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2020

  • 12 Mayo 2020

    Perpetrators behind two separate deadly attacks in Afghanistan on Tuesday must be brought to justice, top UN officials have said.

  • 12 Mayo 2020

    Despite compounding crises that include the COVID-19 pandemic and plummeting oil revenues, a more prosperous and inclusive Iraq can be achieved provided the political will is there, the top UN official in the country told the Security Council during a virtual meeting held on Tuesday.

  • 12 Mayo 2020

    Participants listening to the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, Huang Xia (with glasses on the right-bottom), during the 12th session of the Advisory Board for Women, Peace and Security...

  • 12 Mayo 2020

    NEW YORK - The Secretary-General strongly condemns the horrific attack today on a hospital in Kabul, which killed and wounded dozens of people, including women and children. He is also following with concern the...

  • 11 Mayo 2020

     

    New York, 12 May 2020

    Let me begin by thanking Ambassador Omar Hilale of the Kingdom of Morocco for this very timely initiative. It is heartening to see so many religious leaders joining forces today in a spirit of solidarity.Our world faces a crisis like no other.  The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a global health emergency. It is...

  • 11 Mayo 2020

    Three UN peacekeepers from Chad were killed in northern Mali on Sunday when their convoy hit a roadside bomb near Aguelhok, in the restive Kidal region. The improvised device also seriously injured four others who are now receiving medical care, the UN Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) said in a statement. 

  • 9 Mayo 2020

    Bogotá, 9 May 2020 - The UN Verification Mission in Colombia condemns the murder of Wilder Daniel Marín Alarcón, a member of the Revolutionary Alternative Force of the Common (FARC) party, occurred on 7 May in the municipality of Bello, Antioquia. With Wilder, there are already 24 cases of murders, in 2020, of those who are committed to their process of reincorporation.

    During the COVID-19 context, violence in the conflict-affected areas has continued. Since the...

  • 9 Mayo 2020

    The UN Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has condemned several recent attacks on civilian areas of the Libyan Capital, Tripoli, which have reportedly caused deaths and injuries.

  • 8 Mayo 2020

    On 8 and 9 May, the UN commemorates the millions who lost their lives during the Second World War, the tragic conflict that led to the birth of the United Nations. In a video message released late on Friday, UN chief António Guterres warned that divisions still exist, and called for a world based on peace and unity.

  • 8 Mayo 2020

    The COVID-19 outbreak could trigger a humanitarian catastrophe in Haiti, endangering many years of hard-won progress in the Caribbean nation, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) said on Friday.

  • 8 Mayo 2020

    The concern about the spread of COVID-19 is also present in the reintegration areas. They are facing challenges and have closed their borders.

    The virtual world and isolation have...

  • 8 Mayo 2020

    TRIPOLI, 08 May 2020 - UNSMIL strongly condemns increased attacks on civilian populated areas in Tripoli, including the appalling shelling yesterday on Tripoli’s...

  • 8 Mayo 2020

    As civilian casualties mount across Syria and human rights violations continue unabated, the UN rights chief expressed serious concern on Friday that some parties to the conflict, including ISIL terrorist fighters, may be using the COVID-19 pandemic as “an opportunity to regroup and inflict violence on the population”.  

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    2 - 8 May 2020

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

    COVID-19

    Colombia: Need to put the armed conflict on lockdown
    Inspector General Fernando Carrillo convened a virtual session on 6 May. "The Table for the Protection of Life" assessed the risk situation facing social leaders in the territories in relation to the confinement ordered to prevent the spread of the COVID-19. In his speech, Special Representative Carlos Ruiz Massieu said that: "Without a doubt, COVID-19 has impacted and will continue to impact the implementation of the Peace Agreement. But it is precisely this context that offers us an opportunity to focus attention on the most essential priorities, such as security: the security of communities, of social leaders, of people participating in programs that support the implementation of the Agreement, including those who participate in voluntary crop substitution programs.” He also reiterated the call for a ceasefire for armed groups: "Colombia needs to put the armed conflicts on lockdown, suspend them and focus together on the real struggle of our lives, privileging life above any other consideration.”
    Representatives of social organizations, including Leyner Palacios, social leader of Bojayá; Mayerlis Angarita, of the organization Narrar para Vivir; Patricia Riveros, human rights defender; Yuri Quintero, of the Putumayo Human Rights Network; Juan Carlos Quintero, of the Catatumbo Peasant Association, and Juana Ruíz, of the Mampuján Weavers, assessed the difficult security situation their territories face.


