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2019

  • 6 Oct 2019

    The UN Secretary-General has strongly condemned two separate attacks on Sunday against the organization’s Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) which left one peacekeeper dead and four others injured.

  • 6 Oct 2019

    Tripoli, 06 October 2019 - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) is appalled by an airstrike conducted by General Haftar’s forces, targeting the Equestrian...

  • 5 Oct 2019

    The UN Secretary-General is encouraged by the release of the leader of the main opposition party in Cameroon.  Maurice Kamto had spent the past nine months in jail following peaceful protests disputing the outcome of the October 2018 presidential election in which he was a candidate.

  • 5 Oct 2019

    QALA-E-NAW - At a UN-backed event in Qala-e-Naw, the capital of Badghis province in western Afghanistan, community leaders underscored the need for stronger measures to...

  • 4 Oct 2019


     

    28 September - 4 October 2019

    This Week in DPPA aims to keep you abreast of developments and events on the agenda of the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, at UN HQ and in the field, and especially those that sometimes "fly under the radar".

    Security Council

    Pedersen: Constitutional Committee breakthrough offers ‘sign of hope’ for long-suffering Syrians
    Special Envoy Geir O. Pedersen briefed the Security Council on the situation in Syria on 30 September, announcing that he intends to convene 150 Syrian men and women for the launch of a Constitutional Committee on 30 October. “I believe this should be a sign of hope for the long-suffering Syrian people,” Mr. Pedersen said.
    Read his full remarks here

    Xia: Golden opportunity to address the deep-rooted causes of instability

    Huang Xia, Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, told Council member in his briefing on 3 October that there was a golden opportunity now to address the deep-rooted causes of the instability in the region. He cited recent positive developments, such as strengthened diplomatic engagement following the election of a new President in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last December, the signing of an agreement aimed at easing tensions between Rwanda and Uganda, and regional cooperation to counter armed groups in the eastern DRC.
    Watch his briefing here.

     

    New York

    Zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse
    Under the hashtag #HonouringOurValues, Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo and Assistant Secretaries-General Bintou Keita, Miroslav Jenča and Mohamed Khaled Khiari have all expressed their support for the Secretary-General’s call to end sexual violence and abuse by UN personnel. “Sexual exploitation and abuse is unacceptable. We in the United Nations must be in the forefront of the fight against this scourge. We count on all our colleagues to join this effort,” Ms. DiCarlo said on Twitter. 
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    Colombia

    SRSG visits Putumayo department to verify the progress of the reintegration process
    Carlos Ruiz-Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, visited Putumayo department, in the Colombian Amazon, on 3 October to verify the progress of the reintegration process and the security guarantees for former combatants and local communities in that region . The SRSG met with governor Sorrel Aroca, Farc representatives, local authorities, representatives of the Integral System of Truth, Justice, Reparation, and Non-Repetition, and women's organizations that work with peacebuilding.
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    The largest Model UN in the world took place in Bogotá
    “SIMONU” Bogotá, the largest United Nations model simulation in the world, closed on 4 October. It involved more than 2800 students from 193 public and private Bogotá schools "You are our source of inspiration,” said Special Representative Carlos Ruiz-Massieu during the closing ceremony. “Last week we saw millions of young people on the streets around the world protesting on the climate emergency. This movement has gained strength in social networks because you, this generation, demand the defense of your rights, because you communicate effectively and because you have united in the defense of your common causes." SIMONU is organized by Colombia’s Secretary of Education with the support of UNIC Bogotá.
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    Afghanistan

    Vote counting underway in Afghanistan 
    Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of UNAMA Tadamichi Yamamoto visited the headquarters of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) in Kabul on 1 October to review officials working to tabulate and verify Afghanistan’s presidential election. He indicated that transparency is vital and urged candidate agents and observers to view the tallying and other processes at the IEC. The 2019 Afghan presidential election took place on 28 September.
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    Central Asia

