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2021

  • 21 Mar 2021

    KABUL – Protecting civilian life from the conflict and, ultimately, ending the war must be priorities for groups and communities in Afghanistan, said participants in a UN-backed radio campaign across the country.

    In a series of radio and...

  • 20 Mar 2021

    The brutal conflict in Yemen continues to exact a devastating toll on children, with at least eight killed and a further 33 injured in attacks since the beginning of March, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Saturday. 

  • 19 Mar 2021
    This Week in DPPA is a brief roundup of political and peacebuilding events and developments at UNHQ and around the world. 
     
    Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo highlights role of women in search for peace in Afghanistan

    On 19 March, Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo took part in a high-level panel meeting on International Support for Afghan Women’s Rights, convened virtually on the margins of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The Under-Secretary-General highlighted the longstanding and continuing UN support for Afghan women peacebuilders.

    Video of the event here

    Security Council

    Pedersen: “Let us ensure that Syria receives top level and sustained attention”

    Marking the 10th anniversary of the conflict in Syria, Geir Pedersen, Special Envoy on Syria, briefed the Security Council and held a press conference on 15 March. He urged the Council not to lose sight of the fundamental importance of a peaceful resolution of the Syrian conflict and stressed the need for consolidating the fragile calm in the country and turning it into a true nationwide ceasefire. “[W]hat is needed are good steps for good steps,” he said. “We all have to work in this direction, for the sake of the Syrian people.”

    Full statement here

     
    Griffiths: “There should be no preconditions for resuming the political process”

    Martin Griffiths, Special Envoy for Yemen, reported to the Security Council on 16 March a dramatic deterioration of the conflict, with the continued Houthi offensive in Ma’rib and increased cross-border attacks into KSA. He reiterated the need for a nationwide ceasefire, the re-opening of Sana’a airport, the unhindered flow of commodities through the ports, and the resumption of the political process. “Resuming the [political] process, and engaging seriously in it, is an obligation upon the warring parties anywhere” 

    Full statement to the Council here

     
    UNSCOL reports on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1701

    Najat Rochdi, Officer in Charge of UNSCOL, briefed the UN Security Council on 18 March on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1701 (2006) and the situation in Lebanon. She voiced deep concern over the socio-economic and financial crisis in Lebanon and implored Lebanese authorities to act urgently to halt the deepening crisis and ensure good governance, to which the Security Council members agreed that Lebanon’s political forces should immediately facilitate the formation of a fully-empowered Government to undertake the necessary reforms to put Lebanon on the path of recovery and restore the trust of the people and the international community.

    Read more here

    Afghanistan

    Secretary-General appoints Jean Arnault as Personal Envoy 

    The Secretary-General has appointed Jean Arnault of France as his Personal Envoy on Afghanistan, as announced on 18 March. He will work closely with Special Representative for Afghanistan Deborah Lyons, head of UNAMA, in supporting the peace process. His responsibilities include liaising, on behalf of the Secretary-General, with regional countries with the aim of supporting the negotiations between Afghanistan and the Taliban and implementation of any agreements.

     
    UN invites women to talk peace at home

    The UNAMA field office in Kunduz, in partnership with the Afghan Women’s Network (AWN), organized a 3-month campaign that ended on 14 March to hear women’s voices on peace. The teams reached over 1,500 women, door-to-door, asking “What does the peace process mean to you? How do you see your role in it?” The campaign was covered by media partners Uranoos TV and Radio Kunduz, with over 200,000 audiences. The views expressed were then presented at a national level to the AWN and UNAMA in Kabul, to be shared with the female members of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s Peace Negotiation Team. 

    Read more here

     

     

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    Iraq

    Deputy Special Representative visits Diyala Governorate 

    Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano, Deputy Special Representative and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, visited Diyala on 18 March with OCHA, UNDP, IOM, and representatives from the UNAMI Development Support Office. She met with the Governor and travelled to Muqdadiya to meet with local authorities, IDPs and returnees to discuss durable solutions. While in Hembes village, where it is considered as a high severity location by IOM, she met with a returnee who lives with his five daughters in a home without a roof. Several households have recently returned to the village after the closures of Al-Wand and Qaratoo IDP camps.  

