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2022

  • 18 Jul 2022

    Garowe - State-building processes and collaboration with Somalia’s new leadership, as well as the support of the United...

  • 18 Jul 2022

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    Mr. President, honourable members of the cabinet and members of the press.

    I would like to begin by thanking you – President Said...

  • 17 Jul 2022

    New York, 18 July 2022

    Today, the world honours a giant of our time; a leader of unparalleled courage and towering achievement; and a man of quiet dignity and deep humanity.

    Nelson Mandela was a healer of communities and a mentor to generations.

    He remains a moral compass and reference to us all.

    Madiba walked the...

  • 16 Jul 2022

    Venezuela's rural, remote, indigenous communities have been particularly affected by COVID-19 and the country's socio-economic crisis; community gardens help Wayúu women from Rio Negro to make ends meet, and provide a haven from violence.

  • 15 Jul 2022
    This Week in DPPA is a brief roundup of political and peacebuilding events and developments at UNHQ and around the world.

    Security Council

    Grundberg: “The truce represents the best opportunity for peace in Yemen”

    Hans Grundberg, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, briefed the Security Council on 11 July on the situation in that country since the renewal of the truce first agreed on 2 April. He said the truce has been holding for over three months, resulting in a two-thirds reduction in civilian casualties compared to the three months before the truce began. In the coming weeks, the Special Envoy said that he will continue to explore with the parties the possibility of a longer extension and an expanded truce agreement. This, he said, would provide time and the opportunity to start serious discussions on the economy and security tracks, to start addressing priority issues such as revenues as well as the payment of salaries, and to begin the process of moving toward a ceasefire.

    Read full remarks here

    UN News on the briefing here

     

    Incoming administration has a ‘tremendous opportunity and responsibility’ to accelerate the implementation of the Peace Agreement

    On 14 July, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, told the Council that Colombians took part in a hard-fought political campaign leading to the election of their new President, Gustavo Petro. He reiterated the Secretary-General’s encouragement over these mostly peaceful elections and noted that the recent electoral outcomes increasingly reflect the diversity of the country’s vibrant society. The Special Representative also highlighted the significant contribution made by the Final Peace Agreement to Colombia’s democracy. Also briefing the Council was Father Francisco de Roux, President of Colombia’s Truth Commission, and Jineth Casso Piamba, leader of the Nasa people from the Cauca department.

     

    Read full remarks here

    UN News on the briefing here

     

    Security Council renews cross-border aid delivery in Syria for 6 months

    The Security Council agreed to renew the main provisions of resolution 2585 (2021) for an initial period of six months following a vote on the adoption of resolution 2642 on 12 July. This enables the UN to continue to work to save lives and alleviate the suffering of some 4.1 million people in need of aid and protection in north-west Syria. 

     

    UN News on the briefing here

     

    UNMHA mandate extends for another year

    The Security Council decided on 13 July to extend, until 14 July 2023, the mandate of the United Nations Mission to support the Hudaydah Agreement (UNMHA). Unanimously adopting resolution 2643 (2022), the Council further decided that the Mission will oversee the governate-wide ceasefire, redeployment of forces and mine action operations, as welll as monitor ceasefire compliance in the Red Sea ports of Hudaydah, Salif and Ras Issa.

    UN News on the renewal of the mandate here (AR)

     

    BINUH mandate renewed for a year 

    On 15 July, the Security Council unanimously voted to renew the mandate of the UN Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) for another year, until 15 July 2023.

     

     

     

    Lebanon

    Special Coordinator holds round of meetings prior to Security Council briefing 

    Joanna Wronecka, the Special Coordinator of the Secretary-General for Lebanon, held talks  this week with Lebanese officials and various stakeholders ahead of her 21 July briefing to the  Council  on the implementation of resolution 1701 (2006). The Special Coordinator met with President Michel Aoun, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, as well as representatives of Hizbullah and other political parties and foreign diplomats accredited to Lebanon. Discussions focused on steps taken in relation to the implementation of the resolution and upcoming constitutional timelines in Lebanon, including the formation of the government and presidential elections, the socio-economic crisis in Lebanon and the role of different state actors in the process of implementing urgent reforms. 

