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This Week in DPPA: 15 - 21 July 2023

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

Security Council

Briefing on Ukraine, USG DiCarlo tells Security Council “This senseless, unjustified war must stop”

On 17 July, Under-Secretary-General (USG) Rosemary DiCarlo briefed the Security Council on the situation in Ukraine. Noting that it had been over 500 days since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion, she said that 9,287 civilians have been killed and 16,384 injured, most under Russian armed forces fire, according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Those figures were only the confirmed figures, she continued, highlighting that the actual number of victims was likely to be considerably higher. The USG went on to state that, on 27 June, Russian missiles hit the city of Kramatorsk, reportedly killing 11 people and injuring at least 60 more. On 6 July, bombardments hit Kyiv, Odesa and Lviv. On 8 July, Russian artillery shelling reportedly killed at least eight civilians and wounded 13 in Lyman. “Nowhere is safe in Ukraine,” DiCarlo said, underscoring that “for the sake of the Ukrainian people and for the sake of our global community, this senseless, unjustified war must stop.”

On 21 July, briefing the Security Council for the second time this week on the situation in Ukraine, the USG said that Russia’s termination of its participation in the Black Sea Initiative, coupled with its bombardment of crucial ports, will further compound the crisis in Ukraine. Food prices, she said, were already rising around the globe, and underlined that “Russia’s missile and drone strikes against Ukraine’s Black Sea ports in Odesa, Chornomorsk and Mykolaiv were “a further blow to global food security.” The USG also outlined attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure, including documented damage to over one thousand health care facilities and 3,467 educational institutions. Read her remarks here

Special Coordinator for Lebanon briefs on implementation of Resolution 1701

On 20 July, Special Coordinator of the Secretary-General Joanna Wronecka briefed the Security Council on the implementation of Resolution 1701 (2006) in a closed meeting. She emphasized the critical importance of resolution 1701 to the security and stability of Lebanon, Israel and the region and of moving forward on outstanding commitments that remain for both parties.

Read more here

A New Agenda for Peace

Secretary-General presents “A New Agenda for Peace” to Member States

On 20 July, Secretary-General António Guterres presented to Member States his policy brief “A New Agenda for Peace.” The brief, he said, outlines his vision for multilateral efforts for peace and security. He went on to highlight that the world is facing new and developing threats that require urgent and united action, while conflicts had become more “complex, deadly, and harder to resolve.” 'A New Agenda for Peace’ outlined an extensive and ambitious set of recommendations that recognize the inter-linked nature of the challenges the world faces, he said, and is framed around the core principles of trust, solidarity, and universality that are foundations of the Charter and of a stable world. The policy brief is one of a series that will support Member State deliberations in preparation for the Summit of the Future in 2024.


Tánaiste of Ireland visits Mozambique to mark progress on peace process 

On 20 July, the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Mozambique, Mirko Manzoni, welcomed the Tánaiste of Ireland and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence, Micheál Martin, to an exhibition on the progress achieved in the Mozambican Peace Process. The event was also attended by the Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland Joe Hackett and the Director General of Irish Aid Ruairí de Búrca. During the exhibition, the Tánaiste had the opportunity to speak with former Renamo combatants who have taken part in the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration process. 

West Africa and the Sahel

SRSG Simão concludes visit to Conakry

On 18 July, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the UN Office for the Sahel and West Africa (UNOWAS) Leonardo Santos Simão concluded his two-day visit to Conakry, Guinea. The SRSG had meetings with the Prime Minister, Bernard Goumou, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and African Integration, Morissanda Kouyaté. He also met with the UN country team and representatives from the diplomatic corps. During his meetings, he stressed the importance of doing everything possible to restore constitutional order, in coordination with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the international community, and in harmony with the Guinean people's aspirations for stability, peace, democracy and development.

Read more here


Special Representative Laing visits Hargeisa

On 18 July, Special Representative of Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) Catriona Laing concluded her two-day visit to Hargeisa, Somalia. She met with the President of the Republic of Somaliland Muse Bihi Abdi, members of his team, and civil society groups for discussions on a range of issues, including Somalia-Somaliland dialogue, the conflict in Laascaanood, economic development and human rights.

Read more here


Deputy Special Representative Isaczai delivers speech on anti-corruption 

On 15 July, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ghulam Mohammad Isaczai, delivered a speech at the national conference on “Strengthening Public-Private Dialogue on Anti-Corruption and Integrity Issues” held in Basra Governorate. The DSRSG noted that "Corruption hampers economic, political, social development, and the rights of everyone. It is our collective responsibility to uphold integrity and combat corruption. Now is the time to come together to take action against corruption for a safer, better and fairer future for all".

