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2022

  • 25 Sep 2022

    New York, 26 September 2022

    On the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, we reject the claim that nuclear disarmament is some impossible utopian dream.

    Eliminating these devices of death is not only possible, it is necessary.

    At a moment of rising geopolitical division, mistrust and...

  • 24 Sep 2022

    Colombia’s 2016 Peace Agreement has led to an unexpected outcome: the discovery of a new species of dinosaur.

  • 23 Sep 2022
    This Week in DPPA is a brief roundup of political and peacebuilding events and developments at UNHQ and around the world. 
     
    High-level event on margins of the General Assembly focuses on insecurity in the Sahel 

    On 22 September, The Secretary-General, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, the President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission and the Executive Secretary of the G5 Sahel convened a high-level event on the Sahel. Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo moderated the meeting.  Mahamadou Issoufou, Chairman of the Independent High-Level Panel on Security, Governance and Development in the Sahel, provided updates on the Panel, which is mandated to take stock of the ongoing security, governance, and development efforts underway and to make recommendations for strengthening international coordination in the region. The event commenced with opening remarks from the panelists, before moving into a closed session. 

    Watch opening remarks here 

    USG DiCarlo addresses ministerial-level meeting of the Group of Friends of Mediation 

    On 21 September, USG DiCarlo spoke to the Group of Friends of Mediation at a ministerial-level breakfast. She underscored that the prevention of humanitarian crises was at the core of what the United Nations seeks to achieve through its practice of mediation and good offices.  She highlighted work in Yemen on the 2018 Hudaydah Agreement and the April 2022 UN-brokered country-wide truce, which has delivered humanitarian benefits to the Yemeni people. 

    Read full remarks here  

    USG DiCarlo joins high-level panel discussion on climate security  

    On 20 September, USG DiCarlo joined a high-level panel on “Advancing Climate Security in the Year of Implementation” at the International Peace Institute.  The event highlighted ways climate security interventions at the local, regional, national, and international levels can be invested in and scaled, practical solutions to advance them, and the policies needed at the global level to raise ambition. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, IPI President, gave opening remarks. Speakers included Nisreen Elsaim, Chair of UN Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change; Ann Linde, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden; John Kerry, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate; Christian Guillermet-Fernández, Vice Minister of Multilateral Affairs of Costa Rica; Aminath Shauna, Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Technology, of Maldives.

    Watch the recorded event here 

    Security Council

    Security Council holds high-level meeting on Ukraine 

    On 21 September, the Security Council held a high-level meeting on the maintenance of peace and security of Ukraine. The Secretary-General said that that Russia’s war in Ukraine showed no sign of letting up, adding that “The idea of nuclear conflict, once unthinkable, has become a subject of debate.” He underscored his deep concern over recent reports of “plans to organize so-called ‘referenda’ in areas of Ukraine that are currently not under government control. Any annexation of a State’s territory by another State resulting from the threat or use of force is a violation of the UN Charter and of international law.” He also noted the need to end impunity for international crimes. Karim Khan, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, also briefed the Council. 

     

    Watch the full meeting here 

    Read the Secretary-General’s full remarks here 

    Colombia

    Women former combatants launch first community shop in Santander de Quilichao, Cauca 

    On 19 September, a group of 10 women former combatants inaugurated a community shop in the municipality of Santander de Quilichao.  The store sells products made by cooperatives of former FARC combatants, indigenous communities and victims' organizations in the north of the department of Cauca. The UN Verification Mission in Colombia, UN Development Programme and the National Reincorporation Agency provided support for the project, which promotes economic reincorporation with a gender focus, as well as the peacebuilding and reconciliation processes in the territory. 

    Great Lakes region

    Regional Directors of UN entities meet to pave the way for the implementation of the UN Regional Strategy for the Great Lakes region 

    On 23 September, Senior representatives of UN entities in the Great Lakes region met in Nairobi, Kenya, to pave the way for the implementation of the UN Strategy for Peace Consolidation, Conflict Prevention and Conflict Resolution in the Great Lakes region. In his opening remarks as co-host of the meeting, Huang Xia, Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, stressed that the Organization’s longstanding commitment to peace, security and economic development in the region is embodied by the Regional Strategy to help achieve inclusive peace, prosperity, and sustainable and people-centred development.

    Iraq

    UNAMI Human Rights Office in Erbil holds training for civil society groups on citizen’s rights advocacy 

    On 20 September, the UNAMI Human Rights Office in Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, conducted a one-day training for civil society organizations. The goal of the training was to help empower civil society to advocate for citizen’s rights to adequate food, housing, education, health, social security, decent jobs, as well as to take part in cultural life.  

    Lebanon

    UN Special Coordinator Meets Lebanese Officials 

    This week, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka held a round of meetings with senior Lebanese officials to encourage steps towards Lebanon’s recovery and for safeguarding the country’s security and stability.  In her meeting with President Michel Aoun, the Special Coordinator underlined the importance of respecting Lebanon’s constitutional timelines, including to hold presidential elections on time, before the end of October. She also met with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri to discuss the critical role the Parliament should play in expediting the adoption of reforms necessary for Lebanon to be able to conclude a bail-out agreement with the IMF. And amid growing concerns over the security situation, she discussed with the caretaker Minister of Defense measures needed to safeguard Lebanon’s security and stability, including by supporting the Lebanese army. The Special Coordinator also met with the President of the Higher Judicial Council and underlined the importance of supporting the independence of the judiciary.  