     

    Iraq

    New Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs and Electoral Assistance 

    Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 11 July the appointment of Claudio Cordone of Italy as his new Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs and Electoral Assistance of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). Mr. Cordone succeeds Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir of Iceland. He brings to this position more than 35 years of experience in international relations, international human rights and humanitarian law, including as Director of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in Lebanon, where he has served since 2017. 

    Read more here

    UNAMI’s Herald e-newsletter spotlights UN activities and projects  

    The latest edition of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq’s (UNAMI) Herald e-newsletter is out this week. It covers UN activities and projects from May to June 2022 and is available here in English.

    Great Lakes region

    High-level meeting in Democratic Republic of the Congo for women’s inclusion 

    A delegation of the Advisory Board for Women, Peace and Security in the Great Lakes region traveled to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from 11-16 July 2022 to meet various national interlocutors at the executive, legislative and judicial level as part of their periodic consultations in the countries of the region. The high-level meeting aimed to encourage Congolese authorities and community leaders, as well as traditional chiefs and religious leaders, to promote the effective inclusion of women and young people in ongoing peace and dialogue in the region. The week-long mission was led by Catherine Samba Panza, interim President of the Central African Republic from 2014 to 2016 and Co-President of FemWise-Africa, a subsidiary mechanism of the Panel of the Wise, one of the essential pillars of the peace and security architecture of the African Union. The Office of the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, together with the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) and the Executive Secretariat of the International Conference on the Great Lakes region, also took part in the meetings.

     

    Meeting with the African Union Commission

    Special Envoy Huang Xia met on 12 July with the President of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat. They discussed the latest developments in the Great Lakes region and agreed to strengthen their collaboration to support efforts by countries in the region to address persistent challenges, including the threat posed by armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.  

     

    West Africa and the Sahel

    Special Representative reviews the Burkina Faso with the Peacebuilding Commission

    Special Representative of the Secretary-General Mahamat Saleh Annadif participated on 15 July in a meeting of the Peacebuilding Commission to review the situation in Burkina Faso. Working together with the Commission, he pledged to support the transition period to help ensure transparency and good governance, in order to regain the trust of the population and assist in the return to constitutional order. “Regional mechanisms such as the Accra Initiative [...] must be ramped up to prevent the destabilization sought by extremists,” he said. More on the meeting under ‘Peacebuilding’.

     

    Colombia

    800 students to benefit from a new road in the department of Tolima

    Honoring the memory of the victims and as an act of reconciliation, former combatants, police, and military came together this week to build a small road from a school in Icononzo, Tolima, a town in the center-west of the country. The UN Verification Mission, school representatives, and the Mayor's Office supported this work in coordination with local and national entities and victims.

     
    Peacebuilding

    PBC Ambassadorial-level meeting on Burkina Faso

    On 15 July, the Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, H.E. Ms. Rabab Fatima convened an Ambassadorial-level meeting on the priorities of the transition and opportunities to pursue and support national reconciliation in Burkina Faso. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Cooperation and Burkinabé Abroad, and the Minister of State to the President, in charge of Social Cohesion and Reconciliation, addressed the Commission. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) representative, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Burkina Faso, and Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support also briefed the Commission. Member States encouraged a peaceful transition and expressed their support for the country’s efforts in social cohesion and national reconciliation as well as other important peacebuilding priorities. Press statement for this meeting is currently under discussion.

     
    Next Week

    The Security Council will discuss children and armed conflict on Tuesday, 19 July.

     

     

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  • 15 Jul 2022

    The head of the UN Country Team in Sri Lanka has urged senior politicians to ensure a peaceful transfer of power in line with the national Constitution, following weeks of protests that finally saw the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Thursday.

