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This Week in DPPA: 25 June - 1 July 2022

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

Security Council

DiCarlo: Restoring Iran nuclear agreement will require additional effort and patience 

Briefing the Security Council on 30 June on the Iran nuclear issue, Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, said that achieving the landmark Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) took determined diplomacy; restoring it will take additional effort and patience. She and the Secretary-General urged the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States to quickly resume cooperation under the JCPOA.  She hoped Iran and the United States would continue to build on the momentum of the last few days of talks, facilitated by the European Union in Doha, to resolve outstanding issues. 

Read full remarks here 

UN News on the briefing here 

Syria needs urgent action to implement a comprehensive political solution 

Geir Pedersen, the Special Envoy for Syria, briefed the Council on 29 June.  In his remarks, he reiterated the importance of the three-pronged framework of Security Council resolution 2585 (2021) - cross-line, cross-border, and early recovery. With humanitarian needs growing and civilians in desperate need, he said, it is essential for the Security Council to renew this framework for an additional twelve months. “My message is simple: Don’t forget Syria. Find unity on Syria. Help the Syrians begin to emerge from this tragic conflict,” he said in closing. 

Read full remarks here 

Death, destruction, dislocation and disruption must stop now in Ukraine 

Speaking in the Council on the conflict in Ukraine on 28 June, USG DiCarlo said: “We have run out of words to describe the senselessness, futility and cruelty of this war.” Civilians continue to pay too high a price, she added, calling for an end to the fighting.  

Read her full remarks here 

UN News on the briefing here 

UN’s priority in Libya remains to facilitate a return to the electoral process 

On 27 June, USG Rosemary DiCarlo briefed the Council on the situation in Libya.  She said that elections are the only path to settle the disagreements over the democratic legitimacy of all Libyan institutions. She urged members of the Council to press on the Libyan parties to move towards an agreement leading to elections at the earliest possible date.

Read her full remarks here 

UN News on the briefing here 

Wennesland: “There is no substitute for a legitimate political process that will resolve the core issues driving the conflict” 

Tor Wennesland, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, briefed the Security Council by video conference from Jerusalem on 27 June. He expressed his alarm at the level of violence in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel over the past months.  He noted that mounting violence has been further fueled and heightened by provocative steps and inflammatory rhetoric.  Mr. Wennesland said it is crucial that all parties take immediate steps to lower tensions and reverse negative trends that undermine prospects for a peaceful two-State resolution of the conflict, with a contiguous, independent, viable and sovereign Palestinian State.  

Read his full remarks here 

UN News on the briefing here 

Central Africa

Launch of UNOCA Report on Climate, Peace and Security 

On 30 June, the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) presented its new report “Sustaining Peace in Central Africa through Addressing the Adverse Impact of Climate Change on Peace and Security” at a virtual workshop organized by the Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Forum with Member States from Central Africa, the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and UN entities in attendance. The report highlights six pathways linking climate change and stability in the sub-region, including human mobility, inter-communal violence, land conflicts, and pressures on the Congo Basin rainforest. It presents recommendations to prevent and manage resulting risks, and proposes the development of a regional strategy that strengthens capacities to manage the impact of climate change on medium- and long-term stability. With COP27 on the horizon, UNOCA will expand its work on climate, peace and security, including through partnerships with ECCAS and its Member States as well as within the UN family.  

Read more here 


Work continues to reach agreement on elections in Libya, despite setback 

Stephanie Williams, the Special Adviser for Libya, in a statement issued in the wake of the meeting in Geneva of the presidents of the House of Representatives and the High Council of State on 30 June, said the two chambers had reached unprecedented consensus on a number of longstanding issues.  But she added that disagreement persisted on the eligibility requirements for the candidates in the first presidential elections.  Ms. Williams urged the two chambers to overcome the pending disagreement as soon as possible. She also continued to urge all parties in Libya against taking any precipitous action, emphasizing that calm and stability must be maintained.  She will draft a full report on the proceedings, with recommendations on alternative ways forward, for the Secretary-General. 

Read more here 

West Africa and the Sahel 

Special Representative Annadif visits Nigeria 

Mahamet Saleh Annadif, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), concluded on 28 June a two-day visit to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. He met with the Chairman and members of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission, among other officials. SRSG Annadif emphasized during his discussions that the next elections constitute a major opportunity to strengthen peace, democracy, development and good governance in Nigeria. He encouraged his interlocutors to redouble their efforts to ensure the effective participation of women and youth in the electoral process.  

