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2022

  • 18 Oct 2022

    <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Independent Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine, presented its <a href="https://www.ohchr.org/en/press-releases/2022/10/un-commission-has-found-... detailed written report</a> to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, which concludes that there are reasonable grounds to believe “an array” of war crimes, violations of international human rights and humanitarian law have been committed.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p>

  • 18 Oct 2022

    As delivered

    Good afternoon, Mr. President, Mr. Vice-President, members of the Cabinet, members of your advisory team.

    It’s a pleasure to be back in Garowe.

    I am here today with...

  • 18 Oct 2022

    As delivered

    Good afternoon, Mr. President, Mr. Vice-President, members of the Cabinet, members of your advisory team.

    It’s a pleasure to be back in Garowe.

    I am here today with colleagues...

  • 17 Oct 2022

    Addis Ababa, 17 October 2022: The African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU), from 13 to 14 October 2022, concluded a joint...

  • 17 Oct 2022

    <p>A political solution in Haiti continues to be elusive, and on its own is no longer sufficient to address the crisis and save thousands of lives that otherwise will be lost, the UN Special Representative in the country warned the Security Council on Monday.</p>

  • 17 Oct 2022

    <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" lang="EN-US" lang="EN-US"><span>As the number of children reportedly killed by Iranian security forces in relation to ongoing protests rises to at least 23, the </span></span><span><span><a href="https://www.ohchr.org/en/treaty-bodies/crc">UN Committee on the Rights of the Child</a></span></span><span lang="EN-US" lang="EN-US" lang="EN-US"><span> issued a statement on Monday condemning the killings, noting that hundreds more have been injured, detained and tortured during the Government crackdown.</span></span></span></span></span></p>

  • 17 Oct 2022

    <p class="x"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Fighting in the Tigray region of Ethiopia is “spiralling out of control”, and there is no military solution to end nearly two years of brutal conflict which has left tens of thousands reportedly dead, while the “social fabric, is being ripped apart”.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p>

  • 17 Oct 2022

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan

    On October 11-14, UNRCCA, in cooperation with the UN...

  • 16 Oct 2022

    New York, 17 October 2022

    As we mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, we face a harsh truth: the world is moving backwards.

    COVID-19 plunged millions into poverty, setting back more than four years of hard-won progress. Inequalities are widening. National and household economies are battered by job losses, skyrocketing food and energy prices, and the gathering...

  • 16 Oct 2022

    UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

    On 13 October, the Security Council held a briefing and consultations on the implementation of SCRs 2451 and...

  • 16 Oct 2022

    <p>The UN’s deputy relief chief <a href="https://www.unocha.org/story/un-secretary-general-appoints-joyce-msuya-a... target="_blank">Joyce Msuya</a> stressed on Sunday that life-saving humanitarian assistance and protection in Yemen must be ramped up to protect the lives of millions of vulnerable people across the war-ravaged country.</p>

  • 15 Oct 2022

    Dakar, Friday 14 October 2022 – As part of the implementation of the Call to Action...

  • 15 Oct 2022

    <p>The UN Secretary-General <a href="https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/statement/2022-10-15/statement-attri... a statement on Saturday</a> expressing grave concern over the escalation of fighting in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, where Government troops and separatist forces have been locked in conflict since November 2020.</p>

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

    Security Council

    Special Envoy Grundberg briefs Security Council on Yemen after expiration of truce 

    On 13 October, Special Envoy Hans Grundberg briefed the Security Council on the situation in Yemen. He said that the parties had yet to agree on extending the truce, causing fresh uncertainty and a heightened risk for violence. He also noted his appreciation for the position of the Government of Yemen and its positive engagement with his proposal and expressed his regret that Ansar Allah had come up with additional demands that could not be met. The Special Envoy also welcomed the restraint shown by the parties since the expiration of the truce and urged them to continue to exercise maximum restraint. 

    Read full remarks here  

    Special Representative briefs Security Council on situation in Colombia 

    On 12 October, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative and the Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia, presented the Secretary-General’s latest report.  The Special Representative expressed hope regarding renewed progress on the Government’s peacebuilding commitments, as well as its willingness to resume talks with the National Liberation Army (ELN), which would enable the end of a conflict that has lasted for decades. He also welcomed the Government’s efforts to foster the active participation of women. Ruiz Massieu said that the decision announced last week by the Government of Colombia and the ELN to resume peace talks is encouraging and expressed his confidence that “Colombia can demonstrate to the world, once again, that there is no better alternative to end conflicts than the path of dialogue”.

    To read full remarks, click here

    Security Council meets on cooperation between the UN and the African Union  

    On 11 October, the Secretary-General spoke at the Security Council meeting on cooperation between the UN and the African Union.  In the 20 years since its creation, he said, the African Union has shown its determination to work towards integration, peace and prosperity on the continent Collaboration between the UN and the African Union has never been stronger, the Secretary-General said, but major challenges remain, including conflicts and unconstitutional government changes. 

