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This Week in DPPA: 24 - 30 December 2022

This Week in DPPA: 24 - 30 December 2022

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


UN is committed to stay and protect the rights of women and girls across Afghanistan, says UNAMA official

On 29 December, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) for Afghanistan with the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Ramiz Alakbarov held a press conference on the situation in Afghanistan, where he underlined the UN’s commitment to stay and protect the rights of women and girls across the country. He reported that “certain activities” had already been paused following de facto authorities’ decision to ban women from working for national and international non-governmental organizations. It is essential, he said, to explain the consequences of the Taliban's restrictions on women and girls to its leadership, "and work on the solution." He highlighted that it would be impossible, for example, to offer protection services to women, without women on staff, or reach millions of women in need, using only male workers.

Read more in UN News here


UNAMI Human Rights Office training in Dohuk 

On 28 December, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Human Rights Office, in cooperation with the Youth Development Center and the Kurdistan Students Development Center, held a two-day training workshop aimed at enhancing the understanding of civil society organizations of United Nations protection mechanisms, including the Universal Periodic Review, the Special Procedures and the Treaty Monitoring Bodies. Participants discussed the role of civil society actors on how to work effectively with these mechanisms to successfully contribute to the implementation of human rights.


Special Coordinator Wronecka calls for swift investigation into death of UNIFIL peacekeeper

In a series of recent meetings with Lebanese officials in Beirut, UN Special Coordinator of the Secretary-General for Lebanon (UNSCOL) Joanna Wronecka emphasized the importance of a swift and transparent investigation into the death of an Irish peacekeeper on 14 December, who was serving with UNIFIL in south Lebanon, and the injury of three others. The Special Coordinator was regularly briefed by UNIFIL Force Commander Maj. Gen. Aroldo Lazaro on the developments related to the incident. During several media interviews, Wronecka highlighted the need to uncover the facts of the incident and to bring those responsible to justice. She also relayed her condolences to the Commander Officer of the Irish Polish Battalion with UNIFIL and wished a speedy recovery for the injured. In a separate meeting on 21 December, the Special Coordinator and the Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces, Gen. Joseph Aoun, evaluated the cooperation between the Lebanese Armed Forces and UNSCOL and stressed the importance of safeguarding strong cooperation with UNIFIL. 


The UN Mission to Support the Hudaydah Agreement explains its work and mandate in new video

The UN Mission to Support the Hudaydah Agreement (UNMHA) has been active since 2019. The Governorate’s three ports - Hudaydah, As Salif and Ras Issa - receive close to 70 per cent of Yemen’s imports, including critical commercial and humanitarian goods. In a new video, UNMHA's Head of Mission Michael Beary and Deputy Vivian van de Perre explain the Mission's mandate.

Watch the video here

Great Lakes region

Office of Special Envoy for Great Lakes region launches “Our Region – Our Vision” photo contest

On 24 December, the Office of the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region (OSESG-GL) launched "The Great Lakes Region Through Your Lens" Photo Contest, aimed at showcasing progress and ongoing efforts towards a more peaceful, stable, inclusive and prosperous Great Lakes region. The project marks the 10th anniversary of the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Submissions are accepted through 5 December 2023.

Read more here


UNSOM Deputy SRSG discusses voter registration process with the President of the Puntland State of Somalia

On 30 December, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) Kiki Gbeho met with the president of Puntland State of Somalia, Said Abdullahi Deni. Discussions focused on the outcome of the National Consultative Council meeting and the importance of a violence-free and inclusive voter registration process


UNITAMS Regional Office discusses the Political Framework Agreement with representatives of the Native Administration in El Fasher

On 27 December, the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) Regional Office in Darfur met with representatives of the Native Administration in El Fasher, North Darfur. They exchanged views on the Political Framework Agreement signed on 5 December 2022.

UNITAMS engages police personnel on prevention and investigation of sexual and gender-based violence

UNITAMS’s Police Advisory Unit organized a workshop on the prevention and investigation of sexual gender-based violence (SGBV) and conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) for 40 police personnel. Participants stressed the need to adapt a community-policing approach to bridge the gap between the civilian population and the Police. Liu Cao, UNITAMS Police Advisor, said the Mission's support to both government institutions and communities will continue as they make progress towards preventing and addressing SGBV and CRSV.

Read more here

New Agenda for Peace

A call for ideas and a vision for the Secretary-General’s “New Agenda for Peace”

DPPA is helping to draft a “New Agenda for Peace,” an initiative aimed at revitalizing how the global community responds to violent conflict, as called for by the Secretary-General’s Our Common Agenda report. Along with Member States, civil society groups and representatives from around the world are encouraged to submit their ideas to the email address NewAgendaForPeace@un.org in any of the six UN official languages by 15 January 2023.

Multi-Year Appeal 

This week, DPPA received voluntary contribution from the People's Republic of China to DPPA's Multi-Year Appeal, which will support our conflict prevention, mediation and sustainable peace work around the world.  

Next Week

Japan takes over the Security Council presidency for January 2023.

Finally, we take this opportunity to wish you a happy New Year!

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