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This Week in DPPA: 11 - 17 June 2022

This Week in DPPA is a brief roundup of political and peacebuilding events and developments at UNHQ and around the world.
Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo visits North Macedonia 

Under-Secretary-General (USG) Rosemary DiCarlo embarked on a visit to the Western Balkans this week. Speaking at the Prespa Forum Dialogue in Ohrid, North Macedonia, on 16 June, USG DiCarlo pointed to the impact of the war in Ukraine on international peace and security to highlight the need for a renewed effort to agree on more effective collective security responses. She also spoke on the importance of women in governance at a panel discussion on 17 June, underlining that women’s leadership and gender equality should be at the core of peace and security discussion. The Under-Secretary-General also met, among other leaders, North Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski and Prime Minister Dimitar Kovachevski. From North Macedonia she will travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

DPPA Donor Visit to Dakar 

On 14-15 June, DPPA conducted a visit to the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) in Dakar, Senegal, giving supporters of its Multi-Year Appeal the chance see first-hand its work on the ground with other UN entities and regional organizations. The visit saw the participation of 22 Member States and included discussions with partners such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on regional cooperation in the areas of conflict prevention and sustaining peace.  

Security Council

Yemen envoy: “The truce offers a rare opportunity to pivot towards peace that should not be lost" 

Hans Grundberg, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, briefed the Security Council on 14 June. He noted that the truce in Yemen continues to hold in military terms, and there has been a significant reduction in civilian casualties. He also shared his plan to initiate negotiations on the economic and security tracks, geared toward a political settlement that meets the Yemenis' aspirations.  

Read full remarks here 

UN News on the briefing here 

La Lime: “It is essential that Haiti remain at the forefront of the international community’s agenda” 

Reporting on 17 June on the situation in Haiti, including on increasing levels criminality and violence, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti and Head of the UN Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) Helen La Lime appealed for immediate assistance for the country’s national police. “It is essential that Haiti remains at the forefront of the international community’s agenda, and that national authorities receive the assistance they need to address these inter-connected challenges.” She also called on Member States to provide greater support towards Haiti’s efforts to address prolonged political uncertainty in the country.

Read full remarks here 

UN News on the briefing here 


General Assembly hears about Myanmar’s multidimensional crises 

On 13 June, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General Noeleen Heyzer briefed the General Assembly’s informal meeting on Myanmar. She said that the political crisis unleashed on 1 February 2021 has resulted in collapsing state institutions, significantly disrupting critical social and economic infrastructures, while increasing criminality and illicit activities. Armed conflict has now become the norm, she said, and distrust among stakeholders has only deepened.  

Read the full remarks here


Lyons stresses that UNAMA’s presence is necessary 

Special Representative of the Secretary-General Deborah Lyons completed her assignment in Afghanistan on 15 June. In her farewell message, she reiterated that the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) will remain as a credible observer and reporter on events on the ground and a reliable link between the Afghan people, the de facto authorities, and the international community. She said that the best hope lies in an engagement strategy that demonstrates to the de facto authorities that it is possible to construct a policy that is both inclusive and Islamic.  

Read more here 

Markus Potzel of Germany appointed as Deputy Special Representative in Afghanistan  

On 17 June, Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of Markus Potzel of Germany as his new Deputy Special Representative (Political) for Afghanistan in UNAMA, succeeding Mette Knudsen of Denmark. Mr. Potzel brings to the position over 27 years of experience in diplomacy and international cooperation, including most recently his service as Ambassador of Germany to Afghanistan. 

Read more here 

Central Asia

UNRCCA Diplomacy Academy Training Seminars for Youth  

In June 2022, the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) continued its work with young people from Central Asia and Afghanistan as a part of the Preventive Diplomacy Academy (PDA) initiative. The second online seminar was organized on 14 June, jointly with the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), on countering violent extremism and terrorism in Central Asia. The attendees learned about the assistance UNRCCA and UNOCT and international and regional organizations provides and discussed the role of youth in implementing the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and the Joint Plan of Action for Central Asia. 