    Read full remarks here   

    See our map for UN-AU partnership highlights here

    At Security Council open debate on climate and security in Africa, ASG Pobee outlines key areas for action 

    On 12 October, the Security Council held an open debate on climate and security in Africa. Assistant Secretary-General for Africa Martha Pobee said that to support the continent in addressing the impact of climate change on peace and security, ambitious climate action was needed and the implementation of the Paris Agreement must be accelerated. She also underlined the need to increase the capacity for risk analysis and to integrate a climate lens into conflict prevention, peacemaking and peacebuilding. 

    Watch full remarks here  

    Haiti

    Secretary-General expresses deep concern over blockage of major fuel terminal, cholera outbreak in Haiti 

    On 9 October, the Secretary-General said that he remains gravely concerned about the situation in Haiti.  He reiterated that the blockage of the Varreux fuel terminal has brought critical services required to prevent the rapid spread of cholera to a stand-still, including the distribution of potable water. He urged the international community, including the members of the Security Council, to consider as a matter of urgency the request by the Haitian Government for the immediate deployment of an international specialized armed force to address the humanitarian crisis, including securing the free movement of water, fuel, food and medical supplies from main ports and airports to communities and health care facilities. The Secretary-General also submitted a letter to the Security Council proposing the deployment of a “rapid action force” and listing options for enhanced security support to Haiti, as requested by the Council in its resolution 2645.   

    Read the full statement here

    Colombia

    First Summit of Women Peacebuilders held in Bogotá 

    From October 4-8 in Bogotá, more than 30 women leaders and peacemakers from Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico and Venezuela attended the First Summit of Women PeaceBuilders. Participants visited projects carried out by women former combatants and community members in Popayán, Cauca, and exchanged political, cultural and peacebuilding experiences with women in reintegration process and social leaders. In Bogotá, they attended workshops with representatives of women's organizations, women former combatants, government representatives and institutions. 

    Lebanon

    UN Special Coordinator leads “greening” activity for UN Day 

    With a view to supporting Lebanon’s environmental recovery and marking UN Day, UN staff, led by Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka, took part on 14 October in the planting of 1000 UN-donated trees in the area of Fallougha, north-east of Beirut. “Protecting the environment and expanding Lebanon’s green spaces are an important part of the country’s recovery and progress towards a more sustainable future,” the Special Coordinator said at the tree-planting site, which was selected by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and is the site where the first flag of Lebanon was raised.

    UN Special Coordinator Hosts Lebanese Academics 

    On 13 October, Special Coordinator Wronecka hosted a discussion with prominent Lebanese intellectuals and senior academics to listen to their views on how to steer Lebanon out of crisis and towards a more sustainable future. The discussions focused on immediate reform priorities, as well as the development of strong and independent state institutions. In addition, special attention was given during the discussions on the need to combat hate speech. 

    Iraq

    Special Representative Hennis-Plasschaert meets with President of Iraq, President of Patriotic Union of Kurdistan 

    On 10 October, Special Representative Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, accompanied by her Deputies Claudio Cordone and Ghulam Isaczai, was received in Baghdad by the President of the Republic of Iraq, H.E. Dr. Barham Salih. They discussed the need for the country’s political leaders to engage in dialogue to meet the expectations of the Iraqi people. Also on 10 October 2022, the Special Representative met with the President of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Bafel Jalal Talabani. They stressed the urgent need for inclusive dialogue. 

    Deputy Special Representative Cordone meets with Kuwait Foreign Minister, discusses missing persons 

    On 11 October, Deputy Special Representative Cordone was received in Kuwait by Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for International Organizations, Abdulaziz Saud Mohammad Al Jarallah and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Head of the Prisoners of War and Missing Affairs Committee, Rabe’a al-Adsani. Discussions focused on Kuwait-Iraq relations with an emphasis on the file of Kuwaiti Missing Persons and Property. DSRSG Cordone also visited the Kuwaiti Forensics Laboratory with a delegation of the Tripartite Mechanism. 

     

    Sudan

    Trilateral Mechanism meets with President of the Transitional Sovereignty Council of Sudan 

    On 11 October, the Trilateral Mechanism (UN Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan, African Union and Intergovernmental Authority on Development) met with the President of the Transitional Sovereignty Council, Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, to discuss rapid developments in the Sudanese political arena and the prospects of a solution to the current political crisis. Speaking after the meeting, the Spokesperson for the Trilateral Mechanism, Mohamed Belaiche, noted the discussion was characterized by "a sincere will to expedite a political settlement engineered by the Sudanese stakeholders themselves on the basis of the broadest possible consensus.” He also underscored that dialogue is necessary for the desired democratic transition of Sudan.