    Guinea-Bissau: Mainstreaming gender in COVID response  
    UNIOGBIS’s Gender Unit has engaged the Women's Network for Peace and Security in the ECOWAS Space (REMPSECAO) to assist municipal authorities in the relocation of part of the Old Downtown Women’s Market to a less central location. This is done to prevent crowding, making it easier to maintain recommended social distancing and hygiene practices. The project entails well-designed and distanced market stalls, queuing place posts, and health education boxes at the entrance and exit of the market run by women and youth volunteers. These are equipped with washing facilities and information materials. 
    Read more here 


     

    Peacebuilding: Joint blogpost on COVID-19 in fragile settings 
    Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, UN Assistant Secretary-General, and Franck Bousquet, World Bank Senior Director for Fragility, Conflict and Violence jointly wrote a blogpost on COVID-19 in Fragile Settings: Ensuring a Conflict-Sensitive Response. Building on Pathways for Peace, a joint United Nations–World Bank Group study, the blogpost provides principles to guide country-level response efforts in conflict-affected settings: (1) Conflict sensitivity matters as COVID-19 interacts with existing inequalities, grievances, and capacity gaps – and could create openings for peace exemplified in the global ceasefire; (2) the importance of trust and inclusion in the responses; (3) maintaining engagement with communities; (4) the importance of partnerships across humanitarian, development and peace actors. The blog further calls for collective support to countries to build back better.  
    Read more here

     

    Central African Republic: Impact of COVID-19 on upcoming elections   
    A Peacebuilding Commission Ambassadorial-level meeting was convened on 7 may to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the legislative and presidential elections planned for 2020-2021 in the Central African Republic (CAR). H.E. Mr. Augustin Yangana, Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization, presented the Government’s plans for electoral preparations and highlighted resource limitations at the local level as a continued barrier against inclusive and orderly elections. Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, recalled the Secretary-General’s call for global ceasefire and underlined the flexible and important role of the Peacebuilding Fund. Mankeur Ndiaye, Special Representative of UN Secretary-General in Central African Republic and Head of UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) reaffirmed the Mission’s commitment to create an environment conducive to peaceful elections and commended the electoral calendar that adheres to the constitutional timelines. The World Bank announced its funding support for electoral and COVID-19-related expenditures, including an emergency social protection package in July, building on strengthened cooperation with the UN and the government. Member States reiterated the need to adhere to the SG’s call for a global ceasefire and the provisions of the peace agreement, including timely, inclusive, secure and credible elections. They also recognized the resource challenges for the elections compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic and committed to provide stronger support. 
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    Security Council

    High-level meeting on the 75th Anniversary of the End of the Second World War in Europe 
    Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo took part in a Security Council Arria-formula meeting on 8 May. The high-level meeting on the 75th Anniversary of the End of World War II in Europe, a signature event of Estonia’s Security Council presidency, brought together nearly 50 foreign ministers. “As we look back on the lessons of the past 75 years, we must find opportunity in this time of crisis, to put aside our differences and strengthen the channels for dialogue and cooperation. We must also exercise the solidarity needed to help the more vulnerable countries respond to the challenges they are now facing, understanding that their security and well-being affects us all. We must also find that community of purpose that existed in the immediate post-war period,” Ms. DiCarlo said in her remarks.  
    Read her full remarks here 
    Watch the meeting here 
    Learn more about Arria-formula meetings here

     

     

     

    Women, Peace and Security 

    Webinar on women’s participation in peace processes  
    Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and the Americas Miroslav Jenča  and Syria Envoy Geir O. Pedersen attended a webinar on women’s participation in peace processes during the COVID-19 pandemic on 6 May, hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In his remarks, Assistant Secretary-General Jenča highlighted the  positive example of Colombia, where the UN is using digital platforms to continue engagements with women leaders. “If you don't have women at the negotiation table, you will not be able to work out a sustainable peace arrangement," Special Envoy Pedersen said when he talked about the ongoing peace process in Syria.   
    Watch the webinar here


