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  • 11 Oct 2021

    Ongoing conflict and violence across Yemen continue to impact heavily on the country’s people who desperately need the fighting to end, so that they can rebuild their lives, the UN’s senior humanitarian official in the country said on Monday. 

  • 10 Oct 2021

    New York, 11 October 2021

    The strength, health and empowerment of the world’s girls is a matter for every single day of the year. The International Day of the Girl is an opportunity to recommit to this global imperative.

    Today’s girls are part of a digital generation. It is our responsibility to join with them in all their diversity, amplify their power and solutions as digital...

  • 9 Oct 2021

    New York, 10 October 2021

    Around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is taking a terrible toll on people’s mental health.

    Millions of people face grief over lost family members and friends. Many more are anxious over unemployment and fearful of the future. Older people may experience isolation and...

  • 8 Oct 2021

    The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms today’s horrific attack at a mosque in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan. This is the third attack against a religious institution...

  • 8 Oct 2021
    This Week in DPPA is a brief roundup of political and peacebuilding events and developments at UNHQ and around the world. 

    Security Council

    La Lime: "We must ensure that Haiti does not become a forgotten crisis" 

    Helen La Lime, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) said on 4 October that the country is undergoing one of the most fraught periods in its recent history. For most observers, she added, it is difficult to envision an end to the country’s seemingly never‑ending crises. In a positive step, she said actors from across the political spectrum and civil society organizations have adhered to an agreement, which includes the formation of a new Provisional Electoral Council, the inclusion of the diaspora, as well as the holding of elections no later than the second half of 2022. 

    Full briefing to the Security Council here

     
    "All efforts should be squarely focused on saving lives and avoiding a massive human tragedy in Ethiopia" 

    Secretary-General António Guterres, briefing the Security Council on 6 October on the situation in Ethiopia, reported that all humanitarian aid in Ethiopia is still not reaching anywhere close to the levels needed in Tigray, Amhara and Afar, and across the country. On the recent expulsion of seven UN officials, he expressed deep concern and further called on Ethiopian authorities to allow the UN to continue its work without any hindrance. In his remarks at the stakeout after the briefing, he stressed that the only agenda the UN has on Ethiopia is to support its people, do everything to stop the conflict and ensure humanitarian aid is distributed everywhere to everybody.

    Full briefing to the Security Council

    Watch the stakeout

     
    Fifth edition of the UN Security Council in Review out now 

    The Security Council Affairs Division of the Department has released its fifth edition of the "United Nations Security Council in Review." The monthly newsletter offers an overview of the activity of the Security Council for the previous month. It is an addition to the existing research tools and information products available here.

    Read the latest September newsletter here

    Libya

    Joint Military Commission signs a comprehensive action plan 

    The Joint Military Commission (JMC, 5+5) concluded on 8 October in Geneva a three-day meeting in Geneva, where they agreed on and signed a comprehensive action plan for the withdrawal of mercenaries, foreign fighters, and foreign forces from Libya. Commending the continuous efforts of the JMC, Ján Kubiš, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), welcomed the signing and the positive momentum it brings towards supporting the Libyans in regaining their sovereignty. “Agreeing on an action plan sends a signal of hope to the people of Libya that things can be moving, including towards elections,” the Special Envoy said.

    Read more here

    Somalia

    Special Representative travels to Kismayo to discuss upcoming elections 

    James Swan, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), visited Kismayo, Jubaland on 3 October with the aim of reaffirming the international community’s collective support for the country’s elections and to discuss the next steps in the process. Speaking on behalf of the visiting international partners that accompanied him after the meeting with President Ahmed Mohamed Islam ‘Madobe’ and his team, Special Representative Swan said he commended Jubaland for being the first Federal Member State to start holding Upper House elections. He also emphasized the need for the election of the remaining Upper House seats to be completed in time.

    Read more here

    Lake Chad

    Special Representatives participate in the Third Lake Chad Basin Governors Forum 

    François Louncény Fall, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa and Head of the United Nations Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) participated from 4 to 5 October in the third Forum of Governors of the Lake Chad Basin, held in Yaoundé, Cameroon. He reaffirmed the engagement of the UN in Central Africa to support countries affected by Boko Haram and Islamic State to restore basic social services and authorities of riparian states. Also participating in the Forum, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) Mahamat Saleh Annadif stressed the importance of developing and coordinating responses to face the challenges that threaten the different sub-regions.

