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  • 12 Nov 2022

    Peacebuilding Commission Meeting on the Role of Women in Implementing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in the context of Climate Change in Central Asia (11 November 2022, the United Nations Headquarters, New York)

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  • 11 Nov 2022
    This Week in DPPA is a brief roundup of political and peacebuilding events and developments at UNHQ and around the world. 

    Central Asia

    Central Asian Women Leaders’ Caucus visits UN Headquarters 

    On 10-11 November, the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) organized the visit of members of the Central Asian Women Leaders’ Caucus (CAWLC) and civil society representatives from Central Asia to the UN Headquarters in New York. The visit included participation in the dedicated, first-ever session of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) on the Central Asia region, a preceding side event, as well as the meetings with high-level UN officials, including Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo.

    Read more here

    Iraq

    Deputy Special Representative discusses issues of migration and displacement with new minister 

    On 9 November, Deputy Special Representative, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq Ghulam Isaczai met with the new Iraqi Minister of Migration and Displacement, Evan Gabro. He congratulated her on her appointment and discussed how the United Nations could further strengthen coordination and engagement on internally displaced persons (IDPs).

    UNAMI publishes latest newsletter, highlighting recent Security Council briefing on Iraq 

    The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq issues the latest edition of its e-newsletter, UNAMI Herald, this week. It highlights news and activities of the United Nations in Iraq between September through October 2022. 

    Read more here

    Lebanon

    Special Coordinator Wronecka underlines Women’s political participation in Lebanon 

    On 10 November, at an event on the inclusion of women in the upcoming municipal elections in Lebanon, Special Coordinator of the Secretary-General Joanna Wronecka underlined the importance of women’s representation. At the event, which was organized by UN-Women and local NGO FiftyFifty, discussions focused on the challenges facing potential women candidates and the opportunities that can be used to encourage participation. The Special Coordinator also hosted a separate roundtable discussion with women parliamentarians on the role of Parliament in the advancement of women’s empowerment in Lebanon, including on gender quotas, legislative priorities, and technical support on gender related issues. 

    Special Coordinator joins 33rd Commemoration of Lebanon’s Taef Accord 

    On 5 November, on the 33rd anniversary of the signing of the Taef Accord, Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka attended a conference organized by the embassy of Saudi Arabia. The event highlighted both the importance of the agreement and the need for its full implementation. The Accord, which was endorsed by UN Security Council Resolution 1701, “was not merely a means for ending Lebanon’s civil war (1975-1990) but set a framework for ending sectarianism and reinforcing peaceful coexistence,” the Special Coordinator said in her remarks.

    Security Council

    October Security Council in Review out now 

    DPPA's Security Council Affairs Division has released the "United Nations Security Council in Review" for the month of October. The newsletter offers an overview of the work of the Security Council under the presidency of Gabon.

    Read the latest newsletter here 

    The newsletter and other research tools and information products on the Council are available here

    Sign up to receive the newsletter in your inbox here

    Electoral Assistance

    DPPA Electoral Series  

    In the third installment of the DPPA Electoral Series — interviews with senior United Nations officials on electoral support and its connection to broader conflict prevention efforts — Ian Martin, former Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of Mission (Libya, Nepal, Timor-Leste) highlights the importance of working with election winners and losers to lower the stakes and enable the peaceful acceptance of results. 

    Read more here

    Innovation

    At COP27, DPPA hosts virtual reality exhibition on climate resilience  

    This week at the COP27 UN Climate Change Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, DPPA and the Pacific Islands Forum hosted a virtual reality (VR) exhibition. Participants were invited to join a virtual trip to the Pacific Islands through the Sea of Islands, a cinematic 360° virtual reality experience featuring Pacific Islanders' stories of resilience in the face of climate change. 

    Download the VR film here

    Virtual reality film “Pathways Colombia” highlights peace agreement’s reintegration and reconciliation work 

    On November 11, the UN Verification Mission in Colombia presented Pathways Colombia, a virtual reality experience on the Peace Agreement. The film was presented by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, and three protagonists featured in the documentary: Mariela Lopez, a rural teacher; Jhon Taborda, a former combatant; and Mirla Yolima Pestaña, a member of the project La Rancha de mi Pueblo. SRSG Massieu said that the project sought to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities of peacebuilding, including reintegration, security and reconciliation efforts.  