Read more here 


Special Coordinator Wronecka calls for additional support to critical humanitarian efforts 

On 1 July, the Special Coordinator of the Secretary-General for Lebanon, Joanna Wronecka, visited the areas of Akkar and Tripoli in north Lebanon that support vulnerable Lebanese and refugee communities, as part of her regular visit to regions. In Bhannine, Akkar, accompanied by the World Food Programme (WFP), the Special Coordinator met with nine female-headed Syrian refugee households and listened to their stories of struggle but also resilience and hope. In Tripoli, the Special Coordinator met with vulnerable Lebanese families who rely on WFP’s cash assistance through the Ministry of Social Affairs’ National Poverty Targeting Programme as well as in-kind assistance. The Special Coordinator also met in Tripoli with the founder of a WFP-supported small enterprise, “Sheghel Emme,” that produces local food products and by doing so offers local women job opportunities. The Special Coordinator reiterated the UN's strong commitment to supporting Lebanon’s recovery and to leaving no one behind.


High-level policy dialogue on accountability for gender-related killings Erbil 

In line with its mandate to strengthen the rule of law and accountability for human rights violations in Iraq, UNAMI’s Human Rights Office convened a high-level policy dialogue on 27 June aimed at enabling a structured forum to enhance capacities and build political will to investigate and prosecute gender-related killings, thereby increasing accountability for such crimes.   

Read more here  

Chief of UNAMI Human Rights Office stresses full implementation of Committee Against Torture 

On 26 June, the Chief of UNAMI’s Human Rights Office, Danielle Bell, delivered remarks at an event in Erbil that was organized by Heartland Alliance International in cooperation with Office of Coordinator for International Advocacy and Democracy and Human Rights Development Center in the Kurdistan Region to mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Ms. Bell stressed the necessity of full implementation of Committee Against Torture and its recent concluding observations to eliminate torture and ensure accountability in Kurdistan Region and that victims are duly compensated.  

Learn more here 

UNAMI dialogue on reparative justice 

Marking UN International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture on 26 June, the UNAMI Human Rights Office in cooperation with the Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights, Coalition for Just Reparations, International Organization for Migration, and the Government of Iraq’s General Directorate for Survivors Affairs, organized a “Dialogue on Reparative Justice: Ensuring Effective Reparations in Iraq”.

Read more here 

Central Asia

UNRCCA discusses the establishment of a counter-terrorism early warning network  

On 27 - 30 June, in Istanbul, the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) and the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) convened a meeting to discuss the establishment of a counter-terrorism early warning network for Central Asia in the context of the rapidly changing situation in Afghanistan. Opening the meeting, SRSG for Central Asia and the Head of UNRCCA Natalia Gherman emphasized that this initiative will not only provide more comprehensive and timely information exchange in the current unpredictable environment, but it will also serve as a platform to coordinate engagement with Afghanistan among national, regional and international actors.  

Read more here 


Truth Commission's final report embodies the commitment to place victims at the centre of the Peace Agreement  

On 28 June, the Commission for the Clarification of the Truth presented its final report, after years of investigation and extensive dialogue with some 27,000 people from across Colombian society and based on nearly 1,000 reports received from different actors. "Today is a historic day for the country, a day in which the centrality of the victims established in the Peace Agreement has been reaffirmed in the presentation of the Report of the Truth Commission," said Carlos Ruiz Massieu, SRSG and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia. The UN acknowledged the work of the Truth Commission and stressed that its work has provided an opportunity for dialogue and mutual recognition, laying the foundations for reconciliation, which is fundamental for the consolidation of peace in Colombia. 


PBSO organizes staff retreat 

The Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) organized a staff retreat this week to enhance its collaboration within the peace and security pillar and wider partnerships for conflict prevention and sustaining peace in the UN system and with key external partners. Led by the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, Elizabeth Spehar, the staff brainstormed strategies to strengthen PBSO’s support to the UN system, national governments, civil society, private sector, international financial institutions (IFIs) and other key partners. Invited colleagues from the UN system provided valuable perspectives on the space for peacebuilding in the current global context and how to advance the UN’s peacebuilding impact. Facilitated by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, dedicated sessions focused on exchanging ideas on strategic offer, transformative results, policy coherence, thought leadership and strategic partnerships of PBSO, in light of DPPA’s new strategic plan. 


Next Week

Under the presidency of Brazil, the Security Council will discuss the situation in West Africa and the Sahel on Thursday, 7 July.  



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