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This Week in DPPA: 6 - 12 November 2021

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

Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo led the UN delegation at the Paris Conference on Libya on 12 November on behalf of Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The Conference aims to show the support of the international community to Libyans and the peace process. Prior to the Conference, USG DiCarlo had a series of meetings in Paris at the Quai d’Orsay and the Élysée on a range of issues on the Security Council’s agenda, where she reiterated the UN’s support for inclusive and credible parliamentary and presidential elections on 24 December, as envisaged under the Political Roadmap adopted in 2020, and mandated by Security Council resolution 2570. 

DiCarlo commemorates UN Police Week 

Commemorating the start of the 16th United Nations Police Week, USG DiCarlo took part at the opening event on 8 November and commended the continued dedication of the UN Police to protecting the communities we serve. She acknowledged the viral role UN Police play, which has evolved significantly in scope and scale over time, and the support it provides to the work of special political missions.  

Read full remarks here 

Security Council

“There must be an immediate cessation of hostilities in Ethiopia” 

Addressing the Security Council on 8 November, USG DiCarlo stressed the urgent need for negotiation of a lasting ceasefire in Ethiopia and the creation of conditions for an inclusive dialogue. She warned that the risks in the yearlong conflict in Tigray have reached disastrous proportions, and the stability of the wider Horn of Africa region is in grave uncertainty. “Ethiopia, a founding member of the United Nations, needs our support. We urge Ethiopians to come together to build a shared, prosperous future before it is too late”, she said.  

Read full remarks here  

Central Asia

UNRCCA hosts training on WPS  

On 10 November, the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) held an online seminar on women, peace and security and gender equality. The meeting saw the participation of youth from Central Asia and Afghanistan. The participants were briefed on UN Security Council Resolutions on women, peace and security, and the responsibilities, monitoring and reporting mechanisms of these resolutions.

Read more here 


Special Representative stresses the importance of continued dialogue 

Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), met on 10 November in Baghdad with Sayyed Ammar al-Hakim, Head of the Hikma National Movement to discuss the political situation in Iraq following the general elections. The Special Representative stressed the importance of calm and continued dialogue as Iraqis await the final results.

Deputy Special Representative in Kuwait 

On 9 November, Deputy Special Representative for the Secretary-General Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir was received in Kuwait by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Majdi Al-Dhafiri. She visited the Kuwaiti Forensics Laboratory and held further meetings with Assistant Minister of International Organizations Abdulaziz Saud Mohammad Al Jarallah, and Ambassador of Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for Kuwaiti Prisoners and Missing Persons Rabe’a al-Adsani. Discussions focused on the political situation in the region, with emphasis on the file of Kuwaiti Missing Persons and Property.


Special Coordinator participates in “Elections Forum” ahead of 2022 elections 

Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka co-chaired on 8 November the “Elections Forum” to discuss Lebanon’s preparations for the 2022 parliamentary elections and how the international community can better assist Lebanon. In her opening remarks, she underlined the importance of bold and profound reforms for Lebanon and stressed that the 2022 elections were critical to the success of the reform agenda and for rebuilding trust with the Lebanese citizens. 

Read more here

Middle East

New report calls for coordinated response to address deterioration in Palestinian economy and fiscal situation 

A newly published United Nations report, issued by the office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO), highlights the urgency of addressing the continuing economic and fiscal crisis faced by the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian people. The report, prepared for the upcoming meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) in Oslo on 17 November 2021, warns of a piecemeal approach to address the current political, economic and security challenges in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) which only risks perpetuating a continuous cycle of crisis management, and urges a coordinated and integrated response to resolve this increasingly precarious situation. 

Read more here 

Read full report here 


Special Envoy concludes visit to Taiz

Hans Grundberg, Special Envoy for Yemen, concluded a three-day visit to Taiz governorate on 11 November after meeting with a wide range of stakeholders in Taiz city, Turbah and Mokha. He underlined the urgent need for comprehensive solutions and inclusive political dialogue and called for all stakeholders to engage in constructive discussions on political, military and economic issues that concern everyone in Yemen.

