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2022

  • 31 Oct 2022

    <p>The landmark agreement to export grain and related foodstuffs from Ukraine must be kept alive amid the ongoing war and the global cost of living crisis, two senior UN officials told the Security Council on Monday.</p>

  • 31 Oct 2022

    New York – The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by yesterday’s attack in Mogadishu, which killed over 100 people and wounded many more. He extends his heartfelt condolences to the...

  • 30 Oct 2022

    New York, 31 October 2022

    On this World Cities Day, we recognize the critical role of urban areas in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

    Next year marks the mid-point to the deadline to reach the SDGs.

    Yet an honest look reveals a bleak picture.

    Across a range of critical goals – from...

  • 30 Oct 2022

    <p><span><span><span><span>Handling heavy machinery is not one of the first skills that comes to mind when we think of UN peacekeepers, but construction skills are an important component of the blue helmets’ competency toolkit. </span></span></span></span></p>

  • 29 Oct 2022

    <p><span><span><span>Throughout Syria’s civil war, women have risked their security to mediate the various conflicts that have affected their communities. Since international efforts to end the fighting have stalled, their role has grown in importance.</span></span></span></p>

  • 29 Oct 2022

    <p><span><span><span>UN Secretary-General António Guterres has reaffirmed his “unwavering commitment” to agreements aimed at ensuring that grain and fertilizers from Ukraine and the Russian Federation reach global markets at the speed and price needed to avert a global food crisis and ensure food security.</span></span></span></p>

  • 29 Oct 2022

    <p><span lang="EN-US" lang="EN-US" lang="EN-US"><span><span><span>A two-day meeting of the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee in India has ended with the adoption of a document committing Member States to prevent and combat digital forms of terror, notably using drones, social media, and online terrorist financing.</span></span></span></span></p>

  • 28 Oct 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 Envoy for Syria briefs Security Council as 22nd anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325 approaches

    On 25 October, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General Geir Pedersen briefed the Council on the situation in Syria, pointing to a  continuing political stalemate against the backdrop of a worsening security and humanitarian situation. “Tragically, the political process has not so far delivered for the Syrian people, and they continue to suffer, not least from acute violence,” he said. Emphasizing that the conflict was still very active across the country, he also described the economic challenges it faced, as well as his concern over humanitarian suffering. “It is vital to ensure increased and unfettered humanitarian access to all people in need throughout Syria, via the most direct routes, including cross-border and cross-line access,” he said.

    Read full remarks here

     

    In first briefing to the Council as Special Representative to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily reports political deadlock in the country 

    On October 24, Abdoulaye Bathily, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Libya and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), briefed the Council for the first time since becoming Head of the Mission on 25 September. The SRSG underlined that the political deadlock in the country persisted “with no clear end in sight.” He also said that efforts to resolve the remaining outstanding issues related to the constitutional basis for elections did not appear to have led to concrete action by the relevant actors, further “delaying prospects for the holding of inclusive, free and fair elections aimed at ending the transition and reinstating the legitimacy of institutions.”

    Read full remarks here

    Special Envoy Huang Xia tells Council that Great Lakes region continues to face instability due to armed groups

    On 26 October, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, Huang Xia, briefed the Council on the latest political and security developments in the region. Since the beginning of the year, the region had witnessed a deterioration of the security situation, the Special Envoy said, which had been characterized by a surge in attacks by armed groups operating in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. He noted that the persistence of the activities of armed groups fuelled insecurity and rekindled mistrust and tensions between the countries of the region. He also informed the Council members of his political engagements with regional officials in support of the ongoing efforts to de-escalate the situation.

    Watch full remarks here

    Special Coordinator stresses that Israel and Palestine must take steps to ‘restore calm’ in occupied West Bank

    Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, briefed the Security Council on 28 October in the wake of escalating confrontations between Israeli security forces (ISF) and militants. “Decades of violence and its toll on both Israelis and Palestinians, as well as a prolonged absence of meaningful negotiations and a failure to resolve the key issues fuelling the conflict, have created fertile ground for this dynamic”, the Special Coordinator noted, adding that the immediate priority is to work to calm the situation and reverse the negative trends on the ground.