    New initiative to increase cooperation and trust between communities
    The United Nations Regional Office for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) launched a Preventive Diplomacy Academy on 30 September. The aim is to increase cooperation and trust between communities in border areas around Central Asia and Afghanistan, foster people–to-people contacts between diverse communities and, ultimately, create a culture of mutual understanding and trust that can reduce the risk of conflict and pay peace dividends far into the future. The first training workshop will take place in Taraz, Kazakhstan, on 7-10 October. 
    Read the full story on UNRCCA’s website

     

    Somalia

    Partnership Forum to map out a course for Somalia  
    The Federal Government of Somalia and its international partners gathered at the Somalia Partnership Forum (SPF) in Mogadishu from 1 – 2 October. The forum was an opportunity for all concerned to take stock of the progress made by the country as well as agree on priorities ahead. In a discussion, James Swan, Special Representative and Head of UNSOM, highlighted that all sectors of Somali society needed to be included in the political decision-making process, particularly women and youth, noting that “politics in Somalia cannot be fully inclusive without the meaningful participation of these large segments of the population.
    Read more on UNSOM’s website

     

    The Gambia

    Young people reflect on current peace and security situation in The Gambia
    The importance of young people as change agents in sustaining and promoting peace in The Gambia is critical. On Tuesday 2 October, the Gambia National Youth Council and UNFPA, supported by the UN SG’s Peacebuilding Fund’s Women and Youth Project held in Banjul a youth reflection event on peace and security. . The gathering, bringing together about 70 young people from all the regions of the country, was an opportunity to create a space for young men and women to reflect on the current peace and security situation and identify how they can work to ensure sustainable peace for national development. Following these discussions, participants will help develop a youth position paper on peace and security in The Gambia that would be used as a policy brief to inform policy and decision-makers about the concerns of Gambian youth and the need for action to address potential conflict and promote tolerance and peaceful coexistence in country.
    Read the full story on UNFPA’s website

     

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  • 4 Oct 2019

    Friday, 04 October 2019 – The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) is alarmed by indications that parallel, unrecognized authorities in Libya are...

  • 4 Oct 2019

    United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo will visit the Middle East from 5 to 11 October 2019 to...

  • 4 Oct 2019

    The United Nations is urging authorities in Iraq to allow citizens to exercise their right to freedom of expression after the security forces opened fire on mass anti-government protests which began earlier this week.

  • 3 Oct 2019

    Victims, security forces, former FARC-EP combatants, youth groups and community planted trees at the former Territorial Area for Training and Reincorporation (TATR) in Carrizal, Remedios, Antioquia with the support of the UN Verification Mission...

  • 3 Oct 2019

    The international community must step up efforts to end instability around Africa’s Great Lakes so that millions there can benefit from its riches, the UN Special Envoy for the region told the Security Council on Thursday.

  • 3 Oct 2019

    The Somalia Partnership Forum concluded on Wednesday in the capital Mogadishu, with attendees - including the UN Special Representative for the country - taking stock of progress made, while also noting remaining challenges and agreeing on a set of priorities moving forward.

  • 2 Oct 2019

    A recap of Wednesday's top stories: Kyrgyz lawyer honoured by UN refugee agency; Positive but realistic outlook in runup to Syria talks; Security Council debates how African youth can bolster peace; refugees in Mexico pursue innovative labor initiatives; UN laments violent clashes in Iraq; Roadblocks in humanitarian aid for Haiti.

  • 2 Oct 2019

    The United Nations condemned on Wednesday, with “the utmost energy”, simultaneous terrorist attacks on military camps in central Mali, close to the border with Burkina Faso, that left dozens dead and scores missing.

  • 2 Oct 2019

    Mogadishu – The Somalia Partnership Forum concluded today in Mogadishu, with attendees taking stock of progress the country has made, while also...

