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This Week in DPPA: 22 - 26 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

Special Envoy for Syria briefs Security Council as 22nd anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325 approaches

On 25 October, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General Geir Pedersen briefed the Council on the situation in Syria, pointing to a  continuing political stalemate against the backdrop of a worsening security and humanitarian situation. “Tragically, the political process has not so far delivered for the Syrian people, and they continue to suffer, not least from acute violence,” he said. Emphasizing that the conflict was still very active across the country, he also described the economic challenges it faced, as well as his concern over humanitarian suffering. “It is vital to ensure increased and unfettered humanitarian access to all people in need throughout Syria, via the most direct routes, including cross-border and cross-line access,” he said.

Read full remarks here


In first briefing to the Council as Special Representative to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily reports political deadlock in the country 

On October 24, Abdoulaye Bathily, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Libya and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), briefed the Council for the first time since becoming Head of the Mission on 25 September. The SRSG underlined that the political deadlock in the country persisted “with no clear end in sight.” He also said that efforts to resolve the remaining outstanding issues related to the constitutional basis for elections did not appear to have led to concrete action by the relevant actors, further “delaying prospects for the holding of inclusive, free and fair elections aimed at ending the transition and reinstating the legitimacy of institutions.”

Read full remarks here

Special Envoy Huang Xia tells Council that Great Lakes region continues to face instability due to armed groups

On 26 October, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, Huang Xia, briefed the Council on the latest political and security developments in the region. Since the beginning of the year, the region had witnessed a deterioration of the security situation, the Special Envoy said, which had been characterized by a surge in attacks by armed groups operating in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. He noted that the persistence of the activities of armed groups fuelled insecurity and rekindled mistrust and tensions between the countries of the region. He also informed the Council members of his political engagements with regional officials in support of the ongoing efforts to de-escalate the situation.

Watch full remarks here

Special Coordinator stresses that Israel and Palestine must take steps to ‘restore calm’ in occupied West Bank

Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, briefed the Security Council on 28 October in the wake of escalating confrontations between Israeli security forces (ISF) and militants. “Decades of violence and its toll on both Israelis and Palestinians, as well as a prolonged absence of meaningful negotiations and a failure to resolve the key issues fuelling the conflict, have created fertile ground for this dynamic”, the Special Coordinator noted, adding that the immediate priority is to work to calm the situation and reverse the negative trends on the ground.

Read full remarks here

Security Council extended mandate of UN Verification Mission in Colombia

Reaffirming the Security Council's commitment to peace in Colombia, the 15-member Council extended the Mandate of United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia until 31 October 2023, by unanimously adopting the resolution 2655 (2022). Rosemary A. DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, said in a Tweet that “Colombia’s expanding efforts to build inclusive, lasting peace merit the world's admiration and support” and welcomed the Security Council’s unified message in renewing the mandate.

To download the resolution, click here


Day of Peace and Reconciliation in Miranda, Cauca

On 23 and 24 October, former FARC combatants, with the support of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, Pastoral Social, and members of the community, celebrated the Day of Peace and Reconciliation in Miranda, Cauca, with an arts festival. They created murals in two schools in Monterredondo village on the theme of peacebuilding, environmental conservation and mutual respect. Alongside the participation of over 100 people from the village, the children also wrote messages about peace and fraternity in a series of drawings that were exhibited.


Special Coordinator for Lebanon welcomes delineation of maritime boundary between Lebanon and Israel following US mediation

In a 27 October statement, Special Coordinator of the Secretary-General for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka welcomed the handover of letters delineating the maritime boundary between Lebanon and Israel following US mediation under the leadership of Special Presidential Coordinator Amos Hochstein. “This is a historic achievement at many levels. I hope it will serve as a confidence-building measure that promotes more security and stability in the region and economic benefits for both countries,” said the Special Coordinator, who received the signed maritime coordinates from both countries at the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) premises in Naqoura.

Read full statement here

On visit to Saudi Arabia, Special Coordinator discusses peace and security with key officials


On 23 October, Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka visited Saudi Arabia as part of her regular consultations with key regional and international stakeholders. She met with the Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel El-Jubair and Deputy Foreign Minister Walid Ben Abdel-Karim El-Khereiji, as well as representatives of the diplomatic community in Riyadh. The discussions focused on the situation in Lebanon and the region and the importance of safeguarding Lebanon’s peace, security and stability, especially through functioning and empowered state institutions.

UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon discusses support with diplomatic community 

On 28 October, Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka hosted a discussion with ambassadors accredited to Lebanon from on the main challenges facing the country, and how the international community can best coordinate to support it. The Special Coordinator held a similar discussion with a visiting delegation from the American Task Force, including several members of the US Congress.



