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This Week in DPPA: 3 - 9 September 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 Germany 

Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo travelled to Berlin this week to discuss UN peace efforts in Libya. There, she met with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and State Secretary Susanne Baumann, among others. 

DPPA virtual meeting with donors

On 9 September, DPPA met with Member States that provide voluntary funding for its work. Over 18 countries were represented. Markus Bouillon, head of the Office of the Under-Secretary-General, thanked donors for the support they provide through the Multi-Year Appeal (MYA). He said a well-funded MYA is crucial for the Department to sustain efforts and carry out its mandate (the MYA is currently underfunded, with income projections of $32 million out of $40 million this year.) Delegates commended DPPA on its response amid the Ukraine conflict. 

Security Council

Special Representative Swan reiterates the UN’s commitment to continue supporting Somalis in achieving their national priorities

On 7 September, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) Janes Swan briefed the Security Council He said that the political climate in Somalia is now more conducive to addressing key national priorities following the conclusion of the contentious electoral process in May. SRSG Swan stressed federal and state authorities must collaborate to capitalize on this opportunity and to achieve progress, underscoring that the UN is committed to supporting Somalis in achieving their national priorities.

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DiCarlo on Ukraine: “All wars are tragic, but none more than wars of choice”

Briefing the Security Council on 7 September, Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo highlighted the massive impact on civilians of the war in Ukraine. She called for unimpeded access by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine to to all individuals detained in relation to the fighting. She also noted that allegations of forced displacement and abuse in "filtration" camps in Ukraine must be investigated. “We need peace in Ukraine, peace based on the UN Charter and international law,” she said.

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Catatumbo region calls for ceasefire and full implementation of peace agreement

On 8 September, the Humanitarian and Peacebuilding Roundtable of Catatumbo was held in Tibú, Norte de Santander in the north-east of the country, to make an urgent call for respect for a multilateral ceasefire and decisive steps to accelerate the full implementation of the Colombia peace agreement. Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia Carlos Ruiz Massieu highlighted that peace is built from the ground up. “We will continue to accompany Tibú and the local humanitarian and peace initiatives to ensure that total peace reaches all corners of Colombia," he said. During the event, a minute's silence was held in memory of Reude Suarez, a former combatant killed in Tibú the day before. The event was attended by the peace commission of the Colombian Senate, the Humanitarian Coordinator, departmental institutions, and social organizations.

UN Mission participates in forum for deepening peacebuilding

On 8 September, as part of the activities commemorating the "Week for Peace,” the UN Verification Mission in Colombia participated in a forum with former combatants and local, regional, and national authorities on the "Challenges of socio-economic, collective and community reincorporation in Cundinamarca," the department surrounding the Colombian capital, Bogotá. At the forum, participants share their views and experiences to strengthen reconciliation in Colombia.


Special Envoy stresses danger of catastrophe without Myanmar-led political process

Special Envoy for the Secretary-General on Myanmar Noeleen Heyzer reiterated her call for "the immediate cessation of aerial bombings and a humanitarian pause" to enable aid delivery. Addressing the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute on 5 September, she also underscored danger of "multinational catastrophe" without a Myanmar-led political process.


Special Representative discusses political situation

On 5 September, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert met in Baghdad with Ahmed Al-Asadi of the National Support Bloc. They discussed the political situation in the country and stressed the need to end the ongoing political crisis through dialogue. On 6 September, Special Representative Hennis-Plasschaert received in Baghdad the new Head of the European Union Advisory Mission in Iraq, Anders Wiberg, and the Chargé d'Affaires of the European Union in Iraq, Agne Gleveckaite. They discussed collaboration between the EU and the UN in support of Iraq and its people. On 7 September, the Special Representative met with Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi and discussed recent developments in Iraq. She emphasized that engagement and inclusive dialogue will prove vital.


Special Envoy Grundberg continues his efforts to extend and expand the truce  

On 5 September, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General Hans Grundberg met in Iran with Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and other senior Iranian officials, where they discussed efforts to extend and expand the truce in Yemen as well as current regional dynamics. On 7 September in Saudi Arabia, the Special Envoy met with Rashad Mohamed Al-Alimi of the Presidential Leadership Council to discuss ongoing efforts to implement the truce and the importance of negotiating it extension and expansion. Special Envoy Grundgerg briefed the Security Council members on his recent efforts in closed consultations by videoconference on 8 September, alongside General Michael Beary of the UN Mission in Hudaydah.