    Read full remarks here

    Security Council extended mandate of UN Verification Mission in Colombia

    Reaffirming the Security Council's commitment to peace in Colombia, the 15-member Council extended the Mandate of United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia until 31 October 2023, by unanimously adopting the resolution 2655 (2022). Rosemary A. DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, said in a Tweet that “Colombia’s expanding efforts to build inclusive, lasting peace merit the world's admiration and support” and welcomed the Security Council’s unified message in renewing the mandate.

    To download the resolution, click here

    Colombia

    Day of Peace and Reconciliation in Miranda, Cauca

    On 23 and 24 October, former FARC combatants, with the support of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, Pastoral Social, and members of the community, celebrated the Day of Peace and Reconciliation in Miranda, Cauca, with an arts festival. They created murals in two schools in Monterredondo village on the theme of peacebuilding, environmental conservation and mutual respect. Alongside the participation of over 100 people from the village, the children also wrote messages about peace and fraternity in a series of drawings that were exhibited.

    Lebanon

    Special Coordinator for Lebanon welcomes delineation of maritime boundary between Lebanon and Israel following US mediation

    In a 27 October statement, Special Coordinator of the Secretary-General for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka welcomed the handover of letters delineating the maritime boundary between Lebanon and Israel following US mediation under the leadership of Special Presidential Coordinator Amos Hochstein. “This is a historic achievement at many levels. I hope it will serve as a confidence-building measure that promotes more security and stability in the region and economic benefits for both countries,” said the Special Coordinator, who received the signed maritime coordinates from both countries at the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) premises in Naqoura.

    Read full statement here

    On visit to Saudi Arabia, Special Coordinator discusses peace and security with key officials

     

    On 23 October, Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka visited Saudi Arabia as part of her regular consultations with key regional and international stakeholders. She met with the Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel El-Jubair and Deputy Foreign Minister Walid Ben Abdel-Karim El-Khereiji, as well as representatives of the diplomatic community in Riyadh. The discussions focused on the situation in Lebanon and the region and the importance of safeguarding Lebanon’s peace, security and stability, especially through functioning and empowered state institutions.

    UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon discusses support with diplomatic community 

    On 28 October, Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka hosted a discussion with ambassadors accredited to Lebanon from on the main challenges facing the country, and how the international community can best coordinate to support it. The Special Coordinator held a similar discussion with a visiting delegation from the American Task Force, including several members of the US Congress.

     

    Iraq

    United Nations in Iraq marks UN Day with powerful digital display on one of Baghdad’s tallest buildings 

    Marking the UN Day on 24 October, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) projected a digital billboard showcasing the work of the United Nations in Iraq on the Baghdad Mall tower, one of the tallest buildings in the capital. The vibrant outdoor display covered the entire oval-shaped building with a series of images conveying the United Nations’ commitment to the people of Iraq to work together for a stable and prosperous future and to meet the targets of the ‘Global Goals’ and ‘Leave No One Behind’. It was an opportunity to showcase what the UN in Iraq wants to achieve: to safeguard the future of Iraqi youth, to foster constructive dialogue and social cohesion and to promote human rights and freedom of expression, as well as providing life-saving assistance to those in need. 

    DSRSG Claudio Cordone meets with officials in Mosul to discuss current political situation

    On 25 October, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq for Political Affairs and Electoral Assistance, Claudio Cordone, visited Mosul, Ninewa Governorate, where he met with Najm Al-Jubouri, the Governor of Ninewa. They discussed the current political and security situation in the governorate, including the implementation of the Sinjar Agreement. The DSRSG also met with the Mayor of Mosul, Ameen Ibrahim Fanash, with whom he discussed the current political situation as well as rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts in Ninewa, alongside the support of the United Nations for those efforts. DSRSG Cordone also visited Bytna Association youth project in the Old City of Mosul and the UNESCO sites of the rehabilitation of the Al Nouri Mosque, Al Tahera Church and Al Saa’a Church under the #RevivetheSpritofMosul initiative. 

    Afghanistan

    UN Special Representative Rosa Otunbayeva visits a girls’ school, meets with education community

    This week, Special Envoy Rosa Otunbayeva met in Kapisa with local de facto authorities, ulemas & community elders, and visited a girls’ school, where discussions were held with education community, including female teachers. Ms. Otunbayeva heard about immense needs. Not only is aid support is vital, but there is a great need for development and generating job opportunities for all, primarily for youth. She left a clear message: Afghans should not feel abandoned.

