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2022

  • 18 Jun 2022

    After two decades of dictatorship, The Gambia is on the road towards democracy and respect for human rights, The UN is working closely with the government on this journey, a process that involves facing up to the country’s violent past.

  • 17 Jun 2022
    This Week in DPPA is a brief roundup of political and peacebuilding events and developments at UNHQ and around the world.
     
    Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo visits North Macedonia 

    Under-Secretary-General (USG) Rosemary DiCarlo embarked on a visit to the Western Balkans this week. Speaking at the Prespa Forum Dialogue in Ohrid, North Macedonia, on 16 June, USG DiCarlo pointed to the impact of the war in Ukraine on international peace and security to highlight the need for a renewed effort to agree on more effective collective security responses. She also spoke on the importance of women in governance at a panel discussion on 17 June, underlining that women’s leadership and gender equality should be at the core of peace and security discussion. The Under-Secretary-General also met, among other leaders, North Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski and Prime Minister Dimitar Kovachevski. From North Macedonia she will travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

    DPPA Donor Visit to Dakar 

    On 14-15 June, DPPA conducted a visit to the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) in Dakar, Senegal, giving supporters of its Multi-Year Appeal the chance see first-hand its work on the ground with other UN entities and regional organizations. The visit saw the participation of 22 Member States and included discussions with partners such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on regional cooperation in the areas of conflict prevention and sustaining peace.  

    Security Council

    Yemen envoy: “The truce offers a rare opportunity to pivot towards peace that should not be lost" 

    Hans Grundberg, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, briefed the Security Council on 14 June. He noted that the truce in Yemen continues to hold in military terms, and there has been a significant reduction in civilian casualties. He also shared his plan to initiate negotiations on the economic and security tracks, geared toward a political settlement that meets the Yemenis' aspirations.  

    Read full remarks here 

    UN News on the briefing here 

    La Lime: “It is essential that Haiti remain at the forefront of the international community’s agenda” 

    Reporting on 17 June on the situation in Haiti, including on increasing levels criminality and violence, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti and Head of the UN Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) Helen La Lime appealed for immediate assistance for the country’s national police. “It is essential that Haiti remains at the forefront of the international community’s agenda, and that national authorities receive the assistance they need to address these inter-connected challenges.” She also called on Member States to provide greater support towards Haiti’s efforts to address prolonged political uncertainty in the country.

    Read full remarks here 

    UN News on the briefing here 

    Myanmar

    General Assembly hears about Myanmar’s multidimensional crises 

    On 13 June, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General Noeleen Heyzer briefed the General Assembly’s informal meeting on Myanmar. She said that the political crisis unleashed on 1 February 2021 has resulted in collapsing state institutions, significantly disrupting critical social and economic infrastructures, while increasing criminality and illicit activities. Armed conflict has now become the norm, she said, and distrust among stakeholders has only deepened.  

    Read the full remarks here

    Afghanistan

    Lyons stresses that UNAMA’s presence is necessary 

    Special Representative of the Secretary-General Deborah Lyons completed her assignment in Afghanistan on 15 June. In her farewell message, she reiterated that the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) will remain as a credible observer and reporter on events on the ground and a reliable link between the Afghan people, the de facto authorities, and the international community. She said that the best hope lies in an engagement strategy that demonstrates to the de facto authorities that it is possible to construct a policy that is both inclusive and Islamic.  

    Read more here 

    Markus Potzel of Germany appointed as Deputy Special Representative in Afghanistan  

    On 17 June, Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of Markus Potzel of Germany as his new Deputy Special Representative (Political) for Afghanistan in UNAMA, succeeding Mette Knudsen of Denmark. Mr. Potzel brings to the position over 27 years of experience in diplomacy and international cooperation, including most recently his service as Ambassador of Germany to Afghanistan. 

    Read more here 

    Central Asia

    UNRCCA Diplomacy Academy Training Seminars for Youth  

    In June 2022, the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) continued its work with young people from Central Asia and Afghanistan as a part of the Preventive Diplomacy Academy (PDA) initiative. The second online seminar was organized on 14 June, jointly with the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), on countering violent extremism and terrorism in Central Asia. The attendees learned about the assistance UNRCCA and UNOCT and international and regional organizations provides and discussed the role of youth in implementing the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and the Joint Plan of Action for Central Asia. 