    Central Africa

    UN Standing Advisory Committee on Security Issues in Central Africa begins its field visit  

    On 12 October, the UN Standing Advisory Committee on Security Issues in Central Africa (UNSAC) met in Yaoundé to kick-off its field visit to the region. Representatives of Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, Rwanda and São Tomé and Príncipe attended, together with the UN Regional Office for Central Africa, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Ministry of External Relations Cameroon. The mission will assess the situation of refugees and displaced persons; efforts by Cameroonian authorities and partners; and challenges aimed at fostering stability, peace, and the establishment of a sub-regional coordination mechanism within the UN Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa (UNSAC) framework. 

    West Africa and the Sahel

    Special Representative Annadif commends the efforts of ECOWAS  

    Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), concluded a one-day visit to Guinea-Bissau on 11 October. He met with the President of Guinea- Bissau, who is also the current Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Umaro Sissoco Embaló. They discussed the political and security situation in the sub-region, as well as the partnership with the UN and support for the consolidation of democratic institutions, peace and development in Guinea-Bissau.  

    Read more here 

    African Union 

    UNOAU-African Union hosts workshop on women’s equal participation in electoral process in Africa 

    From 13-14 October in Addis Ababa, the UN Office to the African Union (UNOAU) and the African Union (AU) jointly organized a workshop titled “Women's Equal Participation in Electoral Processes in Africa”. The workshop gave electoral management bodies and other participating election practitioners a venue to share experiences and good practices on the challenges and opportunities facing women’s political and electoral participation in the region. They also discussed the development of an integrated approach to gender responsiveness and the inclusion of women. 

    Decolonization

    Fourth Committee meets to consider issue of decolonization 

    On 3 October 2022, the Fourth Committee began its general debate on decolonization. The President of the General Assembly, Mr. Csaba Kőrösi, and the Chair of the Fourth Committee, Ambassador Mohamed Al Hassan, opened the session. In his remarks, the General Assembly President said that the future of the 17 Non-Self-Governing Territories must be established under international law and postulated on the peaceful settlement of disputes, “to ensure that this Fourth Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism is the last of its kind.” 

    The Decolonization Unit of DPPA provided substantive support to the Bureau of the Committee on Decolonization (also known as the C-24). For more information on decolonization, please visit the UN and Decolonization website.

    Podcast: "She Stands for Peace"

    New episode of “She Stands for Peace” podcast focuses on food security in conflict settings, climate security and the WPS agenda 

    The new episode of the podcast released this week feature Michael Dunford, the Regional Director for Eastern Africa at the UN World Food Programme, who discusses the realities of tackling food security in conflict settings, the impact of climate change, and how conflict-sensitive food systems might better respond to impacts of conflict on women. 

    Listen here

    Peacebuilding

    Peacebuilding Commission stresses importance of impact-driven collaboration in its written advice to the Security Council  

    On 11 October, the Peacebuilding Commission submitted written advice to the Security Council on the occasion of the Council’s Debate on the partnership with the African Union (AU). In the advice, the Commission encourages both organizations for more impact-driven collaboration including in support the AU’s efforts to revitalize and operationalize the AU's Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development Policy. The Commission stressed the importance of the triangular partnership with Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanisms, among other issues. On progress made by the AU on the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) agendas, the Commission called for continued efforts to improve the gender and youth sensitivity of peacebuilding initiatives.

     

    Peacebuilding Commission issues statement to the Security Council at meeting on Colombia 

    On 12 October, the Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, Ambassador Muhammad Abdul Muhith, delivered a statement on Colombia to the Security Council.  The Commission commended President Petro and his Government on their commitment to peace, including the full implementation of the Final Peace Agreement, and encouraged the inclusion of the WPS agenda in all discussions relevant to peacebuilding in Colombia. The Commission also acknowledged the invaluable and complementary support that the UN Verification Mission in Colombia and the UN Country Team provide to peacebuilding in Colombia, and the catalytic contribution of the Peacebuilding Fund through the Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Sustaining Peace (MPTF). Noting Colombia as a successful example of inclusive peacemaking, the Commission expressed its commitment to continue accompanying the country in its peacebuilding efforts and called on partners to increase their efforts to support Colombia in this endeavor. 