    World Press Freedom Day 

    Guinea-Bissau  
    World Press Freedom Day was commemorated on 3 May. “In the past two years the work of journalists in Guinea-Bissau has been marked by episodes that injure Press Freedom, based on verbal attacks, insults on social media, intimidation and physical aggression. These factors are compounded by the poor financial conditions of the Media, which translates in a clear dependence of journalists from political and economic power”, Indira Correia Baldé, President of the Bissau-Guinean journalist union SINJOTECS, said in a statement. SINJOTECS is one of the implementing partners of a project that supports the media sector in Guinea-Bissau - “Boosting the media sector for greater peace and stability in Guinea-Bissau” - financed by the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund, implemented by UNIOGBIS and UNDP. 
    Read more here 
     

    Libya 
    UNSMIL issued a statement on 3 May.  “An independent media, free from intimidation and threats, is crucial to laying the foundations of democracy,” Acting Special Representative Stephanie Williams said. “I call on the Libyan authorities and all parties to the conflict to protect journalists and media workers, guarantee the right to freedom of opinion and expression, including the right to seek, receive, and impart information to the public.”  
    Read more here  
     
    Somalia 
    On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, James Swan, Special Representative and Head of UNSOM, called for Somali journalists to be able to perform their work freely. 
    “The media have a vital role to play in Somali society, from coverage of its political space to giving a voice to the vulnerable and marginalized. They need to be able to carry out their important work free from violence, harassment, detention, persecution, intimidation and censorship,” Mr. Swan said in a statement.  
    Read more here 

    In conjunction with the Press Freedoam Day, UNSOM published an interview with  Farhia Mohamed Kheyre, founder of Somali Women Journalists (SWJ). “I was born into war and brought up in war. I know how it is to be vulnerable and to yearn for a better life. The conflicts changed the social fabric of Somali society. Vulnerable groups like women continued to be marginalized. I still experience it first-hand as a female journalist. That’s what led me to journalism in the first place – that is, to tell their stories – and now to activism,” she says. “I stand for female journalists’ rights, come what may.” 
    Read more here 



    Afghanistan  
    “Afghanistan can be justly proud that it has one of the most pluralistic and flourishing media sectors in southeast Asia. It is an achievement all the more striking given where press freedom stood in the country less than a generation ago,” Deborah Lyons, Special Representative and Head of UNAMA, said in a statement on World Press Freedom Day. “The United Nations remains firm in its position that media freedoms must be protected as part of any peace process.” 
    Read more here 
     
    Iraq 
    "On World Press Freedom Day, we salute journalists on the frontlines in Iraq and beyond. Reliable reporting allows the public to make informed decisions and hold leaders accountable. This is never more important than during times of crisis,” Special Representative and Head of UNAMI Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said in a tweet on 3 May.  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • 8 Mayo 2020

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres is calling for concerted global action to quash the “tsunami” of hate speech that has risen alongside the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 8 Mayo 2020

    Under Secretary-General Rosemary A. DiCarlo's remarks at the Arria Formula meeting on “Seventy-five years from the end of the Second World War on European Soil - lessons learned for preventing future atrocities, responsibility of the Security Council”

    Thank you, Mr. Minister, for the invitation to participate in today’s meeting to commemorate 75 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe. This is another opportunity to reflect on the toll of that horrific conflict and its legacy, for Europe and the world.

    It is both poignant and ironic that we are not able to meet in person today, because we are facing one of the greatest challenges to humanity since the end of the Second World War. How we react to the new challenge before us - the COVID-19 pandemic - could be as significant as how the world rebuilt after fascism was vanquished.

    In May 1945, visionary leaders chose multilateralism and international cooperation over division and isolation. A choice that led to the establishment of the United Nations Organization.

    These same leaders created a rules-based system with mechanisms to resolve differences peacefully, and all committed to the principle of collective security. The rules-based system was also built on the respect of human rights and human dignity, a necessary value to overcome the legacy of the Holocaust and atrocities of the conflict.

    European countries played a large role in this architecture.  For the past 75 years, the countries of Europe have been stalwart supporters both of multilateralism and conflict prevention, lending indispensable support to the United Nations.

