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This Week in DPPA: 17 - 23 September 2022

This Week in DPPA is a brief roundup of political and peacebuilding events and developments at UNHQ and around the world. 
High-level event on margins of the General Assembly focuses on insecurity in the Sahel 

On 22 September, The Secretary-General, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, the President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission and the Executive Secretary of the G5 Sahel convened a high-level event on the Sahel. Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo moderated the meeting.  Mahamadou Issoufou, Chairman of the Independent High-Level Panel on Security, Governance and Development in the Sahel, provided updates on the Panel, which is mandated to take stock of the ongoing security, governance, and development efforts underway and to make recommendations for strengthening international coordination in the region. The event commenced with opening remarks from the panelists, before moving into a closed session. 

Watch opening remarks here 

USG DiCarlo addresses ministerial-level meeting of the Group of Friends of Mediation 

On 21 September, USG DiCarlo spoke to the Group of Friends of Mediation at a ministerial-level breakfast. She underscored that the prevention of humanitarian crises was at the core of what the United Nations seeks to achieve through its practice of mediation and good offices.  She highlighted work in Yemen on the 2018 Hudaydah Agreement and the April 2022 UN-brokered country-wide truce, which has delivered humanitarian benefits to the Yemeni people. 

Read full remarks here  

USG DiCarlo joins high-level panel discussion on climate security  

On 20 September, USG DiCarlo joined a high-level panel on “Advancing Climate Security in the Year of Implementation” at the International Peace Institute.  The event highlighted ways climate security interventions at the local, regional, national, and international levels can be invested in and scaled, practical solutions to advance them, and the policies needed at the global level to raise ambition. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, IPI President, gave opening remarks. Speakers included Nisreen Elsaim, Chair of UN Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change; Ann Linde, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden; John Kerry, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate; Christian Guillermet-Fernández, Vice Minister of Multilateral Affairs of Costa Rica; Aminath Shauna, Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Technology, of Maldives.

Watch the recorded event here 

Security Council

Security Council holds high-level meeting on Ukraine 

On 21 September, the Security Council held a high-level meeting on the maintenance of peace and security of Ukraine. The Secretary-General said that that Russia’s war in Ukraine showed no sign of letting up, adding that “The idea of nuclear conflict, once unthinkable, has become a subject of debate.” He underscored his deep concern over recent reports of “plans to organize so-called ‘referenda’ in areas of Ukraine that are currently not under government control. Any annexation of a State’s territory by another State resulting from the threat or use of force is a violation of the UN Charter and of international law.” He also noted the need to end impunity for international crimes. Karim Khan, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, also briefed the Council. 


Watch the full meeting here 

Read the Secretary-General’s full remarks here 


Women former combatants launch first community shop in Santander de Quilichao, Cauca 

On 19 September, a group of 10 women former combatants inaugurated a community shop in the municipality of Santander de Quilichao.  The store sells products made by cooperatives of former FARC combatants, indigenous communities and victims' organizations in the north of the department of Cauca. The UN Verification Mission in Colombia, UN Development Programme and the National Reincorporation Agency provided support for the project, which promotes economic reincorporation with a gender focus, as well as the peacebuilding and reconciliation processes in the territory. 

Great Lakes region

Regional Directors of UN entities meet to pave the way for the implementation of the UN Regional Strategy for the Great Lakes region 

On 23 September, Senior representatives of UN entities in the Great Lakes region met in Nairobi, Kenya, to pave the way for the implementation of the UN Strategy for Peace Consolidation, Conflict Prevention and Conflict Resolution in the Great Lakes region. In his opening remarks as co-host of the meeting, Huang Xia, Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, stressed that the Organization’s longstanding commitment to peace, security and economic development in the region is embodied by the Regional Strategy to help achieve inclusive peace, prosperity, and sustainable and people-centred development.


UNAMI Human Rights Office in Erbil holds training for civil society groups on citizen’s rights advocacy 

On 20 September, the UNAMI Human Rights Office in Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, conducted a one-day training for civil society organizations. The goal of the training was to help empower civil society to advocate for citizen’s rights to adequate food, housing, education, health, social security, decent jobs, as well as to take part in cultural life.  


UN Special Coordinator Meets Lebanese Officials 

This week, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka held a round of meetings with senior Lebanese officials to encourage steps towards Lebanon’s recovery and for safeguarding the country’s security and stability.  In her meeting with President Michel Aoun, the Special Coordinator underlined the importance of respecting Lebanon’s constitutional timelines, including to hold presidential elections on time, before the end of October. She also met with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri to discuss the critical role the Parliament should play in expediting the adoption of reforms necessary for Lebanon to be able to conclude a bail-out agreement with the IMF. And amid growing concerns over the security situation, she discussed with the caretaker Minister of Defense measures needed to safeguard Lebanon’s security and stability, including by supporting the Lebanese army. The Special Coordinator also met with the President of the Higher Judicial Council and underlined the importance of supporting the independence of the judiciary.  

Peace Day

The UN Office of the African Union launches conflict-prevention education technology 

On 21 September, the International Day for Peace, UNOAU collaborated with the African Union Commission’s Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security (AUC PAPS) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to launch a game called “Mission 55 – Conflict in Anaka.” By solving conflicts that erupt in the various stages of the game, users are introduced to tools included in the AU’s African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) and the African Governance Architecture. 

Peace Day: an opportunity to advance peacebuilding in Colombia 

On 21 September, the International Day of Peace, Special Representative Carlos Ruiz Massieu and Colombia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Leonor Zalabata, delivered a joint message calling for "building a country where racism disappears, with social justice, with environmental justice, in total peace." In Bogotá, the UN Verification Mission and the UN system in Colombia joined the office of the city’s mayor [in organizing?] a concert by the Daughters and Sons of Peace Choir, a group comprised of children of former combatants.  

Watch the joint message here 


ASG Spehar speaks at high-level event on the International Dialogue for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding  

On 20 September, Mohammed Shahriar Alam, State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, participated in high-level luncheon of the International Dialogue for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS), hosted by UNDP, as the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) Chair, together with the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, Elizabeth Spehar. In his remarks, the PBC Chair spoke about the progress made by the PBC through the implementation of the 2022 programme of work, emphasizing the need to focus on conflict-affected countries, ensuring that the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals is inclusive while continuing efforts to address the root causes of conflict. ASG Spehar expressed her hope that the Dialogue would contribute to furthering South-south cooperation and triangular collaboration in support of peacebuilding.  

Next Week

On 26 September, the Security Council will hear a briefing on Haiti. On 27 September, it will meet on the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA); on 28 September it will meet on the Middle East; on 29 September there will be a resolution tabled on the maintenance of international peace and security and a meeting on the Middle East.  

On 26 September at 9 a.m., the Peacebuilding Commission will hold an Ambassadorial-level meeting on Timor-Leste. 




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