    Peace Day

    The UN Office of the African Union launches conflict-prevention education technology 

    On 21 September, the International Day for Peace, UNOAU collaborated with the African Union Commission’s Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security (AUC PAPS) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to launch a game called “Mission 55 – Conflict in Anaka.” By solving conflicts that erupt in the various stages of the game, users are introduced to tools included in the AU’s African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) and the African Governance Architecture. 

    Peace Day: an opportunity to advance peacebuilding in Colombia 

    On 21 September, the International Day of Peace, Special Representative Carlos Ruiz Massieu and Colombia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Leonor Zalabata, delivered a joint message calling for "building a country where racism disappears, with social justice, with environmental justice, in total peace." In Bogotá, the UN Verification Mission and the UN system in Colombia joined the office of the city’s mayor [in organizing?] a concert by the Daughters and Sons of Peace Choir, a group comprised of children of former combatants.  

    Watch the joint message here 

    Peacebuilding

    ASG Spehar speaks at high-level event on the International Dialogue for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding  

    On 20 September, Mohammed Shahriar Alam, State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, participated in high-level luncheon of the International Dialogue for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS), hosted by UNDP, as the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) Chair, together with the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, Elizabeth Spehar. In his remarks, the PBC Chair spoke about the progress made by the PBC through the implementation of the 2022 programme of work, emphasizing the need to focus on conflict-affected countries, ensuring that the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals is inclusive while continuing efforts to address the root causes of conflict. ASG Spehar expressed her hope that the Dialogue would contribute to furthering South-south cooperation and triangular collaboration in support of peacebuilding.  

    Next Week

    On 26 September, the Security Council will hear a briefing on Haiti. On 27 September, it will meet on the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA); on 28 September it will meet on the Middle East; on 29 September there will be a resolution tabled on the maintenance of international peace and security and a meeting on the Middle East.  

    On 26 September at 9 a.m., the Peacebuilding Commission will hold an Ambassadorial-level meeting on Timor-Leste. 

     

     

     

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  • 23 Sep 2022

    The bodies of 71 migrants have reportedly been recovered following another shipwreck in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Syria, which heads of UN agencies described as a “simply tragic” development that demanded an international response to improve conditions for those forced to flee their homes.

  • 23 Sep 2022

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  • 23 Sep 2022

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  • 23 Sep 2022

    Refugees from Ukraine are eager to work in their host countries but need additional support to do so, and to ensure their inclusion in the communities where they are staying, according to a new survey published on Friday by UN refugee agency, UNHCR. 

  • 22 Sep 2022

    Rising insecurity, including the proliferation of terrorist and other non-State armed groups, coupled with political instability, is creating a crisis in the Sahel that poses a “global threat”, the UN chief warned Thursday’s high level meeting on the vast African region, which took place behind closed doors at UN Headquarters in New York.

  • 22 Sep 2022

    She Stands For Peace | Season 3-Episode 6 | Out Now!  Click here to listen: https://unoau.unmissions.org/podcast-series-she-stands-peace

  • 22 Sep 2022

    With the war in Ukraine showing no signs of letting up, countries must increase efforts to prevent further escalation and end the fighting, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told Foreign Ministers meeting in the Security Council on Thursday. 

  • 21 Sep 2022

    Since the Myanmar military launched its “disastrous” coup last year, UN-appointed independent human rights expert Tom Andrews said on Wednesday that conditions have worsened, “by any measure”.

  • 21 Sep 2022
  • 21 Sep 2022

    Minister Haavisto (Finland), 

    Minister Çavuşoğlu (Türkiye), 

    Excellencies, 

    At the outset, allow me to express my appreciation to Finland and Türkiye for your steadfast leadership as co-chairs of the Group of Friends of Mediation, and for convening today’s Ministerial Breakfast. 

    The prevention of humanitarian crises is at the core of what the United Nations seeks to achieve through our practice of mediation and good offices. 

    A deteriorating global peace and security environment is affecting all aspects of our work. Several of the peace processes where the UN is involved face difficulties because of geopolitical divisions, the increased regionalization and fragmentation of conflicts, and climate-related and technological challenges.  

    We are increasingly seeing high levels of violence where we operate, and humanitarian needs that outpace our ability to respond. In short, our tools to manage the humanitarian consequences of conflict are being pushed to the limit. 

    It is in this context that the Secretary-General has proposed the development of the New Agenda for Peace, in his report “Our Common Agenda.” In order to help prevent or end humanitarian crises, it will place inclusion, prevention and reduction of violence at the centre of our work. 

    Our goal, of course, is to mediate ends to conflict once and for all.  However, there are times when interim measures can help to alleviate human suffering.  Let me provide two examples.  

    In Yemen, seven years of conflict have left some 19 million people food insecure. In UN mediation efforts have consistently sought to address the dire situation and help create space for comprehensive peace talks.  