    Read more here

     
    Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs and Electoral Assistance discusses the forthcoming national elections  

    Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Deputy Special Representative for Iraq for Political Affairs and Electoral Assistance, met with the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Independent High Electoral Commission, Judge Jalil Adnan Khalaf on 17 March in Baghdad. They discussed preparations for the forthcoming early national elections, including ways to secure timely voter registration, greater female participation and capacity building of IHEC staff.

    Colombia

    Music and arts to promote reconciliation among former combatants and armed-conflict victims  

    The UN Verification Mission in Colombia (UNVMC) delivered musical instruments this week to former combatants and armed-conflict victims in two communities in the northwest of Colombia. The musical instruments were donated by many people from all over the country as part of the national campaign 'Let's Sing Another Story', led by the UN Mission with the musician and peace activist César López. UN staff shared a special moment with the communities as they handed over the instruments that included violins, guitars, drums, and flutes. More deliveries are planned for the coming months in other regions of the country to promote reconciliation through music and arts.

    Turkmenistan

    UNRCCA co-organizes a regional workshop on terrorism-arms-crime nexus

    Natalia Gherman, Special Representative and Head of UNRCCA, delivered an address at a three-day regional workshop on 16 March on preventing and combating the illicit supply of small-arms and light weapons and their illicit supply to terrorists. She said that while the Central Asian states have made significant efforts to prevent and combat the illicit-trafficking of small-arms and light weapons, “our globalized world risks remain and the militarization of terrorist groups becomes a threat not only to countries torn by conflicts, but also to countries that are free from instability.” 

    Read more here

    Peacebuilding

    Report of the Peacebuilding Commission on its 14th session is released

    The PBC’s annual report (2020), issued on 19 March, contains updates on the record number of 37 meetings held last year, covering 15 different national and regional contexts. The highlights include strong multi-partner support for peacebuilding in Burkina Faso; a unique form of PBC engagement in Colombia with women former combatants and survivors; an innovative PBC engagement in the Great Lakes designed by women in the region; the presentation of a roadmap prepared by Sierra Leone to help enhance awareness about ongoing efforts to consolidate national reconciliation and social cohesion; mobilization of further support for Somalia’s National Development Plan and its National Reconciliation Framework; and mobilization of resources in support of the Sustainable Development Goals in Papua New Guinea.

    Full report here

    Next week

    Special Representative Lyons will update the Security Council on the situation in Afghanistan and the work of UNAMA on Tuesday, 23 March. Council members will hear from Special Envoy Ján Kubiš on Libya on Wednesday, 24 March, and from Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland on Thursday 25 March. 

  • 19 Mar 2021

    BERLIN, 19 March 2021 - UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Libya, Head of the United Nations...

  • 19 Mar 2021

    The situation for children in Tigray is becoming increasingly serious as the conflict in the northern Ethiopian region continues to escalate, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

  • 19 Mar 2021

    Security forces in Myanmar have reportedly occupied more than 60 schools and university campuses across the country, marking a further escalation of the crisis, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday.  In a statement issued later in the day, the UN Secretary-General condemned the "continuing brutal violence" being directed at peaceful protesters as the death toll mounts. 

  • 18 Mar 2021

    Thank you very much Your Excellency Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas.

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  • 18 Mar 2021

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    Thank you very much Your Excellency Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas.

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  • 18 Mar 2021

    The UN Special Envoy for Myanmar continues her work towards engaging with officials in the country nearly two months after the military coup, the global Organization said on Thursday. 

  • 18 Mar 2021

    UN’s Najat Rochdi Briefs the UN Security Council

    18 March 2021

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  • 18 Mar 2021

    21 March 2021

    Dear friends,

    Each year, Nowruz marks a new beginning.

    Last year, the Nowruz celebration coincided with the early days of an unprecedented and devastating global pandemic.

    This year, the Nowruz spirit is more vital than ever.

    Solidarity between communities...

  • 17 Mar 2021

    NEW YORK - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Jean Arnault of France as his Personal Envoy on Afghanistan and Regional Issues.  The...

