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2020

  • 19 Nov 2020

    Refugee resettlement numbers will be at a “record low” this year, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Wednesday, with only  15,425 people resettled in the first nine months of 2020, compared to more than 50,000 in 2019. 

  • 19 Nov 2020

    Mogadishu – Somalia’s international partners (see list below) have closely followed the establishment of the second Hirshabelle State regional assembly, the recent presidential...

  • 18 Nov 2020

    JALALABAD – Listeners to a series of radio programmes in the country’s east, responded by making a strong case for women’s participation and inclusion in the Afghan Peace Negotiations.

    Across Nangarhar, Kunar, Laghman...

  • 18 Nov 2020

    New York, 19 November 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic is a stark reminder of the importance of sanitation, safe water and handwashing facilities to stop the spread of infectious diseases. Everyone should have access to hygienic, safe, sustainable sanitation. That is the only way to ensure health for all.

    But around the world today, 4.2 billion people are without safe...

  • 18 Nov 2020

    New York, 19 November 2020

    Dear Colleagues,

    Welcome to this very important discussion on racism in the workplace.

    I want to thank Dr. Kanem and our distinguished panel members who bring impressive expertise to this difficult issue.

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  • 18 Nov 2020

    New-York, 19 November 2020

    Dear Colleagues,

    Welcome to this very important discussion on racism in the workplace.

    I want to thank Dr. Kanem and our distinguished panel members who bring impressive expertise to this difficult issue.

    Racism is a persistent scourge of our world.

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  • 18 Nov 2020

    With COVID-19 cases on the rise in the Middle East following weeks of decline, the top UN official in the region has welcomed the Palestinian Authority’s decision to resume coordination with Israel. 

  • 18 Nov 2020

    A pilot initiative is being carried out in the mountains of Cauca in Southeast Colombia which will allow people in remote areas to connect with the world. Amid the current pandemic, former FARC-EP...

  • 18 Nov 2020

    Madame President,

    Members of the Security Council,

    Allow me first to extend my deepest condolences for their profound loss to the family of former Palestinian Chief Negotiator and Secretary General of the PLO, Dr. Saeb Erekat, to the Palestinian Government and to the Palestinian people.

    Saeb, as we all know, dedicated his life to the peaceful...

  • 18 Nov 2020

    Over 1,000 people have been killed and more than 400 abducted in the past six months in intercommunal violence in South Sudan, amid fears that tensions may worsen with the onset of the dry season, the UN envoy for the country has said. 

  • 17 Nov 2020

    A “full-scale humanitarian crisis” is unfolding as thousands of refugees flee ongoing fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region each day to seek safety in eastern Sudan, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reported on Tuesday. 

  • 17 Nov 2020

    Highlighting the importance of the UN Security Council to address peace and security challenges in an increasingly complex world, the President of the General Assembly has called on ambassadors to drive through “true reforms”, to make the body more effective. 

  • 16 Nov 2020

    BREIGA, 16 November 2020 - Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya Stephanie Williams today attended a meeting hosted by Sirte Oil Company in Marsa Brega,...

  • 16 Nov 2020

    “Hunger is an outrage in a world of plenty”, the UN chief told the governing body of the Organization’s food agency on Monday, highlighting the important role of food security in cementing peace. 
     

  • 16 Nov 2020

    TUNIS – 16 November 2020 - Acting Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (ASRSG) and Head of the United Nations Support Mission (...

  • 16 Nov 2020

    It will take a variety of different actors to confront and deal with the “daunting challenges” in the Sahel region, the head of UN peacekeeping told the Security Council on Monday.  

  • 16 Nov 2020

    I am very concerned by the decision of the Israeli authorities yesterday to open the bidding process for the construction of Givat Hamatos.

    If built, it would further consolidate a ring of settlements between Jerusalem and Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank. It would significantly damage prospects for a future contiguous Palestinian State and for achieving a negotiated two-State solution based on the 1967 lines,...

  • 16 Nov 2020

    FAIZABAD – Afghan Peace Negotiations represent a historic milestone and offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring the conflict to an end, said participants at a gathering to discuss peace in the...

  • 15 Nov 2020

    Believing in the importance of the role of women as a real national partner in promoting peace, peaceful dialogue, and rebuilding the state on the foundations of...

  • 14 Nov 2020

    Shots from the meetings on the sixth day of the UNSMIL-facilitated Libyan Political Dialogue Forum on 14 November 2020 in Tunis.

     

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  • 14 Nov 2020

    New York, 15 November 2020

    Road traffic collisions are a major health and development concern.  Some 3700 fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, friends and colleagues are lost on the world’s roads every day.  Road traffic incidents are the leading cause of death for children and young adults between 5 and 29 years old, and ninety percent of victims live in low- and middle-income...

  • 14 Nov 2020

    National elections in Libya will take place on 24 December 2021, Stephanie Williams, the head of the UN mission in the country, announced on Friday during a virtual press conference.

  • 13 Nov 2020

    The UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed on Friday has been strongly advocating for the greater participation of women and youth in Mali’s ongoing transition towards a durable peace, and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as she continues her solidarity visit to West Africa and the Sahel.