    The local ceasefire in the 2018 Hudaydah Agreement was driven by a humanitarian imperative to avert famine in the country and the political objective to de-escalate the conflict. It aimed to facilitate free movement of civilians and goods and maintain the delivery of humanitarian aid through Yemen’s Red Sea ports - a "lifeline" for the country given the number of Yemenis relying on humanitarian assistance.  

    This Agreement continues to provide a framework for an overall reduction of violence.  Unfortunately, a lack of funding threatens the operations of the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM), which inspects all commercial imports, including food, through these ports.  

    Most recently, the UN-brokered country-wide truce that took effect in April of this year has allowed for the longest pause in fighting since the war began and has delivered tangible humanitarian benefits to the Yemeni people, even if a comprehensive peace agreement is not in place.  

    Civilian casualties have declined significantly, fuel imports through Hudaydah have eased fuel shortages, and we have seen the first international commercial flights out of Sana’a in years.  

    The UN is urgently calling for funding to allow UNVIM to continue operations while working with the parties to extend and expand the truce agreement and resume an inclusive and comprehensive political process. 

    Also, the Black Sea Grain Initiative, signed in Istanbul in July, is a landmark achievement. Thanks to the deal, more than three million metric tons of grain and other food are now on their way to markets around the world, including a recent humanitarian grain shipment to Yemen.   

    Some two months since it took effect, it is worth highlighting some observations about the grain initiative:  

    First, discrete engagement around realistic and pragmatic initiatives to solve issues of global concern can open the space for conflict parties to reach agreements. 

    The Initiative came about in response to clear global concerns, which the Secretary-General highlighted early in the crisis, namely food insecurity, energy concerns and financial instability.  

    The likely severe humanitarian consequences of these trends provided an acceptable framework for the parties to work together constructively. 

    Secondly, the Initiative has borne out that the UN’s impartiality and technical expertise can support Member States in reaching agreements.  

    Russian, Turkish, Ukrainian, and UN delegations worked with dedication and professionalism. Under the leadership of the Secretary-General, the UN acted as a trusted intermediary and mobilized ceasefire, humanitarian, maritime and operational expertise from across the system. 

    Thirdly, the Initiative confirmed that effective partnerships are crucial.  

    Here, I would like to pay tribute to Türkiye for collaborating with the United Nations to make this initiative a reality, and for its work to mobilize the crucial political support of relevant actors and the broader UN membership, including those constituencies that stand to benefit the most in humanitarian terms. 

    In the absence, for now, of prospects for a political process to end the war, the Initiative, and the work behind it, is evidence of what can be achieved through dialogue and compromise even in the most difficult circumstances. 

    Excellencies, 

    In Ukraine and Yemen, our hope is that these interim agreements will generate the trust necessary for further compromise and a peaceful settlement.    

    I know that members of the Group of Friends are ready to continue to harness the power of mediation at all levels to come to the aid of people caught in violent conflict. My Department looks forward to continuing its close engagement with you.   

    Thank you.  

  • 20 Sep 2022

    The UN chief on Tuesday strongly condemned attacks by Government troops in Myanmar on a northern rebel stronghold which targeted a school, leaving at least 13 dead, including 11 children.

  • 20 Sep 2022

    Human rights violations committed by mercenaries and private security companies create grave challenges for victims seeking justice and redress, UN-appointed independent human rights experts warned on Tuesday.

  • 20 Sep 2022

    New York, 21 September 2022

    Peace is a noble and necessary pursuit, and the only practical pathway to a better, fairer world for all people.

    Yet in too many places, in too many contexts, we are failing the cause of peace.

    The theme of this year’s International Day of Peace — “End Racism, Build Peace” — reminds us of the many...

  • 20 Sep 2022

    Kismayo – Humanitarian, security and political developments including the formation of district councils were among the issues covered in discussions today by ...

  • 20 Sep 2022

    [As delivered]

    Good afternoon, President

    I would like to begin by thanking President Ahmed Mohamed Islam ‘Madobe’ and his team for the warm welcome extended to us today in Kismayo. We...

  • 18 Sep 2022

    A fund set up by the United Nations to build peace, prevent violence, reinforce justice, strengthen the rule of law and security institutions, and boost resilience amongst Haiti’s most vulnerable people, is supporting government efforts to restore security and stability in the country.

  • 17 Sep 2022

    KABUL - On the day marking the first anniversary of the exclusion of girls from high schools in Afghanistan, the United Nations re-iterates its call for the country’s...

  • 17 Sep 2022

    Kismayo – Abdirahman Abdi Ahmed’s path to helping his fellow Somalis mired in humanitarian crises in...

  • 16 Sep 2022
    This Week in DPPA is a brief roundup of political and peacebuilding events and developments at UNHQ and around the world. 
     
    USG attends meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation 

    This week, Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo attended the meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. She told the summit that global peace and security environment was more volatile than in at least the last 30 years and that the risk of catastrophic miscalculation or escalation was growing. She also stressed that the situation in Afghanistan was a major concern for the region, noting that SCO States have already assumed great responsibility in this regard. Before and during the Summit, the USG met with, among others, the President and Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan, the Special Representative of the President of Uzbekistan for Foreign Affairs, the Secretary General of the SCO and the Foreign Ministers of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Iran. She also had discussions on the margins of the Summit with other leaders.

