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This Week in DPPA: 3 - 9 July 2021

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

Security Council

Annadif stresses inclusive and people-centred responses

Mahamat Saleh Annadif, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) briefed the Security Council on 8 July for the first time since his appointment in April for the biannual briefing on West Africa and the Sahel. He stressed to Council members that the UN System is fully mobilized to ensure that development aid efficiently reaches the people of the Sahel through inclusive, sustainable, and people-centred responses. He said that in the face of persistent farmer-herder conflicts across the region, his office continues to co-chair a UN regional working group on the issue.

Full briefing to the Security Council here 


La Lime: “We intend to listen to the Haitians"

Helen La Lime, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) held a virtual stakeout following the Security Council consultation on the situation in Haiti on 8 July. She highlighted the need to ensure that the investigation into the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse moves forward and the perpetrators are brought to justice.

Full virtual stakeout

Onanga-Anyanga briefs the Security council on GERD

Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, briefed the Security Council on 8 July on the ongoing disagreement involving Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) alongside a representative from the United Nations Environmental Programme (. He stressed that more needs to be done, given that recent negotiations have yielded little progress.. “There is room to move forward with a view to addressing the matter of the GERD in a peaceful, constructive and comprehensive manner, in line with the spirit of cooperation highlighted in the 2015 Declaration of Principles”, he said, noting that this could offer significant opportunities for all the parties and countries in the region. “Cooperation is not a zero-sum game and a collective effort could help deliver on the development potential of the region as a whole,” he added.

Full briefing to the Security Council here


Special Representative discusses situation in Sinjar

Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), met in Baghdad on 7 July with president and co-founder Murad Ismael of the Sinjar Academy to discuss the political and security situation in Sinjar. 

Latest Iraq’s Electoral Preparations and Processes is published

UNAMI issued on 7 July the latest Electoral Preparations and Processes in its monthly report, mandated under Security Council Resolution 2522 (2020). The Mission provides electoral assistance and advice to the Government of Iraq and the Independent High Electoral Commission. 

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UNAMI participates in workshop on CRSV against men and boys

On 6 July 2021, UNAMI Human Rights Office and the All Survivors Project, an international NGO, concluded a two-day sensitization online workshop which explored the core principles and specific considerations for documenting conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) against men and boys. The workshop was attended by 11 participants (eight women and three men), as well as members of the UN Iraq Monitoring Analysis Reporting Arrangements (MARA) Technical Working Group. It aimed to strengthen the capacity of human rights actors in Iraq to conduct ethical and safe monitoring and documentation of CRSV against men and boys, who are sometimes excluded when monitoring and reporting CRSV. 

Read more here


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Great Lakes Region

Countries of the Great Lakes region strategize to better fight illegal armed forces in eastern DRC

Heads of intelligence and security services of the Great Lakes countries, including Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania, met on 5-6 July in the Burundian capital to review and adopt an action plan of the Contact and Coordination Group in the context of the fight against illegal armed forces in eastern DRC. The action plan was developed during a meeting of experts held on 3-6 May in Goma, DRC. The Contact and Coordination Group came about as the result of a consensus reached during discussions between the military and civilian intelligence services of the Great Lakes countries as a comprehensive approach in the fight against illegal armed groups in eastern DRC. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region Huang Xia and Special Representative of the African Union Hanna Tetteh also took part in the meeting.

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Final communique of the meeting


UNSMIL welcomes the launch of the voter registration update

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) congratulated the High National Elections Commission (HNEC) on the launch of the updated digital voter registration on 5 July, marking a key milestone towards the realization of the Libyan people’s demand for national elections on 24 December 2021. Georgette Gagnon, Assistant Secretary-General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, noted that the launch is a first concrete step towards the holding of elections and it remains imperative that a constitutional basis and a feasible legal framework are in place to enable the implementation of any further concrete preparations.

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Central Asia

UNRCCA co-organizes the meeting on the Afghan peace process

On 7 July, the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan and Turkmenistan convened a ministerial meeting on the Afghan peace process and the impact of the withdrawal of international forces. In her remarks, Special Representative and Head of UNRCCA Natalia Gherman underscored that the meeting reflected the solidarity and commitment to peace and prosperity of Afghanistan. The foreign ministers emphasized that achievements reached by the country with the support of the international community during the last two decades, including education for girls as well as women and minority rights, had to be safeguarded.

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PBC stresses the important of human rights and rule of law in Burundi

The Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) met on 6 July to discuss Burundi’s new national programme on Peace Capitalization, Social Stability and the Promotion of Economic Growth and other related matters. Convened by the Chair of the PBC Burundi configuration, Pascale Baeriswyl, Chief of Strategic Studies and Development Francois Nibizi from the Office in the State House of Burundi, Head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Burundi Jutta Hinkkanen as well as Burundi’s new Permanent Representative Zéphyrin Maniratanga briefed the meeting. Member states noted the government’s efforts to welcome back returnees and address the impact of climate change. They welcomed its efforts to strengthen resilience and emphasized coherence among partners, while also calling upon the international community to support OCHA’s Humanitarian Response Plan and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Joint Refugee and Returnee Reintegration Plan. Some member states stressed the importance of human rights and the rule of law in Burundi and acknowledged the recent release of prominent Burundian human rights activist Germain Rukiki.


A new episode of “She Stands for Peace” is out

This week’s episode released on 5 July features Betty Bigombe, Special Envoy of Uganda to the South Sudan Peace Process. In this episode, she talks about her experiences as a negotiator, which started with her encounters with Lord’s Resistance Army leader, Joseph Kony. She also talks about the participation of women in formal peace negotiations and mediation, including the aspect of mental health.

For more information on the podcast series, click here

Next Week

Special Representative Carlos Ruiz Massieu will brief the Security Council on the United Nations Verification Mission and recent developments in Colombia on Tuesday, 13 July. Special Envoy Ján Kubiš will brief on the UNSMIL and recent developments in Libya on Thursday, 15 July. The Council will discuss preserving humanitarian space on Friday, 16 July.