  • 2 Oct 2019

    Recognizing the potential of African youth caught up in conflict to forge peace, is crucial for nurturing their developing identities, and could help them turn away from violence, a youth representative told the Security Council on Wednesday.  

  • 2 Oct 2019

    Somalia Partnership Forum

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    2 October 2019

    Somalia and its international partners met in Mogadishu on 1-2 October 2019 for...

  • 2 Oct 2019

    Communal election in Guinea. Photo: DR

    On the occasion of the commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the Working Group on Women,...

  • 2 Oct 2019

    PUL-E-KHUMRI - The rights of detainees must be protected, and their dignity upheld, said participants at a UN-backed symposium in the northeast city of...

  • 2 Oct 2019

    The members of the Security Council noted the holding of the presidential elections in Afghanistan on 28 September 2019 as another important step in the democratic development of the country...

  • 1 Oct 2019

    On Wednesday, the global community marks the International Day of Non-Violence, which this year coincided with the 150th anniversary of the birth of the global peace icon who led India to independence, Mahatma Gandhi.

  • 1 Oct 2019

    Mogadishu  – The Federal Government of Somalia and its international partners gathered in the country’s capital today for the 2019 Somalia Partnership Forum (SPF) – an opportunity for all...

  • 1 Oct 2019

    Cercles de Paix with Malian women in the refugee camps in Burkina Faso....

  • 1 Oct 2019

    The Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, has just arrived in Sana’a for a two-day visit.

    He commended once again yesterday's unilateral release of detainees by Ansar Allah.

    “Such initiatives help create a conducive environment and build confidence for the resumption of the peace process”, Mr. Griffiths said.

    The Special Envoy hopes this will encourage parties to renew their commitments towards the exchange of prisoners and detainees in accordance with...

  • 30 Sep 2019

    'Sign of hope' for long-suffering Syrians as new committee forms; Yemen prisoner release signals hope for Yemen; Assembly President closes formal Debate; Refugees evacuated from Libya to Rwanda; Multilingualism observed on World Day.

  • 30 Sep 2019

    Following days of intensifying protests in Haiti, Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said on Monday the UN was “concerned by reports of violence and arson” across the country.

  • 30 Sep 2019

    Mr. President,

    In one month, on 30 October 2019, I intend to convene 150 Syrian men and women for the launch of a Syrian-led, Syrian-owned, credible, balanced and inclusive Constitutional Committee facilitated by the United Nations in Geneva.

    I believe this should be a sign of hope for the long-suffering Syrian people. It comes after the agreement of the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic and the Syrian Negotiations Commission to a package deal of the nominees to the committee and a Terms of Reference and Core Rules of Procedure to guide its work.

    I believe we should stop for a minute and take stock of the significance of this agreement. This is indeed the first concrete political agreement between the Government and the Opposition to begin to implement a key aspect of Security Council resolution 2254 – to set a schedule and process for a new constitution. It implies a clear acceptance of the other as an interlocutor. It commits their nominees to sit together in face-to-face dialogue and negotiation, while at the same time opening the space for civil society at the table. And it is also a shared promise to the Syrian people to try to agree under the auspices of the United Nations on new constitutional arrangements for Syria – a new social contract to help repair a broken country. This can be a door opener to a wider political process that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people.

    Seizing this opportunity will not be easy. Syria remains in the gravest crisis, with violence and terrorism continuing, five international armies operating on its territory, appalling suffering and abuses, a deeply divided society, and a sense of despair among its people inside and outside the country. Trust and confidence is almost non-existent. The Constitutional Committee will really matter if it becomes a step along the difficult path out of this conflict and to a new Syria, and if its launch and work is accompanied by other steps to build trust and confidence among Syrians and between Syria and the international community.

     

    Mr. President,

    The Secretary-General formally announced the agreement on 23 September. Allow me to join the Secretary-General in welcoming the progress made by the Government and the opposition. I particularly thank Syrian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Moallem, and Syrian Negotiations Commission leader Hariri, for their engagement with me in a sustained dialogue to help bring this agreement about.

