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This Week in DPPA: 15 - 21 October 2022

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

Security Council

Security Council votes to impose sanctions on individuals and groups responsible for violence in Haiti

On 21 October, the Security Council adopted a resolution responding to the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in the country, setting out a travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo on individuals and entities responsible for the violence. The resolution, which was tabled by the United States and Mexico, passed unanimously, with 15 votes in favor. The text also singles out one of Haiti’s most influential gang leaders, Jimmy “Barbecue” Cherizier, who leads an alliance of Haitian gangs. The Council notes that Cherizier’s actions “have directly contributed to the economic paralysis and humanitarian crisis in Haiti.” Through the resolution, the Council demands an immediate cessation of violence, criminal activities and human rights abuses undermining the peace and security of Haiti and the region.

Read more on Politically Speaking here


USG DiCarlo briefs Council on protection of civilians in Ukraine

On 21 October, the Council met to discuss the humanitarian situation in Ukraine, amid an intensification of missile attacks on Ukrainian critical civilian and residential infrastructure by the Russian Federation. UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine Denise Brown and Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo briefed the Council. In her remarks, USG DiCarlo noted that the Russian Federation had launched a series of attacks against cities and towns across the country, noting that between 10-18 October, “at least 38 Ukrainian civilians were reportedly killed and at least 177 injured by missile and drone attacks.” The USG also underlined the impact of the war on food security, highlighting that the Black Sea Grain Initiative has helped “move grain from one of the world’s breadbaskets to those in need” and needed to be extended beyond November, when it is due to expire. 

To read full remarks, click here

At Security Council open debate on Women, Peace and Security, speakers highlight the necessity of inclusion  

On 20 October, under the presidency of Gabon, the Council held its annual open debate on women, peace and security (WPS), which this year focused on strengthening the resilience and leadership of women in contexts affected by armed groups. Briefers and Member States at the annual meeting noted new and continuing barriers to women’s rights, as well as their equal participation in peace processes around the globe. They also discussed the Secretary-General’s report on Women, Peace and Security, which notes that the world is experiencing “a reversal of generational gains in women’s rights, while violent conflicts, military expenditures, military coups, displacements and hunger continue to increase.”


UNSAC visits Cameroon to gather information on the issue of refugees 

From 9-16 October, the Bureau of the United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa (UNSAC) carried out a field visit to Cameroon, in order to collect and analyze relevant information on the issue of refugees in the Eastern Region of the country. The delegation comprised representatives from Cameroon, the Central African Republic (CAR), Congo, Gabon, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, and the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), which serves as Secretariat of the Committee.

Read here about their findings and recommendations with a view to bringing about peace and stability in Central Africa.

Great Lakes

Office of the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region co-hosts youth, peace and security workshop

From 17-20 October, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Office of the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region co-organized a training workshop on Youth, Peace and Security for youth networks in the region. The four-day workshop which took place in Nairobi, Kenya, aimed to mobilize potential young peacebuilders, explore their potential and, through discussions and experience sharing, to assess the obstacles and challenges facing youth-led peacebuilding initiatives. It is hoped that initiatives such as this workshop will, in the long term, trigger more support at regional level to open opportunities to youths to effectively participate in peacebuilding processes.  


UNRCCA convenes high-level conference on border security

From 18-19 October 2022, UNRCCA and the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, the European Union (EU) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) organized a high-level conference “International and Regional Border Security and Management Cooperation to Counter Terrorism and Prevent the Movement of Terrorists”. The conference aimed to promote cooperation on border security management issues in order to prevent and detect the movement of terrorists and the illicit trafficking of weapons, in accordance with international law. In her opening remarks, SRSG Natalia Gherman stressed that UNRCCA brings a preventive diplomacy approach to address border security She also underscored that border security starts well before borders and it is closely linked to political will, trust building and prevention of radicalization.  

Read more here.

UNRCCA organizes training seminar on "gender in the context of conflict and peacebuilding" for youth from Central Asia and Afghanistan

On 18 October, the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia held a training course on “gender in the context of conflict and peacebuilding” within the framework of the Preventive Diplomacy Academy initiative (PDA). The Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Turkmenistan, Lucia Wilde, delivered a speech on the importance and value of gender equality, and noted some of the positive changes in women's participation in domestic and international politics. The participants of the Academy seminar were able to deepen their knowledge in the field of gender in the context of conflict and peacebuilding. 