    Podcast: “She Stands For Peace” 

    New episode of “She Stands for Peace” podcast focuses on protection of women peacebuilders 

    The latest episode of the podcast “She Stands for Peace” features Rita Lopidia, the Executive Director and Co-founder of the Eve Organization for Women Development in Juba, South Sudan, and coordinator of the South Sudan Women’s Coalition for Peace. In this episode, she talks about the experiences of women peacebuilders when executing their roles and work, as well as new ways to think about how women’s peacebuilding organizations are supported.  

    Listen to the episode here

    Peacebuilding

    Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support’s visit to Japan and Republic of Korea 

    From 7 to 12 November, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support Elizabeth Spehar visited Japan and the Republic of Korea. Meeting with the Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yoshimasa Hayashi, she expressed the UN’s appreciation for Japan’s active engagement in the Peacebuilding Commission and its contribution to the Peacebuilding Fund. She also met with government officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), as well as parliamentarians, members of civil society and academia. The ASG highlighted opportunities presented by Japan's upcoming tenure at the Security Council and the 2023 G7 Summit in Hiroshima to strengthen the UN's work in peacebuilding. In the Republic of Korea, ASG Spehar met with the Deputy Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs, Oh Youngju, and expressed the Organization’s appreciation of the Member State’s support of the UN’s peacebuilding work. 
     

    Next Week

    On 14 November from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) will hold an ambassadorial-level meeting on the Liberia Configuration (for background on the “configuration” and the PBC generally, please visit here). Ambassador Anna Karin Eneström, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations and Chair of the Liberia Configuration of the PBC, will convene the meeting on preparations for the 2023 legislative and presidential elections in Liberia. The meeting will be telecast live on UN WebTV. 

    On 15 November, the Security Council will meet to discuss the situation in Libya.

     

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  • 11 Nov 2022
    This Week in DPPA is a brief roundup of political and peacebuilding events and developments at UNHQ and around the world. 

    Fourth Committee

    USG DiCarlo presents Secretary-General’s report on Special Political Missions to the Fourth Committee 

    On 4 November, Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo briefed the General Assembly’s Fourth Committee on the work of the UN’s special political missions (SPMs). The Under-Secretary-General outlined the work of SPMs in preventive diplomacy, peacemaking, and peacebuilding, and their important role in helping Member States prevent conflict and build sustainable peace. “Their diversity and flexibility have allowed us to design different types of responses to many of the peace and security challenges we face today,” DiCarlo said. 

    Read full remarks here.

     

    Security Council

    ASG Khiari briefs Council on non-proliferation and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

    On 4 November, Assistant-Secretary-General Khaled Khiari, briefing the Security Council, reiterated the Secretary-General’s strong condemnation of the recent ballistic missile launches by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on 2 and 3 November. He said that while all concerned sought to avoid an unintended escalation, the spate of launches and military exercises could contribute to a “negative action-reaction cycle.” He added that given the potential risks associated with any military confrontation, the Council needed to do all it could to prevent an escalation.  

    Read full remarks here.

    Security Council renews UNSOM mandate for one year

    On 31 October, the Security Council renewed the mandate of The United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) for one year, until 31 October 2023. By the terms of the resolution, the Council requested the mission to maintain and strengthen its presence across the country. It also encouraged UNSOM to support Somalia in a number of areas, including by ensuring that plans are put in place to protect civilians and communities in areas of military operations. 

    Read more here.

     

    Lebanon

    UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon holds roundtable on inclusion of youth

    On 4 November, the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Joanna Wronecka, held a roundtable discussion with a group of youth including journalists, activists, entrepreneurs and students, who shared their aspirations for working together to tackle Lebanon’s challenges. The Special Coordinator highlighted the importance of youth, who represent around 60 percent of the Lebanese population.  The discussions also covered young people’s perceptions of the United Nations and its role in the country. 

    Special Coordinator Wronecka consults with partners after end of President Aoun's term

    As President Michel Aoun’s term ended on 31 October, the UN Special Coordinator held a series of consultations with partners to discuss the urgency of the situation and how best to help Lebanon out of the current crisis. The International Support Group for Lebanon, led by the Special Coordinator, issued a statement calling on Members of Parliament to elect, without delay, a President who can unite the Lebanese people in the national interest. “More than ever, Lebanon needs fully functioning state institutions that can pursue comprehensive reforms with a strategic vision that generates substantive change for the public good,” the statement said.

