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This Week in DPPA: 26 November - 2 December 2022

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


USG DiCarlo travels to Ethiopia

Under-Secretary-General (USG) Rosemary DiCarlo accompanied Secretary-General António Guterres to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the sixth session of the African Union-United Nations annual conference. On 30 November, in her meeting with African Union member states and partners, USG DiCarlo reaffirmed the UN’s continued support to the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia in its efforts to transfer full security responsibility to the Government of Somalia. 

Security Council

Conflict in the occupied West Bank and Israel reaches boiling point, says Special Coordinator Wennesland  

Tor Wennesland, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, briefed the Security Council on 28 November. He reported that high levels of violence in the occupied West Bank and Israel in recent months - including attacks against Israeli and Palestinian civilians, increased use of arms, and settler-related violence - have caused grave human suffering. "After decades of persistent violence, illegal settlement expansion, dormant negotiations and deepening occupation, the conflict is again reaching a boiling point," he said.

Read his full remarks here  

Special Envoy Pedersen briefs Security Council on escalatory dynamics taking place in Syria

Geir Pedersen, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria, briefed the Security Council on 29 November. Warning of the dangers of military escalation in Syria, he said:  “I am troubled by the thought of a major military operation resuming after three years of relative calm. I fear what this would mean for Syrian civilians, and also for wider regional security.” He called on all parties to reject the path of deeper suffering  and instability, and instead find ways to cooperate towards a more constructive way forward.

Read his full remarks here

Special Coordinator Wronecka reports urgency of prioritizing the election of a new President to end the political vacuum in Lebanon

The Security Council met on 29 November to discuss the implementation of Resolution 1701. Briefing the Council members in closed consultations, the Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Joanna Wronecka, commended Lebanon and Israel for putting an end to their maritime boundary dispute and establishing a permanent maritime boundary on 27 October. While welcoming this progress, she said more needed to be done internally in Lebanon to address a multitude of accumulating political and socio-economic crises. She noted in particular the urgency of prioritizing the election of a new President to end the political vacuum in Lebanon and the formation of a fully functional government.

Read more here


Mozambique continues its process of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration

In a statement on 1 December, Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Mozambique Mirko Manzoni commended the continued collaboration and commitment to dialogue demonstrated by the Government and Renamo in the ongoing implementation of the Maputo Accord for Peace and National Reconciliation. The Personal Envoy also called on both parties and all stakeholders to remain focused and to do their part in advancing definitive peace in Mozambique. He reiterated the UN’s commitment to support the remaining combatants on their reintegration journey.

Read full statement here

West and Central Africa

UNOCA and UNOWAS Joint interregional visit on farmer-pastoralist dynamics in West and Central Africa

From 24-26 November, 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 (OSCDS), carried out a joint inter-regional visit to Cotonou, Benin, to discuss farmer-herder dynamics in West and Central Africa. Representatives of Beninese herders' associations, as well as the Mayor of Banikoara and the Prefect of Borgou, briefed on the existing opportunities and challenges of implementing sedentarization policies at the local level. They noted efforts to strengthen social cohesion, the need for economic support to improve productivity, as well as increased efforts to support education for the younger generation.

Read more here

Special Representatives and Envoys discuss UN engagement in Central Africa

UNOCA organized a high-level meeting of Special Representatives (SRSG) and Envoys of the Secretary-General working in Central Africa from 30 November to 1 December in Luanda, Angola. The meeting was attended by SRSG for Central Africa and Head of UNOCA Abdou Abarry; SRSG for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) Bintou Keita; SRSG for the Central African Republic and Head of United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) Valentine Rugwabiza; and Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region Huang Xia. The meeting allowed for in-depth reflection on the paths to follow for a coherent and concerted response by the United Nations to common challenges. In addition, “Women, peace and security”, “Youth, peace and security” and on the issue of natural resources were also discussed as possible areas of synergy.

Read more here

General Assembly adopts draft resolution on the Division for Palestinian Rights

On the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (29 November), the General Assembly adopted on 1 December a draft resolution on the Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat. The Assembly acknowledges that the Secretariat continues to make a constructive and positive contribution to raising international awareness of the question of Palestine and of the urgency of a peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine in all its aspects on the basis of international law and United Nations resolutions. The resolution requests the Secretary-General to continue to provide the Division with the necessary resources to effectively carry out its programme of work, in consultation with the Committee and under its guidance.


Deputy Special Representative Isaczai discusses vocational training, climate action with government officials

On 27 November, Deputy Special Representative, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator (DSRSG/RC/HC) for Iraq Ghulam Isaczai visited Anbar Governorate, where he discussed the long-term support of returnees with local government officials. The DSRSG/RC/HC also visited the Vocational Training Centre in Ramadi. On 28 November, he took part in the launch of the Let's Talk Conference convened in Erbil, Kurdistan Region, which marked the start of the annual 16 Days of Activism campaign. “Eradication of gender-based violence is a collective responsibility, and we call on everyone to respond to the alarm raised by women and girls and take firm actions to end the violence,” he said. In his meeting with Minister of Planning Mohammed Ali Tamim on 29 November, they discuss how to further strengthen coordination and support Iraq’s development priorities, including climate action, to achieve durable solutions.

UNAMI Human Rights Office holds training sessions on storytelling and digital security

As part of its support for youth human rights activists, the Human Rights Office of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) conducted a training session from 23-27 November aimed at developing and enhancing the advocacy skills of youth activists from Kirkuk. Sixteen participants from various communities were trained on a wide range of storytelling methodologies, including short digital film making, cartoon development and photography, which will support the promotion and protection of minority rights in their local community. From 25-26 November, the UNAMI Human Rights Office partnered with the Iraqi Network for Social Media (INSM), to provide practical training to a group of 35 human rights defenders, activists, journalists, bloggers, and lawyers on how to safely maneuver through cyberspace.