  • 14 Jul 2022

    The UN Secretary-General is appalled by the deadly missile attack on Thursday against the city of Vinnytsia in central Ukraine, that reportedly killed at least 22 people, far from the frontline of the main fighting in the east, including three children and wounded more than 100 others, his Spokesperson said in a statement. 

  • 14 Jul 2022

    Over 500,000 conflict-affected people in northeast Nigeria will be tossed “a lifeline,” thanks to a new UN humanitarian and development package, launched on Thursday.

  • 14 Jul 2022

    New York, 15 July 2022

    Today, we highlight the importance of transforming youth skills for the future of work.

    Young people are disproportionately impacted by interlinked global crises, from climate change to conflicts to persistent poverty. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these fragilities. In 2020 alone, youth employment fell by 39 million. Today, 24 million young people...

  • 14 Jul 2022

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    New York, 14 July 2022. The...

  • 14 Jul 2022

    The international community should lend full support to the incoming administration in Colombia, which has a tremendous opportunity to speed up implementation of the landmark 2016 Peace Agreement that ended more than 50 years of civil war, the top UN official in the country told the Security Council on Thursday. 

  • 14 Jul 2022

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    Briefing by Carlos Ruiz Massieu, SRSG and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia...

  • 13 Jul 2022

    The UN chief on Wednesday described progress between Russia and Ukraine on allowing the resumption of grain exports during UN-brokered talks in Türkiye, as a “ray of hope to ease human suffering and alleviate hunger around the world.”

  • 12 Jul 2022

    The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution to extend lifesaving aid deliveries into northwest Syria from Türkiye for a further six months following a vote on Tuesday. 

  • 12 Jul 2022

    Access to information is a human right, Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Tuesday, underscoring that for peacekeepers, it can be “a matter of life and death, and the difference between peace and war”.  

  • 12 Jul 2022

    “I recall the civil war in Liberia vividly,” says Elfreda Dennice Stewart, a United Nations Police (UNPOL) officer serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

  • 11 Jul 2022

    Although the UN-brokered truce between the Yemeni Government and Houthi rebels continues to hold, the key issue of road openings remains outstanding, while the country’s “humanitarian catastrophe” is set to worsen, the Security Council heard on Monday. 

  • 11 Jul 2022

    Amid reports that Sri Lanka’s President has confirmed he will resign after his residence was stormed by thousands of protesters at the weekend, the UN chief on Monday called for dialogue to “ensure a smooth transition of government and solutions to the country’s deep economic crisis.

  • 11 Jul 2022

    The annual UN report on Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC), released on Monday, details the devastating impact that various forms of conflict had on children around the world in 2021.

  • 10 Jul 2022

    New York, 11 July 2022

    This year’s World Population Day falls during a milestone year, when we anticipate the birth of the Earth’s eight billionth inhabitant.

    This is an occasion to celebrate our diversity, recognize our common humanity, and marvel at advancements in health that have extended lifespans and dramatically reduced maternal and child mortality rates.  

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  • 10 Jul 2022

    As Mozambique looks to move on from its violent past, a UN-led programme is supporting efforts to reintegrate former combatants, and give them a chance to lead productive, peaceful lives in their communities.

  • 9 Jul 2022

    Over the last 10 years, the number of people around the world who have been forced to flee their homes and become displaced in their own countries, has more than doubled. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the increase in internally displaced persons (IDPs) has been particularly stark, as Resident Coordinator Bruno Lemarquis, the senior UN official there, explains.

  • 8 Jul 2022

    The UN health agency (WHO) issued an urgent appeal on Friday for access to sick and injured people caught up in the war in Ukraine, including “hundreds” of landmine victims, “premature babies, pregnant woman, older people, many of whom have been left behind”.

  • 8 Jul 2022

    Mogadishu - The United Nations family in Somalia extends warm “Eid Mubarak” greetings to all Somalis.

    “The United Nations family in Somalia joins Somalis as they celebrate Eid-Al-Adha in a spirit of...