    Like the Secretary-General, I am grateful to the wide range of Syrian women and men – including the Women’s Advisory Board, participants in the Civil Society Support Room, and Syrians from all parts of the country – who have offered their counsel and insight.

    I join the Secretary-General in expressing my particular appreciation to the governments of Russia, Turkey and Iran for their support in the conclusion of this agreement.

    I also join the Secretary-General in expressing my thanks for the support of the members of this Council including all five permanent members. And I join him in expressing appreciation to the Small Group for their support. 

     

    Mr. President,

    The Secretary-General transmitted the agreed Terms of Reference and Core Rules of Procedure of the Constitutional Committee via you to the Security Council – you all now have it as document S/2019/775.

    The agreement is framed by key principles that must underpin any process and any settlement. These include respect for the United Nations charter, Security Council resolutions, Syria’s sovereignty, unity, independence and territorial integrity, and the Syrian-led and owned nature of the process. The principles also include the objective of UN supervised elections envisaged in resolution 2254 based on a new constitution. They also recognize the need for a broader political process to implement resolution 2254.

    The Constitutional Committee has a clear mandate: it shall, within the context of the UN-facilitated Geneva process, prepare and draft for popular approval a constitutional reform as a contribution to the political settlement in Syria and the implementation of resolution 2254. The constitutional reform shall, inter alia, embody in the constitution and constitutional practices of the country the letter and spirit of the 12 living intra-Syrian essential principles that emerged in the Geneva process and were affirmed in Sochi. The Committee may review the 2012 constitution including in the context of other Syrian constitutional experiences and amend the current constitution or draft a new constitution.

     

    The constitutional reform adopted by the Constitutional Committee must be popularly approved and transposed into the national legal order -- by a means that will need to be agreed.

    There is a clear, balanced and I believe workable structure. There will be two equal co-chairs from the government and opposition who proceed in consensus and exert the prerogatives necessary to ensure the Committee’s smooth functioning. There is small body of 45 – 15 government nominees, 15 opposition nominees, 15 from civil society – to prepare and draft proposals. And there is a large body of 150 – 50 government nominees, 50 opposition nominees, 50 from civil society – to discuss and adopt proposals.

    The agreement promotes consensus within the committee where possible, but also specifies a decision-making threshold of 75%. All main components need to be on board for proposals to move forward. No one bloc can dictate the outcomes. And the incentive exists to reach out to the middle ground and across the divide.

    The parties have agreed and committed to work expeditiously and continuously to produce results and continued progress, without foreign interference or external deadlines – and also without preconditions or insisting on agreement on one point before discussion can begin on another.

    The parties have welcomed and embodied in the agreement the facilitation role of the United Nations – including using good offices, and reporting to this Council on progress. Both parties have told me that they have confidence in the United Nations and want to work with us in a sustained and constructive manner. We will do everything we can to meet their expectations.

     

    Mr President,

    The names of the 150 members will be released by the United Nations once all nominees have formally confirmed their participation. But let me say a word about them.

    Beyond the government and opposition nominees, the middle third comprises 50 civil society actors. They hail from different religious, ethnic and geographical backgrounds, hold a range of political leanings, and include respected experts. Some live inside Syria; others are based outside Syria. Facilitating agreement on this list has been the most complex part of the deal. Ensuring sufficient credibility, balance and inclusivity -- in a manner that keeps all on board -- has been a key priority for us. The result is a negotiated compromise, and like all compromises, no one is completely satisfied.

    We are proud that nearly half the civil society list are women, and that we have around 30% women in the overall 150. Any viable and sustainable peace process needs to have women, of all political persuasions, at the table – who represent over half its population and who, throughout the course of the conflict, have taken on an ever-more prominent role in their communities.