    Read more here

     

    Capacity building workshop on combating money laundering and terrorism financing 

    On 13-15 June, UNRCCA in partnership with the UNOCT and the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (AEG) organized two back-to-back capacity building workshops for Kyrgyz nationals on the implementation of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Recommendation 8. International experts shared their knowledge and best practices on the implementation of the Recommendation 8, and the participants agreed to continue an open dialogue to improve cooperation between authorities and non-profit organizations.  

    Read more here

    Lebanon

    Maritime border delineation between Lebanon and Israel 

    Special Coordinator of the Secretary-General for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka met on 13 June with United States Senior Advisor for Energy Security Amos Hochstein, who was in Beirut to resume his mediation efforts for a negotiated solution to the delineation of the maritime boundary between Lebanon and Israel. “The UN is committed to supporting an agreed and mutually beneficial delineation of the maritime boundary between Lebanon and Israel,” the Special Coordinator said after the meeting. She also discussed the issue this week with Lebanese constitutional leaders and reiterated that the UN is ready to contribute to the ongoing efforts that aim at moving the negotiations forward as requested by the parties and within its capacity and mandate. 

    Yemen

    Head of the UNMHA briefs on the situation in the Hydaydah 

    Following his briefing to the Security Council in closed consultation on 14 June, Head of the UN Mission to support the Hudaydah Agreement (UNMHA) General Michel Beary briefed the media the next day at UN headquarters on the current situation in Hudaydah and the challenges his mission faces.  

    Watch the news conference here

    Sudan

    UNITAMS discusses protection of civilians in Darfur  

    Volker Perthes, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), held a meeting on 12 June with Regional Governor of Darfur Mini Arko Minawi to discuss security arrangements and protection of civilians in Darfur. On 15 June, UNITAMS Head of Regional Office in Darkur Abimbola Aina met with a group of women’s rights defenders in Elfasher, North Darfur, and listened to their views on protection of civilians and women’s participation in the democratic transition process.  

    Great Lakes region

    OSESG-GL co-organizes ministerial conference on enhancing judicial cooperation   

    On 16 June, the second Ministerial Conference on Enhancing Judicial Cooperation took place in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, co-organized by the UN Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes (OSESG-GL), the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, and the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law. The meeting discussed the challenges of cross-border collaboration between criminal justice actors across the Great Lakes region and a way forward to address them.  

    Colombia

    Craft and enterprise fair promotes peacebuilding in Catatumbo region 

    In Ocaña, a town and municipality in the Department of Norte de Santander, the UN Verification Mission in Colombia and the local authorities of the Catatumbo region, one of the most affected by violence in Colombia, held a trade fair for products and enterprises of people in the process of reintegration, victims of the armed conflict, women's groups and migrant population. The fair, held on 11 and 12 June, brought together 40 productive initiatives that exhibited their products in the central public park of the municipality.  

    Peacebuilding

    4th Annual Strategic Dialogue with PBF donors 

    The Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Peacebuilding Support (PBSO), Elizabeth Spehar, concluded the 4th Annual Strategic Dialogue that took place this week in The Hague, hosted by the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The top twelve donors of the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) and other partners were present. The meeting resulted in a strong endorsement of the Fund's direction of current priorities and commitment to more and better peacebuilding financing. Participants noted that UN values should be upheld through peacebuilding efforts, and further encouragement and commitments to collaborate on measuring and communicating its impact should be made. Strong advocacy for PBF’s role in bolstering the role of Resident Coordinators, UN Country Teams as envisioned in the UN reforms was also discussed. Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union and Head of UN Office to the African Union (UNOAU) and Barbara Manzi, UN Resident Coordinator in Burkina Faso provided perspectives from Africa, where they underscored the ASG's call to not neglect countries in crises in Africa or elsewhere. Brian Williams, PBSO’s Financing for Peacebuilding Chief, explained the PBF's new efforts and agreed to further facilitate discussions within the UN system on how to further improve support to local actors. 