  • 8 Jul 2022

    Stronger collaboration among countries is the only sustainable path to a peaceful, stable, prosperous world for all, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told G20 Foreign Ministers meeting in Bali, Indonesia, on Friday.  

  • 7 Jul 2022
    This Week in DPPA is a brief roundup of political and peacebuilding events and developments at UNHQ and around the world. 

    Security Council

    Special Representative and head of UNOWAS briefs Security Council on the situation in the region 

    Special Representative of the Secretary-General Annadif Khatir Mahamat Saleh presented the latest report of the Secretary-General on developments in West Africa and the Sahel to the Security Council on 7 July. He said the region continues to evolve at different paces: on the one hand, citizens freely exercising their right to vote for their leaders, and on the other, the military seeking to dominate the political space. He went on to underscore that national dialogues are underway in many countries to consolidate democratic governance at a time when, in large parts of the Sahel, men and women are fleeing for their safety. 

    Watch his briefing here 

    Listen to his interview with the UN News Centre here 

    Lebanon

    UN Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka completes official trip to Iran 

    The United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Joanna Wronecka, carried out her first visit to Tehran on 4 and 5 July. Her discussions with Foreign Minister Hussein Amir Abdolahian and other senior officials at the Iranian Foreign Ministry focused on the importance of maintaining peace, security and stability in Lebanon, including in the context of regional developments.  They also discussed the importance of accelerating the formation of a government in Lebanon, the implementation of urgent reforms and respect for constitutional timelines, including for the election of a new President later in 2022. The visit to Tehran is part of the Special Coordinator’s consultations with key regional stakeholders on Lebanon's stability and security. 

    Iraq

    Discussions held on electoral assistance for Iraq’s Kurdistan Region  

    On 2 July, the Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano, met with the Head of the Commission for the Welfare of Persons with Disabilities, Ahmed Hadi Banieh, Director-General of the Department of Labour and Vocational Training, Raid Jabaar Bahad, and Director of Social Protection Department, Thikra Abdel Raheem. They discussed support for the reintegration of displaced populations. They were joined by the International Labour Organization's Country Coordinator, Maha Kattaa, and World Food Programme Representative and Country Director in Iraq Ally-Raza Qureshi. 

    Vojáčková-Sollorano meets with Governor of Anbar province to discuss development projects 

    On 4 July 2022, the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq/Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano, met in Anbar with the Governor of Anbar, Ali Farhan Al-Dulaimi. The discussion focused on the development and stabilization projects and the restoration of essential services in the province.

    Electoral assistance discussed for upcoming Kurdistan region parliamentary elections 

    Aamir Arain, Director, UN Integrated Electoral Assistance and UN Principal Electoral Advisor, United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), was received Wednesday in Erbil by the Speaker of the Kurdistan Parliament, Dr. Rewaz Faeq. They discussed re-activation of Kurdistan Electoral Commission and the ongoing efforts to hold elections in the Kurdistan Region. In addition, the Head of UNAMI’s Regional Office in the Kurdistan Region, Ricardo Rodriguez, met on 3 July in Erbil with Hemin Hawrami, the Kurdistan Parliament’s Deputy Speaker. Their discussion focused on preparations for the upcoming Kurdistan Region parliamentary elections, as well as outstanding issues with Baghdad.

    UNAMI workshop focuses on international criminal law and prosecution methods 

    On 4 July, at a UNAMI Human Rights Office workshop on international criminal law with the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR) in Ninewa, participants discussed how and where such crimes can be prosecuted, including those violating human rights. 

    Afghanistan

    New UN Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan arrives in Kabul 

    Markus Potzel, the new Deputy Special Representative (Political) for Afghanistan in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan arrived in Kabul to take up his post on 3 July 2022. He brings over 27 years of professional experience in diplomacy and international cooperation to the role, including eight years of professional experience working on Afghanistan. He served as the Ambassador of Germany to Afghanistan from 2014-2016. 

