, finalizing the federal constitution, achieving debt relief, and consolidating a federal state. “Only by working together, as Somalis, as partners, and in a spirit of unity and compromise, will progress be made,” the Special Representative concluded.
    Read his full remarks here 


     

    Security Council extends Yemen travel ban and asset freeze
    The Security Council authorized on 25 February a one-year extension of the asset freeze and travel ban imposed in 2014 on individuals or entities threatening peace, security and stability in Yemen. The Council also extended the mandate of the Panel of Experts tasked with gathering information about those who potentially meet the criteria for designation. It requested that the Panel provide a midterm update to the Committee no later than 28 July 2020, and a final report to the Council itself no later than 28 January 2021.
    Read more here
    Read the latest report of the Panel of Experts here

     

    DiCarlo: "We must all assume our responsibility to do all we can to stop this violence"
    The Council held an emergency meeting on the situation in north-west Syria on 28 February. Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo briefed Council members on the latest developments. “Civilians in Idlib are living under daily threat and terror, seeking refuge from airstrikes and volleys of shells and mortar rounds,” Ms. DiCarlo said. “They are NOT asking for a pause in the fighting. They are asking for an end to the killing. We must all assume our responsibility to do all we can to stop this violence”.
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    Central America

    Assistant Secretary-General Jenča visits Guatemala and Mexico
    iroslav Jenča, Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and Americas, visited Guatemala this week. Mr. Jenča discussed the Sustainable Development Goals, rule of law, anti-corruption, regional cooperation and human rights, including of women and indigenous peoples, with President Alejandro Giammattei on 24 February. He also met with representatives from civil society, indigenous peoples and the private sector.

    Continuing to Mexico, the Assistant Secretary-General met with Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard on 27 February. They discussed Agenda 2030 for sustainable development, the Comprehensive Development Plan, UN cooperation to prevent violence against women, and exchanged views on sub-regional issues.
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    Colombia

    Ex-combatants attend Colombia's most important tourism fair
    The ANATO tourism fair (Colombian Association of Travel Agents and Tourism) opened its doors in Bogota on 26 February. The more than 25,000 attendees can learn about the tourism offerings of different national and international destinations offered by exponents from Colombia and more than 35 countries. This year, and thanks to the Peace Agreement, tourist initiatives of ex-combatants in the process of reintegration from Dabeiba (Antioquia), Planadas (Tolima), Vista Hermosa, La Macarena and Mesetas (Meta), Miravalle (Caquetá), Pondores (Cesar) and Charras (Guaviare) are on display.  This initiative, led by the Inter-Institutional Tourism Board for Reincorporation, Reconciliation, and Territorial Development, aims to promote tourism in the areas most affected by the conflict. The UN Verification Mission in Colombia is a member of the Tourism Board.
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    Yemen

    Consultative meetings in Jordan
    A two-day consultative meeting with Yemeni public and political figures, was held in Amman, Jordan, on 26 and 27 February. The meeting brought together a diverse group of Yemeni stakeholders, men and women, to discuss the prospects of resuming the official political process. Discussions included challenges against the resumption of the peace process and opportunities that could be utilized to push the process forward. “It was encouraging hearing from the participants that we share the same vision for peace in Yemen. We all agree that sustainable peace is only possible through an inclusive, comprehensive and negotiated solution. We all agree that confidence-building measures cannot survive without a political process to give them direction and meaning,” Martin Griffiths, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, said.
    Read his full remarks here

     

    Libya

    Second round of Libya talks concluded
    The second round of the 5+5 Libyan Joint Military Commission (JMC) talks to reach a lasting ceasefire and to restore security to civilian areas concluded on 23 February at the Palace of Nations in Geneva. Ghassan Salamé, Special Representative and Head of UNSMIL, attended the talks The JMC is one of the three tracks which UNSMIL is working on, in addition to the economic and political tracks, in compliance with UN Security Council Resolution 2510 (2020), which calls upon the two parties to reach a lasting ceasefire agreement.
    Read more on UNSMIL’s website

     

    New York

    Peacebuilding Commission holds meetings on Guinea-Bissau and Burundi   
    The Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) held an Ambassadorial-level meeting on Guinea-Bissau on 24 February. Against the background of a political deadlock related to the ongoing legal dispute over the election results in the country, Configuration Chair and Permanent Representative of Brazil Ronaldo Costa Filho convened the meeting to discuss Guinea-Bissau’s post-electoral socio-economic priorities. Rosine Sori-Coulibaly, Special Representative and Head of UNIOGBIS, stressed the need to remain focused on the country’s core peacebuilding priorities, including the defense and security sector reform and the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime. Maria Antonieta Pinto Lopes D'Alva, Permanent Representative of Guinea-Bissau, expressed appreciation for PBC commitment, including through its advisory role to the Security Council.

    Jürg Lauber, Chair of the Burundi PBC Configuration and Permanent Representative of Switzerland, convened an Ambassadorial-level meeting on 25 February to debrief on his visit to the Burundian capital Bujumbura, which he undertook together with Assistant Secretary-General for Africa Bintou Keita. Albert Shingiro, Permanent Representative of Burundi, discussed preparations for the elections, informing that his government covers most election-related costs. East African Community (EAC) Secretary-General, Ambassador Libérat Mfumukeko, presented EAC plans to deploy an Election Observation Mission and appealed for financial support. Barrie Freeman, Deputy and Political Director of the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), presented the peacebuilding activities supported by the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF), and stressed the need to maintain focus on socio-economic priorities before and after elections. Member States called for peaceful, inclusive and transparent elections and encouraged continued dialogue at local and provincial levels.