  • 17 Mar 2021

    Underlining that “diversity is a richness, not a threat”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for greater investment in promoting social cohesion and tackling bigotry in a message on Wednesday to mark the International Day to Combat Islamophobia. 

  • 17 Mar 2021

    The Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel Condemns The Terrorist Attack on Civilians in Tillabéry Region, Western Niger

    The Special...

  • 17 Mar 2021

    The recent “horrific killings” of dozens of civilians in two villages in western Niger have been condemned in the strongest terms by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). 

  • 17 Mar 2021

    An arms embargo imposed on Libya by the Security Council in 2011 remains “totally ineffective” a UN Panel of Experts has said, adding that civilians, including migrants and asylum seekers, continue to suffer widespread rights violations and abuses. 

  • 16 Mar 2021

    The UN’s top official in Yemen has warned of a “dramatic” deterioration in the country’s ongoing conflict, telling the Security Council on Tuesday that fighting has expanded on several fronts amid the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. 

  • 16 Mar 2021

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan

    On 16 March, the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (...

  • 16 Mar 2021

    Rising food and fuel prices present a looming threat to the poorest and most vulnerable communities in Myanmar, as supply chains and markets are starting to feel the impact of the ongoing political crisis, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday. 

  • 16 Mar 2021

    The UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Tuesday it is “deeply disturbed” that the crackdown on peaceful protesters in Myanmar “continues to intensify”, with a soaring death toll on the streets, increasingly aggressive use of lethal force, arbitrary arrests, and reports of torture in custody. 

  • 15 Mar 2021

    As the Syrian war reaches its grim decade-long milestone, the UN envoy for the country told the Security Council on Monday that it will “go down as one of the darkest chapters in recent history” referring to the Syrian people as among “the greatest victims of this century”. 

  • 15 Mar 2021

    Mogadishu – Somalia has joined the growing list of countries to receive the COVID-19 vaccines, under the COVAX initiative which aims to ensure fair and equitable access of all nations to the...

  • 15 Mar 2021

    TRIPOLI, 15 March 2021 - The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Libya, and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ján...

  • 15 Mar 2021

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan

    On 15-16 March, the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia and the...

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    COVID-19 vaccines:...

  • 15 Mar 2021

    The UN chief on Monday issued a statement saying he was "appalled" by the reported killing over the weekend of dozens of protesters calling for the restoration of democracy, at the hands of the country's military. 

  • 15 Mar 2021

    The 14th Annual United Nations – African Union (UN-AU) Consultative Meeting on Prevention and Management of Conflicts (Desk-to-Desk/D2D) was...

  • 15 Mar 2021

    AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security (AU-PAPS), Ambassador Bankole Adeoye (right) takes Oath of Office at AU Headquarters

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  • 14 Mar 2021

    The pain and deprivation of individual Syrians and the widespread destruction, a decade of conflict has wrought on Syria, has been documented in a series of images taken by 17 photographers working in the country.

  • 14 Mar 2021

    A young Syrian woman has told the United Nations how poetry helped her to convey the emotions of all the children who have been caught up in the decade-long civil war in her country.

  • 13 Mar 2021

    KUNDUZ - Hundreds of Afghan women have had their voices heard on peace -without them needing to leave their homes or have access to the internet- in a door-to-door programme conducted in the country’s northeast by the Afghan Women Network with...

  • 13 Mar 2021

    Deputy Inspector Martina de Maria Sandoval Linares, from El Salvador always wanted to help others. Now, working as a UN Police officer, she has found her vocation, far from home in South Sudan. Ms. Linares, whose eight-year-old daughter and family are back in El Salvador, told UN News why the job is so rewarding, despite the sacrifices she makes.

  • 13 Mar 2021

    New York, 13 March, 2021

    As we mark the second anniversary of Tropical Cyclone Idai, the United Nations is honoured to continue standing in solidarity with the people and Government of Mozambique.

    In the aftermath of the unprecedented back-to-back Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth, I travelled to the country and saw the devastation and recovery efforts firsthand.