     
    Community of Practice virtual learning exchange on hate speech  

    The Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) organized a Community of Practice virtual learning exchange on hate speech on 13 October, to exchange lessons and good practices in designing and implementing peacebuilding projects aimed at countering hate speech and disinformation. Between 2017-2021, through 17 projects in 14 countries, the PBF invested $38.7 million towards projects that include a component on countering hate speech. PBF supports initiatives that develop data and analytical tools for understanding and systematically tracking online hate speech; provide capacity building for national and local governments, political parties, CSOs, and journalists for early identification, prevention and mitigation of hate speech; organize dialogue fora between youth and community leaders; promote positive narratives, including by working with bloggers and social media companies; and implement sensitization campaigns to prevent hate speech, especially in electoral contexts. Independent evaluations of PBF-funded projects can be found on the PBF website, including for countering hate speech interventions in Côte d’Ivoire and Guatemala

     

    Next Week

    On 17 October (Monday), the Security Council will discuss Haiti, with the participation of Special Representative Helen La Lime, head of the UN Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH). On 20 October (Thursday), there will be an open debate on Women, Peace and Security: Strengthening women's resilience in regions plagued by armed groups. On 21 October (Friday), the Council will meet on the UN Support Mission in Libya.

    On 18 October at 10am EDT, the Peacebuilding Commission will hold an Ambassadorial-level meeting on the Gambia in the Conference room 6 of the Secretariat.

     

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  • 14 Oct 2022

    TRIPOLI, 14 October 2022 – I arrived in Tripoli today to assume my functions as the Special Representative of the Secretary-...

  • 14 Oct 2022

    <p>An unrelenting series of crises has trapped vulnerable Haitians in a cycle of growing desperation, without access to food, fuel, markets, jobs and public services, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Friday.</p>

  • 14 Oct 2022

    <p>An unrelenting series of crises has trapped vulnerable Haitians in a cycle of growing desperation, without access to food, fuel, markets, jobs and public services, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Friday.</p>

  • 14 Oct 2022

    Mogadishu – On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the suicide bombing in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on 14 October 2017, the United Nations today joined the people and...

  • 13 Oct 2022

    The Secretary-General welcomes the announcements that the Governments of Lebanon and Israel have formally agreed to settle their maritime boundary dispute, as mediated by the United States...

  • 13 Oct 2022

    <p><span><span>New uncertainty and “a heightened risk of war” now prevails across Yemen, following the end of a long truce which brought significant dividends, the UN Special Envoy Hans Grundberg told the Security Council on Thursday.</span></span></p>

  • 13 Oct 2022

    Dakar, 12 Octobre,2022- The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS...

  • 12 Oct 2022

    UN Photo

    Briefing by Carlos Ruiz Massieu, SRSG and Headof the UN Verification Mission in ColombiaSecurity Council...
  • 12 Oct 2022

    New York, 13 October 2022

    Climate disasters are hurting countries and economies like never before.

    Ever-rising greenhouse gas emissions are supercharging extreme weather events across the planet.

    I saw first-hand the devastation unleashed by the recent floods in Pakistan.

    These increasing...

  • 12 Oct 2022

    ASSISTANT SECRETARY-GENERAL MARTHA AMA A. POBEE

    REMARKS TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL ON

    THREATS TO INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY:
    CLIMATE AND SECURITY IN AFRICA

     

     New York, 12 October 2022

     

    Excellences,

    Mesdames et Messieurs, 

    Je voudrais remercier le Gabon d'avoir organisé ce débat et son Excellence, le Ministre des Affaires étrangères Michaël Moussa-Adamo, pour sa présidence de cette réunion, qui est opportune et importante.

    The climate emergency is a danger to peace. And although there is no direct link between climate change and conflict, climate change exacerbates existing risks and creates new ones.

    Africa, the continent with the lowest total greenhouse gas emissions, is seeing temperatures rising faster than the global average. Africa lies at the frontlines of the unfolding crisis.

    From Dakar to Djibouti, desertification and land degradation drive competition for resources and erode livelihoods and food security for millions.

    In the greater Horn of Africa, a devastating drought is forcing families to move far from their homes. In the Sahel, conflicts over resources are intensifying.  Violent extremists are adeptly exploiting these for their own ends.

    To support the African continent in addressing the impact of climate change on peace and security, we must act on multiple fronts. We can no longer afford to do business as usual.

    Unquestionably, we need ambitious climate action, and accelerate the implementation of the Paris Agreement. We look to COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh in November, an African-owned, African-focused COP, for meaningful commitments from the largest emitters. We cannot hope to achieve lasting peace if we do not meet our climate goals.

    There are three additional priorities for action I would like to highlight today.

    First, we need to increase our capacity for risk analysis and integrate a climate lens into our conflict prevention, peacemaking and peacebuilding efforts.

    This requires more and better data. With the help of innovation partners, we are tapping into new tools to better understand climate projections and trends, in order to reinforce our analytical and early warning capacity.

    In Central Africa, for instance, we are working to develop a satellite-powered dashboard to give new insights into water availability and have better understanding of the intersection of transhumance, climate change and conflict.

    This kind of work would not be possible without Climate, Peace and Security Advisors deployed in climate vulnerable regions to boost the capacity of UN field missions.