    Iraq

    Special Coordinator Hennis-Plasschaert meets with women activists in Erbil; Deputy Cordone holds meetings to discuss implementation of Council resolution 1325

    On 30 October, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, met in Erbil with a group of women from various political parties and civil society organizations in the Kurdistan Region. Group members raised concerns over repeated violations of Iraqi sovereignty and sought strong UNAMI support in addressing the issue.  On 27 October, Deputy Special Representative for Iraq on Political Affairs and Electoral Assistance, Claudio Cordone, met in Baghdad with the Director General of the Department of Iraqi Women’s Empowerment, Dr. Yossra Karim Mohsen.  They discussed progress on the implementation of the second National Action Plan on UN Security Council resolution 1325. On 31 October, DSRSG Cordone met with members of the international gender group on joint advocacy and engagement with the new government, parliamentarians and civil society actors to address gender-based violence and the promotion of legislation to protect women’s rights. 

    Read full statement here

    UNAMI launches guidance for human rights defenders to improve online safety

    On 31 October, the UNAMI Human Rights Office, in partnership with INSM for Digital Rights in Iraq, launched the “Online Protection and Digital Security: User Guide for Human Rights Defenders”. This user-friendly guidance, available in Arabic, English and Kurdish, provides critical knowledge about concrete tools and strategies for human rights defenders and other activists as well as journalists to increase their safety and privacy online. On 2 November, the Office gathered journalists, activists and representatives from press freedom organizations to discuss the current media climate in the country, as well as the safety and security challenges faced by the press. 

    Download the guidance here.

    UNAMI Human Rights Office provides support for meeting on International Decade for People of African Descent

    From 31 October-1 November 2022, the UNAMI Human Rights Office supported the participation of 19 Iraqis of African descent in a two-day UN Regional meeting for the Middle East on the International Decade for People of African Descent.  The meeting raised awareness among participants regarding the programme of activities for the International Decade in the Middle East region. 

    Read more here

     

    Mozambique

    Two additional RENAMO bases close in Mozambique

    On 4 November, the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Mozambique, Mirko Manzoni, congratulated both Government and RENAMO for the closure of two additional RENAMO bases in the Zambezia Province. Over the last four weeks, over 800 ex-combatants have been demobilized and embarked on their transition to civilian life.

    In Risaralda, art and culture help reconstruct historical memory, ensure non-repetition of conflict

    On 1 November in Pereira, Risaralda, the UN Verification Mission in Colombia backed an event on "Reconstructing historical memory through restorative dialogues" during the Week for Peace. Victims of conflict, former combatants, and members of civil society all participated. Afro-Colombian communities from the village of Santa Cecilia, in Pueblo Rico, Risaralda, narrated their history of the conflict by singing traditional songs called "alabaos" with the musical accompaniment of the Pereira Symphony Orchestra. The UN Verification Mission highlighted the importance of the participation of all actors in the reconstruction of memory, to ensure the non-repetition of the armed conflict. 

    Peacebuilding

    Peacebuilding Commission holds meeting on the Great Lakes Region

    The Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, Muhammad Abdul Muhith, convened a meeting on the Great Lakes region to provide an update on political processes in the region, as well as to mobilize support for flagship initiatives derived from the regional Strategy’s Action Plan. Briefers included UN Special Envoy to the Great Lakes, Huang Xia; Special Envoy of the EAC Facilitator of the Nairobi Process Macharia Kamau; DSRSG/HC/RC of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) Bruno Lemarquis; and PBSO Deputy Head Awa Dabo. Member states expressed concern about the escalating security situation in eastern DRC. They also welcomed the Nairobi and Luanda processes and recognized the increased political and diplomatic efforts in the region, stressing the importance of dialogue to resolve the crises. They commended the UN Special Envoy for his good offices and expressed support for his flagship initiatives on supporting women and youth in peace processes and governance. 

    Greentree workshop on South-South and triangular cooperation for peacebuilding

    DPPA/PBSO and the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation (DHF) co-organized a Workshop that reflected on the challenges and opportunities for South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) for peacebuilding, drawing on the capacities and roles of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture. Participants included senior representatives and experts of several lead UN entities engaged in peacebuilding, including the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), as well as Member States and representatives of civil society. Participants shared observations and recommendations, including better knowledge management and communications and enhanced partnerships with regional and sub-regional organizations, international and regional financial institutions and civil society.  