    Read more here 

    Yemen

    Special Envoy visits Saudi Arabia and Yemen 

    During his three-day visit to Riyadh that ended on 5 October, Hans Grundberg, Special Envoy for Yemen, met with Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan and Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohamed Al Jaber among others. He said that ending the conflict and reaching a comprehensive and inclusive political solution that meets the aspirations of Yemenis should be the primary and urgent objective of all relevant actors. In Aden on 6 October, he met with the Yemeni Prime Minister, Maeen Abdulmalik, where they discussed the political developments and the full implementation of the Riyadh Agreement to support stability and functional State institutions.

    Read more here on his latest visit to Aden

    Iraq

    UNAMI is in full force ahead of the elections this weekend 

    Ahead of the elections scheduled for this Sunday, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) is implementing two electoral projects to assist in the organization of elections and to deploy UN experts to monitor election day in as wide a geographic area as possible. Nearly 900 individuals – international and national, experts as well as support staff – continue contributing to nationwide electoral efforts this week, carrying out a UN strategic messaging campaign to educate, inform and update Iraqi voters on election preparations. On 5 October in Baghdad, Special Representative of the Secretary-General Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert at a press conference emphasized the importance of ensuring accountability, exercising one’s electoral rights and helping to shape the country’s future.

    Colombia

    Monuments to honor victims of the conflict in Tolima

    The Verification Mission accompanied on 3 October the inauguration of several monuments in tribute to the victims of the conflict in the village of Gaitania, municipality of Planadas, in the southern part of Tolima. Planadas was the birthplace of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) in 1964.  The event – an initiative of the Commission for the Clarification of Truth, Coexistence, and Non-Repetition – was attended by members of the community and the Nasa indigenous reservation, teachers, former combatants, the international community and public officials from the region. After the signing of the 2016 Peace Agreement between the government and the FARC-EP, the region became known for the high-quality coffee produced by the community and former combatants living in one of the Reintegration Areas.

    Innovation

    Workshop on applying futures thinking for peace and security

    DPPA’s Innovation Cell took part in a three-day intensive workshop in Kyrgyzstan, co-organized by the UN Country Team and the Regional Department of the UN Coordination Office for Europe and Central Asia. Under the guidance of the UN Resident Coordinator, the Peace and Development Advisor, and regional foresight experts, the workshop delved into how futures thinking can be applied to strategic country planning amid rapid political, social and economic changes. The UN Country Team in Kyrgyzstan team is one of the first to apply coherent foresight methodology as part of its priority setting for the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework.

    Read more here how DPPA is exploring futures as it relates to our work

     
    Launch of Peace and Security Data Hub

    As part of the World Data Forum, DPPA and the Department of Peacekeeping Operations organized a panel on 5 October on “Strengthening peace and security data analytics” to mark the launch of the Peace and Security Data Hub. Over 150 participants joined the discussion that followed a video message from the Under-Secretaries-General Rosemary DiCarlo and Jean-Pierre Lacroix expressing strong support for the Data Hub and the need for data-based decision making on peace-related issues. The panel included Clionadh Raleigh from the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED) Project and Slava Jankin, Director of the Data Science Institute of the Hertie School of Governance. The discussion highlighted the need to make data more accessible and usable, requiring data literacy and a commonly understandable language across datasets. Participants noted that data is often underutilized and overlooked in organizations. New data tools, such as the Peace and Security Data Hub, can support experts in their analysis by bringing more accessible and disaggregated data. 

    New Appointment

    Staffan de Mistura of Italy announced as new Personal Envoy for Western Sahara

    Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of Staffan de Mistura as the Secretary-General's Personal Envoy for Western Sahara. He succeeds Horst Köhler of Germany, who completed his assignment on 22 May 2019. The new Personal Envoy will provide good offices on behalf of the Secretary-General. He will work with all relevant interlocutors and carry on the UN's support to the political process. Mr. de Mistura brings more than 40 years of experience in diplomacy and political affairs.