    Both our analysis and our resulting engagement must become more regionally-focused. Climate change knows no borders. Its implications for peace and security tend to be most prominent in borderland areas, which require cross-border resource-sharing or human mobility. Yet, existing peacebuilding efforts are often entirely based on single countries rather than reflective of this regional dimension.

    It is time we change that. In Central Africa our regional office, UNOCA, earlier this year completed an assessment of the implications of climate change for peace and security across the region. Among its recommendations, the assessment stressed the need for systematic collaboration, cooperation and partnership on climate security at the subregional level. To this end, efforts to develop a shared subregional vision and governance framework to institutionalize joint responses and interventions in the subregion in the short, medium, and long term are needed. The office is now working with partners to support the development of a sub-regional climate change strategy by the Economic Community of Central African States.

    And in West Africa, the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel is working closely with the Economic Community of West African States on good practices to prevent herder-farmer conflicts region-wide, including through land tenure reform and public communication.

    Second, our efforts to deliver peace and security must place people at the centre. We need to learn from those who experience daily, the consequences of climate change and leverage their expertise to develop effective climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies.

    Women are particularly vulnerable to climate impacts. But they are also crucial agents of change. They often possess unique knowledge that can help decrease tensions and strengthen social cohesion, leading to more sustainable peace outcomes that benefit people.  

    In Niger, for instance, the Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund has supported local land committees accompanied by women mediators that have helped resolve community conflicts related to land use and management of natural resources.

    Youth, too, are key stakeholders driving innovative climate and peacebuilding action. We see their activism across Africa and have heard their testimony in this Chamber. The actions we take today to address the linkages between climate change, peace and security will shape their future.

    Third, we must seize opportunities for climate action and peacebuilding to reinforce each other.

    The Secretary-General has emphasized this repeatedly.

    Peacebuilding and climate action share many of the same objectives, namely resilient, just, and inclusive societies. Coherent policies are good for climate and for peace.

    In this connection, the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel is expanding its capacity to advise partners on conflict sensitive climate mitigation and adaptation strategies. This engagement will help develop the mechanisms to ensure that investment in adaptation and resilience reaches those most vulnerable and affected by conflict.

    The Peacebuilding Fund, too, is increasingly adopting a climate lens: Since 2017 the Fund has invested over USD 85 million in more than 40 climate-sensitive projects.  

    A review of Fund projects currently underway will provide valuable direction for future efforts.

    Excellencies,

    Vital to this ambitious agenda are multi-dimensional partnerships that connect the work of the United Nations, regional organizations, Member States, international financial institutions, civil society, the private sector, as well as international and local researchers.

    The United Nations is committed to expanding existing partnerships and forging new ones.

    We have established within our own system, the Climate Security Mechanism - a joint initiative between the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, the Department of Peace Operations, the UN Environment Programme and the UN Development Programme - to more systematically address climate, peace and security risks.

    Delivering on a commitment of international collaboration is a significant undertaking. It will require all of us to work together, in new and unprecedented ways.    

    We look to affected countries and regions to guide us in these efforts.

    Africa’s leadership is essential.

    Our response today does not match the magnitude of the challenge we are facing.

    Let us move faster. We look forward to more partnerships and collaboration at all levels.

    Je vous remercie.

  • 12 Oct 2022

    <p>The <a href="https://www.un.org/en/ga/">UN General Assembly</a> passed a resolution by a large majority on Wednesday, calling on countries not to recognise the four regions of Ukraine which Russia has claimed, following so-called referendums held late last month, and demanding that Moscow reverse course on its "attempted illegal annexation".</p>

  • 12 Oct 2022

    <p>African States are on the front line of the climate crisis, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Wednesday, but far more action is needed to turn the tide on rising emissions, and reduce global warming.</p>

  • 12 Oct 2022

    <p>The head of the <a href="https://colombia.unmissions.org/en">UN Verification Mission in Colombia</a> told the Security Council on Wednesday that with the recent election of President Gustavo Petro, expectations were running high for progress towards the full and final implementation of a lasting peace deal, after decades of civil conflict.</p>

  • 12 Oct 2022

    The results of the United Nation’s work in Libya during the last year are highlighted in the newly released report of the UN in Libya’s Results for 2021.  

    The report details the collective efforts of the UN Support Mission in...

  • 12 Oct 2022

     

    Press release of the presentation of the latest Secretary-General’s Report on Colombia to the United...
  • 11 Oct 2022
  • 11 Oct 2022

    <p>Cooperation between the United Nations and the African Union (AU) is stronger than ever, however major challenges remain, Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Tuesday. </p>

  • 11 Oct 2022

    <p><span><span><span>More than 140 people have been killed in horrific intercommunal violence in the west of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, <a href="https://www.unhcr.org/news/briefing/2022/10/634521334/violence-erupts-dr... on Tuesday, briefing journalists in Geneva, that some victims had been beheaded. </span></span></span></p>

  • 10 Oct 2022

    The UN Office to the African Union (UNOAU) and the African Union (AU) is jointly organizing a workshop on 'Women's Equal Participation in Electoral...