    The creation of the European Economic Community and European Union signalled that countries would put aside their differences and work toward a more prosperous future of benefit to all members. And the adoption of the Helsinki Accords and the establishment of the Organization of Cooperation and Security in Europe was key to reducing tensions between East and West during the post-War period.

    And while this system created after the war has brought relative peace to Europe and other parts of the world, tensions and violent conflicts persist, including in Europe.

    Preventing and resolving violent conflicts around the world is at the heart of the United Nations peace and security pillar. The Secretary-General has made prevention one of his highest priorities, including the full and effective implementation of the women, peace and security agenda.

    His vision focuses on the need to mitigate wider stressors and shocks that can lead to political crises and violent conflict. He has repeatedly called for a “surge in diplomacy for peace”.

    In his briefing to the Security Council on “Conflicts in Europe” at the beginning of his tenure, the Secretary-General urged all stakeholders to intensify their efforts to define a peace and security agenda that could effectively address current complex challenges.

    I would like to recall his appeal to the Security Council for an honest reflection on the conflicts in the region. Europe is not immune from instability, and we should not take peace and prosperity in the region for granted.

    The United Nations contributed to bringing an end to brutal wars in the Western Balkans in the 1990s.  And yet, full peace and reconciliation have still not been achieved there. Meanwhile, there remain several protracted conflicts on the continent, and the crises in Georgia in 2008 and in Ukraine in 2014 showed that new outbreaks of violence were all too possible. 

    Meanwhile, seventy-five years since the end of the war, we are hearing disturbing echoes of the past. The voices of populism, authoritarianism, nationalism, and xenophobia are making themselves heard ever more loudly. We must confront those who would drag the world back to a violent and shameful past.

    The United Nations continues to engage in peace efforts in Europe, including negotiations to reach a comprehensive and durable settlement to the long-standing Cyprus question. We are also working with regional organizations in the Geneva International Discussions.

    In addition, we fully support the lead role and vital work of  the Normandy Four and Trilateral Contact Group for Ukraine, the OSCE-led Minsk Group Co-Chairs process on Nagorno-Karabakh, the OSCE-led “5+2” settlement process for Transnistria, and the EU-led Belgrade-Pristina dialogue. It is time to find negotiated solutions to these conflicts and build lasting peace. This will require political will, courage and leadership by all concerned. 

    Yes, this is easier said than done. But if ever there was a time to look beyond narrow interests, this is it. Europe, with international help, built a more prosperous and peaceful future after the cataclysm of the war three quarters of a century ago.

    Today, a deadly pandemic threatens us all. But it also gives us an opportunity to unite our efforts to first overcome the crisis and then create a more equitable and peaceful world.

     

    Mr. Minister

    Recognizing the unprecedented global challenge of COVID-19, the Secretary-General called on 23 March for a global ceasefire. He urged all warring parties to silence their guns in order to facilitate conditions for the delivery of humanitarian aid, create the space for diplomatic engagement, and address the needs of those most vulnerable to the pandemic.  

    His appeal has garnered endorsements from many Member States, regional organizations, religious leaders and civil society platforms, as well as several armed groups. The voice of European Member States has been critical in amplifying this call.

    Regrettably, in many places, support for the Secretary-General’s call has yet to translate into tangible results. We need a concerted international effort to move conflict parties to stop the fighting, especially as the pandemic injects countries with far-reaching humanitarian, socio-economic and potentially political consequences.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has indeed highlighted, once again, the importance of working collectively.  When the Secretary-General decided last year that the UN would mark its 75th anniversary by looking forward not backward to what citizens around the world expected from the United Nations of the future, no one could have predicted we would be facing a crisis of this scale.

    Out of concern that the world was growing more divided, the Secretary-General called for a return to the spirit of the Charter, to “We the peoples”, to renew international cooperation.

    As we look back on the lessons of the past 75 years, we must find opportunity in this time of crisis, to put aside our differences and strengthen the channels for dialogue and cooperation.  We must also exercise the solidarity needed to help the more vulnerable countries respond to the challenges they are now facing, understanding that their security and well-being affects us all. We must also find that community of purpose that existed in the immediate post-war period.