     

    Next Week

    On 23 June, the Security Council will hear a briefing on Afghanistan by Deputy Special Representative, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Ramiz Alakbarov.

    On 24 June, the Peacebuilding Commission will hold an ambassadorial-level meeting on 1) the activities of the PBF, 2) Report by Country Specific Configurations Chair, and 3) Follow-up to the PBC retreat in the UN HQ Conference room 1 at 10AM EDT.  

    

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  • 16 Jun 2022

    Amid the rapidly deteriorating security situation in Haiti, discussions about the country’s future governance remain deadlocked, UN Special Representative Helen La Lime said in a briefing to the Security Council on Thursday.

  • 16 Jun 2022

    One-third of Sudan’s population, or 15 million people, are facing acute food insecurity, according to a new assessment released on Thursday by the World Food Programme (WFP). 

  • 16 Jun 2022

    A UN-partnered bid to address the use of explosive weapons in towns and cities took a further step forward on Thursday, as Member States prepared to gather in Geneva to examine a concrete new plan of action.

  • 16 Jun 2022

    Extension of Mandate of the Fact-Finding Mission on Libya Is Critical to Preparing the Path Towards Sustainable Peace

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  • 16 Jun 2022

    A staggering 100 million people have now been forced to flee their homes globally, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Thursday, highlighting worldwide food insecurity, the climate crisis, war in Ukraine and other emergencies from Africa to Afghanistan as leading causes.

  • 16 Jun 2022

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan

    In June 2022, UNRCCA continued its work with young people...

  • 16 Jun 2022

    The world was a very different place when I took on this job, experiencing a once-in-a-century pandemic that altered our ways of working and shifted global priorities. I...

  • 16 Jun 2022

    New York, 16 June 2022

    The International Day of Family Remittances recognizes the contributions of hundreds of millions of migrant workers to their communities of origin.

    Family remittances are not only a main source of income for households, but account for a substantial portion of the Gross Domestic Product in many low-and-middle income countries. Global remittances are three times...

  • 16 Jun 2022

    Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

    On 13-15 June,...

  • 15 Jun 2022

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned a weekend attack in Burkina Faso that left dozens of civilians dead and displaced scores more, his Spokesperson said on Wednesday. 

  • 15 Jun 2022

    The Women, Peace and Security agenda is “one of our best hopes” for a more peaceful future and a liveable planet, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Wednesday.

  • 14 Jun 2022

    Photo: OSESGY/Abdel Rahman Alzorgan

    Good afternoon. It’s very good to be back in New York and very good to see you all. I have just briefed the Council on the latest...

  • 14 Jun 2022

    The “unprecedented” truce in Yemen has so far led to a reduction in fighting and other positive developments, but action is needed on its full implementation and to address rising humanitarian needs and insecurity, the UN Security Council heard on Tuesday. 

  • 14 Jun 2022

    Photo: OSESGY/Abdel Rahman Alzorgan

    Thank you, Mr. President.

    I am pleased to be with you here...

  • 14 Jun 2022

    Still suffering from the devastating consequences of the February 2021 military coup, the UN rights chief said on Tuesday that the people of Myanmar remain “trapped in a cycle of poverty and displacement, human rights violations and abuses”.

  • 14 Jun 2022

    Food assistance to 1.7 million people in South Sudan has been suspended, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday, citing a funding crunch and rising needs.

  • 13 Jun 2022

    The political crisis unleashed in Myanmar following the 1 February military coup last year, has “opened new frontlines that had long been at peace,” the UN Special Envoy told the General Assembly on Monday, noting that challenges in the country have “both deepened and expanded dramatically.”

  • 13 Jun 2022

    Long-term uncertainty related to the length of the transition period in Mali has made it even more difficult to achieve progress on implementing the 2015 peace agreement, the top UN official in the country told the Security Council on Monday. 

  • 13 Jun 2022

    Madame Vice-President, Distinguished Delegates,

    It is an honour to address the General Assembly in my capacity as the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Myanmar.

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  • 13 Jun 2022
  • 13 Jun 2022

    Dakar, 13 June 2022 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations...

