Welcome to the United Nations

This Week in DPPA: 24 - 30 September 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 Representative and Head of BINUH briefs the Security Council on the question of Haiti 

On 26 September, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti Helen La Lime emphasized in a briefing to the Security Council that “an economic crisis, a gang crisis, and a political crisis have converged into a humanitarian catastrophe.” She went on to stress that despite challenges, national stakeholders have been able to re-engage, while the Haitian National Police have worked to restore some freedom of movement for the population.  She called on the Council to take urgent action to support Haitians in their efforts to gain a better future. 

Watch full remarks here

USG DiCarlo underscores that so-called "referenda” held by Russia in Ukraine “cannot be called a genuine expression of the popular will” 

On 27 September, Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo, briefing the Council on the so-called "referenda” held by the Russian Federation on occupied Ukrainian territory,” underscored that “Unilateral actions aimed to provide a veneer of legitimacy to the attempted acquisition by force by one State of another State’s territory, while claiming to represent the will of the people, cannot be regarded as legal under international law.” The Under-Secretary-General also urged Member States to do all they could to end the war and ensure lasting peace, in accordance with the principles of the Charter and international law.

Read full remarks here 

DSRSG Potzel briefs the Security Council on the situation in Afghanistan 

On 27 September, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan noted in the Council that the Taliban’s ongoing ban on secondary education for girls is the only such prohibition in the world. Growing restrictions on women’s rights signal that the Taliban is indifferent to more than 50 per cent of the population and willing to risk international isolation, he added.  If the Taliban does not respond to the needs of the whole of Afghan society and engage constructively with the international community, it is unclear what could come next, he said, detailing fragmentation, isolation, poverty and internal conflict as likely scenarios. 

Read full remarks here 

Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process provides update 

On 28 September, Special Coordinator Tor Wennesland provided the Security Council with an update on the Middle East, including on the Palestinian question.  He reported that settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory had continued, as had violence against civilians. He called for support from the international community for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNWRA), which needed sustainable sources of funding for the delivery of vital services to millions of Palestinian refugees. 

Read full remarks here

Central and West Africa

Sharing good practices on farmer-herder dynamics

On 29 and 30 September, the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) and the Office of the Special Coordinator for Development in the Sahel organized an inter-regional workshop on good practices in farmer-herder dynamics in West and Central Africa. Participants from six countries shared best practices in the prevention and management of conflicts, in particular on mechanisms for dialogue and early warning and supervision, as well as alternatives to traditional transhumance. The workshop will be followed by joint field visits and a subsequent workshop establishing a community of practice in the two sub-regions. The event, held in Yaoundé, Cameroun, brought together about 50 participants.  


Special Representative Hennis-Plasschaert meets with Iraqi officials to discuss political situation 

On 26 September, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, met in Baghdad with the Speaker of the Council of Representatives, Mohammed Al-Halbousi. They discussed the latest political developments in the country. On 27 September 2022, the Special Representative met the Head of al-Seyada (Sovereignty) Alliance, Sheikh Khamis Al-Khanjar. They discussed the latest political developments in the country. 


UN Special Coordinator encourages Lebanon leaders to strengthen state institutions 

This week, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka encouraged Lebanese leaders and representatives to work on strengthening and empowering the country’s state institutions, including by respecting constitutional timelines and adopting pro-reform laws that support Lebanon’s recovery process.  After a first inconclusive presidential election session in Parliament on Wednesday, she said more concerted steps should be taken to ensure a president is elected on time before the end of outgoing President Michel Aoun’s term on 31 October. In a meeting with Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati, the Special Coordinator also stressed the need for a fully functional government in Lebanon that can deliver for the people. The Special Coordinator also met with the caretaker Minister of Information to discuss press freedoms and access to verified information, in order to curb the spread of hate speech and mis/disinformation.     

Central Asia

UNRCCA co-organizes regional forum on civil society and the implementation of national action plans on preventing violent extremism 

On 28-30 September, the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), in partnership with the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), organized a regional forum on the role of civil society organizations in the implementation of national action plans on preventing and countering of violent extremism in Central Asia. Held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, the meeting served as a platform to increase interaction and partnership between civil society and state institutions, as well as to promote contacts among civil society organizations within the region. The discussions produced a set of recommendations for government and non-government organizations on countering violent extremism.

Read more here


DPPA’s virtual reality film “Pathways Colombia” screened in Dabeiba and Mutatá 

On 28 and 29 September, The UN Verification Mission in Colombia celebrated the International Day of Peace with a virtual reality movie, “Pathways Colombia,” which shows the progress of the implementation of the Peace Agreement. Joining the Mission were former FARC combatants and more than 200 children from three reintegration areas and five surrounding villages in the municipalities of Dabeiba and Mutatá, in Antioquia.  The film was produced by DPPA’s Innovation Cell, with funding from Multi-Year Appeal. 

Learn more about #PathwaysColombia here

Colombia cartoonist “Matador” presents cartoons on the Colombian Peace Agreement 

On 26 September, with support from the UN Mission in Colombia and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), famous Colombian cartoonist Julio Cesar Gonzalez Quiceno, also known as “Matador,” presented 27 cartoons and an interactive video on the Colombia Peace Agreement.  The work was presented to children and young students, social leaders, victims of the conflict and people in the process of reintegration in the town of La Paz, Cesar, in northern Colombia.

Watch the video here

Podcast: "She Stands for Peace"

New episodes focus on academia, partnerships, and enabling environments for peacebuilding

New episodes of the podcast released this week feature a variety of voices from the world of peacebuilding, including Dr. Mandiedza Parichi, Chairperson for the Peace Studies Department at the Midlands State University in Gweru, who discusses the role academia can play in peacebuilding processes. Also featured is Hamsatu Allamin, the Founder and Executive Director of the Allamin Foundation for Peace and Development, who shares her views on partnerships in peacebuilding and reconciliation; and Ilwad Elman from the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre, who discusses the challenges and trauma of peacebuilding, as well as her work in supporting survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.


Listen here  


Peacebuilding Commission holds first meeting on Timor-Leste 

On 26 September, the Peacebuilding Commission convened a meeting on Timor-Leste. Participants included the President of Timor Leste, Ramos-Horta and former president Mr. Gusmão, as well as civil society representatives and senior UN officials, including the ASG for Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, the ASG for Peacebuilding Support and the Resident Coordinator in Timor-Leste.  The meeting marked a first-time exchange between the Commission and Timor-Leste on the country’s peacebuilding experiences. Timor-Leste shared good practices and lessons learned from its peacebuilding process, while the Commission welcomed Timor-Leste’s role in international engagement in support of conflict-affected countries and regions.

Next Week

For the month of October, Gabon will take over the Security Council presidency.


Subscribe to This Week in DPPA here

Contact DPPA at dppa@un.org