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This Week in DPPA, 27 July - 2 August 2019


27 July - 2 August 2019

This Week in DPPA aims to keep you abreast of developments and events on the agenda of the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, at UN HQ and in the field, and especially those that sometimes "fly under the radar".

New York

DPPA’s Quarterly Progress Update now available
The Quarterly Progress Update on the Multi-Year Appeal for the period from 1 April to 30 June is now available. The period saw DPPA make further progress, thanks to funding under the Multi-Year Appeal (MYA), in assisting Special Political Missions (SPMs) and non-mission settings, as well as servicing the whole UN system in the areas of electoral assistance, conflict prevention, crisis response and mediation.
Read the quarterly progress update here

Security Council

Salamé: "It is high time the warring parties cease all hostilities"
Ghassan Salamé, Special Representative and Head of UNSMIL, briefed the Security Council on 29 July on the situation in Libya. "It is high time the warring parties cease all hostilities, redeploy their forces, and focus on the common threat, before Libya becomes more of a safe haven for terrorist organizations," Mr. Salamé said.
Read his full statement here



Peace is an urgent priority for Afghans, religious scholars say
Peace remains the top priority for Afghans, said a group of religious scholars during a UN-backed jirga in Lashkar Gah, capital of the southern province of Helmand. In the event, which brought together a 300-strong delegation of religious scholars from many districts, including those not under Government control, participants united in their call for an urgent intra-Afghan settlement to the ongoing conflict.
Read the full story on UNAMA’s website

Deputy SRSG visits Iran
Deputy Special Representative Ingrid Hayden concluded a visit to Tehran, Iran, on 31 July. In the Iranian capital, she had productive discussions with Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi, other officials and the Afghan Ambassador on the upcoming presidential elections, peace, Afghan refugees and regional cooperation.
For more information, please contact DPPA


SRSG visit to Russia
Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Special Representative and Head of UNAMI, met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin in Moscow on 29 July. Their discussions focused on the progress made in Iraq, the return of ISIL fighters and their families and regional security developments.
For more information, please contact DPPA


New trust fund to rebuild Iraq
The Ministry of Planning and the United Nations signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the Iraq Reconstruction and Recovery Trust Fund in support of the Government’s recovery and development framework on 1 August. Dr. Nouri Sabah al-Dulaimi, Iraqi Minister of Planning, signed on behalf of the Government of Iraq. Marta Ruedas, Deputy Special Representative and Humanitarian Resident Coordinator signed on behalf of the UN. The Trust Fund will help the Government achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and Vision 2030.
For more information, please contact DPPA








UN Envoy highlights the importance of building on Somaliland’s achievements
In meetings with Somaliland’s leadership on 28 July, Special Representative James Swan highlighted the importance of building on Somaliland’s achievements as well as preparing for upcoming elections there. “Critical to that is finding ways of resolving differences peacefully and constructively, and maintaining open channels of communication,” Mr. Swan told the media after meeting with Somaliland President Musa Bihi Abdi in Hargeisa.
Read the full story on UNSOM’s website


Youth engagement vital to advancing peace and political progress in Somalia, UN Envoy says
The UN in Somalia will continue to help young people develop initiatives to ensure their active participation in the country's ongoing political processes – that was the message from the UN Envoy to the country at a gathering of Somali youth in the capital Mogadishu on 30 July. Special Representative James Swan was speaking with young activists from across the country at a two-day youth empowerment and engagement dialogue at which they discussed how best to help youth participate actively in political processes – including the ongoing constitutional review process, national reconciliation dialogue and preparations for national elections in 2020.
Read the full story on UNSOM’s website



New Special Representative and Head of UNIOGBIS
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of Rosine Sori-Coulibaly of Burkina Faso as his new Special Representative for Guinea-Bissau and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) on 29 July. She succeeds José Viegas Filho of Brazil, who completed his assignment on 18 May 2019. The Secretary-General is grateful for Mr. Viegas Filho’s leadership of UNIOGBIS during his tenure.
Read the statement here

Monitoring visit to political parties in the regions
UNIOGBIS conducted monitoring visits to political parties, regional authorities and civil society organizations in regions between 30 and 31 July. They discussed lessons learned from the 10 March legislative elections and prospects for the presidential election scheduled for November this year.
Read the full story on UNIOGBIS website


African Union

Tree planting in Ethiopia
Hanna Tetteh, Special Representative and Head of UNOAU, and Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, helped plant trees in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa this week. On 29 July, over 350 million trees were planted in Ethiopia that day in an ambitious move to counter the effects of deforestation and climate change.
For more information, please contact DPPA



New Deputy Special Representative
Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of Karla Gabriela Samayoa Recari of Guatemala as his Deputy Special Representative and Deputy Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia on 29 July. Ms. Samayoa Recari succeeds Jessica Faieta of Ecuador, to whom the Secretary-General extends his deep gratitude for her exemplary leadership and dedication.
Read the full statement here

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