To read more, click here.


UN Special Coordinator Wronecka meets with Lebanese media, students

On 19 October, as part of ongoing consultations with Lebanese stakeholders, UN Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka met with a group of senior Lebanese media editors to discuss their views on the political developments in Lebanon and to assess the role that the media can play. Underlining the importance of regulating and stabilizing the work of state institutions, the discussions reflected the growing concerns of a potential vacuum in the Lebanese presidency after the term of President Michel Aoun expires on 31 October. On 20 October, the Special Coordinator took part in a discussion with students at the Lebanese American University in Beirut. The discussions covered the aspirations of young people and their role in shaping the future of Lebanon, as well as the work of UNSCOL in promoting peace and security in Lebanon, including through the implementation of Resolution 1701 and strengthening stable and functioning state institutions, and how the youth perceive the efforts of the UN’s political mission in the country.


UNOWAS and DPPA Innovation Cell hold workshop on new technologies for conflict prevention

On 18-19 October, UNOWAS and DPPA’s Innovation Cell held a workshop to expose colleagues to methods, practices and case studies on the use of new technologies and cutting-edge approaches for conflict prevention, peacemaking and peacebuilding. The interactive sessions focused on themes such as data-enabled analysis, such as inclusive digital dialogues, social media and machine-assisted analysis in elections, and open-source earth observation), and virtual reality as immersive briefing and storytelling. The initiative is part of a series of innovation workshops with field missions to build internal capacities on the Quintet of Change of Our Common Agenda.  


Podcast: "She Stands for Peace"

New episode of “She Stands for Peace” podcast focuses advocacy for the protection of women and girls

The new episode of the podcast released this week features Fatima Maiga, who is a Founding Member and President of the Coalition des Femmes Leaders Nord, Sud et Centre du Mali (NSC). In this episode, she shares examples of advocacy for the protection of women and girls in Mali. 

Listen here


The Peacebuilding Commission holds ambasadorial meeting on The Gambia

On 18 October, the Peacebuilding Commission held an Ambassadorial-level meeting on The Gambia. It focused on the transitional justice process, including the government’s white paper on the implementation of the recommendations of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), and to discuss priority actions. Attorney General and Minister of Justice of The Gambia and a woman peacebuilder as well as the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General of UNOWAS, Resident Representative of UNDP and Director and Deputy Head of PBSO briefed the Commission. The PBC members expressed support for the priorities outlined in the White Paper, including accountability and reparations for the victims, and encouraged more international support, including through the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF), to their implementation. Welcoming the Government’s intention to convene a stakeholders’ conference in early 2023 to present details and costs of the activities and their implementation plan, they expressed their willingness to continue accompanying The Gambia in this process.


ASG Elizabeth Spehar meets with Belgian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, German Parliament, to brief on peacebuilding priorities

This week, ASG Peacebuilding Support Elizabeth Spehar met with the Belgian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and discussed UN transition contexts, among other issues. In Berlin, ASG Spehar briefed the German Parliament's sub-committee on UN, international organizations and civilian crisis prevention on UN Peacebuilding Architecture priorities, underlining how and why adequate and sustained financing is important for multilateral peacebuilding and prevention efforts. Along with State Secretary Susanne Baumann, the ASG opened an expert event on Innovative Financing for Peace, which PBSO co-hosted with the German Federal Foreign Office. The event brought together DFIs, private sector investors, development banks, NGOs, Member States and the UN, to advance thinking about a new framework for peace-positive investments. The ASG concluded the week with an expert roundtable on "making peacebuilding impact visible", hosted by Germany's Center for International Peace Operations and bringing together think tanks, evaluators, and policymakers. 

Next Week

On 24 October, the Security Council will meet on the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL); on 25 October, it will hold two briefings on the situation in Syria (on the political and humanitarian situation and on chemical weapons); on 26 October, it will meet to discuss the Great Lakes Region. On 27 October, it will discuss international peace and security. 




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On Wednesday 26 October at 9:00am EDT, there will be a Peacebuilding Commission ambassadorial-level meeting on South Sudan in Conference Room 11. Follow the meeting live on UN WebTV. From 25-26 October, the Peacebuilding Fund will hold its Mid-Term Strategy Review Workshop.