    Central Asia

    UNRCCA co-organizes interactive training course on aviation matters, including Advance Passenger Information

    From 24-27 October 2022, the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) in partnership with the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) and the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (RATS SCO) organized a training course on Advance Passenger Information (API) and Passenger Name Record (PNR) data in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The training course covered the analysis of the threat environment, international legal frameworks and requirements related to API/PNR.

    Read more here

    Peacebuilding

    Peacebuilding Commission holds meeting on South Sudan on accountable governance

    On 26 October, the Peacebuilding Commission held its first meeting on South Sudan under the theme “Building Peace through Institutions and Governance." With a focus on accountable governance, public financial management, and the delivery of basic services, the meeting provided an opportunity for the Government to brief the Commission on its peacebuilding efforts to support the implementation of the benchmarks in the revitalized peace agreement. The Minister of Peacebuilding, the Minister of Defence, and the Minister of Health briefed the Commission on the country's peacebuilding priorities, including SSR, socio-economic revitalization, and promoting national reconciliation. Senior officials from IGAD and the World Bank underscored the need to scale up partnerships focusing on enhancing institutional capacity-building and accountable governance, while the UN DSRSG/HC/RC noted the importance of operating across the triple nexus of HPD work. A women peacebuilder and pro-democracy activist representing civil society called for strong political will to restore trust between public institutions and the people of South Sudan.  

    Peacebuilding Commission submits advice to the Security Council on the Great Lakes Region

    On 26 October, the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) submitted written advice to the Security Council on the Great Lakes region. The PBC commended continuing dialogue efforts and reiterated its commitment to mobilizing support for the implementation of the UN Strategy for Peace Consolidation, Conflict Prevention and Conflict Resolution in the Great Lakes Region. The PBC encouraged strengthening the role of women and youth in political and peace processes and urged the adoption of National Action Plans for Women, Peace and Security and Youth, Peace and Security. Further, the PBC stressed the importance of partnerships with regional and sub-regional organizations, IFIs and the private sector and encouraged the greater commitment of donors to support impact-driven peacebuilding initiatives including by Agencies, Funds and Programmes in the region.

    ASG Spehar opens mid-term review workshop of Peacebuilding Fund Strategy

    On October 25, Elizabeth Spehar, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, opened the two-day mid-term review workshop of the Peacebuilding Fund’s Strategy 2020-2024. Key participants included representatives of partner governments, donor member states, civil society organizations, and UN agencies. The workshop aimed at gathering feedback on the Fund’s performance for the period 2020-2022 and taking stock of the initial findings through discussions on fostering inclusion, engagement and ownership. ASG Spehar underscored that daunting and multifaceted global challenges cannot be addressed without collective, multilateral responses. She also noted that the Fund will be putting together a response plan at the conclusion of the review process. 

    Next Week

    On 31 October, the Security Council will be briefed on threats to international peace and security. 

    Ghana will assume the Presidency of the Security Council for the month of November. 

     

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    On 31 October, the Peacebuilding Commission Ambassadorial-level meeting on the Great Lakes region will be held at 10 am (Conference Room 11).

  • 28 Oct 2022

    TASHKENT, Uzbekistan

    On 24-27 October 2022, UNRCCA in...

  • 28 Oct 2022

    <p>“It is my appeal to all the representatives of States, to ensure there is no safe haven provided to any kind of terrorism whatsoever”: the words of Nidhi Chaphekar, a survivor of the 2016 Brussels terrorist attacks, opening a Special Meeting of the United Nations<a href="https://www.un.org/securitycouncil/ctc/?_gl=1*4wy0c8*_ga*MTA1MzAzOTkzOC4... Counter-Terrorism Committee</a> in India on Friday.</p>

  • 28 Oct 2022

    <p>With daily violence spiralling out of control in the occupied West Bank, leaders in both Israel and Palestine need to take steps to restore calm as best they can, “with the full support of the international community”, said the UN’s top official in the region on Friday.</p>

  • 27 Oct 2022

    UN Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka hosted on 28 October a discussion with ambassadors accredited to Lebanon from different parts of the world on the main challenges facing Lebanon and how the...

  • 27 Oct 2022

    She Stands For Peace | Season 3-Episode 9 | Out Now!  Click here to listen: https://unoau.unmissions.org/podcast-series-she-stands-peace

  • 27 Oct 2022

    United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Ms. Joanna Wronecka, warmly welcomed today the handover of letters delineating the maritime boundary between Lebanon and Israel following successful US mediation, under the leadership of Special Presidential Coordinator Amos Hochstein.

