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This Week in DPPA: 1 - 7 January 2022

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

Security Council

2021 Highlights of Security Council Practice out now

The Security Council Affairs Division of the Department released on 5 January the 2021 Highlights of Security Council Practice. This year’s edition builds on and enhances the revamped design launched in 2019 and provides an overview of the work of the Security Council last year. The Highlights Paper covers, among other events and activities, the Council’s mission to the Sahel from 23 to 25 October, the first such visit since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, and the work of subsidiary Security Council bodies. This edition includes new areas of analysis for 2021, such as a greater focus on the themes of informal interactive dialogues and Arria-formula meetings.

Read more here

December UN Security Council in Review released 

DPPA’s Security Council Affairs Division (SCAD) has circulated its "United Nations Security Council in Review" for December 2021. 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 December newsletter here


UNAMA discusses human rights and women’s participation in public life 

Mette Knudsen, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), met this week with a group of Afghan women from different provinces to discuss women’s participation in public life. Deputy Special Representative Knudsen underlined the importance of all stakeholders supporting women’s full participation in the country’s economy and UNAMA’s continued support to women organizations across Afghanistan. On 6 January, she also met with Taliban Deputy Chief Justice of Supreme Court Sheikh Mohammad Qasim to discuss how to promote access to justice for all women and men, and to guarantee human rights for all. 

Central Asia

Special Representative monitors situation in Kazakhstan

Natalia Gherman, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Asia and Head of the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), spoke on 6 January with the Deputy Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan, Akan Rakhmetullin, among others, as part of efforts to monitor the situation in the country during the ongoing unrest. She reiterated appeals to exercise restraint and refrain from violence. 


Quarterly newsletter highlights work of new envoy

The latest newsletter of the Office of the Special Envoy for Yemen, just issued, features Special Envoy of the Secretary-General Hans Grundberg’s mediation efforts since assuming his duties on 5 September 2021. The newsletter also includes data on the impact of the conflict on Yemenis.

Read more here


Special Adviser discusses with political actors efforts to keep electoral process moving forward

Stephanie Williams, Special Advisor of the Secretary-General for Libya, continued her consultations this week with Libyan political actors. Among others, she met on 5 January with the Libyan High National Elections Commission (HNEC) Chairman Emad Al-Sayeh and board member Abdul Hakim Al-Shaab. They discussed ways to consolidate and strengthen efforts to keep the electoral process moving forward. She reiterated that the United Nations stand by the Libyan people in their demand for an electoral process to end the long transitional period. She also stressed the need for determined efforts to push forward on national reconciliation and transitional justice.

Read more about her recent engagements here


Special Representative continues to engage with stakeholders amidst ongoing political crisis

Volker Perthes, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), continued to engage with all relevant stakeholders this week – including General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and Abdalla Hamdok as well as civilian groups and the military to help build confidence, narrow gaps and reach consensus on a workable solution going forward. On 3 January, the Secretary-General condemned the continued violence targeting protestors in Sudan as he also took note of the resignation of Prime Minister Hamdok.

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UNSOM meets with National Consultative Council on electoral process

James Swan, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), met on 4 January with the National Consultative Council (NCC) in Mogadishu. He encouraged NCC to expedite Somalia’s electoral process and improve its credibility for all Somalis, including by correcting deficiencies in procedural rules and ensuring a clear timeline for the rapid completion of elections.

Read more here

Next Week

Special Representative Mahamat Saleh Annadif will brief the Security Council on West Africa and the Sahel on Monday, 10 January. Special Envoy Hans Grundberg will brief on the situation in Yemen on Wednesday, 12 January. 






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