Learn more here  

Emerging Iraqi conceptual artists convey lived experiences and perceptions of human rights in Iraq

This week, emerging young Iraqi artists participated in “Baghdad Walk”, a mobile group exhibition and a narrative art walk focusing on human rights, which was held in Baghdad’s historic al-Rasheed Street. The Embassy of the Netherlands in Iraq and Tarkib organized the project. The UNAMI Human Rights Office organized two interactive workshops for Tarkib in September and November, providing mentorship on the promotion of human rights through the visual arts.

Read more here  

Central Asia

UNRCCA offers a platform for constructive dialogue on transboundary water-energy cooperation and climate 

On 29-30 November, the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) convened a meeting of national experts from the Central Asian states in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. The meeting reviewed the existing legislative basis for regional water-energy cooperation in Central Asia. Participants also discussed the role of Afghanistan regarding cooperation in the Aral Sea Basin, as well as monitoring and early warning for the rivers of Amu Darya and Syr Darya.

Read more here


Colombian Government hands over land to former combatants for agricultural project use

On December 1, the UN Verification Mission in Colombia participated in the act of handing over a 1.3-hectare rural property to a project for former combatants and the community in Fusagasugá, a town 70 km south of the Colombian capital, in the center of the country. The Colombian Government, through the public entity of Special Assets Administration, delivered the property to a productive project of 26 former combatants and 10 people from the community who will cultivate and process "orellanas" (oyster mushrooms). This first installment marks progress in resolving the land issue, which has been one of the main barriers to productive projects and the implementation of the Peace Agreement.

Podcast: "She Stands for Peace"

New episode focuses on Peacebuilding in informal settlements in Africa

Editar Adhiambo Ochieng is the Founder of the Feminist for Peace, Rights and Justice Centre. In this episode, she discusses the impact of women's civic and political participation, election violence, and peacebuilding in informal settlements.

Listen to the episode here


Innovation Cell launches Sparrow 2.0 social media analysis reporting tool 

This week, DPPA’s Innovation Cell launched Sparrow 2.0, a social media data analytics tool developed for UN staff to enhance inclusive and multidimensional political analysis. Sparrow lets users create reports using a unified format and provides step-by-step guidance for conducting social media analysis. This initiative responds to the call in the Secretary-General’s Data Strategy to advance data analytics and internal data capacities across the UN. Since Sparrow's debut in 2021, more than 500 colleagues from DPPA-DPO have used it to produce over 2,000 social media analysis reports.

Read more here

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Multi-Year Appeal 

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


African Union Peace and Security Council and Peacebuilding Commission meet on climate change

On 28 November, the African Union Peace and Security Council (AU PSC) and the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) convened their 5th annual consultative meeting on peacebuilding in Africa. The meeting focused on strengthening collaboration to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change on peacebuilding. Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support Elizabeth Spehar and UN Office to the African Union (UNOAU) Special Representative of the Secretary-General Parfait Onanga-Anyanga highlighted the Peacebuilding Fund's work in promoting climate-sensitive programming in Africa. Member States called for more predictable climate-responsive financing and underscored the significance of advancing a common African position that links climate, peace and security.  

Peacebuilding Commission holds meeting on situation in Guinea-Bissau

The PBC Guinea-Bissau Configuration convened a meeting to provide an update on the political and socio-economic situation in the country. Participants also discussed international support for peacebuilding and socio-economic development in Guinea-Bissau. Briefers included Bissau-Guinean Minister of Foreign Affairs Suzi Carla Barbosa, UNOWAS DSRSG Giovanie Biha, Resident Coordinator in Guinea-Bissau Anthony Ohemeng-Boamah and representatives of the ‘No Ianda Djuntu’ project. Member States welcomed updates on the legislative elections and agreed on the need to revitalize political dialogue. They noted that legal and institutional reforms are key and underscored the importance of the meaningful participation of women and youth, while recognizing the imperative to promoting economic diversification. 

Peacebuilding Commission explores areas of cooperation with Burundi  

The PBC Chair of the Burundi Configuration convened a meeting to conclude Burundi’s engagement with the PBC in the framework of a country-specific configuration and mark its transition to more flexible engagement. Briefers included Burundi’s Permanent Representative Zéphyrin Maniratanga, UN Resident Coordinator in Burundi Damien Mama as well as three representatives of civil society who spoke to women’s empowerment. Member states welcomed Burundi’s transition, noting the country’s many achievements during the 16 years of the PBC’s accompaniment. They offered their continued support to Burundi’s national priorities and encouraged Burundi to continue cooperation with the PBC, including in supporting other countries.

ECOSOC-PBC meeting raises the importance of prioritizing inclusion and investment in prevention

On 2 December, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Peacebuilding Commission held a joint meeting on “Peacebuilding, sustaining peace and sustainable development: Towards coherence and impact on the ground”, convening Member States, IOMUNDPUNICEFUNFPAUN WomenWFPIMF, and civil society. The meeting raised awareness on how Agencies, Funds and Programmes contribute  to peacebuilding and sustaining peace, promoting long-term development in conflict-affected countries, the need to increase investments in prevention, and the importance of prioritizing inclusion.


Next Week

Under the presidency of India, the Security Council will discuss the situation in Sudan on Wednesday. Special Representative Abdou Abarry will brief the Council on the situation in Central Africa on Thursday.

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