    Read more here  

    Next Week

    The Security Council will hold an open debate on 12 October to discuss peacebuilding and sustaining peace. On 14 October, Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg will brief the Council on developments in Yemen in the morning, and Special Representative Carlos Ruiz Massieu will brief on the situation in Colombia. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • 8 Oct 2021

    The United Nations on Friday welcomed the signing of a long-awaited Action Plan to withdraw mercenaries, foreign fighters and foreign forces from Libya, after years of fighting between warring factions across the oil-rich nation.

  • 8 Oct 2021

    At least 100 worshippers have been killed or injured after a suicide bomber targeted a Shia mosque, in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, according to news reports, during Friday prayers.

  • 8 Oct 2021

    New York, 9 October 2021

    On World Post Day, we recognize the invaluable contributions of postal workers to our societies and economies. The vast postal network – involving millions of workers moving billions of pieces of mail through hundreds of thousands of post offices – is woven into our societies, connecting communities the world over. 

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  • 8 Oct 2021

    GENEVA, 08 October 2021- The 5+5 Joint Military Commission (JMC) concluded today a three-day meeting at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, where they...

  • 8 Oct 2021

    The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for...

  • 8 Oct 2021

    Mogadishu, 8 October 2021 — As Somalia continued with electoral preparations, the month of September saw a round of United Nations-backed training completed for Somali journalists on...

  • 7 Oct 2021

    The report presents an overview of the progress made by the Climate Security Mechanism (CSM) in its efforts to analyze and address climate-related security risks. It outlines priority areas, identifies lessons learned, and describes the partnerships and approaches that were critical for success.

  • 7 Oct 2021

    The High Representative for Disarmament Affairs told the Security Council on Wednesday that Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW), in the context of peacekeeping operations, are a "threat" that can "exacerbate conflict, render arms embargoes ineffective, endanger ‘blue helmets’, humanitarian workers and local populations, and complicate peace agreements."

  • 6 Oct 2021

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday urged authorities in Ethiopia to allow vital humanitarian work there to continue, following the recent decision to declare seven of the Organization’s staff persona non grata and expel them from the country.

  • 6 Oct 2021

    UN agencies and humanitarian NGOs in Afghanistan are in a race against time to deliver life-saving aid to crisis-affected people and preposition...

  • 6 Oct 2021

    Archive/UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

    “Agreeing on an action plan sends a signal of hope to the people of Libya that things can be...

  • 6 Oct 2021

    Credit: PM's office

    Amman, 6 October 2021 - The Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, concluded his first...

  • 5 Oct 2021

    The Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Mahamat ANNADIF,...

  • 5 Oct 2021

    In northern Mozambique, worrying reports emerged on Tuesday that children as young as five have been shown how to handle weapons and indoctrinated to fight with insurgents.

  • 5 Oct 2021

    The first round of food distributions to people in Afar and Amhara regions impacted by the spread of the conflict in northern Ethiopia has been completed, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday. 

  • 5 Oct 2021

    Violence and access constraints in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continue to hamper humanitarian operations in a context where one in three people need assistance, the senior UN official in the country told the Security Council on Tuesday.  

  • 5 Oct 2021

    @OSESGY/Sara Sadik

    Amman, 5 October 2021 – The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg concluded today a three-day visit to Riyadh,...

  • 4 Oct 2021

    Haiti is currently undergoing “one of the most fraught periods of its recent history”, the head of the UN office in the country told the Security Council on Monday.

     

  • 4 Oct 2021

    New York, 4 October 2021

    On this World Habitat Day, cities and towns across the globe are facing – and fighting – the dual crises of COVID-19 and climate change. Home to 4.5 billion people today, they are projected to grow by almost 50 per cent by 2050.

    By mid-century, over 1.6 billion urban residents may have to survive through average summertime...

  • 3 Oct 2021

    The UN Secretary-General has condemned an attack against peacekeepers in Mali on Saturday which left one Egyptian ‘blue helmet’ dead, and four others seriously injured.

  • 3 Oct 2021

    Kismayo — A delegation made up of some of Somalia’s partners was in Jubaland today with the aim of reaffirming the international community’s collective support for the country’s ...

  • 3 Oct 2021

    Good afternoon.

    Let me begin by thanking President Ahmed Mohamed Islam ‘Madobe’ and his team for the warm welcome they’ve given to us today.

    I am joined here by the...

  • 2 Oct 2021

    UN extremely concerned about reports of Killing and Excessive Use of Force against Migrants and Asylum Seekers in Gargaresh, Tripoli 

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  • 2 Oct 2021

    Mogadishu - Somalia’s international partners* note that President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” and Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble continue to engage in...