    This is essential for safeguarding lasting peace and stability, in Europe and beyond. 

    Thank you, Mr. Minister

  • 8 Mayo 2020

    UN and Partners in Lebanon Launch Emergency Appeal for US$350 million to Respond to Immediate Impact of COVID-19

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  • 8 Mayo 2020

    Ashgabat, TURKMENISTAN

    Special Representative of the Secretary- General for Central Asia, Natalia Gherman, on behalf of the Secretary-General, Antonio Gutterres, expressed support to the collaborative efforts of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan aimed at mitigating the consequences of the breach at the Sardoba dam that happened on 1 May.

    High-level interaction and the personal attention of...

  • 8 Mayo 2020

    Ashgabat, TURKMENISTAN

    Special Representative of the Secretary- General for Central Asia, Natalia Gherman, on behalf of the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, expressed support to the collaborative efforts of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan aimed at mitigating the consequences of the breach at the Sardoba dam that happened on 1 May.

    High-level interaction and the personal attention...

  • 7 Mayo 2020

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres and his Special Representative in Iraq, welcomed the long-delayed formation of a new Government in Baghdad on Thursday and called for meaningful reforms to be put into place to better the lives of the Iraqi people and strengthen democratic institutions.

  • 7 Mayo 2020

    THE SECRETARY-GENERAL'S GLOBAL APPEAL TO ADDRESS AND COUNTER

    COVID-19-RELATED HATE SPEECH 

    COVID-19 does not care who we are, where we live, what we believe or about any other distinction.  We need every ounce of solidarity to tackle it together.  Yet the pandemic continues to unleash a tsunami of hate and xenophobia, scapegoating and scare-mongering.

    Anti-foreigner sentiment has surged online...

  • 7 Mayo 2020

     

    New York, 8-9 May 2020

    At this time of remembrance and reconciliation,...

  • 7 Mayo 2020

    In the face of the pandemic, DPPA, at UN headquarters and in the field, has adapted its operations in order to continue providing support to Member States and partners. The Department is closely watching the impact of Covid-19 and government responses in individual countries, especially those hosting our Special Political Missions (SPMs).

  • 7 Mayo 2020
  • 6 Mayo 2020

    Bosnia and Herzegovina is weathering the COVID-19 outbreak better than some other nations, but there’s a real danger that corruption will undermine global efforts to help it contain the pandemic, the international community’s High Representative to the Western Balkan country told the Security Council on Wednesday.

  • 6 Mayo 2020

    New-York, 7 May 2020

    I send warm wishes to all celebrating the Day of Vesak, a sacred occasion to millions of Buddhists around the world.

    As we...

  • 5 Mayo 2020

    As senior UN officials spread the alarm over the rapid spread of COVID-19 through prisons – where physical distancing is nigh on impossible, and hygiene is often inadequate – UN Corrections, Justice and Human Rights teams are working to protect prison staff and detainees from the ravages of the virus.

  • 5 Mayo 2020

    Unabated violence, particularly in and around the Libyan capital, has now been raging for more than a year, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) told the Security Council in a virtual briefing on Tuesday, warning that war crimes may have been committed.

  • 5 Mayo 2020

     

    New-York, 6 May 2020

    The COVID-19 crisis is affecting every aspect of our societies, revealing the extent of exclusion that the most marginalized members of society experience.

    Today, I would like to highlight how the pandemic is affecting the world’s 1 billion people with disabilities.

    Even under normal circumstances, persons with disabilities are less...

  • 5 Mayo 2020

    Hundreds of people congregate every day in the crowded market of Bissau, making social distancing, a major prevention measure against the COVID-19 virus, virtually impossible. To tackle this problem, the authorities decided to establish...

  • 5 Mayo 2020

    KABUL - Last week H.E. First Vice-President Amrullah Saleh and Special Representative of the Secretary-General Deborah Lyons held their first meeting...

  • 5 Mayo 2020

    Mogadishu – Last night I was informed that a commercial plane carrying humanitarian cargo for an international nongovernmental organisation crashed killing six persons on...

  • 4 Mayo 2020

    A new UN report finds that some 19 million children were displaced within their own countries due to conflict and violence in 2019, more than in any other year, making them among the most vulnerable to the global spread of COVID-19. 