    We have worked hard to secure guarantees -- and here I quote from the agreement -- that “members of the Constitutional Committee and their relatives or political and civil society organizations and entities of which they are part are not subject to threat or harassment or actions against person or property directly related to their work in the Constitutional Committee and to addressing and resolving any incidents and concerns should they arise.” These guarantees have been solemnly given and must be respected.

    Hundreds, if not thousands, of Syrian experts and activists, men and women, on all sides, have done outstanding work, throughout the years of this conflict, developing ideas and proposals as basis for lasting peace. In doing this, they helped create a “public space” for democratic and civic debates – and we have actively supported and facilitated this, as have others. Not all of them could be on this Committee. But I am confident that they will continue to make their voices heard. I am equally confident that committee members understand their responsibilities towards all Syrians and their obligation to listen to and take on board the ideas of others. I will continue to consult widely and closely among Syrian civil society, including through the Civil Society Support Room and with the Women’s Advisory Board, and with all components of the Syrian society – including in the North-East of the country.

    Above all let me stress: the future constitution of Syria belongs to the Syrian people and them alone. The United Nations will jealously guard the Syrian-owned and Syrian-led nature of the process. Syrians, not outsiders, will draft the constitution, and the Syrian people must popularly approve it. We will be there to facilitate the process in a manner that ensures its continuing credibility, balance and inclusivity, and to help when needed.

     

    Mr. President.

    Let me assure all of you and the Syrian people that I am fully aware that the constitutional committee alone cannot resolve the conflict. We must look squarely at the facts, and address the crisis more comprehensively in line with resolution 2254.

    A humanitarian crisis continues in Idlib especially and in many other parts of Syria. Idlib is calmer today than it was last month. But violence continues.  And there is an ever-present threat of Idlib, or other parts of Syria, being engulfed in all out conflict.

    Meanwhile, terrorist groups, listed by this Council, continue to metastasize touching all Syrian communities. A solution is essential that does not endanger civilians – a solution to HTS and other extremist groups in Idlib, and to a resurgent ISIL elsewhere.

    Violent confrontations between international players remain frequent – inside Syria and across its international borders. The specter of a broader regional conflagration still looms over the country. The country’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence is not respected.

    Steps on de-escalation, towards a nationwide ceasefire, are absolutely essential -  because the violence and killing must stop, because there is no military solution, and because resolution 2254 tells us so. A ceasefire – with a shared international understanding of how to combat terrorism in a manner that protects civilians and upholds international law – is vital in its own right, and would help animate the political process.

    Tens of thousands remain detained, abducted and missing; their families suffering from untold pain and daily challenges. I appeal for action on detainees, abductees and the missing – particularly the release of women and children. This would be a vital step. Now is the time, Mr. President. Now is the time for action on this.

    Millions remain displaced, inside and outside Syria, many mired in hopelessness and fear. Meaningful steps will be required to create an environment for refugees and IDPs to return in a safe, voluntary and dignified manner.

    Millions live in poverty, facing widespread commodity shortages and an economy that lies in tatters. Lawlessness and fragmentation abound, weakening the social fabric and prospects to build the rule of law and a culture of respect for human rights. This too must be our concern.

    That is why, as we look towards the first meeting of the Committee, I urge all stakeholders – the Syrian parties and their backers – to think more broadly, more inclusively and with the ultimate objective of a country at peace. I appeal for them to seize upon the momentum that the Committee offers and take concrete actions, to build trust and confidence.

    Language matters too. I hope that the Syrian parties and the international community can find the right words to clearly signal their good intentions - to each other and to the Syrian people - to open a new chapter and create new and better realities on the ground.

    Ultimately, I hope that we can begin to build a positive dynamic. Step by step – by the Syrian parties, and also by international parties too -- we need to build the kind of safe, calm and neutral environment that could make Syrians feel that the political process can restore their country and respond to their aspirations.  

