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This Week in DPPA: 30 September - 6 October 2023

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

Security Council

Security Council gives green lightw to “Multinational Security Support” mission for Haiti

On 2 October, the Security Council voted to authorize Member States that have notified the Secretary-General of their participation to form and deploy a “Multinational Security Support” mission to Haiti, to bolster national police efforts to restore security to the violence-plagued nation. The resolution passed by a vote of 13 in favour, with two abstentions. By the terms of the resolution, the Mission will be led by one country, in close cooperation and coordination with the Government of Haiti, for an initial period of twelve months. The text builds on the sanctions regime established by resolution 2653 (2022). It highlights that the nation’s root causes of instability require political solutions and recognizes the need for a Haitian-owned and led political process, with the support of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH). After the vote, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti, Maria Salvador, issued a statement, calling it a positive and decisive step to bring peace to the violence-torn nation.

Read more here

Read statement from SRSG Salvador here

General Assembly

Fourth Committee commences discussions on decolonization 

On 2 October, the Decolonization segment of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) opened. The session included introductory statements and joint general debate on decolonization items.

Watch here

Special Political Missions at 75

Diplomacy requires “risk-taking, persistence and creativity,” says USG DiCarlo as UN marks 75 Years of Special Political Missions

On 5 October, DPPA, in partnership with the Permanent Missions of Finland and Mexico, marked 75 years since the establishment of the first United Nations special political mission. The event, “Diplomacy for Peace”, took place at UN Headquarters in New York and explored the role and contribution of special political missions (SPMs) in conflict prevention, mediation and peacebuilding. Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo underlined that each of the over 40 SPMs operating around the globe is tailored to its specific context. They also work to identify new entry points, opportunities and partnerships for peacemaking and peacebuilding. “Diplomacy and the work of good offices require risk-taking, persistence and creativity,” said DiCarlo. “They require mechanisms to keep channels open, quietly defuse tensions, build trust, and bring opponents together. They require talking to those with whom one disagrees.”

Read more here

African Union

17th Annual Joint Consultative Meeting between the AUPSC and Members of the UNSC

From 3 to 6 October, members from the United Nations Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the 17th Annual Joint Consultative Meeting and 8th Annual Informal Seminar. The members discussed issues of common concern on strengthening the African Union and the United Nations Peace Support Operations in Africa, the situation in Sudan, the situation in the Sahel region, the situation in Somalia and the activities of the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS), as well as the situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Read the Joint Communiqué here


In Mozambique, first DDR beneficiaries receive pension

This week in Mozambique, the first group of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) beneficiaries began receiving a state pension, following the passing of a decree extending pension rights to eligible women and men demobilized as part of the implementation of the Maputo Accord. The topic is fundamental to the reintegration of DDR beneficiaries, as well as to wider work on national reconciliation to build an inclusive, definitive peace. The news was shared during Peace and Reconciliation Day on 4 October and was welcomed by the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General, Mirko Manzoni, who played a central role in negotiations on the issue. He noted that “it represents an important step towards the long-term sustainability of the process.” Over the coming months all eligible DDR beneficiaries will be registered for pensions.

Read full statement here


To mark Peace Day, Verification Mission screens virtual reality film “Pathways Colombia”

On September 30, the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, in partnership with UNDP, screened the Virtual Reality film “Pathways Colombia”, to commemorate the International Day of Peace. Among the audience were young people from Agua de Dios, a town in Cundinamarca near Bogotá. A variety of cultural activities were held with the participation of community representatives, victims, public officials and former combatants.

Former combatants repair community centre, as part of pledge to victims 

On October 4, a group of 37 former combatants affirmed their commitment to contribute to reparations to victims and restoration of the community in San Adolfo, in Acevedo, Huila. The Former combatants are renovating a local infrastructure that serves as a community centre in the city. This has been possible thanks to the joint efforts of the Catholic Church through Pastoral Social, the Ombudsman's Office, the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI in Spanish) and XB funding from the UN Verification Mission in Colombia. The Special Jurisdiction for Peace also supports the initiative.