  • 10 Oct 2022

    New York, 11 October 2022

    On the 10th anniversary of the International Day of the Girl Child, we celebrate the lives and achievements of girls across the world.

    When girls are supported to realize their human rights, they can reach their potential and create a better world for themselves, their communities and...

  • 10 Oct 2022

    On 4 October, the Political Counselor of the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom, Matilda O'Kelly, visited Icononzo, Tolima Department with representatives of the UK Embassy in Colombia and the UN...

  • 10 Oct 2022

    On 4 October, in Caracas, Venezuela, the Colombian Government and the National Liberation Army (ELN) announced the re-establishment of negotiations after more than four years of suspension. In a statement issued by his...

  • 10 Oct 2022

    <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The door for a diplomatic solution to end the fighting between Russia and Ukraine must be kept open, and any threat to use nuclear weapons, “universally condemned”, said the President of the UN General Assembly on Monday.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p>

  • 10 Oct 2022

    <p class="MsoNormal">The UN chief António Guterres <a href="https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/statement/2022-10-10/statement-attri... that large-scale strikes</a> by the Russian military on the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and other locations on Monday, were deeply shocking and represented “another unacceptable escalation” of the war.</p>

  • 10 Oct 2022

    <p><span><span><span><span>Amid a deteriorating security situation in Haiti, UN Security-General António Guterres <a href="https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/statement/2022-10-09/statement-attri... on Sunday for</a> the Security Council to consider deploying armed forces to help the country address immense humanitarian concerns.</span></span></span></span></p>

  • 9 Oct 2022

    New York, 10 October 2022

    Nearly 1 billion people live with a mental health condition.

    But mental health remains one of the most neglected aspects of healthcare.

    Some countries have only two mental health workers for every 100 000 people.

    The social and economic repercussions are profound. 

    ...
  • 9 Oct 2022

    <p><span><span><span><span>Amid a deteriorating security situation in Haiti, UN Security-General António Guterres called on Sunday for the Security Council to consider deploying armed forces to help the country address immense humanitarian concerns.</span></span></span></span></p>

  • 8 Oct 2022

    New York, 9 October 2022

    On World Post Day, we celebrate the critical contributions of postal workers in connecting people around the world with essential services that improve their daily lives and boost the development of their communities. 

    With a global network and universal service mandate to ensure access for all, the postal sector is a key partner in our effort to deliver the...

  • 8 Oct 2022

    Baidoa–The electoral process is usually a time of concerted effort for all who want to see a change in leadership.

    Such...

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

    Security Council

    SRSG Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert briefs Security Council on Iraq 

    On 4 October, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, briefed the Security Council on the latest developments on the ground.  She described armed clashes in the capital and elsewhere on 29 August, bringing the country to the “brink of total chaos.” With dozens dead and hundreds wounded, she said that “these tragic developments are indisputably the result of the inability of Iraq’s political class to cast the die,” and that “intra-Shia strife has not abated, nor have Kurdish parties come closer to agreeing on a presidential candidate.”

    Read full remarks here

    Security Council meets to discuss Democratic People’s Republic of Korea's missile launches  

    On 5 October, Assistant Secretary-General for the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Khaled Khiari briefed the Security Council on developments in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.  He said that the Secretary-General called on Pyongyang to cease further destabilizing acts and comply fully with its international obligations. ASG Khiari went on to note that the Secretary-General commended key parties for their willingness to engage in dialogue with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, without preconditions. “The unity of the Security Council in this matter is essential to ease tensions,” he said.  

    Read full remarks here

     

    Colombia

    Colombia to restart peace talks with National Liberation Army  

    On 4 October, the Colombian Government and the National Liberation Army (ELN) announced the resumption of peace talks. Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed the decision and urged both parties to take advantage of the opportunity to end a conflict that has lasted four decades. He also reiterated the UN’s readiness to support the process through Special Representative Carlos Ruiz Massieu. 

    Read the statement here 

    Report of the Secretary-General on the UN Mission in Colombia highlights progress towards “total peace” 

    The latest report of the Secretary-General on the UN Verification Mission in Colombia presents an overview of the progress and challenges in the implementation of the Peace Agreement and describes the most important peace-related developments of the period. In the report, the Secretary-General acknowledges President Gustavo Petro's clear willingness to pursue “total peace.” The report also highlights the new Government's approach to peace and security, which prioritizes dialogue to resolve conflicts; focuses security strategies on protecting vulnerable communities and human rights; and links durable solutions to violence to overcoming long-standing inequalities through deeper transformations. For the Secretary-General, this new approach represents an opportunity to further the comprehensive implementation of the Final Peace Agreement. The Security Council will discuss the report on 12 October. 