    Next Week

    On 7 November at 10am, there will be a Security Council meeting on chemical weapons and Syria. 

    On 11 November, there will be a Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) Ambassadorial-level meeting on Central Asia at 3 PM in the ECOSOC Chamber. 

     

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  • 11 Nov 2022

    THE UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK

    On 10-11 November UNRCCA organized the...

  • 11 Nov 2022

    <p>A UN Human Rights Council-appointed probe into alleged rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), including East Jerusalem, and Israel, wrapped up a week of public hearings in Geneva on Friday that included testimony on the killing of veteran US-Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.  </p>

  • 10 Nov 2022

    Eight billion people; one humanity.

    The world’s population will reach 8 billion in the middle of November – a testament to scientific...

  • 10 Nov 2022

    She Stands For Peace | Season 3-Episode 10 | Out Now!  Click here to listen: https://unoau.unmissions.org/podcast-series-she-stands-peace

  • 10 Nov 2022

    In response to the cholera outbreak declared on 6 October and which continues to spread across the country, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Lebanon, Mr. Imran Riza,...

  • 10 Nov 2022

    <p>The United Nations and humanitarian partners are continuing to reach growing numbers of people impacted by the war on the ground with life-saving assistance, a UN spokesperson told journalists on Thursday.</p>

  • 10 Nov 2022

    <p>Two-thirds of Afghans are going hungry, with girls' education subject to “random edicts” of the Taliban, while crime and terrorism are thriving once more buoyed by a large spike in opium production, <a href="https://www.un.org/pga/77/2022/11/10/general-assembly-plenary-meeting-on... the</a> President of the UN General Assembly on Thursday.</p>

  • 10 Nov 2022

    <p>The growth of terrorism is a major threat to international peace and security, currently felt most keenly in Africa, the deputy UN chief told the Security Council on Thursday.  </p>

  • 9 Nov 2022
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  • 9 Nov 2022

    UN Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka underlined the importance of women’s participation and representation in all areas of...

  • 9 Nov 2022

    This brief report, prepared by the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (UN DPPA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), compiles the recommendations for SSTC for peacebuilding and sustaining peace gathered during the UN DPPA – UNDP joint side event organized on 13 September 2022, “South-South and triangular cooperation for sustainable development and sustaining peace”, at the margins of the 11th Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD Expo 2022). 

  • 9 Nov 2022

    @OSESGY/Abdel Rahman Alzorgan

    Amman, 09 November 2022 - The Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen (OSESGY) concluded a one-day...

  • 9 Nov 2022

    <p>Global events over the past year have had a substantial impact on the work of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), UN General Assembly President Csaba Kőrösi said on Wednesday, as countries met to debate its latest report. </p>
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  • 9 Nov 2022

    <p>Addressing the Security Council from Libyan soil for the first time ever, the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor acknowledged that while challenges abound, justice for the Libyan people is not “Mission Impossible”.</p>

  • 8 Nov 2022

    On the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, Member States pledged to strengthen global governance for the sake of present and coming generations.

    The UN 75 declaration noted the need to promote peace and prevent conflicts.

    “Ongoing armed conflicts and threats against international peace and security must be urgently resolved through peaceful means. We reiterate the importance of abiding by the Charter, principles of international law, and relevant resolutions of the Security Council. International arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament agreements and their architectures need to be upheld. The United Nations must better address all forms and domains of threats. Terrorism and violent extremism conducive to terrorism are serious threats to international peace and security. The diplomatic toolbox of the Charter needs to be used to its full potential, including preventive diplomacy and mediation. We call on the Secretary-General to enhance this toolbox to prevent the outbreak, escalation and recurrence of hostilities on land, at sea, in space and in cyberspace. We fully support and promote the Secretary-General’s initiative for a global ceasefire. International humanitarian law must be fully respected. To build, keep and sustain peace is now one of the main responsibilities of the United Nations.”

    Member States requested the Secretary-General to report back with recommendations to advance our common agenda and to respond to current and future challenges (UN75 declaration - A/RES/75/1). His report 'Our Common Agenda' was launched on 10 September 2021.