    Report of the Secretary-General on the Peacebuilding Fund
    The report of the Secretary-General on the Peacebuilding Fund was published this week. Highlights from the report include: The Fund approved $191 million in 34 countries, up from $183 million in 2018, continuing on a modest growth trajectory in 2019. In the past year, 22 per cent of the Fund’s investments were in transition settings, totaling $41.3 million. New cross-border investments were approved amounting to $7.8 million.  The Fund approved a record amount of $40.1 million to UN entities and civil society organizations through its annual competitive call, up from $37.1 million last year. A number of Member States responded to the call for increased funding to sustain the Fund’s investments. In 2019, the Fund received $134.8 million from 25 Member States, many of whom increased the size of their contribution from previous years
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  • 28 Feb 2020

    With the Security Council meeting in emergency session on Syria following the death on the battlefield of dozens of Turkish troops, the UN strongly urged Russia and Turkey on Friday “to build on previous agreements to secure a fresh ceasefire” across the war-torn northwest.

  • 28 Feb 2020

    The United States’ announcement of a new vision for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, touted as the “Deal of the Century”, is a “mockery”, the Prime Minister of Malaysia told an international conference in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

  • 28 Feb 2020

    Thank you, Mr. President, 

    The security situation has continued to gravely deteriorate in and around Idlib. Let me recall some of the key events.

    In the last nine days, Syrian Government forces, with support from the Russian air force, have continued to advance, taking a large swath of villages in southern Idlib. Air strikes also continue in both frontline areas and population centers far removed from the fighting. During the same period, non-state armed groups launched a counterattack in eastern Idlib, retaking the city of Saraqib, which they lost to Syrian Government forces in recent weeks. This action cut the Syrian Government’s control of the strategic M5 highway. Turkish forces reportedly played a supporting role in this operation.

    Delegations from the Russian Federation and Turkey resumed their talks, from 26 February, in Ankara. These discussions have continued until today, along with presidential contacts by phone.

    On 27 February, there were strikes on Turkish troops inside Syria. The Turkish Minister of Defense noted that 33 Turkish soldiers were killed and 32 wounded by strikes that Turkey has attributed to the Syrian Government. Russian Ministry of Defense officials confirmed that an unspecified number of Turkish soldiers, who they said were co-located with non-state armed groups, had been hit by Syrian Government shelling. Turkish Defense Ministry officials have noted that after the strikes on Turkish soldiers, Turkey targeted Syrian Government positions with aircraft, weaponized drones and artillery.


    Mr. President,

    We strongly urge Russia and Turkey to build upon their previous agreements to secure a fresh ceasefire for north-west Syria.


    These latest developments are unfolding in the context of a broader military escalation that was already devastating for civilians in the north-west.

    For months now, bombing and shelling by the Government of Syria, supported by its allies, has continued in the so-called de-escalation zone of Idlib. Strikes have been launched on populated areas from both air and ground, seemingly without regard for civilians. Nearly a million people have been displaced since early December, many multiple times, including more than 560,000 children. They are fleeing north, away from the intensifying aerial and ground bombardment and into ever-shrinking areas where they still hope to find relative safety.

    The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has verified at least 1,750 civilians have been killed since last April. The actual number is probably higher. 351 civilians have been killed in the last two months alone. While the majority of these civilian deaths—94%—has occurred in opposition-held areas exposed to bombardment by pro-government forces, 6% occurred in government-held areas. This serves as a reminder that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, which is designated by this Council as a terrorist organization, and other non-state armed groups have also struck populated areas indiscriminately. Civilians are killed in IDP camps, schools and hospitals. This is happening in plain sight, night and day, day in and day out. Hospitals destroyed. Schools destroyed. Peoples’ lives destroyed. And it is happening under our watch.


    Mr. President,

    We continue to come before you with an ever-growing record of destruction and atrocity. The Secretary-General has consistently expressed alarm at the dangerous escalation in north-west Syria.

    The UN has countless times reminded all parties that any attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure are simply unacceptable. We have repeatedly called for a ceasefire. We have reaffirmed to the parties that all military operations must respect the rules of international humanitarian law. If such horrific acts and tactics persist despite global outrage, is it largely because their authors do not fear accountability and justice?

    Civilians in Idlib are living under daily threat and terror, seeking refuge from airstrikes and volleys of shells and mortar rounds. They are NOT asking for a pause in the fighting. They are asking for an end to the killing. We must all assume our responsibility to do all we can to stop this violence.

     

    Thank You.

  • 28 Feb 2020

    Near verbatim transcript of the press stakeout by Ghassan Salamé, Special Representative of the Secretary-Generaland Head of the United Nations Support Mission...

  • 28 Feb 2020

    Rapidly escalating conflict in northwest Syria has created healthcare “mayhem”, amid reports of displaced people moving closer to the Turkish border in search of shelter, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, as the UN Secretary-General appealed for all warring parties to "step back from the edge of further escalation." 

  • 28 Feb 2020

    The ninth annual Meeting of Deputy Foreign Ministers of the Central Asian States, convened by the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for...

  • 27 Feb 2020

    The 21st century must be the century of women’s equality, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday evening, in a call to transform the world by ensuring equal participation for all. 

  • 27 Feb 2020

    SRSG Salame - archive

    Geneva, Switzerland, 28 February 2020

    Ghassan Salamé: As you know, UNSMIL has started three tracks in application of the...