    Read more here

    Delegation of the United Kingdom visits Colombia to learn about reintegration of former combatants 

    On 4 October, the Political Counselor of the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom, Matilda O'Kelly, visited Icononzo, Tolima Department, with representatives of the UK Embassy in Colombia and the UN Verification Mission. O’kelly learned about the reintegration process and the Reintegration Area of La Fila, as well as the progress made towards reconciliation. Former combatants shared their thoughts on the peace process. During the visit, the United Kingdom delegation reiterated its support to Colombia and the Security Council and the peace process.

    Haiti

    ASG Miroslav Jenča speaks on Haiti at Organization of American States General Assembly event 

    On 6 October, at an event in Lima convened by Canada, the United States and the Organization of American States, Assistant Secretary-General Miroslav Jenča spoke on the critical situation in Haiti.  He echoed the call of the Secretary-General for a peaceful and inclusive dialogue on a constructive way forward, stressing that the people of Haiti must not be abandoned.

    Great Lakes region

    UN political and security experts meet in Nairobi to discuss peace processes in the Great Lakes Region 

    On 4 October, the political units of UN presences in the Great Lakes region met in Nairobi to discuss recent political and security developments and to explore options for concerted action in support of ongoing political efforts. Participants came from UN entities, such as the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), the Office of the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, as well as Resident Coordinators' Offices, and Peace and Development Advisors from the region.  The Great Lakes region has experienced renewed challenges to peace and stability marked by a deteriorating security situation following the resurgence of the 23 March Movement (M23) in eastern DRC, which has increased the level of mistrust between countries.

     

    Mozambique

    A joint statement commends the Government of Mozambique and RENAMO for their continued dialogue to advance peace and national reconciliation 

    On 4 October, the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Mozambique, Mirko Manzoni, and the UN Resident Coordinator in Mozambique, Myrta Kaulard, published a joint statement on the occasion of the National Day for Peace and Reconciliation. The statement commended both the Government and RENAMO for their continued use of dialogue to advance peace and national reconciliation. As Mozambique prepares to assume its seat as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, the Personal Envoy and Resident Coordinator underlined that Mozambique has an opportunity to share how dialogue can be used as a tool for creating a culture of peace. 

    Full statement here

    Central Africa

    São Tomé and Príncipe: Special Representative Abarry reiterates UN support to country’s democracy  

    On 4 October, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa and Head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), Abdou Abarry, ended a two-day visit in São Tomé, the capital of the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe. Mr. Abarry met with President Carlos Vila Nova, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Edite Ten Juá, and other key stakeholders.  He welcomed the peaceful conduct of legislative, regional and local elections on 25 September and reiterated UN support to national efforts towards sustainable development, democracy, stability, and the empowerment of women. 

    Somalia

    UNSOM publishes quarterly report outlining activities and developments on the ground 

    This week, the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) launched its quarterly newsletter, which outlines the activities of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan over the last three months.   

    Read the newsletter here 

    West Africa and the Sahel

    SRSG Annadif meets with Minister of Foreign Affairs as Nigeria prepares for 2023 general elections 

    On 5 and 6 October, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) Mahamat Saleh Annadif visited the Nigerian capital of Abuja to provide UN support for the organization of general elections, scheduled for 2023. The Special Representative met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, and the Chairman of the National Peace Committee and former Head of State, Abdusalami Abubakar. He also met with the presidential candidates of the People Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and the New Nigeria People's Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso.  He commended the steadfast commitment of all stakeholders to the organization of a peaceful, credible, and transparent election, demonstrated by the signing of the National Peace Agreement by the presidential candidates on 29 September. 

    Read more here 

    Afghanistan 

    SRSG Otunbayeva meets with UN Genocide Prevention Special Adviser and PGA 

    This week, Special Representative of the Secretary-General Roza Otunbayeva traveled to New York. On 4 October, she met the President of the General Assembly, who congratulated her on her appointment as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan. They discussed regional developments, security, and the humanitarian and human rights situation in the country. On 5 October, she met with UN Genocide Prevention Special Adviser Alice Wariimu Nderitu to discuss issues of common concern. 

    DSRSG Potzel visits Sina

    On 6 October, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General Markus Potzel visited the UN-supported Ibn Sina drug treatment centre in Kabul. He commended the dedication of staff to helping the most vulnerable stigmatized people in need. He also called upon the de facto authorities to allocate resources for salaries, food, medicines and clothes. 