Western Sahara

Personal Envoy de Mistura travels to Algeria

The Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara, Staffan de Mistura, was in Algiers this week and held meetings with the country’s authorities on 5 September. The Personal Envoy continues to look forward to deepening the consultations with all concerned on the prospects of constructively advancing the political process on Western Sahara.  

West Africa and the Sahel

Special Representative Annadif conducts two-day visit to Niger 

On 8 September, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) Mahamat Saleh Annadif began a two-day visit to Niger. He met with the President of the Republic of Niger, H.E. Mr. Mohamed Bazoum and, on 8 September, attended a colloquium organized by UNOWAS, UNDP, the Open Society Initiative – West Africa (OSIWA), the Kofi Annan Foundation and the National Democreatic Institute on the enhancement of democracy and good governance in Africa. That meeting brought together around 60 participants to assess the state of governance and the implementation of the main existing normative frameworks and instruments supporting democratic governance in the subregion.

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Trilateral Mechanism meets Sudanese women 

The Trilateral Mechanism of the African Union, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNTAMS) met on 8 September with a diverse group of Sudanese women from civil society organizations, political parties, armed movements and academia. They presented recommendations for any future constitutional document to ensure women's participation and rights. 


BRIDGE Photo Exhibit at the UN Plaza

The inauguration ceremony of the photo exhibition 'Celebrating the 20th anniversary of BRIDGE' at the UN Headquarters in New York, took place on 8 September. The exhibit is a joint initiative of the BRIDGE (Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections) Partners, of which DPPA’s Electoral Assistance Division is a part. In her opening remarks, Assistant Secretary-General Elizabeth Spehar praised BRIDGE for its wide use by election administrators around the globe. The exhibit will be on show through 10 October 2022 at the UN Visitors' Plaza.  


General Assembly resolution on peacebuilding financing is adopted 

On 9 September, the General Assembly adopted by consensus a groundbreaking resolution tabled by Kenya and Sweden on financing for peacebuilding. The resolution recognizes that peacebuilding financing remains underfunded and recommends several measures, including encouraging the Fifth Committee to consider the use of assessed contributions for the Peacebuilding Fund, calling upon the Secretary-General to finalize the peacebuilding funding dashboard and to provide options to better resource UN Country Teams, Special Political Missions and Peacekeeping Operations for peacebuilding. Member States welcomed the adoption and expressed appreciation for the work of the co-facilitators and constructive approaches taken by delegations during negotiation. They recognized that this resolution provides clear guidance to the Fifth Committee and expressed their hope that the Committee conclude its consideration on this issue.

Peacebuilding Commission meeting on local elections in Central African Republic 

The Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) met on 9 September to discuss the local elections in Central African Republic, which were originally set to take place this month but have been postponed. The last such polls were held in 1988. The significance of these elections is underscored by their intrinsic linkage to the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation (APPR); expansion of political space and inclusivity for meaningful participation and empowerment of woman and youth; decentralization at grassroots level to foster governance and development; national reconciliation and social cohesion; their contribution to the PBC written advice to the Security Council on mandate renewal of UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). The importance of the absence of funding, $6.5 million immediately required for the continuation of electoral process, highlighted by the Chair that these elections are the “beating heart” of democracy. 

Next Week

Special Representative of the Secretary-General Volker Perthes will brief the Security Council on the situation in Sudan on Tuesday, 13 September. Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Geir O. Pedersen will update the Council on Wednesday, 14 September. 

Virtual Launch of DPPA’s Guidance on Mediation of Ceasefires

We invite you to the official launch of DPPA’s Guidance on Mediation of Ceasefires on Wednesday, 14 September, cohosted by the International Peace Institute. It presents a set of tools and approaches to strengthen agreements to support a more sustainable peace process in any setting, with a goal to provide a baseline of technical knowledge to UN and other mediators, conflict parties, and other stakeholders in contemporary mediation processes.


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DPPA-UNDP Virtual Side Event on South-South and Triangular Cooperation

On Tuesday, 13 September, DPPA is hosting a joint virtual side event with UNDP on South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Sustaining Peace. The event will showcase concrete initiatives in the realm of peace and development implemented by the Global South, with the support of DPPA and UNDP. 


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