     

    A New Agenda for Peace

    The Secretary-General’s report on Our Common Agenda noted the need for a New Agenda for Peace[1] to address a myriad of challenges the international community faces today. The report noted that in order to protect and manage the global public good of peace, we need a peace continuum based on a better understanding of the underlying drivers and systems of influence that are sustaining conflict, a renewed effort to agree on more effective collective security responses and a meaningful set of steps to manage emerging risks.

    In this respect, Our Common agenda outlined six potential areas for the New Agenda for peace, including, but not limited to, the following:

    1. Reducing strategic risks
    2. Strengthening international foresight and capacities to identify and adapt to new risks
    3. Reshaping responses to all forms of violence
    4. Investing in prevention and peacebuilding
    5. Supporting regional prevention
    6. Putting women and girls at the centre.

     

    Consultations

    Resolution A/RES/76/6 adopted by the General Assembly on 15 November 2021 followed-up on “Our Common Agenda” and requested the Secretary-General to inform Member States and to engage in broad and inclusive consultations with them, all parts of the United Nations system and other relevant partners on his proposals in the report for follow-up action to accelerate the full and timely implementation of the above-mentioned agreed frameworks in a comprehensive and integrated manner, and to provide regular updates to Member States.

    This website contains inputs received from Member States and other partners for the New Agenda for Peace.


    [1] For the full description of the six core areas please see Our Common Agenda (paragraphs 88-89)

  • 7 Nov 2022

    <p>The top UN disarmament official told the Security Council on Monday that “gaps, inconsistencies and discrepancies” identified in Syria’s declaration over its use of chemical weapons, in accordance with the Chemical Weapons Convention (<a href="https://www.opcw.org/chemical-weapons-convention">CWC</a>). “cannot be considered accurate and complete”.  </p>

  • 7 Nov 2022

    <p><span><span>The lives of thousands of children in overcrowded, unsanitary camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are seriously at risk, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Monday.</span></span></p>

  • 6 Nov 2022

    KABUL – The Afghan people stand on the precipice of devastating climate projections. As COP27 opens today, the UN in Afghanistan calls for urgent collective action to halt the...

  • 5 Nov 2022

    Cairo—Beirut: As of 3 November 2022, the country has reported 2,421 suspected cases, including 413 confirmed cases and 18 associated deaths. The outbreak continues to spread to new communities every day...

  • 4 Nov 2022

    On the 33rd anniversary of the signing of the Taef Accord, United Nations Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka joined local and international...

  • 4 Nov 2022

    Introductory Remarks by Ms. Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, on the occasion of the briefing to the Fourth Committee on “Comprehensive Review of Special Political Missions”

    4 November 2022, 3:00pm

     

    Mr. Chair [H.E. Mr. Mohamed Al Hassan (Oman)],

    Excellencies,

    Distinguished delegates,

    Let me start by congratulating you, Mr. Chair, and the members of the Bureau, on your election. I wish the Fourth Committee a fruitful session.

    Let me also thank Finland and Mexico for their leadership on this agenda item.

    I am pleased to be joined by Atul Khare, Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support. His department is an invaluable partner, providing critical support to special political missions.

    And it is my pleasure to introduce today the tenth report of the Secretary-General on this item. 

    Mr. Chair,

    During the General Debate in September, global leaders expressed concern about the deteriorating international peace and security environment. They noted that multiple major challenges are rapidly converging — more complex conflicts, rising inequalities, climate change, technological disruption, terrorism, the rocky recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and skyrocketing food and oil prices.

    Meanwhile, the ability of Member States to take collective action to address these interlocking challenges is being undermined by renewed geostrategic competition at levels we have not seen in decades.

    It is clear that the world is at an inflection point – and that Member States need to work together to navigate this uncertain moment.

    Two years ago, the UN75 Declaration echoed these concerns. It underscored that “multilateralism is not an option but a necessity as we build back better for a more equal, more resilient, and more sustainable world.”

    The UN75 Declaration dedicated particular attention to promoting peace and preventing conflict. It noted that the “diplomatic toolbox of the Charter” should be used to its full potential, including preventive diplomacy and mediation. It called on the Secretary-General to enhance it.

    Special political missions are a vital part of this toolbox. Through their work in preventive diplomacy, peacemaking, and peacebuilding, they play an important role in helping Member States prevent conflict and build sustainable peace. Their diversity and flexibility have allowed us to design different types of responses to many of the peace and security challenges we face today.

