Bienvenidos a las Naciones Unidas

Reports and Policy Documents

2021

  • 31 Mar 2021

    Dear Partners and Friends,

    It is an honour to present the first edition of UNOAU’s Quarterly Newsletter for 2021, featuring several highlights and UNOAU initiatives, such as the launch of the book” She Stands for Peace,” the “She Stands for Peace”podcast series, the election of a new AU Commission and commemoration of International Women’s Day.

    The last few months have certainly...

  • 31 Mar 2021

    DUSHANBE, Tajikistan

    On 30 March, Special Representative of...

  • 31 Mar 2021

    KABUL – Calls for the increased protection of women’s rights, access to education and women’s inclusion in peace talks dominated discussions in the latest series of UN-backed...

  • 30 Mar 2021

    The 2023 electoral process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will mark “a new critical stage” in the country’s journey to democratic transition and stabilization, UN Special Representative Bintou Keita said on Tuesday in her first briefing to the Security Council. 

  • 30 Mar 2021

    In a statement released on Tuesday, the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has concluded that a 3 January French military airstrike on the central Malian village of Bounty, hit a group largely made up of civilians, killing several of them.

  • 30 Mar 2021

    SE Kubis meeting with HoR Speaker Agila Salehin al-Qubba - 30 March 2021

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  • 30 Mar 2021

    Dhusamareb, Galmudug – The Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Adam Abdelmoula, and...

  • 30 Mar 2021

    Dhusamareb - Galmudug State initiated yesterday the COVAX vaccination campaign with the State Vice-President, Ali Dahir Eid, the Speaker of...

  • 30 Mar 2021

    BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan

    On March 30, Natalia Gherman, Special Representative...

  • 30 Mar 2021

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan

    On 29 March 2021, the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia took part in the International Youth Forum for...

  • 29 Mar 2021

    Now is not the moment to reduce humanitarian aid to Syria, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council on Monday, stressing that after 10 years of conflict, more support was needed to avoid further “dramatic and widespread” deterioration. 

  • 29 Mar 2021

    Three years since the UN Secretary-General launched his Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) initiative to strengthening peacekeeping operations worldwide, “significant progress” has been made “but our work is far from done”, the peacekeeping chief said on Monday. 

  • 29 Mar 2021

    TRIPOLI, 29 March 2021 - Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Libya, and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (...

  • 29 Mar 2021

    BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan

    On 27 March 2021, SRSG Natalia Gherman and the President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sadyr...

  • 28 Mar 2021

    Two senior UN officials denounced on Sunday, “systematic” attacks on peaceful demonstrators in Myanmar and flagged that the international community has a responsibility to protect the people from atrocities. 

  • 28 Mar 2021

    At the request of the African Union Commission (AUC), UNOAU continued to provide technical support and advice to the ongoing Training of Trainers (TOT) Generic Police Pre-Deployment Training (PPDT) course for the ECOWAS at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center in Accra, Ghana.

    The training course, which was scheduled for 14-28 March and funded by the British Peace Support Team-Africa (BPST-A),...

  • 27 Mar 2021

    The UN chief condemned in the strongest terms, the killing of dozens of civilians, including children and young people, by security forces in Myanmar on Saturday. 

  • 27 Mar 2021

    TRIPOLI, 27 March 2021 – The UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ján Kubiš, held yesterday a virtual meeting of the...

  • 27 Mar 2021

    TRIPOLI, 27 March 2021 -The Special Envoy Special Envoy and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ján Kubiš held yesterday a meeting with a...

  • 27 Mar 2021

    26 March 2021

    Esteemed Members of the LPDF,

    Many thanks that you...

  • 27 Mar 2021

    New York, 27 March 2021

    We need to make peace with nature.

    Without nature’s help, we cannot thrive or even survive on this planet Earth.

    Climate disruption, biodiversity loss and pollution threaten lives, jobs and health.

    It’s time to re-...