    Security Council

    ASG Jenča Briefs Security Council on clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia 

    On 15 September, Assistant-Secretary-General Miroslav Jenča briefed the Security Council on the recent clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia. He said the parties “must abide by their obligation to fully implement the Trilateral statement on the ceasefire of 9 November 2020.” He also noted the 14 September announcement that a ceasefire had been agreed starting at 8 p.m. local time, underlining that the UN welcomed the announcement and hoped the ceasefire would hold. 

    SRSG Perthes briefs Security Council on developments in Sudan

    On 13 September, SRSG Volker Perthes briefed the Council on the situation in Sudan. He underscored that “the overall situation will continue to worsen unless a political situation is found to restore a credible, fully functioning civilian-led government.” On the political process, he said the President of the Sovereign Council, General Abdelfattah Burhan, announced the military’s intention to withdraw from politics, an announcement which large parts of the public doubted but nevertheless did generate momentum among civilian forces, and several major initiatives aimed at reaching a common “civilian” vision have emerged in response.

    Read full remarks here

    DSE for Syria briefs Security Council on political process

    On 14 September, Deputy Special Envoy for Syria Najat Rochdi briefed the Council on the situation in that country. She stressed that “the political process will not advance meaningfully or sustainably until violence is curtailed and ultimately ends.” She also said that, despite calls for restraint, Syrian civilians are still being killed, detained, displaced and unable to return home safely. Even in the past two weeks of relative calm, there have been ongoing exchanges of rocket and artillery fire, as well as violent incidents by illicit terrorist groups.

    Watch full remarks here

    Iraq

    UNAMI Erbil regional Office and Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Planning holds training on SDG implementation 

    The Development Support Office (DSO) in the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Erbil Regional Office, in partnership with the Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Planning, conducted a one-day training on 13 September, with the objective of empowering 20 technical staff of the Ministry to build and foster collaborative relationships with relevant stakeholders with whom they can engage and monitor implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

    Link for reference here

    Central Asia

    UNRCCA Co-Organizes a foundation course on financial investigations and terrorism finance

    On 8 September, as part of the activities commemorating the "Week for Peace,” the UN Verification Mission in Colombia participated in a forum with former combatants and local, regional, and national authorities on the "Challenges of socio-economic, collective and community reincorporation in Cundinamarca," the department surrounding the Colombian capital, Bogotá. At the forum, participants share their views and experiences to strengthen reconciliation in Colombia.

    Read more here

    Mozambique

    Peace Clubs in Mozambique assist disarmament and reintegration efforts

    On 10th September, trainings on peace and dialogue for young leaders and community members were held in Peace Clubs in Nampula province, Mozambique. Peace Clubs play an important role in the disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) process and are helping to build sustainable ties between DDR beneficiaries and receiving communities. Through a network of interfaith religious and social leaders, the clubs promote non-violence and peace education using existing structures within 21 districts of six different provinces in Mozambique.

    To watch a video on Peace Clubs in Mozambique, click here

    Central Africa

    New Special Representative Abdou Abarry meets with Gabonese President 

    On 13 September, the recently appointed Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa and Head of UNOCA, Abdou Abarry, was received by the President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, and had a working session with the Gabonese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Michael Moussa-Adamo. During the audience with the Gabonese Head of State, SRSG Abarry, who arrived in Libreville on 9 September to take up his duties, underlined that Gabon will continue to be one of the main partners for the implementation of UNOCA's mandate, particularly as assumes important responsibilities at regional and international levels, including as member of the Security Council and the United Nations Human Rights Council.

    Colombia

    Former combatants and victims of conflict work on fish farming reconciliation project

    In the southwest of Colombia, in a small town called Villavieja in the department of Huila, a group of 50 former combatants members of a fish cooperative achieved, on 12 September, their first successful fish catch of the year, harvesting more than 15 tons of fish. The initiative is one of the projects of the cooperative Social Economies of the Common (ECOMUN), an organization of more than 120 groupings of former combatants, victims of the conflict, and peasants. The UN Verification Mission in Colombia, the European Union, the Government of Huila, and the Colombian Agency for Reincorporation (ARN) all support the project to strengthen the reconciliation process.

    New Publication

    DPPA launches new Guidance on Mediation of Ceasefires 

    On 14 September, DPPA launched its Guidance on Mediation of Ceasefires, which draws on the extensive knowledge of ceasefire experts and mediation practitioners, both from the United Nations and beyond. The document includes vital information on terminology and typology of ceasefires, offering a variety of cases and illustrations from around the globe. The Guidance was launched at a high-level hybrid event held at the International Peace Institute, which opened with welcoming remarks from Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, IPI President and Chief Executive Officer. Speakers included Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South Sudan (UNMISS); Karin Landgren, Executive Director of Security Council Report; and Jeffery Mapendere of the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission in South Sudan.