    Read more here  

    Central Asia

    UNRCCA co-organizes regional training course on enhancing information sharing on foreign terrorist fighters 

    The United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), in partnership with the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) and the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) organized a training course from 4 – 7 July on enhancing information sharing on foreign terrorist fighters.  It took place in Dushanbe under the framework of the UNRCCA and UNOCT multi-year efforts to support the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia. Participants were acquainted with the latest methodologies used by INTERPOL to identify, track and disrupt foreign terrorist fighters’ mobility.  

    Read more here 

    The UN and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization agree on benefits of increased cooperation 

    On 6 July, Assistant Secretary-General Miroslav Jenča spoke with new Shanghai Cooperation Organization Secretary General Zhang Ming. They agreed on strengthened cooperation between the two organizations, including through UNRCCA, and discussed the Secretary-General's report Our Common Agenda, which aims to accelerate multilateral agreements.  

    Western Sahara

    The Secretary-General's Personal Envoy for Western Sahara meets with Moroccan Foreign Minister to discuss political progress in the region 

    On 5 July in Rabat, the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara, Staffan de Mistura, had a useful meeting with Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita of Morocco, in the context of the political process on Western Sahara. The Personal Envoy has decided not to proceed with a visit to Western Sahara during this trip. He looks forward to doing so during his upcoming visits to the region, aimed at advancing the process.  

    Great Lakes region

    Special Envoy meets with representatives from regional organizations to discuss progress 

    On 6 July, Huang Xia, UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes, chaired a meeting of the Guarantor institutions of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework (PSC Framework) for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region. Participants included representatives from the African Union, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat. 

    Technical Support Committee meets to discuss political and security issues 

    On 7 July, members of the Technical Support Committee of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region met in Nairobi today to review the latest political and security developments in the Great Lakes Region. Particular attention was paid to the situation in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

    Somalia

    Special Representative James Swan meets with Uganda’s State Minister of Foreign Affairs  

    On 7 July in Kampala, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, met with Oryem Henry Okello, Uganda’s State Minister of Foreign Affairs, to pay tribute to the Uganda People’s Defence Force serving in the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS). They also discussed the need for continued regional and international support for Somalia. 

    Peacebuilding

    Countering hate speech and incitement to violence ahead of the Kenya 2022 elections through the PBF-supported UWIANO platform 

    The Peacebuilding Fund provides financial support to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Officer for the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR), in consultation with the Peace and Development Team (RCO), to support the Uwiano (which means ‘cohesion’ in Kiswahili) peace platform project, which aims to counter hate speech ahead of upcoming elections. On 5 July, Uwiano held a televised and radio-broadcast press briefing to share early warning information collected from its UN-supported Early Warning mechanism. It discussed localized political tensions, increasing hate speech and the rise in mis-and-disinformation, as well as the proliferation of organized criminal gangs as triggers of violence. Additionally, 100 youth social media influencers are disseminating peace messages that have been developed by the Uwiano team. 

    Peacebuilding Commission Chair addresses the Security Council on West Africa and the Sahel 

    Briefing the Security Council on West Africa and the Sahel on 7 July, the Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission expressed concerns over the deteriorating security and political environment, highlighting the resurgence of coups d'état and the expansion of terrorism in the region, as well as maritime insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea.  She highlighted the importance of addressing socio-economic and humanitarian challenges and urged increased cooperation between partners, including through the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel (UNISS) and the Regional Strategy for the Stabilization, Recovery and Resilience of Boko Haram-affected areas of the Lake Chad Basin. Drawing on its country specific engagements, the Chair also encouraged The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia and Sierra Leone to pursue their peacebuilding efforts and welcomed the upcoming PBC meeting on Burkina Faso.  

    Next Week

    The Security Council will be briefed on the situation in Yemen on 11 July and developments in Colombia on 14 July.

    On 15 July, the Peacebuilding Commission will hold an ambassadorial-level meeting on Burkina Faso in the UN HQ Conference room 3.   

     

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  • 7 Jul 2022

    Democratic and responsible governance is needed to counter ongoing insecurity in West Africa and the Sahel, the UN Special Representative for the subregion told the Security Council on Thursday. 