  • 13 Jun 2022

    New York, 13 June 2022

    Every year on 21 September, the United Nations calls on all people to lay down weapons and reaffirm their commitment to living in harmony with one another. 

    Today, as we mark the 100-day countdown to the International Day of Peace, this shared aspiration is more pressing than ever.

    This year’s theme is “End...

  • 12 Jun 2022

    The widespread exploitation of men, women, and children at a refugee camp in Malawi has been uncovered by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Malawian Police Service.

  • 12 Jun 2022

    Cairo, Egypt | 12 June 2022 © UNSMIL

    Cairo, Egypt | 12-19 June 2022

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  • 11 Jun 2022

    The UN issued a statement on Saturday calling for attacks on civilians by multiple armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to “immediately cease”.

  • 11 Jun 2022

    SINGAPORE, 11 June 2022 – The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Myanmar Noeleen Heyzer affirmed her commitment today at the 19th Shangri-La Dialogue Asia Security Summit to work with all parties in Myanmar towards the cessation of violence and urgent access for humanitarian aid. 

    The Special Envoy delivered her address to the Special Session entitled “Myanmar: Finding a Way Forward” focusing on how the international community can best assist the people of Myanmar. She was joined by panelists including His Excellency Saifuddin Abdullah, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia; Pornpimol Kanchanalak, Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Special Representative of the Minister of Foreign Affairs on Myanmar, Thailand; and Derek Chollet, Counselor of the Department, U.S. Department of State.

    “There is an urgency for a coherent international response built on regional unity. The people of Myanmar need our collective support to respond to the realities on the ground, and to address the escalating vulnerabilities,” Ms. Heyzer said.

    Addressing the inter-governmental security conference, the Special Envoy emphasized that more needs to be done to deliver aid through all existing channels and inclusive processes, to support local humanitarian networks and to build community-based resilience. Humanitarian support must be delivered without discrimination and not be instrumentalized for political or military gain.

    Special Envoy Heyzer told the audience of her continuing consultations with all Myanmar stakeholders representing parties to the conflict and civil society, including women community leaders who have highlighted the the urgent need for humanitarian support and protection for women and children. In concert with Her Excellency Retno Marsudi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, Ms. Heyzer continues to explore strategies to advance the Women, Peace and Security platform on Myanmar.

    In her bridging capacity helping to amplify the voices of the people of Myanmar and align regional and international efforts, Special Envoy Heyzer emphasized the crucial role of ASEAN in de-escalating the crisis and importance of restarting momentum on the Five-Point Consensus. In addition to the humanitarian obligation to the people of Myanmar, the worsening security situation has major consequences for the entire region.

    “The trajectory of growing violence and instability in Myanmar has dire implications beyond national borders,” Special Envoy Heyzer said. “The illegal economy is thriving and spilling over into the region as drug production and trade, human trafficking, export of timber and other illicit activities reach record highs.”

    As of 26 May, more than 1 million people have been displaced in Myanmar, with more than half of them losing their homes since the 1 February 2021 military coup. More than 40,200 people have fled to neighboring countries and 12,700 houses, religious buildings and schools have been destroyed.

    The Special Envoy will address the United Nations General Assembly on 13 June to brief Member States on the urgent situation.

    Press contact: Jeremy Walden-Schertz, Media and Communications Officer, jeremy.walden-schertz@un.org

  • 11 Jun 2022
  • 11 Jun 2022

    TRIPOLI, 10 June 2022 - UNSMIL has received reports of clashes in Tripoli last night between armed groups, which endangered the lives of civilians, and separately of mobilization of...

  • 10 Jun 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 conditions worsen in the Central African region 

    Briefing the UN Security Council on 8 June, Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Africa Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee noted that while several countries of the Central African region - namely the Republic of the Congo, Angola, São Tomé and Príncipe, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon - are on track to hold elections in 2022 and 2023, others continue to face political and security challenges that risk impacting neighboring countries. She reiterated the UN’s support to the region and urged steps to maintain dialogue with a view to avoiding any further escalation of tensions. The UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) will continue to serve as a key mechanism for preventive diplomacy, conflict prevention and conflict resolution, she said. 