    Read more here

    Innovation

    She Stands for Peace e-book published by UNOAU

    The United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) has just launched an e-book, She Stands for Peace, as part of its efforts of to support the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325. The book features the stories and experiences of 20 African women and three women’s organizations working for peace and security on the continent. The e-book is available free of charge to read online here

     

    Peacebuilding

    DPPA and UNDP hold joint side event on South-South and Triangular cooperation 

    On 13 September, DPPA and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) held a side event on South-South and Triangular Cooperation at the Global South-South Development Expo. Participants included Assistant-Secretary-General Elizabeth Spehar, UNDP Assistant-Secretary-General Haoliang Xu. Panelists included the Permanent Representative of India, Ruchira Kamboj, and the Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone, Fanday Turay. A member of DPPA’s Standby Team of Senior Mediation Advisers, Juanita Millan, discussed her experience leading a course on women and ceasefires, which promotes knowledge and expertise exchanges among women from the Global South. 

    ASG Spehar meets with delegation of Germany’s national parliament 

    On 13 September, Assistant-Secretary-General Spehar met with a delegation of the Sub-Committee on the United Nations, International Organisations and Civilian Peacebuilding of the German Bundestag, the national parliament. They discussed the impact on multilateralism of current global challenges, including the war in Ukraine, COVID-19 and climate change.  The members of parliament were particularly interested in the complementarities of peacekeeping and peacebuilding efforts in the Sahel, the Peacebuilding Fund’s support in transition and cross-border contexts, and cooperation with national governments and local civil society. Germany is a member of the Peacebuilding Commission and a top donor to the Secretary General’s Peacebuilding Fund. 

    Next Week

    On 22 September, the Security Council will meet to discuss the situation in Ukraine.

    DPPA-DPO convenes a high-level event on the Sahel on the margins of the 77th General Assembly

    On 22 September, the United Nations Secretary-General, the Chairperson of the AU Commission, the President of the ECOWAS Commission and the Executive Secretary of the G5 Sahel will convene a high-level event on the Sahel on the margins of the 77th General Assembly of the United Nations in September 2022. His Excellency Mr. Mahamadou Issoufou, former President of the Republic of Niger, Chairman of the Independent High-Level Panel on Security, Governance and Development in the Sahel, will provide an update on the status and next steps of the Panel’s assessment.

     

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  • 16 Sep 2022

    Since 2018, the Revitalized Agreement between the key players in South Sudan’s long-running civil war has provided a framework for peace, the Head of the UN mission there, UNMISS, told the Security Council on Friday – “despite continued outbreaks of intercommunal violence”. 

  • 16 Sep 2022

    An escalation in what the UN is calling “violent civil unrest” in Haiti, and the subsequent blockading of roads across the country, is making it “very challenging for humanitarian partners to provide assistance” according to the UN Spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric.

  • 16 Sep 2022

    The widening gap between the stalled political track and the progress achieved since the PA’s founding is reaching the point of unsustainability, putting at great risk the historic accomplishments in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).

    A newly published United Nations report identifies a package of strategic elements that, if implemented by the parties and their partners, can contribute to reversing the...

  • 16 Sep 2022

    The UN chief commemorated the International Day of Peace on Friday with the annual ringing of the Peace Bell ceremony followed by a minute of silence at the UN Peace Garden in New York.

  • 16 Sep 2022

    The Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) is pleased to present its mid-year report under the Multi-Year Appeal (MYA), which highlights the and activities made possible through voluntary contributions received during the first part of the year (from 1 January to 30 June). Thanks to the support of our eleven donors so far, DPPA was able to make a difference and meet nearly every benchmark in its current Strategic Plan (2020-2022). With a funding gap of 77 per cent at mid-point, the MYA urgently needs additional contributions in the second half of the year to meet its operational needs and deliver on its mandate. For any information on the MYA, please contact: DPPA-DonorRelations@un.org.

  • 16 Sep 2022
  • 16 Sep 2022

    Mr. Chairman, 
    Excellencies, 
    Ladies and gentlemen, 

    I would like to start with words of gratitude to President Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan for the hospitality. It is a great pleasure to be here, on behalf of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, in the famed Great Silk Road city of Samarkand. 

    This Summit takes place at a critical moment. Today’s global peace and security environment is more volatile than in at least the last 30 years. 

    New crises are erupting even as our established conflict management capacities become dangerously overstretched or are crippled by geopolitical tensions. 

    We are feeling the strain of the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. And climate change exacerbates risks and creates new sources of stress, particularly in conflict environments.

    Perhaps the most perilous aspect of this seemingly chaotic environment is that it feeds on itself, breeding more instability and mistrust in a vicious cycle. And the risk of catastrophic miscalculation or escalation only grows.

    In the face of these challenges, a multilateral system based on cooperation and the rule of law remains indispensable if we are to build more peaceful societies. 

    This vision is at the core of the Secretary-General’s report on “Our Common Agenda”, which includes the drafting of a New Agenda for Peace. The report offers a far-reaching vision for sustainable peace, development and human rights. 

    Excellencies,

    Among the key proposals in “Our Common Agenda” is strengthening United Nations partnerships with regional and subregional organizations. 

    This is integral to the UN Secretary-General’s vision for a networked multilateralism. It is also essential for our preventive engagements and conflict resolution efforts worldwide.

    The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is a leading player in facilitating the exchange on regional peace and security in Eurasia. 