    “This is a historic achievement at many levels. I hope it will serve as a confidence-building measure that promotes more security and stability in the region and economic benefits...

  • 27 Oct 2022

    <p>Israel’s occupation is illegal and indistinguishable from a “settler-colonial” situation, which must end, as a pre-condition for Palestinians to exercise their right to self-determination, the UN’s independent expert on the occupied Palestinian territory <a href="https://www.ohchr.org/en/press-releases/2022/10/dismantling-israels-ille... target="_blank">said on Thursday</a>.</p>

  • 27 Oct 2022

    <p>The growing threat posed by new and emerging technologies to global security is the focus of a special meeting of the UN Security Council <a href="https://www.un.org/securitycouncil/ctc/">Counter-Terrorism Committee</a>, which opens on Friday in India. </p>

  • 27 Oct 2022

    <p>The United Nations is not aware of any biological weapons programmes in Ukraine, a senior official in the Office for Disarmament Affairs (<a href="https://www.un.org/disarmament/">UNODA</a>) reiterated on Thursday in a briefing to the Security Council. </p>

  • 26 Oct 2022

    SPEAKERS

    James Swan, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) Anita Kiki Gbeho, UN Secretary-...
  • 26 Oct 2022

    <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The United Nations Security Council <a href="https://www.un.org/securitycouncil/ctc/">Counter-Terrorism Committee</a> holds a special meeting in Mumbai and New Delhi beginning on Friday, focused on the growing threat posed by new and emerging technologies.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p>

  • 26 Oct 2022

    <p>The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, on Wednesday called for a moratorium on the forced returns of refugees and migrants to Myanmar, in light of the ongoing situation in the country.</p>

  • 26 Oct 2022

    Mogadishu – In observance of United Nations Day this year, the world body’s top officials in...

  • 25 Oct 2022
  • 25 Oct 2022

    <p>With peace in Syria still an elusive goal, UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen appealed on Tuesday for the Security Council to support his efforts to move the parties closer towards a negotiated political solution to end the brutal 11-year conflict. </p>

  • 24 Oct 2022

    SRSG Abdoulaye Bathily

    (As Delivered)

    Mr. President,

    Distinguished Members of the Security Council,...

  • 24 Oct 2022

    <p>The political stalemate continues in Libya and prospects for elections are dim, the head of the UN Mission there, UNSMIL, said on Monday in his first briefing to the Security Council.</p>

  • 24 Oct 2022

    Group photo bringing UN Staff in Lebanon together as they participated in the reforestation activity for UN Day in Falougha. Credit: UNIC Beirut/Georges Roukoz. October 14, 2022.

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  • 24 Oct 2022

     

    New York, 24 October 2022

    The United Nations is the product of hope.

    The hope — and resolve — following the Second World War to move beyond global conflict to global cooperation.

    Today, our organization is being tested like never before.

    But the United Nations was made for moments like this.

    ...
  • 23 Oct 2022

    Mogadishu – Progress in raising women’s participation in Somalia’s peace, security and development efforts came under the spotlight today at a gathering of...

  • 22 Oct 2022

    Today, UN Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka visited Saudi Arabia. She tweeted: “Grateful for constructive and in-depth discussions with H.E @AdelAljubeir, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and H.E  @W_Elkhereiji, Vice Minister of Foreign...

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

    Security Council

    Security Council votes to impose sanctions on individuals and groups responsible for violence in Haiti

    On 21 October, the Security Council adopted a resolution responding to the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in the country, setting out a travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo on individuals and entities responsible for the violence. The resolution, which was tabled by the United States and Mexico, passed unanimously, with 15 votes in favor. The text also singles out one of Haiti’s most influential gang leaders, Jimmy “Barbecue” Cherizier, who leads an alliance of Haitian gangs. The Council notes that Cherizier’s actions “have directly contributed to the economic paralysis and humanitarian crisis in Haiti.” Through the resolution, the Council demands an immediate cessation of violence, criminal activities and human rights abuses undermining the peace and security of Haiti and the region.