    Read full remarks here 

    Five non-permanent members for 2023-2024 elected 

    On 9 June, the General Assembly elected Ecuador, Japan, Malta, Mozambique, and Switzerland as non-permanent members of the Security Council for the 2023-2024 term. The five newly elected countries will join Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana and the United Arab Emirates around the Council’s signature horseshoe table, replacing India, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico and Norway as of 1 January 2023. China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States are permanent members of the Council. 

    Read more in UN News 

    Haiti

    BINUH workshop discusses country’s governance challenges 

    The UN Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) organized a two-day workshop on 8 - 9 June on governance, where Haitian experts and actors discussed the functioning of democratic institutions in Haiti. Opening the meeting, Special Representative of the Secretary-General Helen La Lime stressed that only through a constructive dialogue will it be possible to identify lasting solutions to the problems of governance and create the necessary conditions for the holding of elections.

    Colombia

    Women builders of peace from the territories

    On 4 June in Villavicencio, central Colombia, the UN Verification Mission in Colombia accompanied the second assembly of the Foundation “Sin Olvidos”, which includes women in the process of reintegration. The Foundation was established in August 2020 to support former women combatants and victims of the conflict who lost their husbands. During the assembly, new board of directors and the committees for accompaniment and guidance for victims, gender and disability, and development and sustainability were elected. 

    Lebanon

    Special Coordinator visits Bourj Hammoud 

    On 10 June, Special Coordinator of the Secretary-General for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka visited neighborhoods in the area of Bourj Hammoud, east of Beirut, that received assistance for rehabilitation from the UN Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) following the 2020 Beirut Port explosion. The project, backed by Poland and Japan, was implemented in an area where Lebanese host communities and Syrian refugees live together. “These kinds of projects clearly make a difference and can bring hope”, she said. “The UN and international community remain committed to supporting Lebanon and its people.”  

    Iraq

    UN delegation visits Al-Hol camp in northeast Syria 

    As part of a high-level UN delegation visiting Al-Hol refugee camp in northeastern Syria on 5 June, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert witnessed first-hand the dire conditions in the camp. “Keeping people in restricted and poor conditions ultimately creates greater protection and security risks than taking them back in a controlled manner,” warned the Special Representative. She stressed that the best and only durable solution is to manage repatriation swiftly and decisively, finding dignified solutions anchored in the principles of both accountability and reintegration.  

    Read more here  

    Watch the visit here  

    Special Representative discusses elections in the Kurdistan region 

    Special Representative Hennis-Plasschaert participated in the meeting of political parties in the Kurdistan region on 9 June, organized by the President of the Kurdistan Region. Discussions centered around elections, including voting day, constituencies, voter registration, and the Kurdistan Region Election Commission. The UN will participate in the committee and continue consultations.  

    Yemen

    Military coordination committee convenes second meeting under UN-auspices 

    The Office of the Special Envoy for Yemen convened on 6 June the second meeting of the parties’ military coordination committee in Amman, Jordan. The meeting discussed technical issues related to the parties’ commitment to implementing the truce. Military representatives from the Government of Yemen, Ansar Allah and the Coalition Joint Forces Command participated in the meeting The military coordination committee also agreed to meet on a monthly basis to ensure regular discussions continue at a strategic level. 

    Read more here  

     

    Afghanistan

    Special Representative discusses humanitarian and economic situation 

    Deborah Lyons, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), met this week with senior Taliban officials to discuss efforts to revitalize the country’s banking and business sectors, international concerns on Afghan girls’ education, and counter-terrorism commitments. The Special Representative, who will complete her assignment in Afghanistan on 15 June, also held on 8 June a farewell meeting with members of diplomatic corps and regional organizations.  

    Central Asia

    Special Representative discusses peace and security cooperation with Tajikistan 

    Natalia Gherman, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), met on 4 June with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan, Sirojiddin Muhriddin, to discuss and exchange views on a number of peace and security developments in the region. The meeting took place in advance of the 2nd International High-Level Conference on the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development 2018-2028”, which took place from 6 to 9 June. Special Representative Gherman expressed appreciation for the active support of Tajikistan of the activities within the recently adopted UNRCCA “Strategy in support of water, energy and environmental cooperation among the states of Central Asia for 2022-2025."