    One important area of joint action is in countering violent extremism and international terrorism. The United Nations and the SCO continue to mobilize efforts, in particular, through joint capacity building exercises and regular dialogue. 

    Excellencies,

    The situation in Afghanistan remains a major concern for the region. The Afghan people require support and concerted action. The SCO States have already assumed great responsibility in this regard. 

    And I would like to commend Uzbekistan for its leading role for supporting humanitarian relief operations in Afghanistan. 

    The International Conference on Afghanistan held in Tashkent on 25-26 July provided further evidence of the recognition that peace and security are essential for ensuring stability and prosperity in the region. 

    In this context, strengthening transport and economic connectivity – among the priorities of Uzbekistan’s Chairmanship of the SCO – can also play a vital role in promoting sustainable development and peaceful cooperation. 

    It was, therefore, particularly encouraging to see the General Assembly adopt a resolution on “Strengthening Connectivity between Central and South Asia” in July.  

    Excellencies,

    The difficulties we face today are undoubtedly significant. But they are not insurmountable. 

    It is no coincidence that we are meeting in Samarkand, a historical melting pot of cultures, ideas and knowledge. 

    I believe that a spirit of solidarity and cooperation will continue to guide our two organizations as we work to advance peace and security, sustainable development and human rights. 

    I’d like to extend to all of you congratulations on a successful Summit.

    Thank you.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 16 Sep 2022

    UNOWAS Organizes A Workshop On Maritime Security Threats in the Gulf of Guinea 

    The office of the United Nations of West Africa and...

  • 16 Sep 2022

    <p>An escalation in what the UN is calling “violent civil unrest” in Haiti, and the subsequent blockading of roads across the country, is making it “<strong>very challenging for humanitarian partners to provide assistance</strong>” according to the UN Spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric.</p>

  • 16 Sep 2022

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan

    To support Turkmenistan in strengthening its legal framework...

  • 15 Sep 2022

    As risks of conflict-induced famine and widespread food insecurity continue to rise, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator urged the Security Council on Thursday to address the interlinked crises, and work towards establishing lasting peace in affected regions.

  • 15 Sep 2022

    She Stands For Peace | Season 3-Episode 5 | Out Now!  Click here to listen: https://unoau.unmissions.org/podcast-series-she-stands-peace

  • 15 Sep 2022

    New York, 16 September 2022

    Today, we celebrate 35 years of the Montreal Protocol’s success in protecting the stratospheric ozone layer against synthetic chemicals that also cause climate heating.  Thanks to a global agreement, humanity has averted a major health catastrophe due to ultraviolet radiation pouring through a massive hole in the ozone layer.

    The Montreal Protocol is a...

  • 15 Sep 2022

    New York, 16 September 2022

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  • 15 Sep 2022

    A senior official from the UN Political and Peacebuilding Affairs department has called on Armenia and Azerbaijan “to take immediate and concrete steps to deescalate tensions” following several days of fighting this week which reportedly left dozens dead on both sides.

  • 15 Sep 2022

    Mr. President,

    Esteemed members of the Council,

    I thank you for convening this meeting and for providing the opportunity to brief you on recent developments in the South Caucasus.

    On the evening of 12 September, the authorities in Armenia and Azerbaijan reported heavy fighting on their international border. According to reports, heavy artillery, drones and large-caliber weapons were used. The exchange of fire reportedly continued through 13 and 14 September. Yesterday evening, it was announced that a cease-fire had been agreed starting at 8 PM local time. We welcome this agreement and hope the ceasefire will hold.

    Earlier this week, the Armenian Ministry of Defense stated that the Azerbaijani side was targeting Armenian military positions, as well as civilian infrastructure, in the Gegharkunik, Vayots Dzor and Syunik regions of the country. Armenia reported 105 of its servicemen killed and six civilians wounded as of last night. While Armenia called the events a deliberate attack, Azerbaijan countered that they were “retaliatory measures” made in response to provocations from Armenia. Azerbaijan, for its part, reported 71 servicemen killed and two civilians wounded. 

    Both countries have written to the Secretary-General and to the Security Council alleging violations of the ceasefire brokered by Russia in 2020, and of their territorial integrity.

    The United Nations is not in a position to verify or confirm the specifics of these reports. We remain deeply concerned, however, over this dangerous escalation, including its possible impact on civilians, and have urged the sides to take immediate and concrete steps to deescalate tensions.  The UN Country Teams in both Armenia and Azerbaijan maintain open channels with the authorities and stand prepared to respond to emerging humanitarian needs, if requested and as conditions allow.

    Mr. President,

    The fighting this week was the latest and the largest in a series of incidents since 2020. It highlights the fact that the process of normalization of relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan continues to encounter serious obstacles.

    This escalation also underscores the urgent need for the parties to move forward in the ongoing process of delimitation and demarcation within the framework of mutual recognition of their territorial integrity and sovereignty. We urge the parties to take advantage of this important mechanism as an essential step towards alleviating tensions at the border.

    This week’s events are also a stark reminder that tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan also have the potential to destabilize the region. They highlight the need for all actors, in the region and beyond, to act constructively and to press the sides to work for a peaceful settlement.

