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This Week in DPPA: 9 - 14 April 2022

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

Security Council

Special Representative for Colombia calls for continued work to consolidate peace 

Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, told the Security Council on 12 April that the UN has witnessed a peacebuilding process that is advancing, at different levels, along the path outlined by the Final Agreement. He added that overcoming the challenges and risks that threaten the consolidation of peace in the country  and persisting in the comprehensive implementation of the Agreement must be the objectives that guide the work in the coming years.

Full remarks to the Security Council here

Truce in Yemen: a chance for a new direction

Briefing the Security Council on 14 April, Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg reported on the recent two-month nationwide, renewable truce by the parties agreed on 2 April. He said that the agreement is broadly holding, offering a moment of respite for Yemenis. But it is still fragile and temporary, he added, recalling the need to work collectively and intensively in these coming weeks to ensure that the truce agreement does not unravel. “The Truce offers a rare opportunity to pivot toward a peaceful future. The coming weeks will be a test of the parties’ commitments to uphold their obligations. This is a time to build trust and confidence, which is not easy after more than seven years of conflict,” the Special Envoy said, appealing also to the international community to redouble efforts and support during this critical period.

Full remarks to the Security Council here


Special Representative discusses education and media freedoms

Deborah Lyons, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), met on 9 April with the Minister of Information and Culture Khairullah Khairkhwa to discuss education and media freedoms in the country. Special Representative Lyons called for urgent steps for all girls to return to school. On threats and restrictions against media, she urged the ministry to engage journalists in a constructive dialogue. 

Central Asia

Central Asia Women Leaders’ Caucus discusses 2022

Natalia Gherman, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), highlighted the growing role of the Central Asia Women Leaders’ Caucus (CAWLC) during its meeting on 12 April with the founding members. Noting the increasing prominence of the CAWLC, especially in promoting the Women, Peace and Security Agenda and advancing gender equality policies, she encouraged the members to step up their advocacy and outreach efforts and ensure broad participation of women leaders and civil society organizations at all levels in the platform’s activities. 

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Assistant Secretary-General Jenča in Cyprus

This week, Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Europe, Central Asia and Americas Miroslav Jenča was in Cyprus for a three-day routine visit. On 12 April, he met with Greek Cypriot Leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot Leader Ersin Tatar. He reiterated the UN’s commitment to continue its support to both sides in the search for a solution to the Cyprus issue. Jenča emphasized that it is very important to create a conducive environment to seek a settlement and avoid any unilateral steps that might hamper those efforts. On 13 April, the Assistant Secretary-General also met with representatives of the Cyprus Dialogue Forum and UniteCyprusNow to discuss the importance of civil society engagement across the island.


Special Coordinator discusses women in politics

On 12 April, Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka organized a dialogue with six prominent Lebanese editors focused on the upcoming parliamentary elections and the role the media can play in making it an inclusive process for women. This was the first in a series of roundtable discussions with the media on issues of importance to Lebanon and its recovery and stability. Noting that Lebanon ranks 183 out of 187 countries in terms of representation of women parliamentarians – only about 4.6% of Lebanese lawmakers are women -   the Special Coordinator said the country needed to improve women’s political participation in order to benefit from the full potential of all its citizens.  

More updates here


Thematic roundtables on Prosecution, Rehabilitation and Reintegration practices

Hosted by the Government of Iraq, the closing roundtable on Prosecution, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (PRR) practices was held in Baghdad on 9 April under the patronage of the Prime Minister and National Security Advisor of Iraq as well as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert. In her remarks, the Special Representative acknowledged that UN support to the Government of Iraq will be guided by the Global Framework that lays out a collaborative approach with governments and pooled funding mechanisms under which the UN can support Member States on the protection, repatriation, prosecution, rehabilitation, and reintegration of returnees from Syria. Building on the discussions, she noted that the UN looks forward to supporting the Government in shaping and implementing solutions for the greater global good.

Full remarks here

Special Representative plants tree and meets with Miss Iraq 2021

On 10 April 2022, Special Representative Hennis-Plasschaert accepted the #HealthierTomorrow challenge from World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in Iraq Ahmed Zouiten and planted a palm tree at the UN Integrated Compound in Baghdad. The Challenge is part of #WorldHealthDay 2022, which is celebrated under the slogan “Our planet, our health”. On 14 April, the Special Representative met Maria Farhad, Miss Iraq 2021, with whom she had a candid conversation on ways to encourage the safe, dignified and voluntary return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their places of origin. 