    Read more here 

    West Africa and the Sahel

    Special Representative takes part in the ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit  

    On 6 June, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office in West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) Mahamat Saleh Annadif participated in the 6th Extraordinary Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) held in Accra, Ghana. Among other things, he expressed regret over the duration of the transition and a lack of a clear timetable in Burkina Faso and voiced concerns about the transition period in Guinea. He reiterated the availability of UNOWAS and the entire UN system to work closely with ECOWAS for the region.  

    Great Lakes region

    Special Envoy concludes his mission to Rwanda and DRC 

    On 4 June, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region Huang Xia concluded his mission to Kigali, Rwanda and Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo. During his regional tour, the Special Envoy encouraged leaders to continue engaging in dialogue on key issues of concern, including the threat posed by armed groups. In Kigali, he met with Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Vincent Biruta, among other officials, exchanging views on recent political and security developments in the region. In Goma, he met with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), Bintu Keita. 

    Sudan

    UNITAMS facilitates the preparation of intra-Sudanese talks 

    The Trilateral Mechanism on Sudan, consisting of the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), the African Union Commission (AUC), and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development Secretariat (IGAD), held a technical meeting on 8 June to discuss the preparatory details for the holding of intra-Sudanese talks aimed to facilitate a solution to the political crisis. The meeting was attended by a range of political parties and movements, the Sudan Revolutionary Front, and representatives of the military. The discussion touched upon rules of procedures, the format of talks on substantive issues, and for the establishment of a national body that includes respected Sudanese figures to supervise the political talks and work closely with the Trilateral Mechanism.   

    Innovation

    UN Behavioural Science Week 

    DPPA’s the Innovation Cell, together with the UN Office of Counter Terrorism’s International Hub on Behavioural Insights hosted on 7 June an online session on "Why Behavioural Science Matters for Peace and Security". Sophia Moskalenko, Research Fellow at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, and Josh Martin, Executive Director of Beyond Conflict, shared the latest research on Behavioural Science in the peace context, including issues such as biases, the measuring of the efficacy of political messages, affective empathy and public preferences, irrational politics and other themes relevant to multilateral diplomacy and the UN’s peace efforts.

    Peacebuilding

    PBC visits to Liberia 

    The Chair of the Liberia Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), Ambassador Anna Karin Eneström (Sweden), joined by the ASG for Peacebuilding Support, Elizabeth Spehar, concluded a week-long visit to Liberia. They met with President George Manneh Weah, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah Sr. and other Government officials, among others. The visit focused on the PBC and the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF)’s support for Liberia’s peacebuilding priorities, including social cohesion and national reconciliation efforts, the promotion of women’s empowerment and gender equality, and the preparation for elections in 2023.

    Peacebuilding Fund’s newsletter is out 

    The Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) launched the Peacebuilding Fund’s quarterly newsletter this week. The newsletter aims to highlight the impact the Fund has had on the ground thanks to its donor partners. In this first edition, the newsletter features public hearings held by the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission in The Gambia. It also highlights the work of young peacebuilders in Somalia and of women who were victims of the armed conflict in Colombia transforming livelihoods through the Fund. 

     

    Read more here  

    Next Week

    On Tuesday, 14 June, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General Hans Grundberg will brief the Security Council on Yemen. On Wednesday, 15 June, the Council will hold an open debate on the role of regional organizations in implementing women, peace and security in the face of political turmoil and seizures of power by force. On Thursday, 16 June, the Council will hear a briefing on Haiti by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of BINUH, Helen La Lime.  

    The Peacebuilding Fund’s Annual Strategic Dialogue with top 12 donors will take place from 14 to 16 June in the Hague, hosted by the Netherlands.  

     

     

     

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  • 10 Jun 2022

    Today, UN-Habitat in the presence of Mihara Kiyoshi, representative of Ambassador of Japan to Lebanon; H.E. Przemysław Niesiołowski,...

  • 10 Jun 2022

    The UN human rights office, OHCHR, on Friday condemned the death sentence handed down to three foreign fighters in Ukraine by a court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. “Such trials against prisoners of war amount to a war crime,” said OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani.