  • 26 Mar 2021

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

    Security Council

    Lyons: “Any peace settlement must take into account the views and the concerns of all Afghans”

    Deborah Lyons, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of UNAMA, briefed the Security Council on 23 March on the situation in Afghanistan and the UN’s support for the Afghan peace process. “Afghans are not just ready for peace, they are demanding it,” she said. “And all sides need to stop the violence and need the violence to stop”, she added “Any peace settlement must take into account the views and the concerns of all Afghans.”

    Full statement to the Council here

     
    Kubiš: “It is up to the Libyan leaders to demonstrate the will to honor the pledges and commitments under the LPDF Roadmap”

    Ján Kubiš, Special Envoy on Libya and Head of UNSMIL, reported to the Security Council on 24 March on Libya for the first time since his appointment in January. “Moving forward, we all need to assist and encourage the new executive authority, the House of Representative and the High Council of State to pursue an inclusive political process, to fulfill the objectives set by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) and to maintain momentum on all intra-Libyan tracks, which need to continue working in a mutually-reinforcing manner,” he said.

    Full statement to the Council here

     
    Wennesland: “in pursuit of achieving the vision of two States”

    Tor Wennesland, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, briefed the Security Council on 25 March on continued Israeli settlement activity in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and other developments between Israel and Palestine. “I am deeply concerned by continued Israeli settlement expansion, particularly into highly sensitive areas, which entrench the Israeli occupation, erode the possibility of a contiguous, independent and viable Palestinian State and further threaten the prospect of achieving a two-State solution,” he said.

    Full statement to the Council here

    West Africa and the Sahel

    Secretary-General appoints Annadif Khatir Mahamat Saleh as Special Representative 

    The Secretary-General has appointed Annadif Khatir Mahamat Saleh of Chad as his new Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel and Head of UNOWAS. He brings to the position extensive national and international experience having taken part in several peace processes in Africa, including Niger, the Central African Republic, and Sudan.

    Yemen

    Special Envoy visits Oman

    Martin Griffiths, Special Envoy on Yemen, is visiting Oman from 25-29 March. On 26 March, he met with Abdusalam Salah, Official Spokesperson for Ansar Allah. They discussed the urgency to agree on opening Sana'a airport and easing restrictions on Hudaydah ports, entering a nationwide ceasefire, and resuming the political dialogue under a UN framework to pave the way for sustainable peace.

    Libya

    Special Envoy arrives in Tripoli

    Ján Kubiš, Special Envoy for Libya, arrived in Tripoli on 23 March to conduct a series of meetings with various Libyan stakeholders this week. He met, among others, with the leadership of the Presidency Council, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He affirmed the unified support of the UN and the international community to the Libyan people as well as to the new leadership to meet their commitments within the timeframe defined by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF). He will work to expedite the implementation of the LPDF Roadmap, including mobilizing the required support and resources to hold national elections on the 24th of December 2021.

    Read more here

    Colombia

    UN Mission supports a truth encounter between former combatants and victims of the conflict in Cauca

    On 20 March, the UN Mission in Colombia assisted the Truth Commission in organizing an event titled, “Encounter for the Truth: Recognition for Life: Caldono tells the Truth” in Caldono municipality, Cauca, southwestern Colombia. Former FARC-EP combatants voluntarily acknowledged their responsibility to victims in this region. The Governor's Office of Cauca, the Mayor's Office of Caldono, the Special Unit for the Search for Persons Deemed as Missing, representatives of the peasant, Nasa, and Misak indigenous victims, and members of religious communities participated in the event.  

    Read more here

    Somalia

    Special Representative meets federal member state leaders

    James Swan, Special Representative for Somalia, continued meetings in the past week with federal member state leaders of Galmudug, Jubaland Hirshabelle, and Puntland in preparation for the Mogadishu summit. He spoke with Southwest leaders and the opposition representatives as part of wide consultation to urge necessary compromises to reach an agreement on electoral process implementation for the upcoming elections. 