    This requires genuine international dialogue and cooperation in support of the Geneva process. Any concrete steps could be reciprocal, building trust between Syrians – and between Syria and the international community too. I know this will not be easy, but I sense among my key partners an honest understanding that it is indeed necessary. I will keep working on this.

    Ultimately, the Syrian people must be able to participate in “free and fair elections under United Nations supervision” in line with resolution 2254, in which all Syrians, including those in the diaspora, are eligible to participate. Elections, held to the highest international standards, take a long time to prepare, and that is why I have already begun to think about how the United Nations could plan for this task, in dialogue, of course, with all Syrian parties.

     

    Mr President,

    Let me conclude with a simple request to this Council. I have greatly appreciated the excellent dialogue I have had with members of the Council, and I will need your support in the difficult work ahead.

    I appeal to you to unite behind a revitalized effort by the United Nations with the parties to move forward the Geneva political process. I believe this moment is an opportunity for the Council to publicly support the process you have mandated in resolution 2254.

    The road ahead will be long and difficult, but if the Council can unite, and keep united, behind the Syrian-led and owned process that the United Nations will seek to facilitate, I believe we can begin to make a real difference for the people of Syria, for the region, and for international peace and security.

    Thank you, Mr President.

     

  • 30 Sep 2019

    There is a “sign of hope for the long-suffering Syrian people” as a Syrian-led, Syrian-owned, credible and inclusive Constitutional Committee is set to start deliberations next month, the United Nations Special Envoy for the country told the Security Council on Monday.

  • 30 Sep 2019

    Hopes for a possible end to the war in Yemen grew slightly on Monday, following the news that nearly 300 detainees have been released as a gesture of goodwill by Houthi forces, pitted against the Government of Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

  • 30 Sep 2019

    PRESS RELEASE/ Announcement

    The United Nations Regional Office for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia is launching its new initiative, the UNRCCA Preventive Diplomacy Academy. The aim is to...

  • 30 Sep 2019

    Tripoli, 30 September 2019 - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), condemns the threats directed against the Ministry of Finance by members of an armed group on 25 September.

    This deplorable act constitutes a...

  • 30 Sep 2019

    Photo@ICRC

    Amman, 30 September 2019 - The Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, welcomes the initiative by Ansar Allah to unilaterally release detainees. He calls on...

  • 29 Sep 2019
  • 29 Sep 2019

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the conduct of presidential elections in Afghanistan on 28 September and commended all Afghans “who exercised their democratic voice and upheld their right to vote, braving security concerns”.

  • 29 Sep 2019

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the conduct of presidential elections in Afghanistan on 28 September and commended all Afghans “who exercised their democratic voice and upheld their right to vote, braving security concerns”.

  • 29 Sep 2019

    A group of 66 vulnerable refugees was evacuated from Libya to Rwanda last Thursday, 26 September on a UNHCR-chartered flight. They are the first to benefit from the Emergency Transit Mechanism, recently agreed and...

  • 28 Sep 2019

    The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Yemen on Saturday called on the United Nations and the wider international community to stand by his crisis-torn country as it struggled to cope with daily assaults and “terrorist aggression” at the hands of vicious, Iran-backed Houthi militias.

  • 28 Sep 2019

    Organized criminal networks continue to pose a threat to Guinea-Bissau and undermine stability in the West African nation, Foreign Minister Suzi Barbosa said in her speech on Saturday to the UN General Assembly.

  • 27 Sep 2019

    The Vice-President of Venezuela on Friday criticized administrations which have recognized National Assembly president Juan Guaidó as leader of the South American country.

  • 27 Sep 2019


     

    21 - 27 September 2019

    This Week in DPPA aims to keep you abreast of developments and events on the agenda of the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, at UN HQ and in the field, and especially those that sometimes "fly under the radar".