    In this regard, a number of mediation efforts have been ongoing in the region, including by the Russian Federation and the European Union. We fully support these international efforts. They can lay the groundwork that would allow the parties to resume dialogue towards long-term peace. The Collective Security Treaty Organization, at the request of Armenia, will send a mission to the Armenia to assess the situation on the border, and report back to its Member States. The United Nations remains in close contact with concerned parties and organizations, including the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. 

    During my recent visit to the region, I was able to assess first-hand the challenges being faced in resolving the long-lasting conflict. I returned with the conviction that while differences and mistrust persist between the sides, these are surmountable. 

    Mr. President,

    The international community must remain fully committed to a peaceful settlement between Armenia and Azerbaijan and spare no effort to deescalate the current tensions, bring the parties back to the negotiating table and help them achieve peace and stability in the region. 

    In the immediate term, the parties must abide by their obligation to fully implement the Trilateral statement on the ceasefire of 9 November 2020.  We urge them to return to the negotiating table and take steps towards the signing of a lasting peace treaty. It will be important that a similar unified message come from the Security Council for the parties to focus on a diplomatic solution.

    Thank you. 
     

  • 14 Sep 2022

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  • 14 Sep 2022

    New York, 15 September 2022

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  • 14 Sep 2022

    New York, 15 September 2022

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  • 14 Sep 2022

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  • 13 Sep 2022

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  • 13 Sep 2022

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  • 12 Sep 2022

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  • 12 Sep 2022

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  • 11 Sep 2022

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

    USG DiCarlo travels to Germany 

    Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo travelled to Berlin this week to discuss UN peace efforts in Libya. There, she met with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and State Secretary Susanne Baumann, among others. 

    DPPA virtual meeting with donors

    On 9 September, DPPA met with Member States that provide voluntary funding for its work. Over 18 countries were represented. Markus Bouillon, head of the Office of the Under-Secretary-General, thanked donors for the support they provide through the Multi-Year Appeal (MYA). He said a well-funded MYA is crucial for the Department to sustain efforts and carry out its mandate (the MYA is currently underfunded, with income projections of $32 million out of $40 million this year.) Delegates commended DPPA on its response amid the Ukraine conflict. 

    Security Council

    Special Representative Swan reiterates the UN’s commitment to continue supporting Somalis in achieving their national priorities

    On 7 September, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) Janes Swan briefed the Security Council He said that the political climate in Somalia is now more conducive to addressing key national priorities following the conclusion of the contentious electoral process in May. SRSG Swan stressed federal and state authorities must collaborate to capitalize on this opportunity and to achieve progress, underscoring that the UN is committed to supporting Somalis in achieving their national priorities.

    Read more here

    Read full remarks here

    DiCarlo on Ukraine: “All wars are tragic, but none more than wars of choice”

    Briefing the Security Council on 7 September, Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo highlighted the massive impact on civilians of the war in Ukraine. She called for unimpeded access by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine to to all individuals detained in relation to the fighting. She also noted that allegations of forced displacement and abuse in "filtration" camps in Ukraine must be investigated. “We need peace in Ukraine, peace based on the UN Charter and international law,” she said.

    Read full remarks here

    Colombia

    Catatumbo region calls for ceasefire and full implementation of peace agreement

    On 8 September, the Humanitarian and Peacebuilding Roundtable of Catatumbo was held in Tibú, Norte de Santander in the north-east of the country, to make an urgent call for respect for a multilateral ceasefire and decisive steps to accelerate the full implementation of the Colombia peace agreement. Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia Carlos Ruiz Massieu highlighted that peace is built from the ground up. “We will continue to accompany Tibú and the local humanitarian and peace initiatives to ensure that total peace reaches all corners of Colombia," he said. During the event, a minute's silence was held in memory of Reude Suarez, a former combatant killed in Tibú the day before. The event was attended by the peace commission of the Colombian Senate, the Humanitarian Coordinator, departmental institutions, and social organizations.

    UN Mission participates in forum for deepening peacebuilding

    On 8 September, as part of the activities commemorating the "Week for Peace,” the UN Verification Mission in Colombia participated in a forum with former combatants and local, regional, and national authorities on the "Challenges of socio-economic, collective and community reincorporation in Cundinamarca," the department surrounding the Colombian capital, Bogotá. At the forum, participants share their views and experiences to strengthen reconciliation in Colombia.

    Myanmar

    Special Envoy stresses danger of catastrophe without Myanmar-led political process

    Special Envoy for the Secretary-General on Myanmar Noeleen Heyzer reiterated her call for "the immediate cessation of aerial bombings and a humanitarian pause" to enable aid delivery. Addressing the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute on 5 September, she also underscored danger of "multinational catastrophe" without a Myanmar-led political process.

    Iraq

    Special Representative discusses political situation

    On 5 September, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert met in Baghdad with Ahmed Al-Asadi of the National Support Bloc. They discussed the political situation in the country and stressed the need to end the ongoing political crisis through dialogue. On 6 September, Special Representative Hennis-Plasschaert received in Baghdad the new Head of the European Union Advisory Mission in Iraq, Anders Wiberg, and the Chargé d'Affaires of the European Union in Iraq, Agne Gleveckaite. They discussed collaboration between the EU and the UN in support of Iraq and its people. On 7 September, the Special Representative met with Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi and discussed recent developments in Iraq. She emphasized that engagement and inclusive dialogue will prove vital.