    Afghanistan

    Radio campaign by UNAMA field offices to encourage dialogue and discussion

    UNAMA field offices in Herat, Jalalabad, Kandahar, Kunduz, and Mazar-e Sharif organized a radio campaign this week as part of a countrywide outreach programme to create platforms - using radio, television and social media - where Afghans can engage in dialogue and discuss critical issues affecting their communities. In the series of discussions on civilians’ plight in Afghanistan’s decades-long conflict, participants said the increase in attacks on public places frequented by civilians is a reality and a ceasefire is the most direct way to protect civilians from harm. “Protecting civilian life from the conflict and, ultimately, ending the war must be priorities for groups and communities in Afghanistan”, said one participant in the radio campaign.

    Read more here

    Iraq

    UNAMI hosts a virtual event featuring short films on human rights

    UNAMI Human Rights, the Iraqi Prime Minister’s Office and the Racial Discrimination Commissioner from the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights co-facilitated a virtual event to mark the International Day on Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The event featured four short films by young Iraqi filmmakers in keeping with this year’s theme “Youth standing up against racism and discrimination.” Participants emphasized the simplicity and power of the films in demonstrating how discrimination occurs and can be challenged, and the need for TV networks to broadcast such content and the importance of a state-sponsored awareness-raising campaign. 

    Read more here  

     
    Deputy Special Representative speaks at NATO workshop on gender and civilian protection  

    Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq (DSRSG/RC/HC), and Danielle Bell, Chief of the UNAMI Human Rights Office (HRO), participated in a virtual workshop on gender and protection of civilians organized by the Allied Joint Force Command Naples of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on 22 March. “Participation of women in reconstruction and peacebuilding is a key element to reconciliation and to the national action plan on 1325. The United Nations in Iraq is supporting the Government in implementing the commitments under the Women, Peace, and Security agenda which is intimately connected to Sustainable Development Goal 5 on women and girls’ empowerment”, said DSRSG/RC/HC.

     
    UNAMI HRO Chief discusses conditions of detention in Nasiriyah Central Prison with Minister of Justice 

    UNAMI HRO Danielle Bell met Judge Salar Abdul Sattar Mohamed, Minister of Justice, on 23 March to discuss cooperation in promoting human rights in the administration of justice and conditions of detention, including in the Nasiriyah Central Prison.

    Turkmenistan

    UNRCCA announces Youth Contest “Preventive Diplomacy Ambassador”

    For the third consecutive year, UNRCCA is sponsoring an international youth contest, “Preventive Diplomacy Ambassador”, to build capacity in preventive diplomacy among young people aged between 18-29 residing in the border areas of the Central Asian states and Afghanistan. The project flows from the 2030 Youth Strategy and the UN Security Council Resolution on Youth, Peace, and Security. The contest offers the candidates selected a unique opportunity to take part in online training on preventive diplomacy, conflict prevention strategy, intercultural communication, leadership skills and public speaking skills. The application deadline is 30 April 2021.

    For more information

    Peacebuilding

    PBC participation in the WTO Trade for Peace Network

    At the invitation of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), Mohamed Edrees, participated in the Inaugural Meeting of the Trade for Peace (T4P) Network on 25 March. The T4P was launched at the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires in December 2017 to promote a multilateral trading system as a pathway to development and sustainable peace. The Network would serve as a dedicated platform for policymakers and experts to explore the nexus between the multilateral trading system, peace and security, including by identifying areas of collaboration and actions by its members. In his intervention, the Chair explained the role of the PBC and presented recent results, while also noting numerous opportunities for collaboration between WTO and the PBC in support of countries under the consideration of the Commission which also seek accession to the WTO.

    Next week

    Special Envoy Geir O. Pedersen will update the Security Council on Syria on Monday, 29 March. Also on Syria, the General Assembly will hold an informal meeting on 30 March to hear a briefing from the Secretary-General. On 1 April, Vietnam will take over the presidency of the Security Council for the month. 

     

     

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  • 26 Mar 2021

    The 52nd round of the Geneva International Discussions (GID) took place in the Palais des Nations on 25 and 26 March 2021. The meeting was held in person, with all requisite pandemic mitigation measures in place.