     

    Iraq

    Special Representative Hennis-Plasschaert meets with President of Iraq to discuss political situation 

    On 2 October, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, was received in Baghdad by the President of Iraq, Barham Salih. They discussed the current political and security situation in the country. On 3 October, she met with the Head of Al-Hikma National Trend, Sayyed Ammar al-Hakim. They discussed the latest political developments.  

    UNAMI Kirkuk Office marks Peace Day with tree-planting campaign 

    On 28 September 2022, the UNAMI-Kirkuk Office marked International Day of Peace by kick-starting a tree-planting campaign to raise awareness about climate action and highlight steps to combat the adverse effects of climate change. The acting Governor of Kirkuk, Rakan Al-Juboori, planted the first tree sapling, with Governorate dignitaries, civil society representatives and United Nations staff following suit by planting an additional 150 tree seedlings.   

    Read more here

    Lebanon

    UN Special Coordinator Engages with Lebanese Youth 

    UN Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka highlighted the key role that youth can play in building a better future for their country at the launch of the Global Classrooms Model United Nations simulation that is led by the Lebanese American University in partnership with schools across Lebanon. After listening to interventions by youth representatives at the event, the Special Coordinator underlined the potential that lies in Lebanon’s young generation and their right to make their voices heard, including in decision-making positions. In a separate encounter with students, academicians and professors from the Universite Saint Joseph, the Special Coordinator discussed the cooperation between the United Nations and Lebanon during this critical period and listened to their views on how to pull the country out of its crisis. 

    Mobilizing International Community Support

    As part of her convening international role, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka reached out this week to members of the diplomatic community to coordinate efforts in support of Lebanon, as the country approaches important constitutional timelines.  In that regard, the International Support Group for Lebanon, that is chaired by UNSCOL, issued a statement emphasizing the importance of electing prior to 31 October and within the timeframe set by the Constitution, a new President who could unite the Lebanese people. Noting the need to avoid a multilayered executive vacuum in Lebanon, the statement also called for the establishment of an empowered new government that can implement direly needed reforms. The Special Coordinator also met with visiting Assistant Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Hussam Zaki, to discuss how best to support Lebanon in line with the UN and Arab League partnership, and then with Arab ambassadors. She also hosted ambassadors representing the members of the Security Council, the EU and Turkey for similar discussions. 

     

     

    Peacebuilding

    Peacebuilding Fund Group of Friends holds quarterly meeting 

    On 7 October, the Group of Friends of the Peacebuilding Fund held its quarterly meeting and was co-chaired by Sweden and the United Kingdom. Joining virtually from Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, colleagues from UNHCR highlighted the results of PBF investments in strengthening community-based reintegration in Tanganyika province before, during and after MONUSCO’s withdrawal, through a joint UNHCR, UNFPA, FAO project. This was one of the three projects funded by the PBF in the province, with a cumulative budget of $5.3 million. PBF investments are currently focused on supporting the country’s transition from peacekeeping, initially concentrating investments in Kasai, Kasai Central and Tanganyika.  Brian Williams, Chief, Financing for Peacebuilding PBSO, updated the partners on fund status and programmatic priorities for 2022. PBSO highlighted the significant shortfall in funding this year, with only $130 million received in pledges or commitments, compared to the target of $275 million. 

     

    PBSO hosts World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group meeting on conflict and fragility 

    On 6 October, PBSO hosted a brown bag presentation by the World Bank's Independent Evaluation Group (IEG). The Group highlighted recommendations from recent evaluative work on the World Bank’s approach to conflict and fragility, such as the importance of ensuring improved analytical work, as well as the integration of such work into country strategies, with a clearer narrative of how drivers of conflict can be addressed through specific portfolio investments. 

     

    ASG Spehar at the Challenges Forum, New Delhi, India for DPPA 

    From 6-7 October, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support Elizabeth Spehar joined the annual Challenges Forum in New Delhi, India, convened by the United Service Institution of India and the Folke Bernadotte Academy, where she participated in a high-level discussion on the “Future of Peace Operations and Regional Peace and Security Arrangements”, together with Under-Secretary-General Jean-Pierre Lacroix and Cynthia Chigwenya, African Youth Ambassador for Peace for Southern Africa, African Union. ASG Spehar highlighted the breadth of the UN’s work on conflict prevention, peacemaking and peacebuilding, including UN civilian missions, as well as the Special Envoys engaged in peacemaking to end some of the world’s most challenging conflicts, such as Syria and Yemen. While in India, ASG Spehar also met with government counterparts, as well as the Resident Coordinator and UN country team. 

    Next Week

    On 12 October in the morning, the Security Council will hold an open debate on threats to international peace and security: climate and security in Africa. In the afternoon, SRSG Carlos Ruiz Massieu will brief the Council on Colombia. On 13 October, Special Envoy Hans Grundberg will brief the Council on Yemen.  

     

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