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This Week in DPPA: 16 - 22 July 2022

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

Security Council

Special Coordinator for Lebanon tells Security Council country is at “a crossroad between rebound or collapse” 

Joanna Wronecka, the Special Coordinator for Lebanon, briefed the Security Council in person on 21 July in closed consultations on the Secretary-General’s latest report on that country. Underscoring the dire nature of the unrelenting socio-economic crisis, the Special Coordinator warned that  Lebanon’s trajectory will depend on the country's leaders and their willingness to implement sustainable solutions. All relevant Lebanese stakeholders must put the country’s national interests first and accelerate the formation of a government, she said. 

Read more here 


Special Representative discusses political situation in the country 

On 20 July, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq and Head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, met in Baghdad with the head of the State of Law coalition, Nouri al-Maliki. They discussed the political situation in the country, including the need to form a government that meets the expectations of the Iraqi people. She also met with Qassim Al-Araji, Iraq National Security Adviser, where they discussed, among other things, need to swiftly implement the Sinjar Agreement.  

UNAMI welcomes new Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General 

On 19 July, the Secretary-General appointed Ghulam Mohammad Isaczai of Afghanistan as his new Deputy Special Representative for Iraq in the UNAMI and Resident Coordinator. Mr. Isaczai will also serve as the UN Humanitarian Coordinator. 


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Iraq Mission Human Rights Office discusses accountability for violations with legal sector and civil society 

On 19 July, the UNAMI Human Rights Office held a roundtable in Basra with civil society activists on the “Update on Accountability in Iraq” report. On 18 July, the UNAMI Human Rights Office in Kirkuk organized a workshop with the city's Human Rights Judge, members of the Kirkuk Bar Association, lawyers, women’s and human rights activists and discussed accountability and redress for human rights violations. 



“The parties must rise to the occasion and not miss this opportunity”, says Special Envoy for Yemen 

The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, has intensified his engagements this week with the parties concerned to support the implementation of all elements of the truce and to explore possibilities for an expanded and extended truce beyond 2 August. The current truce has largely held for almost four months, marking the longest period of relative calm in more than seven years and a significant decrease in the number of civilian casualties. The ultimate goal is to move toward a political settlement to end the conflict, he said. 

Read more here 



Over 2,000 civilian casualties reported in Afghanistan since Taliban takeover, says UNAMA report 

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released a report on 20 July on the human rights situation in the country over the 10 months since the Taliban took power. The Mission recorded 700 civilians killed and 1,406 wounded between mid-August 2021 and mid-June 2022. The erosion of women’s rights has been one of the most notable aspects of the de facto administration to date, according to the report. 

Read more here 

Central Asia

UNRCCA co-organizes meeting with UNOCT and donor community on counter-terrorism in the region 

On 20 July, the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), together with the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), convened a meeting at UN Headquarters in New York with ambassadors from Central Asian states and the donor community. Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Asia and the Head of UNRCCA, Natalia Gherman, highlighted the challenges surrounding the prevention of violent extremism and countering terrorism.

Read more here 

Great Lakes region

Greater women's representation in electoral bodies 

The Office of the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region and the Lusaka-based Levy Mwanawasa Regional Centre for Democracy and Good Governance co-chaired a workshop from 19-20 July on strengthening women’s representation in election management bodies. “For peaceful and resilient societies to emerge, women must be able to lead and contribute – as candidates or voters or as observers – on an equal footing as men”, said Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region Huang Xia in his opening remarks.


Peacebuilding Commission Chair speaks at high-level General Assembly and ECOSOC dialogue on “The Africa We Want" 

The Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), Mr. Md Monwar Hossain, on 20 July attended a roundtable on domestic resource mobilization, innovative financing and global partnerships for recovery and progress on the SDGs, as part of the Special Dialogue of the Presidents of the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council on “The Africa We Want: Reconfirming the Development of Africa as a Priority of the United Nations System”. Mr. Hossain called for greater multilateral action and political engagement, and underscored the importance of adequate, predictable and sustained financing for comprehensive and inclusive approaches to peace and development in Africa and beyond. 

Read his full remarks here 



Multi-Year Appeal  

This week, DPPA has received contributions from Switzerland for mediation and electoral assistance work, and from Japan for the Rapid Response Window for Ukraine and the Interactive Handbook on the Security Council Working Methods. 


Next Week

Assistant Secretary-General for Africa Martha Pobee will brief the Security Council on the situation in Libya on Monday, 25 July. The former and current PBC Chairs will brief on peacebuilding and sustaining peace on Wednesday, 27 July. In closed consultations, the Council will discuss UNRCCA and Syria on Thursday, 28 July.  

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