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  • 12 Mar 2021

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

    Afghanistan

    Special Representative visits Qatar 

    Deborah Lyons, Special Representative and Head of UNAMA, met on 10 March in Doha with Dr. Mutlaq Al-Qahtani, Special Envoy of the Foreign Minister of the State of Qatar, to discuss the Afghanistan Peace Negotiations and Qatar’s key role, as well as to exchange views on how best the UN can support efforts to end the conflict and reach an inclusive peace settlement. She arrived in Doha on 9 March to meet with Afghan parties and international partners. 

    Security Council

    Perthes urges international support for Sudan

    Volker Perthes, Special Representative for Sudan and Head of UNITAMS, told the Security Council on 9 March that while the country is making significant advances in its transition, “the remaining challenges are staggering”. He urged the international community to step up assistance to Sudan. “It is urgent to respond to the needs of communities across the country,” he said, cautioning that “[p]rogress on the political transition or peacebuilding will not happen without economic resources, and vice versa.”

    Full statement here

     
    Security Council condemns Myanmar violence

    The Security Council has strongly condemned the violence against peaceful protesters in Myanmar. In a Presidential Statement issued on 10 March, the Council voiced “deep concern” at restrictions on medical personnel, civil society, labour unions, and journalists, as demonstrations continue across the south-east Asian nation against the military takeover last month. The 15-member body reiterated its call for the immediate release of all those detained arbitrarily and expressed its continued support for the democratic transition in Myanmar.

    Read more here

    Iraq

    Special Representative meets Pope Francis 

    Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Special Representative for Iraq and Head of UNAMI, met Pope Francis during the pontiff’s historic visit to Iraq from 5-8 March. She attended the reception for Pope Francis in Baghdad and joined a public Mass in Erbil. 

     
    Iraq’s Electoral Preparations and Processes for March is published 

    This month’s Iraq’s Electoral Preparations and Processes report was issued on 9 March. UNAMI has been issuing monthly reports on electoral preparations in Iraq, in conformity with its mandate under Security Council Resolution 2522 (2020) to provide electoral assistance and advice to the Government of Iraq and the Independent High Electoral Commission.  

    Learn more

    Libya

    Special Representative visits Egypt

    Ján Kubiš, Special Envoy and Head of UNSMIL, visited Cairo from 6 to 8 March. In a meeting with the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shokry, the Special Envoy discussed the latest developments in Libya, including the progress made on the dialogue tracks: security and military; political; and economic and financial. He also held a meeting with the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States (LAS), Ahmed Aboul Gheit, on the implementation of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum Roadmap and the ceasefire agreement.

    Read more here

     

     

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    Peacebuilding

    UN-African Union Partnership

    The 14th Annual UN-AU-Regional Economic Communities/Regional Mechanisms Desk-to-Desk meeting took place this week. The three-day meeting gathered over 140 participants, including external experts, to explore existing frameworks on unconstitutional changes of government, popular uprisings, and political transitions. Participants also discussed ways to enhance coordination on preventing violent extremism and counterterrorism in Africa and identified good practices. The meeting underscored the need to continue working towards predictable financing of peace support operations and agreed to undertake a joint review on ad hoc security arrangements. Stakeholders also deliberated on support to the Member States for elections and ways to enhance structural prevention and inclusion strategies. 

     
    Peacebuilding Commission Meeting on Liberia 

    On 9 March, Anna Karin Eneström, Chair of the Liberia Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), convened a meeting on promoting women’s empowerment and gender equality in Liberia. The meeting benefited from UNOWAS analysis on 20 years of implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security (2000) in West Africa and the UN Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund support to women’s empowerment in Liberia (more than USD14 million since 2013). The meeting included briefings by the Liberian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Gender, new UN Resident Coordinator Niels Scott (joined by the UN Women Country Director) and Liberian civil society, Ambassador Juli Endee of The Liberia Crusaders for Peace.

    International Women's Day

    Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo remarks at the Security Council Arria Formula Meeting 

    Marking International Women’s Day, Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo took part in an “Arria formula” meeting of members of the Security Council on 8 March to discuss women’s inclusion in peace processes. Ms. DiCarlo highlighted, among other things, UN efforts to ensure women sit at the table in all the peace and political processes the world body is engaged in. “Women are essential to identifying durable and inclusive political solutions that can lead to sustainable peace,” she said. 