    Read more on Politically Speaking here

     

    USG DiCarlo briefs Council on protection of civilians in Ukraine

    On 21 October, the Council met to discuss the humanitarian situation in Ukraine, amid an intensification of missile attacks on Ukrainian critical civilian and residential infrastructure by the Russian Federation. UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine Denise Brown and Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo briefed the Council. In her remarks, USG DiCarlo noted that the Russian Federation had launched a series of attacks against cities and towns across the country, noting that between 10-18 October, “at least 38 Ukrainian civilians were reportedly killed and at least 177 injured by missile and drone attacks.” The USG also underlined the impact of the war on food security, highlighting that the Black Sea Grain Initiative has helped “move grain from one of the world’s breadbaskets to those in need” and needed to be extended beyond November, when it is due to expire. 

    To read full remarks, click here

    At Security Council open debate on Women, Peace and Security, speakers highlight the necessity of inclusion  

    On 20 October, under the presidency of Gabon, the Council held its annual open debate on women, peace and security (WPS), which this year focused on strengthening the resilience and leadership of women in contexts affected by armed groups. Briefers and Member States at the annual meeting noted new and continuing barriers to women’s rights, as well as their equal participation in peace processes around the globe. They also discussed the Secretary-General’s report on Women, Peace and Security, which notes that the world is experiencing “a reversal of generational gains in women’s rights, while violent conflicts, military expenditures, military coups, displacements and hunger continue to increase.”

    Cameroon

    UNSAC visits Cameroon to gather information on the issue of refugees 

    From 9-16 October, the Bureau of the United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa (UNSAC) carried out a field visit to Cameroon, in order to collect and analyze relevant information on the issue of refugees in the Eastern Region of the country. The delegation comprised representatives from Cameroon, the Central African Republic (CAR), Congo, Gabon, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, and the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), which serves as Secretariat of the Committee.

    Read here about their findings and recommendations with a view to bringing about peace and stability in Central Africa.

    Great Lakes

    Office of the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region co-hosts youth, peace and security workshop

    From 17-20 October, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Office of the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region co-organized a training workshop on Youth, Peace and Security for youth networks in the region. The four-day workshop which took place in Nairobi, Kenya, aimed to mobilize potential young peacebuilders, explore their potential and, through discussions and experience sharing, to assess the obstacles and challenges facing youth-led peacebuilding initiatives. It is hoped that initiatives such as this workshop will, in the long term, trigger more support at regional level to open opportunities to youths to effectively participate in peacebuilding processes.  

    UNRCCA

    UNRCCA convenes high-level conference on border security

    From 18-19 October 2022, UNRCCA and the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, the European Union (EU) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) organized a high-level conference “International and Regional Border Security and Management Cooperation to Counter Terrorism and Prevent the Movement of Terrorists”. The conference aimed to promote cooperation on border security management issues in order to prevent and detect the movement of terrorists and the illicit trafficking of weapons, in accordance with international law. In her opening remarks, SRSG Natalia Gherman stressed that UNRCCA brings a preventive diplomacy approach to address border security She also underscored that border security starts well before borders and it is closely linked to political will, trust building and prevention of radicalization.  

    Read more here.

    UNRCCA organizes training seminar on "gender in the context of conflict and peacebuilding" for youth from Central Asia and Afghanistan

    On 18 October, the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia held a training course on “gender in the context of conflict and peacebuilding” within the framework of the Preventive Diplomacy Academy initiative (PDA). The Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Turkmenistan, Lucia Wilde, delivered a speech on the importance and value of gender equality, and noted some of the positive changes in women's participation in domestic and international politics. The participants of the Academy seminar were able to deepen their knowledge in the field of gender in the context of conflict and peacebuilding. 

    To read more, click here.

    Lebanon

    UN Special Coordinator Wronecka meets with Lebanese media, students

    On 19 October, as part of ongoing consultations with Lebanese stakeholders, UN Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka met with a group of senior Lebanese media editors to discuss their views on the political developments in Lebanon and to assess the role that the media can play. Underlining the importance of regulating and stabilizing the work of state institutions, the discussions reflected the growing concerns of a potential vacuum in the Lebanese presidency after the term of President Michel Aoun expires on 31 October. On 20 October, the Special Coordinator took part in a discussion with students at the Lebanese American University in Beirut. The discussions covered the aspirations of young people and their role in shaping the future of Lebanon, as well as the work of UNSCOL in promoting peace and security in Lebanon, including through the implementation of Resolution 1701 and strengthening stable and functioning state institutions, and how the youth perceive the efforts of the UN’s political mission in the country.

