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This Week in DPPA: 7 - 13 November 2020

7 - 13 November 2020

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

Security Council 

Griffiths concerned by spikes of violence in Yemen
Yemen Envoy Martin Griffiths on 11 November updated the Security Council on the situation in the country. Mr. Griffiths told the Council that he is deeply concerned by spikes in violence, particularly in Marib and Taiz, and by recent escalation in attacks on Saudi territory. He also emphasized the need for the Riyadh Agreement to work, “for the sake of the Yemeni people.”

Read his full remarks here
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Central Asia

Meeting with experts on water and energy cooperation
UNRCCA on 10 November organized an online meeting with national experts on water and energy cooperation. Representatives from relevant ministries and agencies of the Central Asian countries and Afghanistan, as well as independent experts, attended the event. Special Representative  Natalia Gherman made a welcome statement at the beginning of the event.
Read more here

Joint statement of intent between the Government of Kyrgyzstan and the UN
The purpose of the statement, issued on 13 November, was to reaffirm the support of the UN to the people of Kyrgyzstan during the current challenges to peace, stability and development, and supporting the path to sustainable, inclusive and long-term recovery from the deteriorating socioeconomic situation and devastating consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and the United Nations resolve to cooperate closely in addressing these challenges.
Read more here


Meeting on internally displaced persons (IDPs)
Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Special Representative and Head of UNAMI, accompanied by Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano, Deputy Special Representative and Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator, on 9 November met with the Minister of Displacement and Migration, Evan Faik Jabro, and the Minister of Planning, Dr. Khalid Batal Najim in Baghdad. They discussed the humanitarian situation in the country and the ongoing activities by the Government to close the camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs). Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert stated that the UN supports IDP returns that are safe, dignified, voluntary and sustainable. The UN maintains its mandate to coordinate with the Government on issues of humanitarian assistance and is working to ensure that IDPs who have left camps and are returning home have access to necessary support while en route and upon arrival.


Special Representative visits Cameroon
François Louncény Fall, Special Representative and Head of UNOCA, on 2 November, began an official visit to Cameroon. In Yaounde, he was received by the Minister of External Relations, Mr. Lejeune Mbella Mbella. They discussed the latest developments in the country and in Central Africa. 



Start of Libyan Political Dialogue Forum
The Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) kicked off on 9 November, under the auspices of the UN, in Tunis. H.E. Kais Saied, President of Tunisia, and Acting Special Representative Stephanie Williams, welcomed the 75 Libyan women and men participating in the LPDF, representing the full social and political spectrum of Libyan society. Over 70 officials representing the international community attended the opening ceremony remotely. In a video message, the Secretary-General encouraged participants to seize the opportunity “to end a tragic conflict and create a future of dignity and hope.” The launch of the LPDF follows months of preparations and consultations with Libyans from all constituencies, especially youth, women and municipalities.
Read more here


The "Rafting for Peace" Festival conquered the rivers of Caquetá department
More than 30 representatives from different sectors of San Vicente del Caguán, Caquetá, such as the municipal government, the private sector, LGBTI community, former combatants, youth and women's groups, and peasants' organizations took part on 7 and 8 November in the first "Rafting for Peace" Festival. Each boat was led by rafting guides from the "Rafting for Peace" team, made up of former FARC-EP combatants in the process of reintegration and members of the Miravalle, Caquetá community. The Festival seeks to showcase the diversity, resilience, and spirit of peace of the San Vicente community and to demonstrate the region's potential for tourism and overcome the stigma surrounding this area because of its history delated to the armed conflict. The Festival, which complied with biosafety protocols, was organized by the tour operator Caguán Expeditions, the San Vicente del Caguán Mayor's Office and the Caquetá Governor's Office. It was supported by the Agency for Reincorporation and Normalization (ARN), the Ministry of Sports, the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia, the European Union's Young Amazon Project, and the Open and Distance University (UNAD). 







Women, Peace and Security

Event on ‘’Climate and Security: An Emerging Context of a New Era for Women, Peace and Security”
The online event ‘’Climate and Security: An Emerging Context of a New Era for Women, Peace and Security’’ on 10 November brought together representatives of member States and UN colleagues working on women, peace and security (WPS) and on climate security to discuss how to integrate climate considerations into the WPS agenda. Briefers from UNOWAS as well as from civil society organizations in Latin America, the Pacific, and Nigeria emphasized how climate change exacerbates security risks for women. The event was moderated by PBSO/ Peacebuilding Strategy and Partnership Branch Chief Henk-Jan Brinkman and organized by the UN Joint Programme on Women, Natural Resources, Climate and Peace in collaboration with the Climate Security Mechanism.

Women essential for the establishment of sustainable peace
Agathe Telou has worked as a gender advisor at the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) since 2012. In an interview, she talks about her role and also about her perspectives as a woman and a mother to advance the participation of women and youth in decision-making processes in West Africa and the Sahel. “Women and young people are an essential link for any development policy and for the establishment of sustainable peace,” she said.
Read more here


Workshop on women’s participation in politics
The last of a series of workshops intended to strengthen the political and public roles of women concluded in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on 7 November. The closing workshop was organized by the Iraq Foundation, with support from UNAMI, and provided training in leadership, communications and advocacy. Deputy Special Representative Alice Walpole addressed the workshop, together with representatives from the Iraq Foundation and the Women Empowerment Directorate
Read more here


Peacebuilding Commission meeting on Liberia 
The Permanent Representative of Sweden to the UN and Chair of the Liberia Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission convened on 12 November a meeting for the Government of Liberia and international partners to update on priorities for continued support to building and sustaining peace in Liberia. The meeting focused on the constitutional referendum and senatorial elections scheduled for next month. The meeting underlined the importance of international support to credible, transparent and inclusive elections in Liberia and the continued commitment of Liberia to sustainable peace and development, drawing attention in particular to the relevance of preparations for general elections in 2023, and noting the impact of developments in the sub-region. The meeting was also an opportunity to underline the importance of women’s empowerment and active participation in the political process and to encourage continued efforts to combat violence against women. The Commission recognized the contributions of the Peacebuilding Fund, which has approved $25 million over the last three years in support of reconciliation, resolution of land conflicts, and youth empowerment, and asked for future updates on lessons learned and results.

Next Week

Security Council
The UN Security Council will hold a meeting on 16 November on peace and security in the Sahel region; Special Coordinator Ján Kubiš will update the Council on resolution 1701, concerning Lebanon, on 17 November (closed session); on 18 November, Special Coordinator Nickolay Mladenov will brief on the latest developments in the Middle East peace process; Acting Special Representative Stephanie Williams will update on the situation in Libya on 19 November. 
Updated programme of work


The Work of Peace

Virtual exhibit
Remember to check out our virtual exhibit: The Work of Peace. It highlights the UN’s key role in preventive diplomacy, good offices, mediation and elections over the past 75 years, and looks ahead at what the future may hold for this work.
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