  • 13 Nov 2020

    The UN chief has expressed “grave concern” at the possible consequences which could arise from an operation reportedly launched by the Moroccan Government on the southern border of Western Sahara, in response to a reported highway blockade by supporters of the pro-independence Frente POLISARIO.

  • 13 Nov 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
    Read more in UN News

     

    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
     

    Iraq

    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.


    Cameroon

    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. 

     

    Libya

    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


    Colombia

    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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  • 13 Nov 2020

    I am pleased to announce that today participants to the Libyan Political dialogue Forum agreed that the date of the national elections in Libya should be on 24...

  • 13 Nov 2020

    New York, 14 November 2020

    Many efforts have been made to prevent and treat diabetes.  Yet the number of people with diabetes is going up. What’...

  • 13 Nov 2020

    There is increasing concern about the worsening security situation in Cabo Delgado province in northern Mozambique, which the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights described on Friday as “desperate”.

  • 13 Nov 2020

    Disturbing reports of an alleged massacre have surfaced in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, amid fighting between national and regional forces that may become impossible to control, the UN human rights chief warned on Friday. 

  • 12 Nov 2020

    BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan

    The United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) informs about issuance by both sides of a Joint Statement of Intent between the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and the United Nations.

    JOINT STATEMENT OF INTENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE KYRGYZ REPUBLIC AND THE UNITED NATIONS

    The purpose of this...

  • 12 Nov 2020

    Thousands of people continue to be killed and injured every year by landmines and explosive weapons in conflicts around the world, while the COVID-19 pandemic has forced mine-clearance efforts to be scaled back, a  UN-backed civil society report on the issue said on Thursday.

  • 12 Nov 2020

    With telephone lines still cut and transport links disrupted, it is impossible for humanitarians to get vital supplies into Ethiopia’s Tigray region or assess evolving humanitarian needs, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said. 

  • 11 Nov 2020

    Shots from the meetings on the fourth of the UNSMIL-facilitated Libyan Political Dialogue Forum on 12 November 2020 in Tunis.

     

    Footage (B-roll) on Day 4 of the LPDF. (afternoon session).. for media use: ...

  • 11 Nov 2020

    The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Wednesday that it is working with Sudanese authorities to help more than 7,000 refugees who have fled Ethiopia over the past two days, following major clashes in the Tigray region of the country. 

  • 11 Nov 2020

    The plight of Yemenis demands “nothing less than a firm bet on peace”, the UN Special Envoy told the Security Council on Wednesday.  

  • 11 Nov 2020

    Shots from the meetings on the third day of the UNSMIL-facilitated Libyan Political Dialogue Forum on 11 November 2020 in Tunis.

     

    Footage (B-roll) on Day 3 of the LPDF.. for media use: ...

  • 11 Nov 2020

    Thank you, Madam President, and thank you for this opportunity to update the Council.

    As members are well aware, I have been...

  • 11 Nov 2020

    A need for production and periodic and timely issue of the Bulletin as an information product for timely collection and dissemination of information on water-related, environmental, and climatic...

  • 11 Nov 2020

    A need for production and periodic and timely issue of the Bulletin as an information product for timely collection and dissemination of information on water-related, environmental, and climatic...

  • 11 Nov 2020

    Agathe Telou is the Gender Advisor at UNOWAS. 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...

  • 11 Nov 2020

    The United Nations Secretary-General has called on the authorities in Mozambique to investigate brutal killings this past weekend, in the country’s northern Cabo Delgado province, and bring the perpetrators to justice. 

  • 11 Nov 2020

    The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General is on a trip to West Africa and the Sahel region, and on Tuesday, she travelled to Borno state in north-east Nigeria, a region badly affected by conflict and where many continue to live under the threat of Boko Haram insurgency. 

  • 11 Nov 2020

    The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General is on a trip to West Africa and the Sahel region, and on Tuesday, she travelled to Borno state in northeastern Nigeria, a region badly affected by conflict and where many continue to live under the threat of Boko Haram insurgency. 

  • 10 Nov 2020

    UNSMIL strongly condemns the killing of lawyer Hanan al-Barassi, who was shot today, in broad daylight, in Benghazi by unidentified armed men. Ms. al-Barassi had been a vocal critic of corruption,...

  • 10 Nov 2020

    The Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) is urging Libya’s warring parties to implement their recent historic ceasefire agreement, calling it a “welcome concrete development” for a population that has been yearning for peace. 

  • 10 Nov 2020

    Shots from the meetings on the second day of the UNSMIL-facilitated Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, which commenced on 9 November 2020 in Tunis.

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  • 10 Nov 2020

    The people of Tanzania should be allowed to express grievances “without fear of reprisals” after nationwide elections, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday. 

  • 10 Nov 2020

    The United Nations Secretary-General has called on the global community to stand against hatred in all its forms, and to reject the “lies and loathing” which led to the rise of Nazism and which fractures societies today. 

  • 10 Nov 2020

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan

    On 10 November 2020, the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) organized an online meeting of the national experts on water and energy cooperation. Representatives from relevant ministries and agencies of the Central Asian countries and Afghanistan, as well as...

  • 9 Nov 2020

    TUNIS, 09 November 2020 - The Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) kicked off on Monday 9 November 2020, under the auspices of the United Nations, in the Tunisian capital...