    UNOWAS

    UNOWAS and DPPA Innovation Cell hold workshop on new technologies for conflict prevention

    On 18-19 October, UNOWAS and DPPA’s Innovation Cell held a workshop to expose colleagues to methods, practices and case studies on the use of new technologies and cutting-edge approaches for conflict prevention, peacemaking and peacebuilding. The interactive sessions focused on themes such as data-enabled analysis, such as inclusive digital dialogues, social media and machine-assisted analysis in elections, and open-source earth observation), and virtual reality as immersive briefing and storytelling. The initiative is part of a series of innovation workshops with field missions to build internal capacities on the Quintet of Change of Our Common Agenda.  

      

    Podcast: "She Stands for Peace"

    New episode of “She Stands for Peace” podcast focuses advocacy for the protection of women and girls

    The new episode of the podcast released this week features Fatima Maiga, who is a Founding Member and President of the Coalition des Femmes Leaders Nord, Sud et Centre du Mali (NSC). In this episode, she shares examples of advocacy for the protection of women and girls in Mali. 

    Listen here

    Peacebuilding

    The Peacebuilding Commission holds ambasadorial meeting on The Gambia

    On 18 October, the Peacebuilding Commission held an Ambassadorial-level meeting on The Gambia. It focused on the transitional justice process, including the government’s white paper on the implementation of the recommendations of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), and to discuss priority actions. Attorney General and Minister of Justice of The Gambia and a woman peacebuilder as well as the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General of UNOWAS, Resident Representative of UNDP and Director and Deputy Head of PBSO briefed the Commission. The PBC members expressed support for the priorities outlined in the White Paper, including accountability and reparations for the victims, and encouraged more international support, including through the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF), to their implementation. Welcoming the Government’s intention to convene a stakeholders’ conference in early 2023 to present details and costs of the activities and their implementation plan, they expressed their willingness to continue accompanying The Gambia in this process.

     

    ASG Elizabeth Spehar meets with Belgian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, German Parliament, to brief on peacebuilding priorities

    This week, ASG Peacebuilding Support Elizabeth Spehar met with the Belgian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and discussed UN transition contexts, among other issues. In Berlin, ASG Spehar briefed the German Parliament's sub-committee on UN, international organizations and civilian crisis prevention on UN Peacebuilding Architecture priorities, underlining how and why adequate and sustained financing is important for multilateral peacebuilding and prevention efforts. Along with State Secretary Susanne Baumann, the ASG opened an expert event on Innovative Financing for Peace, which PBSO co-hosted with the German Federal Foreign Office. The event brought together DFIs, private sector investors, development banks, NGOs, Member States and the UN, to advance thinking about a new framework for peace-positive investments. The ASG concluded the week with an expert roundtable on "making peacebuilding impact visible", hosted by Germany's Center for International Peace Operations and bringing together think tanks, evaluators, and policymakers. 

    Next Week

    On 24 October, the Security Council will meet on the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL); on 25 October, it will hold two briefings on the situation in Syria (on the political and humanitarian situation and on chemical weapons); on 26 October, it will meet to discuss the Great Lakes Region. On 27 October, it will discuss international peace and security. 

     

     

     

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    On Wednesday 26 October at 9:00am EDT, there will be a Peacebuilding Commission ambassadorial-level meeting on South Sudan in Conference Room 11. Follow the meeting live on UN WebTV. From 25-26 October, the Peacebuilding Fund will hold its Mid-Term Strategy Review Workshop.

  • 21 Oct 2022

     

    UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL ROSEMARY A. DICARLO

    REMARKS TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL ON

    UKRAINE

     

    New York, 21 OCTOBER 2022

     

    Mr. President,

    The situation for civilians in Ukraine remains dire.

    As of 18 October, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has recorded 15,956 civilian casualties: 6,322 killed and 9,634 injured since 24 February 2022. At least 397 children have been killed in the war since 24 February. The actual figures are likely considerably higher.

    In a recent and concerning development, the Russian Federation launched a series of attacks against cities and towns across the country.

    On the morning of 10 October, Russian armed forces reportedly launched missiles and drones, killing at least 20 civilians and injuring over 100, including in Kyiv, Dnipro and Zaporizhzhia. Many civilian objects – including dozens of residential buildings and critical civilian infrastructure – were damaged.