    New York

    General Debate of the General Assembly kicks off
    UN headquarters hosted this week the high point of the global diplomatic calendar (also known colloquially as “diplomatic fashion week” or “diplomatic speed dating”). For DPPA, the week began with a meeting on 21 September between UN Under-Secretaries-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Peace Operations and Operational Support and the African Union’s Commissioners to discuss cooperation on sustaining peace in Africa. DPPA chief Rosemary DiCarlo called, among other things, for constructive cooperation and partnership in support of elections, especially since six countries in West Africa will hold crucial polls next year.

    During a Women, Peace and Leadership Symposium organized by the International Peace Institute on 25 September, DiCarlo said that the only way to overcome the lack of political will to implement the women, peace and security agenda was to nominate, appoint and elect more women to leadership positions and decision-making roles – in government, the UN, public institutions, the private sector and community life.



    Later that day, DiCarlo participated in the side-event on Somalia during which she welcomed the significant progress achieved in the country and reiterated the importance of inclusive dialogue between the Federal Government and Federal Member States of Somalia.

    The Group of Friends of Mediation held a Ministerial meeting on 26 September on the sidelines of the General Assembly. Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo said that she has made exploring the impact of digital technologies on peace and security issues one of the priorities of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs. She mentioned two recent DPPA initiatives in this regard: the Department is establishing an Innovation Cell to strengthen capacities for innovation, including the use of digital technologies, across our peace and security mandates; and DPPA recently co-published an online Toolkit of Digital Technologies and Mediation with the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. The Toolkit, which will be continuously updated, assesses the opportunities and risks that digital technologies present for mediation.
    Read her remarks.
    Read more about the Toolkit.

    The same day, the Under-Secretary-General also attended a meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC). The AHLC is the only forum where all parties to the Middle East Peace Process participate, including Israel and Palestine. DiCarlo stressed that initiatives to strengthen the capacity of Palestinians to develop their economy were encouraging but no substitute for establishing a legitimate political horizon that ends the occupation and establishes a negotiated two-state solution that meets the legitimate aspirations and security needs of both Israelis and Palestinians.

    The Under-Secretary-General took part in the high-level event on Sudan on 27 September, convened by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to reiterate the support of the international community for the priorities of the civilian-led government of Prime Minister Hamdak, and for sustainable peace and inclusive development throughout the country.
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    Peacebuilding Commission concerned about the situation in Burkina Faso
    The Peacebuilding Commission met on 26 September 2019 in New York in a high-level format to discuss the situation in Burkina Faso in the presence of the country’s President, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré. The meeting was chaired by H.E Mr. Iván Duque Márquez, President of Colombia. The members of the Peacebuilding Commission expressed deep concern deteriorating security in Burkina Faso and condemned the numerous attacks by extremist groups targeting civilian populations and security and defense forces, as well as security incidents involving armed groups and inter-communal clashes. They welcomed the ongoing support of the UN Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund to address critical priorities, particularly in the areas of social cohesion, the prevention and resolution of local conflicts, trust-building between Security Forces and the population, recognizing the specific focus on women and youth engagement in peacebuilding.
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    Libya

    Special Representative assesses prospects for peace
    Special Representative for Libya Ghassan Salamé, speaking on the sidelines of the General Assembly during an interview with DPPA’s online magazine Politically Speaking, provided a sobering overview of peace efforts in the country and called for political will and accountability, domestically and internationally, if progress is to be made.
    Watch the interview here.

     

    Afghanistan

    Strong commitment to credible elections
    The Election Support Group of the international community met with presidential candidates on 23 September.  Strong commitment to credible elections was the man take out from meeting, as well a consensus on the need for complaints to go to relevant Afghan electoral bodies and for them to meet responsibilities.
    For more information, please contact DPPA

     

    Iraq

    Human rights training for civil society and youth
    How civil society can engage with UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures, including the Universal Periodic Review, was the topic of a workshop conducted on 24 September by UN Human Rights in Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq for 19 members of civil society and youth. During the workshop, participants discussed the importance of civil society engagement with parliament on human rights issues and two law reform proposals currently under consideration in Iraq – the Human Rights Act and the Establishment of an Anti-Discrimination Commission.
    Read the full story on UNAMI’s Facebook page.