  • 2 Oct 2021

    TRIPOLI, 2 October 2021 - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) took part in the meeting of the House of Representatives (HoR) and the High State Council delegations, on 30 September-...

  • 1 Oct 2021

    In his message for the International Day of Non-Violence, on Saturday, the UN chief noted that the day provides an opportunity to usher in a “new era of peace, trust and tolerance”.

  • 1 Oct 2021
    This Week in DPPA is a brief roundup of political and peacebuilding events and developments at UNHQ and around the world. 

    Security Council

    Pedersen: "We need to find a genuine intra-Syrian political dialogue and a genuine process of Syrian political reform”

    Geir Pedersen, Special Envoy for Syria, briefing the Security Council on 28 September, reported that an agreement on “methodology” is in place for a sixth session of the Constitutional Committee. He said that the Small Drafting Body will convene in Geneva as of 18 October, and the Co-Chairs will meet for the first time the day before to prepare the session. He also noted that the time to push for a political process is now, given that military front lines have been largely frozen for 18 months. Trust is clearly low, but common interests do exist, he said.

    Full briefing to the Security Council here

    Women’s participation and representation in political life is a precondition for lasting peace in Somalia, Deputy Secretary-General says

    Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, briefed the Council on 28 September on her recent visit to Somalia to promote women’s participation in elections. Despite promises and stipulations in electoral agreements, she noted that there is real concern that the levels of women’s representation will decrease in the current elections to the House of the People. She emphasized that the 30 per cent quota is a crucial first step towards the equal representation of women in all sectors of life. “Somalis cannot move their country forward and build trust in institutions and elections without women’s equal participation. Inclusive elections will lay the foundations for a resilient, sustainable, inclusive country”, she added.

    Full briefing to the Security Council here

     
    Many Israelis and Palestinians remain committed to achieving two-State solution, Council hears

    Tor Wennesland, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, briefing the Council on the most recent developments on the ground, said “we must re-energize efforts now to establish a legitimate political horizon that will end the occupation”. He said he felt encouraged that many Israelis and Palestinians remained committed to achieving a two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace despite the significant challenges. He urged the international community to support the civil society organizations that continue to work tirelessly to build trust and advance the prospects for peace.

    Full briefing to the Security Council here

    Afghanistan

    UNAMA continues to call for unity to support human rights

    Deborah Lyons, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), met on 26 September with former President Hamid Karzai. She stressed the UN is working hard to get humanitarian aid to Afghan people in need and highlighted that an inclusive government that can work with the region and wider world would much improve development prospects. On 27 September, Deputy Special Representative Matte Knudsen spoke at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, calling for unity to support human rights, inclusive governance and economic development as well as provision of urgent humanitarian aid for millions of Afghans. 

    Central Asia

    Online training on preventive diplomacy for youth

    The United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) completed on 30 September its fourth online training session for youth from Central Asia and Afghanistan in September. Speakers from the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) and UNRCCA shared their expertise and helped the participants understand the work of UNOCT and the implementation of its STRIVE Asia Project and regional work in the field of cyberspace counter-terrorism.

    Read more here

    Lebanon

    Special Coordinator discusses 2022 elections

    Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka met on 29 September with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri to discuss the opportunities for Lebanon to engage in real reforms following the formation of the government and Parliament’s legislative role. She stressed the importance of holding the 2022 elections on time. On 30 September, she also met with civil society representatives to discuss the elections preparations and the importance of making it an inclusive process, including for persons with disabilities, young voters, women and Lebanese abroad. 

    Yemen

    Special Envoy meets Yemeni youth

    Hans Grundberg, Special Envoy for Yemen, exchanged views with Yemeni youth on 29 September at an event organized by the Delegation of the European Union to Yemen. He stressed that the future of any country lies with the youth and that it is paramount to involve the new generation in building a sustainable peace. “Yemeni youth must be at the forefront in breaking the cycles of violence, polarization and violations of freedoms”, he added. 