    From Myanmar to Syria, the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes, our missions are working with conflict parties and regional stakeholders to advance complex peace processes.  

    Allow me to share a few examples:

    In Yemen,  through intense diplomatic efforts, the Special Envoy  helped broker a nationwide truce that was in effect for six months, leading to a significant reduction in violence and civilian casualties.

    Despite the lack of agreement between the parties in early October on renewing the truce, there are no reports of a return to open hostilities, even if the situation remains tense. Urging the parties to continue to exercise maximum restraint, the Special Envoy has continued his shuttle diplomacy with the parties to find a way forward to achieve an extended and expanded truce. 

    In Somalia, Libya and elsewhere, our missions are supporting national authorities in managing political transitions and electoral processes.

    In Iraq, UNAMI provided enhanced electoral assistance to the parliamentary elections in October 2021. The mission deployed 150 United Nations international electoral experts and approximately 550 national support personnel to all Governorates and provided support to strengthen the electoral administration and processes.

    Following the election, the mission conducted non-stop engagements with all the parties to overcome the political stalemate, from participating in dialogue initiatives and meeting with many stakeholders to preparing roadmaps and conducting shuttle diplomacy in various forms.

    Our missions also work hand-in-hand with host governments in the aftermath of conflict in order to help build sustainable peace.

    In Colombia, the United Nations Verification Mission is working closely with the parties to the 2016 Agreement to build confidence and consolidate inclusive, lasting peace in the country. The Mission is supporting multiple peacebuilding initiatives, notably on reintegration, security guarantees, and transitional justice and reconciliation, in close coordination with the UN Country Team.

    This has allowed the Mission to make important contributions to the nationally-led peace consolidation process, for instance by helping promote the sustainable reintegration of over 13,000 former combatants.  

    Mr. Chair,

    This tenth report by the Secretary-General covered a spectrum of policy issues. For today’s discussion, I would like to highlight the following two examples.

    First, the women, peace, and security agenda.

    Despite our commitments to promote women’s full, equal and meaningful participation in peace and political processes, we are still falling far short when it comes to implementation. Special political missions are  playing an essential role in translating commitments into concrete outcomes.

    In line with Security Council resolution 2493 (2019), we are convening high-level strategy meetings to help promote women’s participation in peace processes. So far, we have organized such meetings for the Geneva International Discussions, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

    In Libya UNSMIL advocated at all levels for the inclusion of women in political processes and decision-making bodies. Following engagement from the Mission, the House of Representatives and the High State Council agreed to endorse a 25 percent quota for women to be applied to all future electoral processes.

    Since arriving in Libya to take up his functions in mid-October, SRSG Bathily has engaged with women activists and political candidates to seek their views on how to further achieve progress in inclusive intra-Libyan talks. 

    In Sudan, UNITAMS facilitated country-wide consultations, which resulted in the establishment of a Women’s Rights Group to amplify the voices of Sudanese women. This group is now positioned to participate in the next phase of political talks in Sudan, and bring women’s perspectives to all priority agenda items under discussion.

    Second, promoting a regional approach to peace and security.

    Strengthening United Nations partnerships with regional and subregional organizations is integral to the Secretary-General’s vision for a networked and inclusive multilateralism. It is also critical for our conflict-prevention and peacemaking work, both nationally and regionally.

    Our three regional offices [UNOWAS, UNOCA and UNRCCA] and two regional envoys [Horn of Africa and Great Lakes Region] have regional mandates.

    They serve as forward platforms for preventive diplomacy in their regions, helping Member States address cross-border and cross-regional issues such as countering terrorism and managing shared natural resources. They also have helped institutionalize our strategic partnership with regional and subregional organizations.

    Nowhere is this partnership more visible than in Africa, where we celebrate an important milestone this year: the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the African Union.

    We are also celebrating this year the 20th anniversary of the creation of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS).

    Since its establishment in 2002, UNOWAS has developed a deeply connected partnership with Economic Commission Of West African States (ECOWAS) that has proved essential for peace and stability in the West Africa and the Sahel. An example of the value of this partnership is the joint engagement of UNOWAS and ECOWAS in Burkina Faso, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau.