  • 7 Jul 2022

    Photo: OSESGY/Abdel Rahman Alzorgan

    The parties have a responsibility to ease the suffering of civilians and facilitate their safe freedom of movement. The parties have...

  • 7 Jul 2022

    DUSHANBE, Tajikistan

    On 4-7 July, UNRCCA in partnership...

  • 6 Jul 2022

    The members of the Security Council took note of the appointment of Najib Mikati as the new designated Prime Minister on 23 June, as well as the presentation...

  • 6 Jul 2022

    To strengthen the Department’s accountability and organizational learning, DPPA commissions several evaluative exercises every year. The attached report contains summary findings and recommendations drawn from three lessons-learned studies and two self-evaluations undertaken in 2021 on a wide range of themes and countries such as Cyprus, Lebanon, Sudan/South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The exercises are confidential and cannot be shared in their entirety, but DPPA is committed to widely disseminate the executive summaries. These studies are largely funded by DPPA’s Multi-Year Appeal thanks to the support of our donors.

  • 6 Jul 2022

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday echoed strong condemnation from the Security Council and elsewhere, of the killing of two more UN peacekeepers in northern Mali.

  • 5 Jul 2022

    Photo: OSESGY/Abdel Rahman Alzorgan

    Amman, 5 July 2022 – The military coordination committee convened its third meeting today...

  • 5 Jul 2022

    In view of the upcoming Eid celebrations, the parties’ focal points in the military coordination committee agreed to consolidate their commitment to the current truce through a continued halt of all offensive ground, aerial, and maritime military operations, inside and outside of Yemen, and freezing current military positions on the ground.

    The parties agreed to work in the...

  • 5 Jul 2022

    UN chief António Guterres lent his support on Tuesday to international efforts to rebuild Ukraine, as a conference began in Switzerland to garner support for the war-shattered country.

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  • 5 Jul 2022

    The United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) has published a report outlining key climate change impacts on peace and security...

  • 5 Jul 2022

    On 17 June 2022, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Markus Potzel of Germany as his new Deputy Special Representative (Political) for...

  • 5 Jul 2022

    On 17 June 2022, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Markus Potzel of Germany as his new Deputy Special Representative (Political) for Afghanistan in the United...

  • 4 Jul 2022

    ©UNMAS/Giovanni Diffidenti | Civilians have paid the highest price during the conflict in Libya.

    New suspected mass graves have been uncovered in Tarhuna, Libya, a ...
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    Criminal Investigation | UNODC refurbishes criminal investigation...

  • 2 Jul 2022

    The Secretary-General is following with concern the demonstrations that were held in several cities in Libya, including Tripoli, Tobruk and Benghazi, on 1 July. Recognizing the right to...

  • 1 Jul 2022
    This Week in DPPA is a brief roundup of political and peacebuilding events and developments at UNHQ and around the world. 

    Security Council

    DiCarlo: Restoring Iran nuclear agreement will require additional effort and patience 

    Briefing the Security Council on 30 June on the Iran nuclear issue, Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, said that achieving the landmark Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) took determined diplomacy; restoring it will take additional effort and patience. She and the Secretary-General urged the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States to quickly resume cooperation under the JCPOA.  She hoped Iran and the United States would continue to build on the momentum of the last few days of talks, facilitated by the European Union in Doha, to resolve outstanding issues. 

    Read full remarks here 

    UN News on the briefing here 

    Syria needs urgent action to implement a comprehensive political solution 

    Geir Pedersen, the Special Envoy for Syria, briefed the Council on 29 June.  In his remarks, he reiterated the importance of the three-pronged framework of Security Council resolution 2585 (2021) - cross-line, cross-border, and early recovery. With humanitarian needs growing and civilians in desperate need, he said, it is essential for the Security Council to renew this framework for an additional twelve months. “My message is simple: Don’t forget Syria. Find unity on Syria. Help the Syrians begin to emerge from this tragic conflict,” he said in closing. 