Special Envoy concludes visit to Sana’a

Hans Grundberg, Special Envoy for Yemen, concluded on 13 April a three-day visit to Sana’a where he met with senior officials to discuss the ongoing implementation of different elements of the two-month truce in Yemen. “The truce in all its different elements aims first and foremost to improve conditions for civilians by providing some relief and a much-needed break from the violence,” the Special Envoy stressed. In all his encounters, he underlined the need to continue simultaneously implementing and making progress on the different elements of the truce, as well as using it as an opportunity to cultivate and foster trust between the parties.

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Great Lakes region

Special Representative visits Uganda

Huang Xia, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region, met State Minister for Foreign Affairs John Mulimba and State Minister for Defense and Veteran Affairs Jacob Oboth-Oboth on 13 April during his mission to Kampala, Uganda to discuss recent developments in the region. 


UN-facilitated joint committee convenes in Cairo

Stephanie Williams, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Libya, on 13 April convened the joint committee of the House of Representatives (HoR) and the High State Council (HSC) in Cairo, Egypt. The objective of the consultations is to agree on a firm constitutional basis to enable the holding of national elections as soon as possible. “The ultimate solution to the issues that continue to plague Libya is through elections, held on a solid constitutional basis and electoral framework that provides the guardrails for an electoral process which clearly defines milestones and timelines going forward,” said the Special Adviser, stressing the critical role of the delegates in making their voices heard in support of the 2.8 million registered Libyan voters.

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West Africa and the Sahel

Annadif calls for return to constitutional order in Burkina Faso

As part of the UN’s continued support to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)' efforts to help Burkina Faso, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) Mahamat Saleh Annadif was in Ouagadougou where he met with the President of the Transition, Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, representatives of the diplomatic corps, and former President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré. In light of the deteriorating humanitarian, security, and food situation, the Special Representative called on the transitional authorities to take all necessary measures to reach a consensual timetable that would allow a return to constitutional order in Burkina Faso. In line with the decisions of the last summit of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, he also called on the transitional authorities to ensure the full and unconditional freedom of former President Kaboré.

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Peacebuilding Commission discusses Colombia

On 13 April, President Ivan Duque of Colombia briefed the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) on the status of implementation of the 2016 peace agreement, alongside his Counsellor for Stabilisation and Consolidation Emilio Archila and a former combatant who represented a local agricultural cooperative. Special Representative of the Secretary-General Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Resident Coordinator Mireia Villar Forner and Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support Elizabeth Spehar participated in the meeting. Members of the Commission reiterated that Colombia’s peace process continued to serve as an example to the world of the possibility of resolving armed conflict through dialogue, and the importance of a comprehensive approach to building and sustaining peace. They recognized progress on many fronts, including in the reintegration of former combatants, while also expressing concerns over violence in conflict-affected areas, and encouraged continuing efforts to build trust with communities. They recognized the catalytic contribution of the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) and stressed the need for complementarity of different strands of technical assistance and funding, including domestic resources, innovative financing, local-level entrepreneurship, private sector investments and public-private sector partnerships. The Commission offered its platform for continuing accompaniment and advocacy in support of peacebuilding in Colombia.

Full recording here

Peacebuilding Funding Dashboard 

DPPA’s Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) launched on 13 April its Peacebuilding Funding Dashboard, which was initially proposed in the Secretary-General's report on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace (A/72/707-S/2018/43). The dashboard available through PBSO’s website,  contains data from over 900 projects, representing more than $1 billion of investments in peacebuilding since 2015. The Dashboard is an important tool to increase transparency in investments in building and sustaining peace. It is interactive, allowing users to sort, filter and visualize peacebuilding investment data as per their specific needs. Through the dashboard, users can easily access detailed data on peacebuilding investments sorted by country or countries; years (2015-2021); peacebuilding priorities; source of funding; contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals; recipient entities, including UN agencies, funds and programmes; or gender marker. 

Read more here

Next Week

On Tuesday, 19 April, Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo will brief the Security Council on Libya in the morning. In the afternoon, the Council will hold a meeting on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine.  On Thursday, 21 April, the Council will hear a briefing on Sudan and South Sudan. 

The Peacebuilding Commission will have an Ambassadorial-level meeting on the Lake Chad Basin on Wednesday, 20 April at 10 am EDT (Conference Room 2).  

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