     

    “Iraqi Youth: Pioneers for Dialogue and Stability” workshop held in Diyala
    In Diyala Governorate in eastern Iraq, 26 young men and women gathered from 20-22 September to discuss youth’s political and administrative representation; how to address tribal conflicts and regional influences; restricting control over weapons exclusively to the State; how to handle the return of family members affiliated with ISIL; preventing the spread of drugs among youth as well as ensuring the freedom of expression and other basic freedoms. These were the topics identified by participants as most important in the context of their Governorate. The UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), in cooperation with the Committee for Coexistence and Societal Peace under the Prime Minister’s Office and the Iraqi Al-Amal Association have been organizing a series of workshops throughout the country to gauge the views and concerns of youth across Iraq.
    Full story here.

     

    Colombia

    “Living together in peace“
    In commemoration of the International Peace Day on 21 September, the UN Verification Mission in Colombia organized and facilitated different activities in  eight cities and six territorial areas for training and reintegration, under the theme “living together in peace.” Activities were aimed at highlighting the efforts of communities working for reconciliation and peaceful coexistence. Activities included art displays, sports activities, photographic exhibitions, movie screenings, workshops, planting trees and academic forums and they were carried out with participation of former FARC-EP members in the process of reintegration, members of local communities, members of the public security forces, local authorities, Government institutions, and civil society organizations.
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  • 27 Sep 2019

    While crediting the United Nations for preventing ‘World War III’, the Foreign Minister of Russia lamented to the General Assembly on Friday that the number of conflicts on the planet has not declined, nor has enmity weakened.

  • 27 Sep 2019

    Three peacekeepers were killed and a fourth was severely injured after a helicopter crashed on Friday morning local time, in the west of the Central African Republic, the UN mission to the country (MINUSCA) has confirmed.

  • 27 Sep 2019

    Three peacekeepers were killed and a fourth was severely injured after a helicopter crashed on Friday morning local time, in the west of the Central African Republic, the UN mission to the country (MINUSCA) has confirmed. The injured 'blue helmet' later succumbed to his wounds, bringing the death toll to four.  

  • 27 Sep 2019

    Three peacekeepers were killed and a fourth was severely injured after a helicopter crashed on Friday morning local time, in the west of the Central African Republic, the UN mission to the country (MINUSCA) has confirmed. 

  • 27 Sep 2019

    Hurricane Dorian, one of the most destructive Atlantic storms ever recorded, “is a generational tragedy” for The Bahamas, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said on Friday.

  • 27 Sep 2019

    Sudan is now on the long road to socio-economic recovery, following the establishment of a civilian-led government, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told a high-level meeting on Friday, at UN Headquarters in New York.

  • 27 Sep 2019

    To commemorate Democracy Day, September 15, on the theme of "Participation" and Peace Day, September 21, on the theme "Climate Action for Peace", UNIOGBIS...

  • 27 Sep 2019

    All key actors in Afghanistan must “uphold their responsibility to support a peaceful, credible, transparent and inclusive electoral process”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement on Friday, the day before presidential elections are due to be held in the country, adding that “there is no place for violence, intimidation or fraud”.

  • 27 Sep 2019

    NEW YORK - On the eve of the 28 September presidential election in Afghanistan, the Secretary-General urges all stakeholders to ensure that Afghan voters, women and men, are able to exercise...

  • 27 Sep 2019

    Mohamed Ibn Chambas: “Burkina Faso is one of the countries where, we, as a collective of development, humanitarian and peace actors, can...

  • 26 Sep 2019

    The international community must join together to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, the Foreign Minister of Israel told the UN General Assembly on Thursday evening.