    Together, the two organizations have advocated for the swift return to constitutional order in countries that experienced military coups, called for inclusive political dialogue and consensus building ahead of key elections, and engaged with political actors and other stakeholders to defuse tensions following contested electoral outcomes.

    Mr. Chair,

    In order to address the current complex global environment , the Secretary-General, in his report on “Our Common Agenda,” committed to preparing a New Agenda for Peace. This document will offer a robust vision for strengthening our work in prevention, peacemaking, and peacebuilding – which lies at the heart of the mandates of special political missions.

    Delivering on these commitments will require all of us to work together. DPPA , which is leading the preparation of this document, will engage closely with Member States to seek your views and priorities in this process.

    Mr. Chair,

    I would also like to highlight that May 2023 will mark the 75th anniversary of the deployment of the first United Nations special political mission in 1948 in the Middle East.

    DPPA looks forward to working with Member States to commemorate this event and to reflect on the important and successful history of special political missions in advancing peace and dialogue throughout the history of the organization.

    In conclusion, I would like to express my department’s appreciation to all Member States for their continued engagement on this agenda item and strong support of special political missions. In particular, I want to stress our gratitude to those countries that are hosting special political missions.

    I also want to pay tribute to the dedicated and courageous United Nations personnel serving in special political missions deployed worldwide.

    I look forward to a rich discussion.  Thank you.

  • 4 Nov 2022

    ASSISTANT SECRETARY-GENERAL KHALED KHIARI’S

    REMARKS TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL ON

    NON-PROLIFERATION/DPRK

    New York, 4 November 2022

    Mr. President, according to various government sources, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) launched an unprecedented number of ballistic missiles and other types of systems on 2 and 3 November.  The DPRK has yet to publicly provide details of these launches. 

    One of the missiles launched on 3 November was assessed to be an intercontinental ballistic missile.  It reportedly covered a range of 760 km, and reached an apogee of around 1,920 km, indicating that the launch may not have been successful.  One of the DPRK ballistic missiles launched on 2 November reportedly impacted in waters in proximity of the territorial sea of the Republic of Korea. 

    Mr. President, the Secretary-General strongly condemns the launch of a ballistic missile of reported intercontinental range by the DPRK as well as the barrage of various missiles over recent days.  He calls on the DPRK to immediately cease any further reckless acts and to comply fully with its international obligations under relevant Security Council resolutions. 

    Mr. President, it is troubling that the DPRK has consistently disregarded any consideration for international flight or maritime safety.  While the DPRK National Aviation Administration stated on 8 October that its missile launch did not pose a risk to civil aviation or the region, aircraft operators are required to assess safety of their own flight operations.  To meet this obligation, operators rely on coordination amongst air traffic services authorities, as well as the promulgation of timely information on hazards.

    Mr. President, the Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the tension on the Korean Peninsula and the increase in confrontational rhetoric, including the DPRK’s messaging related to nuclear weapon use.  This is the ninth time the Council has met to discuss the DPRK in 2022.  Following our last briefing on 5 October, the DPRK claimed that its seven earlier missile launch events were all part of quote “tactical nuclear operation units” end quote. 

    While all concerned seek to avoid an unintended escalation, the spate of missile launches and military exercises contributes to a negative action-reaction cycle.  To lower the risk of miscalculation and reduce tensions in the region, it is critical to immediately strengthen communication channels, including inter-Korean and military to military. 

    The Secretariat remains in close contact with all parties, including the DPRK.  Given the potential risks associated with any military confrontation, in exercise of its primary responsibility, the Security Council needs to do all it can to prevent an escalation. Unity in the Security Council is critical. Security Council unity also creates an opportunity to seek off-ramps and sustained diplomatic engagement.

    The Secretary‑General urges the DPRK to immediately return to the negotiating table. He also urges the key parties to resume their diplomatic efforts with a view to achieving sustainable peace and a complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

    Mr. President, separately, the Secretary-General remains concerned over the humanitarian situation in the DPRK.  The United Nations system, in coordination with international and humanitarian partners, is ready to send staff and assistance to help the DPRK Government address medical and humanitarian needs, including those related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  To allow for a timely and effective response, we reiterate our call for the unimpeded entry of international staff and humanitarian supplies.   

    Mr. President, let me close by reiterating that the unity of the Security Council in this matter is essential to ease tensions, overcome the diplomatic impasse and the negative action-reaction cycle. 

    Thank you.

     

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