    Read full remarks here 

    Death, destruction, dislocation and disruption must stop now in Ukraine 

    Speaking in the Council on the conflict in Ukraine on 28 June, USG DiCarlo said: “We have run out of words to describe the senselessness, futility and cruelty of this war.” Civilians continue to pay too high a price, she added, calling for an end to the fighting.  

    Read her full remarks here 

    UN News on the briefing here 

    UN’s priority in Libya remains to facilitate a return to the electoral process 

    On 27 June, USG Rosemary DiCarlo briefed the Council on the situation in Libya.  She said that elections are the only path to settle the disagreements over the democratic legitimacy of all Libyan institutions. She urged members of the Council to press on the Libyan parties to move towards an agreement leading to elections at the earliest possible date.

    Read her full remarks here 

    UN News on the briefing here 

    Wennesland: “There is no substitute for a legitimate political process that will resolve the core issues driving the conflict” 

    Tor Wennesland, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, briefed the Security Council by video conference from Jerusalem on 27 June. He expressed his alarm at the level of violence in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel over the past months.  He noted that mounting violence has been further fueled and heightened by provocative steps and inflammatory rhetoric.  Mr. Wennesland said it is crucial that all parties take immediate steps to lower tensions and reverse negative trends that undermine prospects for a peaceful two-State resolution of the conflict, with a contiguous, independent, viable and sovereign Palestinian State.  

    Read his full remarks here 

    UN News on the briefing here 

    Central Africa

    Launch of UNOCA Report on Climate, Peace and Security 

    On 30 June, the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) presented its new report “Sustaining Peace in Central Africa through Addressing the Adverse Impact of Climate Change on Peace and Security” at a virtual workshop organized by the Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Forum with Member States from Central Africa, the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and UN entities in attendance. The report highlights six pathways linking climate change and stability in the sub-region, including human mobility, inter-communal violence, land conflicts, and pressures on the Congo Basin rainforest. It presents recommendations to prevent and manage resulting risks, and proposes the development of a regional strategy that strengthens capacities to manage the impact of climate change on medium- and long-term stability. With COP27 on the horizon, UNOCA will expand its work on climate, peace and security, including through partnerships with ECCAS and its Member States as well as within the UN family.  

    Read more here 

    Libya

    Work continues to reach agreement on elections in Libya, despite setback 

    Stephanie Williams, the Special Adviser for Libya, in a statement issued in the wake of the meeting in Geneva of the presidents of the House of Representatives and the High Council of State on 30 June, said the two chambers had reached unprecedented consensus on a number of longstanding issues.  But she added that disagreement persisted on the eligibility requirements for the candidates in the first presidential elections.  Ms. Williams urged the two chambers to overcome the pending disagreement as soon as possible. She also continued to urge all parties in Libya against taking any precipitous action, emphasizing that calm and stability must be maintained.  She will draft a full report on the proceedings, with recommendations on alternative ways forward, for the Secretary-General. 

    Read more here 

    West Africa and the Sahel 

    Special Representative Annadif visits Nigeria 

    Mahamet Saleh Annadif, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), concluded on 28 June a two-day visit to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. He met with the Chairman and members of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission, among other officials. SRSG Annadif emphasized during his discussions that the next elections constitute a major opportunity to strengthen peace, democracy, development and good governance in Nigeria. He encouraged his interlocutors to redouble their efforts to ensure the effective participation of women and youth in the electoral process.  

    Read more here 

    Lebanon

    Special Coordinator Wronecka calls for additional support to critical humanitarian efforts 

    On 1 July, the Special Coordinator of the Secretary-General for Lebanon, Joanna Wronecka, visited the areas of Akkar and Tripoli in north Lebanon that support vulnerable Lebanese and refugee communities, as part of her regular visit to regions. In Bhannine, Akkar, accompanied by the World Food Programme (WFP), the Special Coordinator met with nine female-headed Syrian refugee households and listened to their stories of struggle but also resilience and hope. In Tripoli, the Special Coordinator met with vulnerable Lebanese families who rely on WFP’s cash assistance through the Ministry of Social Affairs’ National Poverty Targeting Programme as well as in-kind assistance. The Special Coordinator also met in Tripoli with the founder of a WFP-supported small enterprise, “Sheghel Emme,” that produces local food products and by doing so offers local women job opportunities. The Special Coordinator reiterated the UN's strong commitment to supporting Lebanon’s recovery and to leaving no one behind.