    All participants reiterated the importance of, and their commitment to, the GID process. Two separate working groups focused on security and humanitarian issues. The security situation on the ground was assessed as relatively calm and stable. Participants reviewed a number of issues including detention cases, missing persons, freedom of movement, and the security situation in certain areas.

    Particular focus was given to the core agenda item of non-use of force and international security arrangements. Participants had a frank and open exchange of views on the matter.

    As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues, the GID Co-Chairs and participants focused on the needs and concerns of conflict-affected people. Participants also discussed possibilities for joint efforts to address the pandemic and mitigate its impact on the humanitarian and socio-economic situations, and threats to livelihoods.

    Since some participants walked out, a discussion on the core issue of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees could not take place.

    The Co-Chairs welcomed the continued utilisation of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) in Ergneti and emphasised the need to resume regular meetings of the Gali IPRM as soon as possible.

    While concerns remain about freedom of movement, the Co-Chairs welcomed some steps taken to facilitate crossings in order to give vulnerable people access to social benefits, pensions and medical care.

    Aspects of the “Women, Peace and Security” framework were also discussed. In this context, the Co-Chairs underscored that conflict has a different impact on women and men.

    The Co-Chairs again called on all participants to increase efforts to build trust and confidence among them, to address all elements of comprehensive security, and to ensure constructive co-operation with international humanitarian and human rights organisations.

    The participants agreed to hold their next meeting in Geneva on 29 and 30 June 2021.

  • 26 Mar 2021

    TRIPOLI, 26 March 2021 - The UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ján Kubiš accompanied...

  • 26 Mar 2021

    Bogotá, 26 March 2021. The United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia condemns the car bomb attack outside the Mayor's offices in Corinto, Cauca, which left dozens of people injured, including municipal officials and community members.

    The Mission rejects this and all of the recent violence which has taken place in Cauca department and other regions of the country.

    The Mission calls for the implementation of concrete measures for the comprehensive...

  • 26 Mar 2021

    The military in Myanmar has turned on citizens and is putting the nation’s future at risk, the UN Special Envoy for the country warned on Friday in a statement issued on the eve of the annual celebration of Armed Forces Day. 

  • 25 Mar 2021

    The report contains summary findings and recommendations drawn from four lessons-learned studies and two evaluations on a wide range of themes such as boundary dispute between Equatorial Guinea and Gabon; UN support to local mediation; UN transition in mission settings; Value-for-Money assessment of the MYA etc.

    To strengthen the Department’s accountability and organizational learning, DPPA commissions several evaluative exercises every year. Such exercises are confidential and cannot be shared in their entirety, but DPPA is committed to widely disseminate the executive summaries.

  • 25 Mar 2021

    COVID-19 continues to have a devastating effect on Palestinians, the Secretary-General’s envoy for the Middle East peace process told the Security Council on Thursday, urging greater support for vaccination efforts.

  • 25 Mar 2021

    Praising women’s fundamental contributions to peacekeeping and peacebuilding efforts, the UN peacekeeping chief reiterated on Thursday that empowering women in the military remains a top priority, but to achieve this goal needs “all hands on deck”.

  • 25 Mar 2021

    Madam President,

    Members of the Security Council,

    On behalf of the Secretary-General, I will devote this briefing to presenting his 17th report on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2334 (2016), covering the period from 11 December to 23 March.

    Madam President,

    ...

  • 25 Mar 2021

    The independent UN Special Rapporteur investigating human rights in Myanmar has called on the international community to hold an “emergency” summit of all stakeholders, including the parliamentarians who were democratically elected prior to February’s military coup. 

  • 25 Mar 2021

    New York, 25 March 2021

    On the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members, we recognize the extreme dangers encountered by so many colleagues as they carry out the vital work of the United Nations.

    The threats vary -- from deliberate and deadly ambushes to kidnappings, intimidation and unlawful detention.  But the thread is the same: these are...

  • 25 Mar 2021

    UNOAU staff group photo during the 2021 annual retreat held virtually

    UNOAU held its annual retreat in virtual format on 25 March 2021. The retreat aimed to provide an opportunity for the Office to outline its priorities for the year ahead and...