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    Excellencies, distinguished panel members, dear friends, Good morning, good afternoon and good evening. It is a great pleasure to speak to you, and I hope you are all keeping safe and well.   We mark World Press Freedom Day every year as an important moment to focus on media freedom and the protection of journalists. This cause remains essential. I have spent time in war zones and refugee...

  • 3 Mayo 2020

    Tripoli, 3 May 2020 - An independent media, free from intimidation and threats, is crucial to laying the foundations of democracy. On this day, I want to pay...

  • 3 Mayo 2020

    TRIPOLI, 3 May 2020 - UNHCR has begun a series of extra emergency distributions in Tripoli, to assist some of the most vulnerable people during Ramadan,...

  • 3 Mayo 2020

    Mogadishu – On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, the United Nations envoy to Somalia today called for Somali journalists to be able to perform their work freely. “The media have a vital role to play in...

  • 3 Mayo 2020

    Nairobi – Looking back at her career so far, Farhia Mohamed Kheyre sees an inevitability to its direction.

    “I was born into war and...

  • 3 Mayo 2020

    KABUL - World Press Freedom Day is a time to reflect on the enormous value free media contributes to open and healthy societies, and how we all must play our part in defending press freedom.

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  • 2 Mayo 2020

    To mark World Press Freedom of the Day, the Union of Journalists and Media Technicians of Guinea-Bissau...

  • 2 Mayo 2020

    New York, 3 May 2020

    Journalists and media workers are crucial to helping us make informed...

  • 1 Mayo 2020

     

    25 April - 1 May 2020

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

    COVID-19

    Afghanistan – Ceasefire necessary to fight COVID-19  
    More than 500 civilians, including more than 150 children, were killed due to the fighting in Afghanistan during the first quarter of 2020, according to a UN report released on 27 April, highlighting the urgent need for all parties to the conflict to do more to protect civilians from harm, especially in view of the looming threat posed to all Afghans by COVID-19. “I call on all parties to seize the opportunity offered by the Secretary-General’s call for a global ceasefire to focus collective efforts on fighting a common enemy, the COVID-19 pandemic,” Deborah Lyons, Special Representative and Head of UNAMA, said. “To safeguard the lives of countless civilians in Afghanistan and to give the nation hope of a better future, it is imperative that violence is stopped with the establishment of a ceasefire and for peace negotiations to commence.”  
    Read more here 
     
    Colombia - Quarantine in reintegration areas  
    The concern about the spread of COVID-19 is also present in the reintegration areas. They are facing challenges and have closed their borders. The virtual world and isolation have also become part of daily life of the 24 former Territorial Areas for Training and Reintegration (TART) housing nearly 3,000 former FARC-EP combatants and their families. Since the infrastructure in these areas does not fully guarantee adequate sanitary conditions, former combatants have prohibited the entry of visitors and external personnel, restricted residents' movements and conducted  “disinfection days” and educational campaigns. To monitor the situation in the TARTs, the Technical Board of Health of the National Council for Reincorporation meets regularly and coordinates virtually the response measures to COVID-19 with delegates from the FARC, the Agency for Reintegration and Normalization, the Ministry of Health and the UN Verification Mission in Colombia

      
    Colombia - Transport of humanitarian aid 
    The UN Verification Mission facilitated the transport of humanitarian aid for the community of Mandé, Urrao in Antioquia on 27 April. The aid was sent by the Governor's Office as part of the COVID-19 emergency for the community and people in the process of reincorporation. That same day, the Mission facilitated the transfer of 200 food provisions for families in Vista Hermosa, Meta, donated by the Saldarriaga Concha Foundation and Colombia Cuida. Both journeys were made in the two Mission helicopters. 
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    For up-to-date information on COVID-19 and its impact, please visit:   
    WHO website  
    UN coronavirus website 

     