Read more here


Capacity building workshop on combating money laundering and terrorism financing 

On 13-15 June, UNRCCA in partnership with the UNOCT and the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (AEG) organized two back-to-back capacity building workshops for Kyrgyz nationals on the implementation of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Recommendation 8. International experts shared their knowledge and best practices on the implementation of the Recommendation 8, and the participants agreed to continue an open dialogue to improve cooperation between authorities and non-profit organizations.  

Read more here


Maritime border delineation between Lebanon and Israel 

Special Coordinator of the Secretary-General for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka met on 13 June with United States Senior Advisor for Energy Security Amos Hochstein, who was in Beirut to resume his mediation efforts for a negotiated solution to the delineation of the maritime boundary between Lebanon and Israel. “The UN is committed to supporting an agreed and mutually beneficial delineation of the maritime boundary between Lebanon and Israel,” the Special Coordinator said after the meeting. She also discussed the issue this week with Lebanese constitutional leaders and reiterated that the UN is ready to contribute to the ongoing efforts that aim at moving the negotiations forward as requested by the parties and within its capacity and mandate. 


Head of the UNMHA briefs on the situation in the Hydaydah 

Following his briefing to the Security Council in closed consultation on 14 June, Head of the UN Mission to support the Hudaydah Agreement (UNMHA) General Michel Beary briefed the media the next day at UN headquarters on the current situation in Hudaydah and the challenges his mission faces.  

Watch the news conference here


UNITAMS discusses protection of civilians in Darfur  

Volker Perthes, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), held a meeting on 12 June with Regional Governor of Darfur Mini Arko Minawi to discuss security arrangements and protection of civilians in Darfur. On 15 June, UNITAMS Head of Regional Office in Darkur Abimbola Aina met with a group of women’s rights defenders in Elfasher, North Darfur, and listened to their views on protection of civilians and women’s participation in the democratic transition process.  

Great Lakes region

OSESG-GL co-organizes ministerial conference on enhancing judicial cooperation   

On 16 June, the second Ministerial Conference on Enhancing Judicial Cooperation took place in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, co-organized by the UN Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes (OSESG-GL), the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, and the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law. The meeting discussed the challenges of cross-border collaboration between criminal justice actors across the Great Lakes region and a way forward to address them.  


Craft and enterprise fair promotes peacebuilding in Catatumbo region 

In Ocaña, a town and municipality in the Department of Norte de Santander, the UN Verification Mission in Colombia and the local authorities of the Catatumbo region, one of the most affected by violence in Colombia, held a trade fair for products and enterprises of people in the process of reintegration, victims of the armed conflict, women's groups and migrant population. The fair, held on 11 and 12 June, brought together 40 productive initiatives that exhibited their products in the central public park of the municipality.  


4th Annual Strategic Dialogue with PBF donors 

The Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Peacebuilding Support (PBSO), Elizabeth Spehar, concluded the 4th Annual Strategic Dialogue that took place this week in The Hague, hosted by the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The top twelve donors of the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) and other partners were present. The meeting resulted in a strong endorsement of the Fund's direction of current priorities and commitment to more and better peacebuilding financing. Participants noted that UN values should be upheld through peacebuilding efforts, and further encouragement and commitments to collaborate on measuring and communicating its impact should be made. Strong advocacy for PBF’s role in bolstering the role of Resident Coordinators, UN Country Teams as envisioned in the UN reforms was also discussed. Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union and Head of UN Office to the African Union (UNOAU) and Barbara Manzi, UN Resident Coordinator in Burkina Faso provided perspectives from Africa, where they underscored the ASG's call to not neglect countries in crises in Africa or elsewhere. Brian Williams, PBSO’s Financing for Peacebuilding Chief, explained the PBF's new efforts and agreed to further facilitate discussions within the UN system on how to further improve support to local actors. 


Next Week

On 23 June, the Security Council will hear a briefing on Afghanistan by Deputy Special Representative, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Ramiz Alakbarov.

On 24 June, the Peacebuilding Commission will hold an ambassadorial-level meeting on 1) the activities of the PBF, 2) Report by Country Specific Configurations Chair, and 3) Follow-up to the PBC retreat in the UN HQ Conference room 1 at 10AM EDT.  

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