United Nations in Iraq marks UN Day with powerful digital display on one of Baghdad’s tallest buildings 

Marking the UN Day on 24 October, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) projected a digital billboard showcasing the work of the United Nations in Iraq on the Baghdad Mall tower, one of the tallest buildings in the capital. The vibrant outdoor display covered the entire oval-shaped building with a series of images conveying the United Nations’ commitment to the people of Iraq to work together for a stable and prosperous future and to meet the targets of the ‘Global Goals’ and ‘Leave No One Behind’. It was an opportunity to showcase what the UN in Iraq wants to achieve: to safeguard the future of Iraqi youth, to foster constructive dialogue and social cohesion and to promote human rights and freedom of expression, as well as providing life-saving assistance to those in need. 

DSRSG Claudio Cordone meets with officials in Mosul to discuss current political situation

On 25 October, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq for Political Affairs and Electoral Assistance, Claudio Cordone, visited Mosul, Ninewa Governorate, where he met with Najm Al-Jubouri, the Governor of Ninewa. They discussed the current political and security situation in the governorate, including the implementation of the Sinjar Agreement. The DSRSG also met with the Mayor of Mosul, Ameen Ibrahim Fanash, with whom he discussed the current political situation as well as rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts in Ninewa, alongside the support of the United Nations for those efforts. DSRSG Cordone also visited Bytna Association youth project in the Old City of Mosul and the UNESCO sites of the rehabilitation of the Al Nouri Mosque, Al Tahera Church and Al Saa’a Church under the #RevivetheSpritofMosul initiative. 


UN Special Representative Rosa Otunbayeva visits a girls’ school, meets with education community

This week, Special Envoy Rosa Otunbayeva met in Kapisa with local de facto authorities, ulemas & community elders, and visited a girls’ school, where discussions were held with education community, including female teachers. Ms. Otunbayeva heard about immense needs. Not only is aid support is vital, but there is a great need for development and generating job opportunities for all, primarily for youth. She left a clear message: Afghans should not feel abandoned.

Central Asia

UNRCCA co-organizes interactive training course on aviation matters, including Advance Passenger Information

From 24-27 October 2022, the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) in partnership with the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) and the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (RATS SCO) organized a training course on Advance Passenger Information (API) and Passenger Name Record (PNR) data in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The training course covered the analysis of the threat environment, international legal frameworks and requirements related to API/PNR.

Read more here


Peacebuilding Commission holds meeting on South Sudan on accountable governance

On 26 October, the Peacebuilding Commission held its first meeting on South Sudan under the theme “Building Peace through Institutions and Governance." With a focus on accountable governance, public financial management, and the delivery of basic services, the meeting provided an opportunity for the Government to brief the Commission on its peacebuilding efforts to support the implementation of the benchmarks in the revitalized peace agreement. The Minister of Peacebuilding, the Minister of Defence, and the Minister of Health briefed the Commission on the country's peacebuilding priorities, including SSR, socio-economic revitalization, and promoting national reconciliation. Senior officials from IGAD and the World Bank underscored the need to scale up partnerships focusing on enhancing institutional capacity-building and accountable governance, while the UN DSRSG/HC/RC noted the importance of operating across the triple nexus of HPD work. A women peacebuilder and pro-democracy activist representing civil society called for strong political will to restore trust between public institutions and the people of South Sudan.  

Peacebuilding Commission submits advice to the Security Council on the Great Lakes Region

On 26 October, the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) submitted written advice to the Security Council on the Great Lakes region. The PBC commended continuing dialogue efforts and reiterated its commitment to mobilizing support for the implementation of the UN Strategy for Peace Consolidation, Conflict Prevention and Conflict Resolution in the Great Lakes Region. The PBC encouraged strengthening the role of women and youth in political and peace processes and urged the adoption of National Action Plans for Women, Peace and Security and Youth, Peace and Security. Further, the PBC stressed the importance of partnerships with regional and sub-regional organizations, IFIs and the private sector and encouraged the greater commitment of donors to support impact-driven peacebuilding initiatives including by Agencies, Funds and Programmes in the region.

ASG Spehar opens mid-term review workshop of Peacebuilding Fund Strategy

On October 25, Elizabeth Spehar, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, opened the two-day mid-term review workshop of the Peacebuilding Fund’s Strategy 2020-2024. Key participants included representatives of partner governments, donor member states, civil society organizations, and UN agencies. The workshop aimed at gathering feedback on the Fund’s performance for the period 2020-2022 and taking stock of the initial findings through discussions on fostering inclusion, engagement and ownership. ASG Spehar underscored that daunting and multifaceted global challenges cannot be addressed without collective, multilateral responses. She also noted that the Fund will be putting together a response plan at the conclusion of the review process. 

Next Week

On 31 October, the Security Council will be briefed on threats to international peace and security. 

Ghana will assume the Presidency of the Security Council for the month of November. 


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On 31 October, the Peacebuilding Commission Ambassadorial-level meeting on the Great Lakes region will be held at 10 am (Conference Room 11).