    Iraq

    UNAMI Deputy Head discusses elections with Ninewa civil society

     

    Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Electoral Assistance of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), visited on 29 September the Ninewa office of Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) to learn more about its preparation for the upcoming elections. IHEC Head Farhan Ali and his staff explained the status of biometric voter cards, accessibility to polling centres by internally displaced persons (IDP), minority inclusion and voters’ movements on Election Day. In Mosul, she met with Ninewa civil society groups who shared concerns about vote buying, voter intimidation and IDP voting. She assured them that UNAMI would continue to encourage Iraqi authorities to address such issues and help IHEC to ensure that Election Day will run smoothly. On the same day, UNAMI’s Human Rights Office together with the Office of Electoral Assistance organized an online session for the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights. 16 participants (6 women) joined the discussion on best practices of human rights as well as Election Day monitoring.

    Learn more about UNAMI’s assistance here 

     

     

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    Somalia

    Special Representative travels to Puntland to discuss upcoming local and federal elections

    James Swan, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), visited Puntland on 26 September to meet with the leaders of Somalia’s Federal Member States. Speaking on behalf of the visiting international partners that accompanied him after the meeting with President Said Abdullahi Deni and members of his cabinet, Special Representative Swan said he is heartened to learn about the progress made so far, particularly that the work of the Transitional Puntland Electoral Commission (TPEC) is advancing. “We urge all to move forward to deliver on their commitments to hold credible national elections on time and in accordance with the 27 May Agreement,” Special Representative Swan said.

    Read more here

    West Africa and the Sahel

    Special Representative visits Guinea-Bissau

    Mahamat Saleh Annadif, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), concluded on 29 September a two-day visit to Guinea-Bissau. During the visit, he met with President Umaro Sissoco Embaló, among others, to discuss ways to better support the country in its efforts to consolidate peace and sustainable development. The Special Representative called on Bissau-Guinean actors to favor the spirit of dialogue in order to strengthen national consensus.

    Read more here

    Sudan

    UN and Norway co-host High-Level Event

    Secretary‑General António Guterres spoke on 30 September at a high‑level side event on Sudan which aimed to seek and reaffirm global engagement and support for the Sudanese people. He said that, despite the challenges, Sudan has reached milestones, including advances in democratic governance, peacemaking efforts and ambitious economic reforms. He noted that the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) was created last year to provide a new basis for UN support. Pointing to Sudan’s complex security challenges, including the recent attempted coup d’état, he highlighted the importance of undertaking all efforts to protect civilians, strengthen human rights and provide safety and security for all. 

    Full remarks at the high-level event here

    Youth, Peace and Security

    Panel discussion on hate speech in conflict-affected settings

    DPPA’s Policy and Mediation Division (PMD), in partnership with UNESCO, the Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and the Department of Peace Operations, organized on 1 October a side event on “hate speech, youth and conflict prevention.” Participated by civil society, youth leaders and UN Peace and Development Advisors, PMD’s Director Teresa Whitfield highlighted that, in fragile and conflict-affected settings in particular, the inclusion of youth in decision-making and policy implementation is essential to address underlying drivers of conflict and promote sustainable peace. Reflecting projects developed with young people in Africa, the Western Balkans, as well as Central, Southeast and South Asia, the participants shared lessons and good practices for the work of the UN and other actors. Panelists put forward a number of recommendations that will feed into the Global Education Ministers Conference, including the need for a broader focus on educational policies that help young people develop skills to counter hate speech, the importance of finding more sustainable ways for the UN to support national efforts in this area and the critical importance of promoting youth inclusion in decision-making and public policies.

    Senior Leadership

    Brian James Williams re-assumes role as Chief Financing for Peacebuilding Branch

    On 27 September, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support Oscar Fernandez-Taranco welcomed James Williams in his new role as Chief Financing for Peacebuilding Branch in the Peacebuilding Support Office. He had previously served in the same role from 2010 to 2015. Williams comes with 30 years of experience in international development, peacebuilding and humanitarian response. Since 1990, Williams has lived in and worked on humanitarian assistance and peacebuilding in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Rwanda. Before joining the United Nations, he worked with USAID, CARE International, and the International Rescue Committee. Prior to this position, he was the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Albania from 2015 to 2020.