Read more here 

Press statement following his visit

West Africa and the Sahel

Special Representative launches new initiative to promote social cohesion in Guinea 

Mahamat Saleh Annadif, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), and the Foreign Minister of Guinea Morissanda Kouyaté, launched on 10 November a new initiative to help facilitate a peaceful and inclusive transition in Guinea by fostering reconciliation at the national and community levels. Special Representative Annadif called on all Guineans, especially the youth, to work to build a culture of peace and to resolutely turn away from voices that call for violence, confrontation, discrimination and hatred. 

Read more here


Forum for Peace and Reconciliation in Murindo 

From 10 to 11 November, on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the Peace Agreement, the Verification Mission in Colombia held a Forum for Peace and Reconciliation in the municipality of Murindó, Antioquia, where diverse ethnic communities, former combatants and the local government actively participated. The contribution of children and youth to music and dance performances and soccer tournaments was especially significant. The Special Jurisdiction for Peace engaged victims of armed conflict in a workshop on reconciliation and rebuilding of social and community ties. Colombian artist César López promoted a culture of peace through musical acts. The Mission and the artist donated musical instruments to the local community. 

Verification Mission and OHCHR appeal to all armed actors to respect life and human rights in Cauca 

Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Verification Mission, and Juliette de Rivero, Representative of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Colombia, visited Popayán on 10 November to learn first-hand about the protection and prevention challenges faced by the department of Cauca, especially in the municipality of Argelia. They reiterated the significance of the institutional presence to guarantee security in the territory and the work of the members of the Departmental Board of Guarantees in Cauca for the protection of leaders and people in the reintegration process. They also noted the importance of collective protection measures and access to justice as essential elements to strengthen peacebuilding in the territory. 


PBC and AU Peace and Security Council annual consultative meeting  

The 4th informal consultative Peacebuilding Commission-African Union Peace and Security meeting, co-chaired by Egypt, focused on enhancing cooperation around the critical political transitions currently underway in Africa. Special Representative of the Secretary-General Hanna Tetteh welcomed the upcoming PBC meeting on Chad in cooperation with the AU and called for more support for regional capacities and strengthened AU-UN partnership. AU Commissioner Bankole Adeoye underscored the importance of the nexus between peace, security, governance, and development, and the need for the UN to do more to address regression of democracy and the expansion of terrorism in some parts of Africa. The participating Member States expressed support for the SG’s Common Agenda, including broadening the flexible agenda of the PBC to include more countries and regions and ensuring more predictable financing for peacebuilding. 

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 Hajiya 

Raheemat Omoro Momodu, the Head of Human Security and Civil Society at Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). She shares her insights and best practices on how RECs, the African Union and the Member States have translated commitments to Women, Peace and Security, to action. 

Listen to the episode 

For more information on the podcast series, click here 

Hate Speech

Outcome report of the regional forum on hate speech is out 

A comprehensive report of the recent regional forum on hate speech was released this week. The forum took place in Douala, Cameroon, from 26-29 October, organized jointly by the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa and the Commission of the Economic Community of Central African States with support from the Cameroonian government among others. The report outlines the outcome of the forum, including the setting up of a Platform of media professionals for peace and sustainable development in Central Africa as well as the launch of a project on “Awards for the best anti-hate speech content”. 

Read more here 

Next Week

The Security Council will hold an open debate on peace and security through preventive diplomacy on 16 November. Special Representatives James Swan and Deborah Lyons will brief on Somalia and Afghanistan, respectively, on 17 November.

Global Call for Nominations  

The Secretary-General’s Global Call for Nominations to identify Heads and Deputy Heads for United Nations Field Missions is open until 15 November. The Global Call aims to expand the pool of candidates for the USG/ASG level positions of Special Representative of the Secretary-General and their deputies. The campaign is open to women and men, including UN staff members (at the D1 and above level) and external candidates. 

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