  • 25 Mar 2021

    The United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), implements the Preventive Diplomacy Academy project for the third consecutive year. The project aims to build capacity...

  • 24 Mar 2021

    After years of “paralysis and internal divisions”, progress towards a lasting peace through stable national government and dialogue, is being made in Libya, the top UN envoy for the country said on Wednesday. 

  • 24 Mar 2021

    AS PREPARED

    Madam President, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, United States of America,

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  • 24 Mar 2021

    The United Nations Secretary-General has reaffirmed the Organization’s support and solidarity with Niger, as the second deadly attacks against civilians in less than a week rocked the west African nation. 

  • 24 Mar 2021

    New York, 24 March 2021

    Today we commemorate the life of Monsignor Oscar Romero, who was murdered for his vocal opposition to inequality, marginalization and injustice in El Salvador.

    We honor all victims and survivors of gross human rights violations around the world.

    We...

  • 23 Mar 2021

    The Envoys of the Middle East Quartet from the European Union, the Russian Federation, the United States, and the United Nations met virtually to discuss returning to meaningful negotiations that will lead to a two-state solution, including tangible steps to advance freedom, security and prosperity for Palestinians and Israelis, which is important in its own right.

    The Envoys also discussed the situation on the...

  • 23 Mar 2021

    The UN Secretary-General on Tuesday welcomed the announcement by Saudi Arabia of steps aimed at helping end the fighting and restart the political process in Yemen.

  • 23 Mar 2021

    Amidst a period of “heightened intensity”, the UN Special Representative told the Security Council on Tuesday that the killing, displacement and suffering of the Afghan people “must end now”. 

  • 23 Mar 2021

    New York, 23 March 2021 -The Secretary-General welcomes the announcement by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on steps to help end the fighting and restart the political...

  • 23 Mar 2021

    President of the Presidency Council (PC) Mr. Mohamed Almenfi and his deputies Mr. Abdullah El-Lafi and Mr. Musa Alkoni received Mr. Kubiš in Tripoli - 22 March 2021...

  • 23 Mar 2021

    UN’s Najat Rochdi Calls for Rapid Formation of New Government

    23 March 2021

    Beirut, Lebanon

     

    Ms. Najat Rochdi, UN Deputy Special Coordinator and Officer in Charge of the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL) today called on Lebanon’s political leaders...

  • 23 Mar 2021

    ECOWAS, ECCAS, GGC, UNOCA and UNOWAS call on Gulf of Guinea states to step up commitment to strengthen maritime security in the sub-region

     

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  • 23 Mar 2021

    New York - The Secretary-General reiterates his deep concern at the continued political impasse regarding the holding of elections in Somalia, despite several rounds of...

  • 22 Mar 2021

    New York, 22 March 2021

    This year’s World Water Day, with the theme “Valuing water”, asks: What does water mean to me?

    The value of water is profound and complex.  There is no aspect of sustainable development that does not fundamentally rely upon it.

    For me, water means protection.  A well-managed water cycle – encompassing drinking...

  • 21 Mar 2021

    New York, 21 March 2021

    Humanity’s well-being is inextricably linked to the health of our planet.  Forests play a crucial role.

    Forests filter the air we breathe and the water we drink.  They regulate our climate, absorbing one-third of the global greenhouse gases emitted each year. 

    Forests provide habitat to 80 per cent of all...

  • 21 Mar 2021

    Mogadishu – International partners* welcome the arrival of participants for the summit of the Federal Government of Somalia and Federal Member State leaders, to be held in the protected area of Mogadishu’s...

  • 21 Mar 2021

    New York, 21 March 2021

    Last year, people around the globe took to the streets to protest the vicious global pandemic of racism.

    They recognized racism for what it is.

    Dangerous.  Abhorrent.  Ugly.  And everywhere. 

    Racism is a deeply rooted global evil.

    It transcends generations and contaminates societies.

    It perpetuates inequality, oppression and marginalization.

    We see racism in the...