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This Week in DPPA: 9 - 15 July 2022

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

Security Council

Grundberg: “The truce represents the best opportunity for peace in Yemen”

Hans Grundberg, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, briefed the Security Council on 11 July on the situation in that country since the renewal of the truce first agreed on 2 April. He said the truce has been holding for over three months, resulting in a two-thirds reduction in civilian casualties compared to the three months before the truce began. In the coming weeks, the Special Envoy said that he will continue to explore with the parties the possibility of a longer extension and an expanded truce agreement. This, he said, would provide time and the opportunity to start serious discussions on the economy and security tracks, to start addressing priority issues such as revenues as well as the payment of salaries, and to begin the process of moving toward a ceasefire.

Read full remarks here

UN News on the briefing here


Incoming administration has a ‘tremendous opportunity and responsibility’ to accelerate the implementation of the Peace Agreement

On 14 July, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, told the Council that Colombians took part in a hard-fought political campaign leading to the election of their new President, Gustavo Petro. He reiterated the Secretary-General’s encouragement over these mostly peaceful elections and noted that the recent electoral outcomes increasingly reflect the diversity of the country’s vibrant society. The Special Representative also highlighted the significant contribution made by the Final Peace Agreement to Colombia’s democracy. Also briefing the Council was Father Francisco de Roux, President of Colombia’s Truth Commission, and Jineth Casso Piamba, leader of the Nasa people from the Cauca department.


Read full remarks here

UN News on the briefing here


Security Council renews cross-border aid delivery in Syria for 6 months

The Security Council agreed to renew the main provisions of resolution 2585 (2021) for an initial period of six months following a vote on the adoption of resolution 2642 on 12 July. This enables the UN to continue to work to save lives and alleviate the suffering of some 4.1 million people in need of aid and protection in north-west Syria. 


UN News on the briefing here


UNMHA mandate extends for another year

The Security Council decided on 13 July to extend, until 14 July 2023, the mandate of the United Nations Mission to support the Hudaydah Agreement (UNMHA). Unanimously adopting resolution 2643 (2022), the Council further decided that the Mission will oversee the governate-wide ceasefire, redeployment of forces and mine action operations, as welll as monitor ceasefire compliance in the Red Sea ports of Hudaydah, Salif and Ras Issa.

UN News on the renewal of the mandate here (AR)


BINUH mandate renewed for a year 

On 15 July, the Security Council unanimously voted to renew the mandate of the UN Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) for another year, until 15 July 2023.





Special Coordinator holds round of meetings prior to Security Council briefing 

Joanna Wronecka, the Special Coordinator of the Secretary-General for Lebanon, held talks  this week with Lebanese officials and various stakeholders ahead of her 21 July briefing to the  Council  on the implementation of resolution 1701 (2006). The Special Coordinator met with President Michel Aoun, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, as well as representatives of Hizbullah and other political parties and foreign diplomats accredited to Lebanon. Discussions focused on steps taken in relation to the implementation of the resolution and upcoming constitutional timelines in Lebanon, including the formation of the government and presidential elections, the socio-economic crisis in Lebanon and the role of different state actors in the process of implementing urgent reforms. 



New Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs and Electoral Assistance 

Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 11 July the appointment of Claudio Cordone of Italy as his new Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs and Electoral Assistance of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). Mr. Cordone succeeds Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir of Iceland. He brings to this position more than 35 years of experience in international relations, international human rights and humanitarian law, including as Director of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in Lebanon, where he has served since 2017. 

Read more here

UNAMI’s Herald e-newsletter spotlights UN activities and projects  

The latest edition of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq’s (UNAMI) Herald e-newsletter is out this week. It covers UN activities and projects from May to June 2022 and is available here in English.

Great Lakes region

High-level meeting in Democratic Republic of the Congo for women’s inclusion 

A delegation of the Advisory Board for Women, Peace and Security in the Great Lakes region traveled to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from 11-16 July 2022 to meet various national interlocutors at the executive, legislative and judicial level as part of their periodic consultations in the countries of the region. The high-level meeting aimed to encourage Congolese authorities and community leaders, as well as traditional chiefs and religious leaders, to promote the effective inclusion of women and young people in ongoing peace and dialogue in the region. The week-long mission was led by Catherine Samba Panza, interim President of the Central African Republic from 2014 to 2016 and Co-President of FemWise-Africa, a subsidiary mechanism of the Panel of the Wise, one of the essential pillars of the peace and security architecture of the African Union. The Office of the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, together with the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) and the Executive Secretariat of the International Conference on the Great Lakes region, also took part in the meetings.


Meeting with the African Union Commission

Special Envoy Huang Xia met on 12 July with the President of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat. They discussed the latest developments in the Great Lakes region and agreed to strengthen their collaboration to support efforts by countries in the region to address persistent challenges, including the threat posed by armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.  


West Africa and the Sahel

Special Representative reviews the Burkina Faso with the Peacebuilding Commission

Special Representative of the Secretary-General Mahamat Saleh Annadif participated on 15 July in a meeting of the Peacebuilding Commission to review the situation in Burkina Faso. Working together with the Commission, he pledged to support the transition period to help ensure transparency and good governance, in order to regain the trust of the population and assist in the return to constitutional order. “Regional mechanisms such as the Accra Initiative [...] must be ramped up to prevent the destabilization sought by extremists,” he said. More on the meeting under ‘Peacebuilding’.



800 students to benefit from a new road in the department of Tolima

Honoring the memory of the victims and as an act of reconciliation, former combatants, police, and military came together this week to build a small road from a school in Icononzo, Tolima, a town in the center-west of the country. The UN Verification Mission, school representatives, and the Mayor's Office supported this work in coordination with local and national entities and victims.


PBC Ambassadorial-level meeting on Burkina Faso

On 15 July, the Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, H.E. Ms. Rabab Fatima convened an Ambassadorial-level meeting on the priorities of the transition and opportunities to pursue and support national reconciliation in Burkina Faso. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Cooperation and Burkinabé Abroad, and the Minister of State to the President, in charge of Social Cohesion and Reconciliation, addressed the Commission. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) representative, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Burkina Faso, and Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support also briefed the Commission. Member States encouraged a peaceful transition and expressed their support for the country’s efforts in social cohesion and national reconciliation as well as other important peacebuilding priorities. Press statement for this meeting is currently under discussion.

Next Week

The Security Council will discuss children and armed conflict on Tuesday, 19 July.



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