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This Week in DPPA: 27 March - 2 April 2021

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

Security Council

Schraner Burgener: “Significant action” needed by the Security Council on Myanmar

Christine Schraner Burgener, Special Envoy on Myanmar, appealed to the Security Council on 31 March to “consider all available tools to take collective action and do what is right, what the people of Myanmar deserve.” She asked Council members to overcome “caution and disagreement” while there is “still time to avoid the worst outcome.”

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Secretary-General appoints Joanna Wronecka as Special Coordinator

The Secretary-General has appointed Joanna Wronecka of Poland as his new Special Coordinator for Lebanon and Head of UNSCOL. She brings to the position over 25 years of experience in diplomacy, international security, and Middle East affairs, serving since 2017 as the Permanent Representative of Poland to the United Nations. 


Special Envoy visits Tripoli

Ján Kubiš, Special Envoy for Libya and Head of UNSMIL, visited Tripoli this week. He met with various stakeholders to discuss ways to expedite the process of finding a constitutional and legal framework to ensure the holding of the national elections on 24 December 2021. Among others, he held talks with House of Representative Speaker Agila Saleh, Chief Justice Mohamed Al-Qamoudi Alhafi, Head of High National Election Commission Emad Al-Sayah, and Minister of Interior Khaled al Tijani Maazen. He also met with the Head of the High Council (HCS) of State, Khaled Al-Meshri.


Special Representative meets the President of Kyrgyzstan

Natalia Gherman, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Central Asia and Head of UNRCCA, met Sadyr Japarov, President of the Kyrgyz Republic, on 30 March to discuss the political and socioeconomic reform process in the context of the upcoming constitutional referendum and elections. The Special Representative said the UN is closely following developments in the country. She also underlined the importance of conducting reforms in an inclusive and transparent manner and proposed to establish a UN-Kyrgyzstan human rights dialogue.

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Special Representative attends the Heart of Asia - Istanbul Process Ministerial Conference

Special Representative Natalia Gherman took part on 30 March in the 9th Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process Ministerial Conference “Strengthening Consensus for Peace and Development”, organized by the Governments of Tajikistan and Afghanistan. In her address, she indicated that the Central Asian states have a common understanding regarding the future of Afghanistan and support the ongoing peace process.

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UNSOM celebrates the start of COVAX vaccination campaign in Galmudug

Adam Abdelmoula, Deputy Special Representative and the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, visited on 29 March the Hanano Hospital in Dhushamareb, Galmudug State of Somalia, to officially hand over three solar-powered oxygen plants to the Galmudug Ministry of Health. “Oxygen is a smart investment and is essential for saving lives for all emergency medical conditions,” said Abdelmoula during the handover ceremony. “The right investment now will help in the future not only for COVID-19 treatment but also all the diseases that warrant supplemental oxygenation therapy, such as pneumonia,” he added.

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Community-based reintegration advances in the Catatumbo region

Former combatants and local communities from the Catatumbo sub-region in the North Santander department inaugurated a buffalo cattle-raising project in the reintegration area of Caño Indio on 27 March. With the support of the United Nations Multi-Donor Fund and bringing together the international community and local authorities, the project aims at rebuilding the social fabric of the region. 

Next Week

Special Envoy Huang Xia will update The Security Council on the Great Lakes region on Wednesday, 7 April. The Council will hold an open debate on mine action on Thursday, 8 April. 



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