    In total, between 10 and 18 October, at least 38 Ukrainian civilians were reportedly killed and at least 117 injured by missile and drone attacks.

    In addition to immediate loss of life, the United Nations is gravely concerned about the destruction of critical energy infrastructure, such as power plants.  According to the Ukrainian government, 30 per cent of energy facilities have been hit since 10 October.

    Combined with soaring gas and coal prices, the deprivation caused by these attacks threatens to expose millions of civilians to extreme hardship and even life-endangering conditions this winter.

    To be clear: under international humanitarian law, attacks targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure are prohibited. So are attacks against military objectives that may be expected to cause harm to civilians that would be excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated.

    Mr. President,

    The United Nations continues to support all efforts towards accountability. It is essential that the OHCHR be given complete and unimpeded access to all areas of Ukraine to continue its crucial work.

    For its part, the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine submitted its report to the General Assembly this week.

    The document states that there are reasonable grounds to conclude that war crimes and violations of human rights and international humanitarian law have been committed in Ukraine since 24 February 2022. 

    The Commission stated that Russian troops were responsible for the vast majority of the violations identified. The Commission also stated that Ukrainian armed forces have committed international humanitarian law violations in some cases, including two incidents that qualify as war crimes.

    According to the Commission, relentless use of explosive weapons with wide-area effects in populated areas has killed and injured scores of civilians and devastated entire neighborhoods.

    Additionally, the Commission documented patterns of summary executions, unlawful confinement, torture, ill-treatment, rape and other sexual violence committed in areas occupied by Russian armed forces.

    The impact of these violations on the people in Ukraine is immense - and so is the need for accountability. In this regard, the Commission called for a sound coordination of the multiple national and international accountability initiatives in Ukraine.

    Accountability remains crucial as new allegations of atrocities have emerged in areas that have recently returned to Ukrainian Government control.  

    We must not let impunity prevail.

    Mr. President,

    We welcome the announcement on Monday of another exchange of prisoners of war between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. 110 Russian captives were exchanged for 108 Ukrainians. This was the first exchange in which all freed Ukrainians were women – among them civilians, military personnel and national and border guards.

    Building on the constructive spirit of the prisoner exchanges, I want to reiterate the Secretary-General’s appeal to the Russian Federation to grant full access to the International Committee of the Red Cross to all prisoners of war, in accordance with international humanitarian law.

    Mr. President,

    The global impact of the war in Ukraine is substantial and growing.  The UN has detailed its impact on food security, energy and finance.

    The Black Sea Grain Initiative has helped to bring down food prices and stabilize and subsequently lower global food prices and move grain from one of the world’s breadbaskets to those in need. As of 19 October, the total tonnage of grain and other foodstuffs exported through the initiative had reached almost 8 million metric tons.

    To maintain food security worldwide, it is critical that the initiative be extended beyond November.

    It is equally critical that there be unimpeded access to Russian food and fertilizers.  The United Nations will spare no effort to achieve greater food security for all populations.           

    Mr. President,

    We are on a path of further escalation, which can only cause more suffering to the people of Ukraine, Russia, and the rest of the world. This trajectory must be reversed.

    Any suggestion of the possible use of nuclear or other nonconventional weapons only serves to further heighten tensions and could lead to a dangerous spiral.  

    Any further damage to the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant – whether intentional or by accident – could have catastrophic consequences. Any military activity against, from or near the site, must cease immediately.

    Mr. President,

    The General Assembly has been clear. Last week, it stated that the referendums held in regions of Ukraine that are or have been under the temporary military control of the Russian Federation and the subsequent attempted illegal annexations of these regions have “no validity under international law and do not form the basis for any alteration of the status of these regions of Ukraine.”

    This week, the Russian Federation announced the introduction of martial law in the regions of Ukraine under its temporary military control and that it has attempted to illegally annex. This decision, combined with the announced evacuation in Kherson amid intensified fighting on the ground, raises serious concerns.

    Mr. President,

    The General Assembly also expressed strong support for the de-escalation of the current situation and a peaceful resolution of the conflict through political dialogue, negotiation, mediation and other peaceful means, with respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders and in accordance with the principles of the Charter.

    Indeed, an end to the war founded on international law and the Charter is the surest way to ensure that the tremendous suffering of civilians in Ukraine will cease.  

    Thank you.

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