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This Week in DPPA: 20 - 26 June 2020


20 - 26 June 2020

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


Somalia – UN Envoy calls for continued support to help Somalia’s COVID-19 fight
Support provided by international partners has enabled Somalia to provide facilities for patient care in the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but more international assistance is needed to help the federal government in critical response areas, Special Representative and Head of UNSOM James Swan said during a visit to De Martini Hospital in Mogadishu on 21 June. “As friends and partners, we have been honored to help you and to stand by your side and to provide support. The core work and leadership has been yours, but it has been our privilege to offer some assistance through the World Health Organization, the International Organization for Migration, through the United Nations Children’s Fund and through many other UN entities that have contributed since the beginning of this pandemic,” he said.
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Iraq – Special Representative salutes immense bravery and sacrifice of health workers
The Special Representative and Head of UNAMI, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, and the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in Iraq, Dr. Adham Ismail, visited the Ministry of Health in Baghdad on 24 June. The visit followed up on Iraq’s ongoing efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic considering the recent spike in cases. “We salute the hard work, immense bravery and sacrifice of healthcare workers who give their all, even their lives, to help defend us from the pandemic. Our sincere condolences go out to all those who have lost loved ones to the disease,” Ms Hennis-Plasschaert said at a press conference.
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Colombia - UN Mission continues to transport humanitarian aid
The United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia on 24 and 25 June facilitated the transport of humanitarian aid for in-need families in the communities of Acandí, Nuquí and Bahía Solano in the department of Chocó, western Colombia. The aid was sent by the Archdiocese of Quibdó to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 in these municipalities. The Mission transported 400 food kits in its helicopters.
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Peacebuilding Commission meeting on Guinea-Bissau 
On 24 June the Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), Guinea-Bissau Configuration, H.E. Mr. Ronaldo Costa Filho, provided an update on political developments and the COVID-19 pandemic in Guinea-Bissau, including the impact of the disease on peacebuilding priorities, socio-economic development and the UN transition process. The PBC expressed hope for the timely resolution of the current political impasse in Guinea-Bissau and thanked the Special Representative and Head of UNIOGBIS, Rosine Sori-Coulibaly, and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for their dedication and efforts. The PBC expressed support for the Special Representative’s proposed coordination platform with national authorities and international partners.
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Meeting of Peacebuilding Fund Advisory Group
The first meeting of the sixth Advisory Group (AG) of the UN Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) took place on 24 June. The AG, an independent panel of ten eminent personalities provides the Secretary-General with appropriate advice on strengthening the functioning and use of PBF. The members reviewed progress of the impact, quality, and size of PBF in driving reforms. Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, emphasized the growing demand for support, which has accelerated as a result of the pandemic. He also discussed the state of peacebuilding financing in the context of the peacebuilding architecture review. Marc-André Franche, Chief, Financing for Peacebuilding Branch, highlighted the Fund's role in mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and its response to date in supporting the UN Resident Coordinators and Country Teams across the globe.
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Security Council

Mladenov: “Annexation could irrevocably alter the nature of Israeli-Palestinian relations”
Special Coordinator Nickolay Mladenov on 24 June briefed the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East. “Annexation could irrevocably alter the nature of Israeli-Palestinian relations. It risks up-ending more than a quarter of a century of international efforts in support of a future viable Palestinian State living in peace, security and mutual recognition with the State of Israel,” the Special Coordinator warned.  
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Lyons: “By working together, we can overcome COVID-19”
Special Representative Deborah Lyons on 25 June briefed the Council on the situation in Afghanistan and the work of UNAMA in the country. “By working together, we can overcome COVID and support Afghanistan at the beginning of its nascent peace process so that its people can finally achieve the lasting peace they deserve”, Ms. Lyons said.
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Call for global ceasefire

New policy note explores challenges and opportunities
DPPA’s Policy and Mediation Division/Mediation Support Unit issued on 24 June a policy note  on the Secretary-General’s call for global ceasefire . As of 23 June 2020, the call had received support from 179 Member States and one non-member observer State, as well as a range of regional organizations and international and local civil society actors. The Secretary-General appealed on 23 March for an immediate global ceasefire to help create conditions for the delivery of lifesaving aid, reinforce diplomatic action and bring hope to places that are among the most vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The international community pledges support to Sudan’s transition  
Germany, the European Union, the United Nations and Sudan hosted a high-level partnership conference on 25 June to support Sudan’s economic reforms and mitigate their social impact on its population. International partners pledged a total of $1.8 billion. The World Bank also committed to providing an additional pre-arrears clearance grant of up to $400 million. This includes support to improving macro-economic stabilisation and the Sudan Family Support Program, which will provide vital assistance to millions of vulnerable people, direct help to enhance Sudan’s capacity to respond to COVID-19, and more generally, humanitarian assistance and development cooperation. “Strong show of support for Sudan’s political and economic transition at today’s High-Level Sudan Partnership Conference. UN ready to work closely with the Transitional Government and the people of Sudan on the road to peace, democracy and inclusive economic recovery,” Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo tweeted.
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West Africa and the Sahel

New Deputy Special Representative appointed
Secretary-General António Guterres on 25 June announced the appointment of Ms. Giovanie Biha of Burundi as his new Deputy Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel, at the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS). Ms. Biha succeeds Ruby Sandhu-Rojon of the United States, who will complete her assignment on 10 July 2020.
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Meeting with the Prime Minister
Special Representative Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert met with Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi in Baghdad on 22 June. They discussed political and economic developments in Iraq, including outstanding Bahdad-Erbil issues. On 23 June, Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert met with Foreign Minister Fuad Hussain, with whom she discussed the work of the UN in Iraq and ways to maintain domestic and regional stability.
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New Deputy Special Coordinator appointed
The Secretary-General on 19 June announced the appointment of Najat Rochdi of Morocco as his Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon, in the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL) and Resident Coordinator. Ms. Rochdi will also serve as Humanitarian Coordinator. She succeeds Philippe Lazzarini of Switzerland, who completed his assignment on 31 March.
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Former combatants continue to make progress in their reintegration
In the Tumaco municipality, Nariño, in southern Colombia, 34 former combatants have established the 'Nueva Esperanza del Pacífico' cooperative to advance in their reintegration process. With the support of the UN Verification Mission and the Agency for Reintegration and Normalization, they have implemented a laying hen project, and are also working on a coconut and cocoa commercialization project with the support of UNDP. To strengthen their capacities in entrepreneurship and marketing of rural services, they are receiving training from the National Learning Service (SENA).
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