Central Asia

UNRCCA participates in international youth forum for peace in Turkmenistan

On 2 October, the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) took part as a partner in the “Guarantee of Peace International Youth Forum” organized by the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Central Council of the Youth Organization of Turkmenistan, in Arkadag, Turkmenistan. The purpose of the Forum was to promote peaceful dialogue as the most important means of resolving conflicts and overcoming differences between young people around the world. Special Representative Kaha Imnadze, speaking at the official opening ceremony of the Forum, noted that the International Year of Dialogue, is an important step towards strengthening a culture of peace and trust in international relations.

Read more here


Special Representative Hennis-Plasschaert meets with Prime Minister Al-Sudani

On 4 October, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, met with Prime Minister Mohammed S. Al-Sudani. 

Special Representative meets with Prime Minister of Kurdistan region

On 30 September, Special Representative Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert met in Erbil with the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan region, Mr. Masrour Barzani. They discussed the political situation, underscoring the need to hold Kurdistan Region parliamentary elections on time. 

UNAMI holds training on digital security and rights in Baghdad

On 30 September, the Human Rights Office of UNAMI and the INSM Network for digital rights in Iraq completed a joint two-day training on Digital Security and Digital Rights held at the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR) headquarters in Baghdad. The training brought together participants from civil society, human rights defenders, journalists, bloggers, lawyers, and staff members of the IHCHR. They received guidance on how to maneuver safely through cyberspace, with a focus on improving digital security for human rights defenders and enhancing their knowledge on digital rights, as well as the practical tools to strengthen their safety in the digital environment, including ethics of

Learn more here  

UNAMI Human Rights Office trains women journalists on inclusion of human rights principles in reporting

On 29 and 30 September, the UNAMI Human Rights Office and the Iraqi Women Journalists Forum trained 20 journalists on the inclusion of human rights principles and norms in journalistic reporting. This is the fourth training held in Iraq this year under the Global Drive for Media Freedom and the Safety of Journalists initiative, which is funded by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). 


Special Coordinator meets Lebanese officials and stakeholders, discusses need to end political impasse

This week, the UN Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka met Lebanese officials as well as academics and other stakeholders. In these meetings, the Special Coordinator underlined the importance of ending the political impasse in Lebanon and implementation of urgent reforms. The meetings also addressed Lebanese concerns over the Syrian refugee crisis in country. With caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati, the Special Coordinator discussed his meetings on the margins of the General Assembly. She exchanged views with former Prime Minister Tamam Salam on the importance of strengthening state institutions to preserve the stability of the country including on the economic and security fronts. She also discussed other of Lebanon’s economic challenges with caretaker Minister of Economy Amin Salam and sustainable solutions to the education sector with caretaker Minister of Education Abbas Halabi. 

Special Coordinator Wronecka meets Quintet for Lebanon ambassadors, discusses international support

On 5 October, Special Coordinator Wronecka met with the new ambassador of Qatar to Lebanon, Sheikh Saud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani to discuss his country’s ongoing efforts to discuss the political stalemate in Lebanon and how the international community can best support Lebanon during this crisis. The Special Coordinator also met other ambassadors of the Quintet for Lebanon, which comprises the United States, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt, to discuss the latest developments.

Special Coordinator visits FAO projects promoting sustainable agriculture development

On 4 October, Special Coordinator Wronecka and the Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) representative in Lebanon, Nora Haddad, visited three FAO projects in Tannourine, north Lebanon. The initiatives promote sustainable agriculture development in Lebanon, as well as cooperation within municipalities. They met with Lebanese farmers and women cooperatives members who shared their contributions and challenges for achieving food security and the support received from FAO, including related to water reservoirs, cooperative development and organic farming. Wronecka underlined that community growth and livelihoods are possible when investments are made in people and the knowledge they possess, and that this goes hand-in-hand with sustainable peace and stability for Lebanon as a whole.

North Macedonia

North Macedonia adopts new National Youth Strategy 2023-2027

The Government of North Macedonia has adopted a new National Youth Strategy 2023-2027. The strategic document proposes actions to encourage youth participation and increase youth well-being. The Strategy was drafted following consultations involving over 1000 youth and institutions. UNDP and UNFPA supported the process within the framework of the Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund’s regional project “Youth 4 Inclusion, Equality & Trust”. 

Next Week

On 9 October, the Security Council will meet on Ukraine; on 10 October, it will be briefed on UNAMI; on 11 October, it will meet on Colombia; on 12 October, it will vote on Libya sanctions; on 13 October, it will be briefed on Yemen.














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