    Press Release here

     
    Global Call for Nominations to identify Heads and Deputy Heads for United Nations Field Missions

    Secretary-General Guterres on 28 September launched the third edition of the Global Call for Nominations campaign to identify Heads and Deputy Heads for United Nations Field Missions. Open until 15 November, the Global Call aims to expand the pool of candidates for the USG/ASG level positions of Special Representative of the Secretary-General and their deputies with a view to advancing gender parity and geographical diversity at the most senior leadership level in the field. The campaign is open to women and men, including UN staff members (at the D1 and above level) and external candidates. Eligible applicants need to have at least 20 years of relevant experience including 5 years at senior representational level. Profiles who meet the minimum requirements will, following an internal review process, be included in the SRSG/DSRSG pool, a source of potential candidates.

    For more information

    Next Week

    Under Kenya’s presidency of the Security Council for the month of October, Special Representative Helen La Lime will brief the Council on Haiti on Monday, 4 October. 

    As part of the UN World Data Forum, DPPA’s Innovation Cell is organizing a webinar on 5 October together with the Department of Peace Operations (DPO) on “Strengthening peace and security data analytics”. The webinar will focus on the use of data in the context of the peace and security work of the UN, including conflict prevention, peace mediation, peacekeeping and peacebuilding. The event will also mark the launch of the Peace and Security Data Hub, a joint initiative of DPPA and DPO in response to the Secretary-General's Data Strategy.

    Register here

     

  • 1 Oct 2021

    New York, 2 October 2021

    It is no coincidence that we mark the International Day of Non-Violence on the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.  

    For Gandhi, non-violence, peaceful protest, dignity and equality were more than words.  They represented a guiding light for humanity, a map to a better future.

    They also provide a template to address...

  • 1 Oct 2021

    United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon Mrs. Najat RochdiEmergency Response Plan - Remarks to the press – Beirut1 October 2021

    Ladies and Gentlemen...

  • 30 Sep 2021

    Growing polarization and intolerance are fuelling a rise in hate speech worldwide, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday, in remarks to the opening of an online forum to counter this “global firestorm” through the power of education. 

  • 30 Sep 2021

    Secretary-General António Guterres voiced his shock on Thursday after the Ethiopian Government declared seven UN staff persona non grata, ordering them to leave the country within 72 hours.

     

  • 30 Sep 2021

    TRIPOLI, 30 September 2021 - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) accepted the invitation to take part in a meeting of...

  • 30 Sep 2021

    The UN Secretary-General on Thursday recognized the “remarkable achievements and resilience of the Sudanese people, and its transitional government” since the overthrow of Omar Al-Bashir in 2019, as they “chart a new future together.” 

  • 30 Sep 2021

    An “urgent” international response is needed to prevent the crisis in Myanmar from becoming a “catastrophe” in the heart of Southeast Asia and beyond, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned. In a report sent to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, the UN chief also said he feared that the military’s grip on power would become increasingly difficult to counter. 

  • 30 Sep 2021

    On Wednesday, 29 September, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL)’s Public Information and Communication Section and Facebook convened a virtual roundtable with Libyan actors to address the issue of online...

  • 30 Sep 2021
     

    Markets | UNIDO supports efforts to boost horticulture...

  • 30 Sep 2021

    Bogota, 30 September 2021. “The approaching fifth anniversary of the signing of the Final Agreement should be an opportune...

  • 30 Sep 2021

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan

    In September 2021, UNRCCA continued working with young people...

  • 29 Sep 2021

    The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office...

  • 29 Sep 2021

    The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process told the Security Council on Wednesday that he was “encouraged” by the recent engagement of senior Israeli and Palestinian officials. 

  • 29 Sep 2021

    Unresolved issues surrounding parliamentary quotas, and women’s participation in elections in Somalia were highlighted by UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed in the Security Council on Tuesday, with the aim of increasing their involvement in the political process.

      
     

  • 29 Sep 2021

    [As prepared for delivery for the Security Council meeting on 28 September 2021]

     

    Madam President,

    Excellencies,

    Let me begin by...

  • 28 Sep 2021

    Read here the latest UNSOM Quarterly Newsletter.

  • 28 Sep 2021

    Following a decade of appalling suffering and losses in Syria, and amid a current period of relative calm, now is the time to push for a political process to end the fighting, UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen told the Security Council on Tuesday.

  • 27 Sep 2021

    The Yemen conflict killed or maimed 2,600 children as hostilities intensified in 2019 and 2020; that’s according to a new report of the UN Secretary-General on Children and Armed conflict in the country.