    Full remarks here

     
    “She Stands for Peace”: UNOAU partners to launch new podcast series

    The United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU), in partnership with Sweden in Ethiopia, has just launched a podcast series titled, ‘She Stands for Peace’. The series follows on the flagship publication of the same name jointly produced by UNOAU and the AU last year (see the English and French versions).

    The series explores the state of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda (UNSCR 1325) in Africa through conversations with key actors/partners. Four episodes are now available.

    All episodes are accessible collectively here and app specific episodes as listed here Apple podcastsAudibleSpotifyStitcherDeezerSoundCloud and Tune In.  

    Next week

    Special Envoy Geir Pedersen will brief the Security Council on the situation in Syria on Monday morning. Special Envoy Martin Griffiths will brief on Yemen on Tuesday morning. There will be a briefing by the 1540 Committee on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and terrorism on Tuesday afternoon. 

  • 12 Mar 2021

    The UN chief on Friday, has strongly condemned the latest mass kidnapping of students in Nigeria, in the country’s northwestern region. 

  • 12 Mar 2021

    PARIS, 12 March 2021 - UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Libya, Head of UNSMIL Mr. Ján Kubiš held in Paris a series of meetings...

  • 12 Mar 2021

    Ten numbers for each year of Syria’s seemingly interminable conflict: the UN’s Humanitarian agency (OCHA) has marked this tragic milestone by highlighting in figures the country’s miserable decade of suffering and loss.

  • 12 Mar 2021

    NEW YORK - The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the alarming number of attacks deliberately targeting civilians in Afghanistan. These heinous attacks have...

  • 12 Mar 2021

    The grim ten-year anniversary of the war in Syria has left 90 percent of the country’s children in need of help, as a triple crisis of violence, economic misery and the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed families to the brink of despair, UNICEF reported on Friday.  

  • 12 Mar 2021

    The United Nations entity dedicated to protection of women’s rights has voiced deep concerns over “targeted and disproportionate” violence against women being recorded during the crackdown against peaceful protesters in Myanmar. 

  • 11 Mar 2021

    The Myanmar junta’s brutal response to peaceful protests likely meets the legal threshold for crimes against humanity, a UN-appointed independent rights expert told the Human Rights Council on Thursday.

  • 11 Mar 2021

    Conflict drives hunger, and when that turns to famine, that then drives conflict, the UN chief told the Security Council on Thursday, adding that “if you don’t feed people, you feed conflict”.

  • 11 Mar 2021

    The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the violence against peaceful protesters in Myanmar and voiced “deep concern” at restrictions on medical personnel, civil society, labour unions and journalists, as demonstrations continue across the south-east Asian nation against the military takeover last month. 

  • 11 Mar 2021

    The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the violence against peaceful protesters in Myanmar and voiced “deep concern” at restrictions on medical personnel, civil society, labour unions and journalists, as demonstrations continue across the south-east Asian nation against the military takeover last month. 

  • 10 Mar 2021

    The Secretary-General welcomes the endorsement of an interim Government of National Unity by the House of Representatives as an important step towards restoring unity, stability, security and...

  • 10 Mar 2021

    Secretary-General António Guterres has underlined the UN’s determination to continue pursuing a negotiated political settlement to the Syrian civil war, a “living nightmare” that has endured for 10 years now. 

  • 10 Mar 2021

    Over half the Yemen population is facing acute food shortages “with millions knocking on the door of famine”, the UN food relief agency chief said on Wednesday, wrapping up a two-day visit to the country with an urgent plea for peace and funding to help feed vulnerable families.

  • 10 Mar 2021

    Disturbing reports have emerged from North Korea - officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) - that people have starved or been executed because of COVID-19 restrictions, a leading rights expert said on Wednesday.

  • 10 Mar 2021

    Tripoli, 10 March 2021 - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) congratulates the Libyan people on the approval by the House of Representatives (HoR) of a new interim unified...

  • 9 Mar 2021

    The political transition in Sudan is moving forward, though formation of the legislative council and other important milestones have yet to be achieved, the head of the new UN mission in the country told a virtual meeting of the Security Council on Tuesday.