Full remarks here


Deputy Special Representative Isaczai visits southern Iraq, meets with local farmers, UN project beneficiaries

From 15-17 July, Deputy Special Representative Isaczai visited southern Iraq. The DSRSG and an accompanying delegation of UN agency representatives met with governorate officials and had insightful discussions with local farmers, civil society representatives and UN project beneficiaries. They spoke about development challenges, the impact of climate change, and water scarcity affecting the livelihoods of people in the southern governorates. 

UNAMI Human Rights Office organizes roundtable discussion in Kirkuk on accountability for domestic violence

On 18 July, the UNAMI Human Rights Office (HRO) organized a roundtable discussion in Kirkuk on accountability for domestic violence. The event brought together representatives of civil society, Family Protection Units, journalists and clerics from Kirkuk, Diyala and Salah al-Din governorates. The aim of the meeting was to take stock of the current challenges related to domestic violence and to exchange experiences, lessons learned and recommendations from different perspectives. UNAMI’s Human Rights Office gave an overview of the international legal framework on violence against women and girl, which was followed by a presentation delivered by representatives of Family Protection Units.

Learn more here  

UNAMI’s Human Rights Office and Iraqi Women’s Journalist Forum train journalists in Najaf

From 14-15 July, UNAMI’s Human Rights Office, in collaboration with Iraqi Female Journalist Forum, delivered a two-day capacity-building training in Najaf for 20 Iraqi journalists (16 women and 4 men) from Najaf governorate. The training aimed to equip Iraqi journalists with tools to integrate human rights and gender perspectives into their journalistic reporting and media content, including by developing an understanding of the diverse perspectives, challenges and experiences of women, to ensure accurate and inclusive representation in news and reports. 

UNAMI Gender Unit holds discussions on women’s participation and empowerment

On 17 and 18 July, UNAMI’s Gender Unit and the Women Empowerment Directorate led roundtable discussions in Najaf and Karbala on women’s participation in political processes, the implementation of the National Action Plan on UN Security Council resolution 1325, the National Strategy for Iraqi Women (2023 – 2030), and SDG 5 on promoting the empowerment of women and girls. The discussions were attended by local governorate officials, civil society activists and former provincial council members.  

Central Asia

UNRCCA conducts national consultations on counter-terrorism early warning network

In July, the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), in close partnership with the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), held a series of national consultations on the Counter-Terrorism Early Warning Network for Central Asia. Its purpose was to discuss substantial and operational issues related to the Early Warning Network, in order to coordinate the work of different national and regional counterparts related to Afghanistan.  Participants also analyzed the latest developments in Afghanistan and identified possible focus areas for the Early Warning Network.

Read more here

Climate, Peace and Security

Peacebuilding Support Office holds training on climate, peace and security 

From 19-21 July, DPPA’s Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), together with the UN System Staff College, the Climate Security Mechanism, and independent think tank Adelphi, co-organized a training course on climate peace and security peacebuilding programming in Turin, Italy. This training, designed in response to the findings of the PBSO’s newly launched Thematic Review on Climate Security and Peacebuilding 2023, provided an opportunity for participants to improve their programming capacity and projects design for new national and cross-border peacebuilding projects being developed for the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF). 

Youth Inclusion

Peacebuilding Fund works with students from Western Balkans on social media and inclusion

From 17-20 July, as part of the regional UN initiative “Youth 4 Inclusion, Equality & Trust,” the Peacebuilding Fund supported the organization of a youth camp in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Twenty students from across the Western Balkans met to work on social media campaigns promoting inclusion, cultural diversity and shared cultural heritage. The youth were part of a workshop programme on media and information literacy, which focused on public advocacy campaigning. In addition, mentors encouraged young people to advocate for their priorities and be active contributors to positive transformation in and across their communities.

Next Week

On Monday, the Security Council will discuss the situation in Syria. On Tuesday, SRSG Simão will brief the Council on West Africa and the Sahel. On Wednesday, the Council will meet to discuss threats to international peace and security. 

On Monday, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT), the General Assembly will hold a debate on Report of the Peacebuilding Commission (A/77/720); Peacebuilding and sustaining peace; Report of the Secretary-General on the Peacebuilding Fund (A/77/756 and A/77/756/Corr.1). The debate will take place in the Trusteeship Council Chamber or live streamed on UN WebTV via this link here





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