    Iraq

    High-level policy dialogue on accountability for gender-related killings Erbil 

    In line with its mandate to strengthen the rule of law and accountability for human rights violations in Iraq, UNAMI’s Human Rights Office convened a high-level policy dialogue on 27 June aimed at enabling a structured forum to enhance capacities and build political will to investigate and prosecute gender-related killings, thereby increasing accountability for such crimes.   

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    Chief of UNAMI Human Rights Office stresses full implementation of Committee Against Torture 

    On 26 June, the Chief of UNAMI’s Human Rights Office, Danielle Bell, delivered remarks at an event in Erbil that was organized by Heartland Alliance International in cooperation with Office of Coordinator for International Advocacy and Democracy and Human Rights Development Center in the Kurdistan Region to mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Ms. Bell stressed the necessity of full implementation of Committee Against Torture and its recent concluding observations to eliminate torture and ensure accountability in Kurdistan Region and that victims are duly compensated.  

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    UNAMI dialogue on reparative justice 

    Marking UN International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture on 26 June, the UNAMI Human Rights Office in cooperation with the Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights, Coalition for Just Reparations, International Organization for Migration, and the Government of Iraq’s General Directorate for Survivors Affairs, organized a “Dialogue on Reparative Justice: Ensuring Effective Reparations in Iraq”.

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    Central Asia

    UNRCCA discusses the establishment of a counter-terrorism early warning network  

    On 27 - 30 June, in Istanbul, the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) and the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) convened a meeting to discuss the establishment of a counter-terrorism early warning network for Central Asia in the context of the rapidly changing situation in Afghanistan. Opening the meeting, SRSG for Central Asia and the Head of UNRCCA Natalia Gherman emphasized that this initiative will not only provide more comprehensive and timely information exchange in the current unpredictable environment, but it will also serve as a platform to coordinate engagement with Afghanistan among national, regional and international actors.  

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    Colombia

    Truth Commission's final report embodies the commitment to place victims at the centre of the Peace Agreement  

    On 28 June, the Commission for the Clarification of the Truth presented its final report, after years of investigation and extensive dialogue with some 27,000 people from across Colombian society and based on nearly 1,000 reports received from different actors. "Today is a historic day for the country, a day in which the centrality of the victims established in the Peace Agreement has been reaffirmed in the presentation of the Report of the Truth Commission," said Carlos Ruiz Massieu, SRSG and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia. The UN acknowledged the work of the Truth Commission and stressed that its work has provided an opportunity for dialogue and mutual recognition, laying the foundations for reconciliation, which is fundamental for the consolidation of peace in Colombia. 

    Peacebuilding

    PBSO organizes staff retreat 

    The Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) organized a staff retreat this week to enhance its collaboration within the peace and security pillar and wider partnerships for conflict prevention and sustaining peace in the UN system and with key external partners. Led by the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, Elizabeth Spehar, the staff brainstormed strategies to strengthen PBSO’s support to the UN system, national governments, civil society, private sector, international financial institutions (IFIs) and other key partners. Invited colleagues from the UN system provided valuable perspectives on the space for peacebuilding in the current global context and how to advance the UN’s peacebuilding impact. Facilitated by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, dedicated sessions focused on exchanging ideas on strategic offer, transformative results, policy coherence, thought leadership and strategic partnerships of PBSO, in light of DPPA’s new strategic plan. 

     

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    Under the presidency of Brazil, the Security Council will discuss the situation in West Africa and the Sahel on Thursday, 7 July.  

     

     

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