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This Week in DPPA: 30 October - 5 November 2021

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

Climate Security

ASG Pobee participates in COP26 side event on climate, peace and stability

Martha Pobee, Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Africa, participated virtually on 2 November in a high-level side event at the UN Climate Change Conference 2021 (COP26) focusing on climate, peace and stability. The Assistant Secretary-General stressed the need to address the implications of climate change on peace and stability through all relevant channels of climate action. “We must take immediate action to strengthen the resilience of countries and people suffering from increasingly frequent and severe climate impacts, compounded by violence and conflict,” she said.

Watch her full remarks

Security Council

Sixth edition of the "UN Security Council in Review" out now

DPPA's Security Council Affairs Division has released the sixth edition of the "United Nations Security Council in Review." The monthly newsletter offers an overview of the activity of the Security Council for the previous month. It is an addition to the existing research tools and information products available here.

Read the latest October newsletter here


Special Coordinator visits Ahle and West Bekaa

Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka visited on 4 November the areas of Zahle and the West Bekaa in eastern Lebanon. She met with local authorities and toured a development project, an educational institution and an informal tented site for Syrian refugees. “The impact of the crisis on the people of the Bekaa, just like in other Lebanese areas, is very serious and requires immediate solutions,” the Special Coordinator said after meeting separately with local authorities in Zahle and in West Bekaa. She underlined the need for stabilization and long-term plans that serve the stability and sustainable development of the Bekaa.

Read more here


Special Envoy concludes visit to Iran

Hans Grundberg, Special Envoy for Yemen, concluded a visit to Iran on 3 November after meeting with senior Iranian officials and representatives of the international community in Tehran. Expressing his concern over the military escalation in Yemen, the Special Envoy emphasized the need for a negotiated settlement . He also discussed the deteriorating humanitarian and economic situation in Yemen, and the importance of ensuring freedom of movement of people and goods into and throughout the country.

Read more here


UNSMIL calls on the Member States to support the departure of all mercenaries and foreign fighters 

Ján Kubiŝ, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) commended the continuous efforts of the 5+5 Joint Military Commission as it concluded on 1 November a three-day meeting in Cairo. They agreed with representatives of Chad, Niger and Sudan on establishing an effective communication and coordination mechanism to support the implementation of the JMC Action Plan for the departure of mercenaries, foreign fighters, and foreign forces from the Libyan territories as a gradual, balanced, synchronized, and sequenced process. “I am honored to witness this progress achieved by Libya, Chad, Niger, and Sudan” Mr. Kubiŝ added. “This responds to the overwhelming demand of the Libyan people and further creates a positive momentum in light of the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections on 24 December.”

Read more here

Great Lakes Region

Special Representative visits Uganda

Huang Xia, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, met on 4 November with Ugandan President Yoweri K Museveni in Entebbe to discuss matters of security and development in the region. The Special Envoy thanked the President for Uganda’s commitment to work with its neighbors and the United Nations to further regional development and prosperity. 

West Africa and the Sahel

Special Representative takes part in the UNISS Steering Committee meeting

Mahamat Saleh Annadif, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), closed the 12th meeting of the Steering Committee of United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel (UNISS). The event was mainly participated by UN Regional Directors and Resident Coordinators of the 10 Sahel countries to discuss geostrategic dynamics and strategic positioning of the UN in the Sahel region. At the event, Special Representative Annadif underlined the importance of a regional approach to deal with the crisis created by Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin and a closer synergy between UNISS and the regional stabilization strategy for the Lake Chad Basin. 


Special Representative continues his efforts amid the ongoing crisis

Volker Perthes, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), met on 31 October Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, who remains under house arrest since the coup on 25 October. They discussed options for mediation and the way forward for the country. On 1 November, the Special Representative briefed the media and again called for the release of detainees and Prime Minister Hamdok’s full liberty. “Real negotiations … can only be held between people who are at liberty,” he said. Watch full press briefing here 


“5th anniversary offers opportunity to reflect on progress and reinforce implementation”

Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Verification Mission took part in a forum organized in Cali on 3 November reflecting on the 5 year since the signing of the Peace Agreement. At the forum, he shared the challenges of political participation, reconciliation and urban reincorporation. He also stressed the need for active and effective participation of women and youth as a fundamental condition for the construction of a sustainable and inclusive peace in Colombia.

Watch full remarks here

Rafting for Peace in Caquetá

The second edition of the rafting festival #RemandoPorLaPaz, promoted by the Club Deportivo Remando por la Paz (Rafting for Peace), began on 5 November. This year's festival brings together environmental organizations, rafting clubs from Costa Rica and Colombia, people in the process of reintegration and the Caquetá community as they race down the Caguán River to pay homage to the work of the environmental leaders of San Vicente del Caguán, as well as to promote the protection of the environment and peacebuilding in the territory. This initiative is supported by the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, Caguán Expeditions, ARN Colombia, WWF, the Government of Caquetá and the Mayor's Office of San Vicente del Caguán.


PBC discusses youth empowerment in Burundi

On 2 November, the Peacebuildling Commission (PCB) Burundi Configuration met to identify ways of supporting Burundi’s efforts to promote youth economic empowerment and entrepreneurship. Through the briefings by the Permanent Representatives of Burundi as well as the UN Resident Coordinator, a representative of Burundi’s Youth Investment Bank, five youth entrepreneurs, and the Executive Director of Jimbere magazine, the Commission recognized the importance of improving youth access to professional training and business loans and creating better links between the education system and employment opportunities. The Commission underscored the urgency of overcoming threats related to overused and degraded resources, and committed to promoting coherent support to encourage youth entrepreneurship and job creation through its Youth Investment Bank and its Youth Stimulus. It further recognized the Peacebuilding Fund investments of about $4.9 million for youth empowerment in Burundi and encouraged further support.

Watch full meeting here

Global Call for Nominations 

Secretary-General Guterres on 28 September launched the third edition of the Global Call for Nominations campaign to identify Heads and Deputy Heads for United Nations Field Missions. Open until 15 November, the Global Call aims to expand the pool of candidates for the Under-Secretary-general/Assistant Secretary-General level positions of Special Representative of the Secretary-General and their deputies with a view to advancing gender parity and geographical diversity at the most senior leadership level in the field. The campaign is open to women and men, including UN staff members (at the D1 and above level) and external candidates.

For more information

New episode of “She Stands for Peace”

This week’s episode of the UNOAU's podcast series on women in peace and political processes features Bankole Adeoye, the African Union's Commissioner for Political Affairs and Peace and Security, and Hanna Tetteh, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office to the African Union. They discuss the importance of partnerships based on mutual respect and commitment for the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Africa.

Listen to the episode

For more information on the podcast series, click here

Next Week

The Security Council will discuss on the situation in Ethiopia on 8 November. The Council will then hold an open debate on the maintenance of international peace and security: Exclusions, inequality and conflicts on 9 November, and a briefing on Peace and Security in Africa to discuss G5 Sahel on 12 November.  

France, Germany and Italy, with UN support, will co-chair an international conference on Libya in Paris on 12 November.


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