    Yemen

    Special Envoy Grundberg continues his efforts to extend and expand the truce  

    On 5 September, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General Hans Grundberg met in Iran with Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and other senior Iranian officials, where they discussed efforts to extend and expand the truce in Yemen as well as current regional dynamics. On 7 September in Saudi Arabia, the Special Envoy met with Rashad Mohamed Al-Alimi of the Presidential Leadership Council to discuss ongoing efforts to implement the truce and the importance of negotiating it extension and expansion. Special Envoy Grundgerg briefed the Security Council members on his recent efforts in closed consultations by videoconference on 8 September, alongside General Michael Beary of the UN Mission in Hudaydah.

    Western Sahara

    Personal Envoy de Mistura travels to Algeria

    The Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara, Staffan de Mistura, was in Algiers this week and held meetings with the country’s authorities on 5 September. The Personal Envoy continues to look forward to deepening the consultations with all concerned on the prospects of constructively advancing the political process on Western Sahara.  

    West Africa and the Sahel

    Special Representative Annadif conducts two-day visit to Niger 

    On 8 September, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) Mahamat Saleh Annadif began a two-day visit to Niger. He met with the President of the Republic of Niger, H.E. Mr. Mohamed Bazoum and, on 8 September, attended a colloquium organized by UNOWAS, UNDP, the Open Society Initiative – West Africa (OSIWA), the Kofi Annan Foundation and the National Democreatic Institute on the enhancement of democracy and good governance in Africa. That meeting brought together around 60 participants to assess the state of governance and the implementation of the main existing normative frameworks and instruments supporting democratic governance in the subregion.

    Read more here

    Sudan

    Trilateral Mechanism meets Sudanese women 

    The Trilateral Mechanism of the African Union, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNTAMS) met on 8 September with a diverse group of Sudanese women from civil society organizations, political parties, armed movements and academia. They presented recommendations for any future constitutional document to ensure women's participation and rights. 

    Exhibition

    BRIDGE Photo Exhibit at the UN Plaza

    The inauguration ceremony of the photo exhibition 'Celebrating the 20th anniversary of BRIDGE' at the UN Headquarters in New York, took place on 8 September. The exhibit is a joint initiative of the BRIDGE (Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections) Partners, of which DPPA’s Electoral Assistance Division is a part. In her opening remarks, Assistant Secretary-General Elizabeth Spehar praised BRIDGE for its wide use by election administrators around the globe. The exhibit will be on show through 10 October 2022 at the UN Visitors' Plaza.  

    Peacebuilding

    General Assembly resolution on peacebuilding financing is adopted 

    On 9 September, the General Assembly adopted by consensus a groundbreaking resolution tabled by Kenya and Sweden on financing for peacebuilding. The resolution recognizes that peacebuilding financing remains underfunded and recommends several measures, including encouraging the Fifth Committee to consider the use of assessed contributions for the Peacebuilding Fund, calling upon the Secretary-General to finalize the peacebuilding funding dashboard and to provide options to better resource UN Country Teams, Special Political Missions and Peacekeeping Operations for peacebuilding. Member States welcomed the adoption and expressed appreciation for the work of the co-facilitators and constructive approaches taken by delegations during negotiation. They recognized that this resolution provides clear guidance to the Fifth Committee and expressed their hope that the Committee conclude its consideration on this issue.

    Peacebuilding Commission meeting on local elections in Central African Republic 

    The Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) met on 9 September to discuss the local elections in Central African Republic, which were originally set to take place this month but have been postponed. The last such polls were held in 1988. The significance of these elections is underscored by their intrinsic linkage to the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation (APPR); expansion of political space and inclusivity for meaningful participation and empowerment of woman and youth; decentralization at grassroots level to foster governance and development; national reconciliation and social cohesion; their contribution to the PBC written advice to the Security Council on mandate renewal of UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). The importance of the absence of funding, $6.5 million immediately required for the continuation of electoral process, highlighted by the Chair that these elections are the “beating heart” of democracy. 

    Next Week

    Special Representative of the Secretary-General Volker Perthes will brief the Security Council on the situation in Sudan on Tuesday, 13 September. Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Geir O. Pedersen will update the Council on Wednesday, 14 September. 

    Virtual Launch of DPPA’s Guidance on Mediation of Ceasefires

    We invite you to the official launch of DPPA’s Guidance on Mediation of Ceasefires on Wednesday, 14 September, cohosted by the International Peace Institute. It presents a set of tools and approaches to strengthen agreements to support a more sustainable peace process in any setting, with a goal to provide a baseline of technical knowledge to UN and other mediators, conflict parties, and other stakeholders in contemporary mediation processes.

     

    For more information, click here

    DPPA-UNDP Virtual Side Event on South-South and Triangular Cooperation

    On Tuesday, 13 September, DPPA is hosting a joint virtual side event with UNDP on South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Sustaining Peace. The event will showcase concrete initiatives in the realm of peace and development implemented by the Global South, with the support of DPPA and UNDP. 

     

    For more information, click here

    

     

     

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