    Security Council

    Onanga-Anyanga: Pandemic will likely have negative effect on peace processes in Sudan and South Sudan   
    Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, briefed the Council on progress in the implementation of Resolution 2046 on 28 April. The resolution concerns outstanding bilateral issues between Sudan and South Sudan and the conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states. The Special Envoy said that the COVID-19 pandemic will likely have a negative effect on the peace processes in the two countries, including by significantly slowing down engagements. “I am particularly worried by the exponential increase in a number of COVID-19 related deaths in Sudan. Urgent external support will be needed to help both countries offset these unprecedented challenges,” Onanga-Anyanga said.  
    Read his full remarks here 
    Read more in UN News

     

     

     

     

    Pedersen: Syria needs a ceasefire arrangement that results in sustained calm and is nationwide in scope  
    Special Envoy Geir O. Pedersen updated the Council on the situation in Syria on 29 April. “I strongly believe that Syria needs a ceasefire arrangement that results in sustained calm and is nationwide in scope – one that does not see new assaults across lines of contact, and enables Syrians to access equipment and resources necessary to combat COVID-19. We cannot afford hostilities which would surely lead to another surge in displaced vulnerable communities – something that we witnessed in horror only two months ago. We could not afford this scenario before the pandemic; the price could only be higher now,” Mr. Pedersen said. 
    Read his full remarks here 
    Read more in UN News

     

    Afghanistan 

    New head of UNAMA speaks with Afghan  President  
    Deborah Lyons, Special Representative and Head of UNAMA, had an introductory call with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on 26 April. They discussed the need for an inclusive government, prospects for intra-Afghan negotiations leading to peace, and coordination around COVID-19. “I am very happy to be back working with the resilient Afghan people as they embrace these challenging times on the way to a brighter future. Enough suffering. Time for peace and opportunity for Afghan boys and girls. The UN is your partner in this important work,” Ms. Lyons said in a tweet after the meeting.
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    Iraq 

    Meeting with President of Kurdistan   
    Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Special Representative and Head of UNAMI, met with President Nechirvan Barzani of the Kurdistan region on 28 April. The Special Representative was accompanied by Dr. Adham Ismail, Iraq Representative for the World Health Organization. They discussed the political developments in Iraq including the ongoing activities to form the new Iraqi Government, Baghdad-Erbil relations and efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. On 27 April, Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert met with Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, with whom she discussed the current political, security, economic and health situation in the Region, with special emphasis on the formation of the new Iraqi government, and Baghdad-Erbil relations. 
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    African Union

    UN and other international organizations sign multi-year partnership to eliminate violence against women and girls  
    After a year of negotiations coordinated by the Special Representative and Head of UNOAU,  Hanna Tetteh, the UN, the AU and the EU on 27 April signed the Spotlight Initiative Africa Regional Programme, which will work towards the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls, including harmful practices. The  Programme design is guided by the provisions of AU Agenda 2063; the development priorities of Agenda 2030 for sustainable development; the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Maputo Protocol) and other related key regional instruments. 
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  • 1 Mayo 2020

    Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Lebanon Protests

     

    We are deeply concerned by the renewed violence...

  • 1 Mayo 2020

    Garowe – At the age of 30, Halima-Sadiya Abdullahi is already a veteran Somali journalist and well-known to the public in her home state of Puntland in northern Somalia. 

    Her...

  • 1 Mayo 2020

    New York, 1 May 2020

    In many countries around the world, today is a day to celebrate workers.  This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic unfolding around us, we are truly seeing workers who too often toil unseen.

    Perhaps as never before, we recognize the role that essential workers play in keeping our societies functioning — getting food to tables and markets, keeping...

  • 30 Abr 2020

    Building on the various Libyan and international calls for a ceasefire, including the Libyan National Army's constructive statement announcing a truce during Ramadan and the response...

  • 30 Abr 2020

    Between 1 January and 31 March 2020, UNSMIL documented at least 131 civilian casualties (64 deaths and 67 injuries). This figure represents an overall increase in civilian...

  • 30 Abr 2020

    The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) releases its first quarter civilian casualty report for 2020. The data shows an increase in civilian casualties from the armed conflict in...

  • 30 Abr 2020

    The members of the Security Council expressed their strong concern at the 25 April declaration of the Southern Transitional Council (STC). They reaffirmed their strong commitment to Yemen’s unity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, and called for expediting implementation of the Riyadh Agreement. They expressed concern that the STC actions could distract from the efforts of Special Envoy Martin Griffiths to secure a nationwide...