  • 9 Jun 2022

    It is essential to close the gap between the great potential of the Americas region and the daily struggles facing its people, UN Secretary-António Guterres told senior officials from across the hemisphere on Thursday. 

  • 9 Jun 2022

    Five countries have been elected to serve as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council following a vote in the General Assembly on Thursday. 

  • 9 Jun 2022

    Mogadishu – The United Nations in Somalia today congratulated President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on his inauguration, and said it looks forward to working with his administration in...

  • 8 Jun 2022

    Crimes committed by the Da’esh terror network in Iraq constitute some of the “most gruesome acts we have seen in recent history”, the UN Special Advisor reminded the Security Council on Wednesday.
     

  • 8 Jun 2022

    Ripple effects from the war in Ukraine have generated a severe cost-of-living crisis which no country or community can escape, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday at a press conference to launch the latest report on the conflict’s impacts on food security, energy, and financing. 

  • 8 Jun 2022

    If you’re a Ukrainian living in a hard-to-reach part of a city under fire, the chances of the UN being able to get lifesaving aid to you and your family are improving, thanks to an innovative partnership announced on Wednesday, between the UN World Food Programme (WFP), and global transportation platform, Uber.

  • 8 Jun 2022

    As part of ongoing international efforts to address growing concerns over global food security linked to the war in Ukraine, a top UN official on Wednesday urged countries not to slap restrictions on the export of foodstuffs that are in such short supply elsewhere.

  • 8 Jun 2022
    Madame la Présidente,
    Distingués membres du Conseil de sécurité,
     
    Je vous remercie de l’opportunité d'informer aujourd'hui le Conseil de sécurité sur la situation en Afrique centrale et sur les activités du Bureau régional des Nations Unies pour l'Afrique centrale (UNOCA). Permettez-moi tout d'abord de rendre hommage au travail du Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général pour l'Afrique centrale, M. François Louncény Fall, dont le mandat s'est terminé la semaine dernière.  Au cours des derniers cinq ans et demi de son mandat, M. Fall a contribué à l’élargissement des activités de l'UNOCA à travers ses bons offices, le renforcement des capacités régionales en matière de prévention et de résolution des conflits, et l’appui à la coordination et la cohérence de l'action des Nations Unies en matière de paix et de sécurité en Afrique centrale. Je tiens à remercier M. Fall pour ses services et son dévouement personnel en faveur de la paix.
     
    Madam President,
     
    Several countries in the sub-region are preparing for crucial electoral processes. For the current year, legislative and local elections are expected to be held in the Republic of the Congo in July, general elections in Angola in August, legislative, regional and local elections in São Tomé and Príncipe in September, and legislative elections in Equatorial Guinea with a date to be determined. In 2023, presidential elections are expected in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. Chad is also expected to hold general elections at the end of the transitional process. The United Nations has been clear in its message: all stakeholders must work towards the creation of conditions conducive for credible, inclusive and peaceful elections, in line with democratic principles. UNOCA and other presences in the region will pursue good offices, wherever required, to encourage inclusive and meaningful political dialogue in countries preparing for elections. The Office will also encourage Governments to widen the democratic space and further democratic gain, including through an expansion of women and youth’s participation in the elections, both as candidates and voters.
     
    Madam President,
     
    Some countries in the sub-region continue to face political and security challenges. In some instances, these challenges, if not addressed, could risk impacting neighbouring countries and the sub-region.
     
    In Cameroon, challenges persist, including the conflict in the North-West and South-West Regions, the crisis generated by Boko Haram affiliated and splinter groups in the Far North Region, and the influx of refugees fleeing conflict in neighbouring Central African Republic in the East. During my own visit with former SRSG Fall to Cameroon in March, I was able to engage in fruitful exchanges with national authorities and various stakeholders on the different peace and security challenges the country faces. The situation in the North-West and South-West Regions continues to be of particular concern, as violence is continuing.  It is crucial for the international community to step up support to national efforts towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict in line with the conclusions of the Major National Dialogue and international standards.
     
    In Chad, despite delays in the timeline, the political transition continues to be on course. However, the most important challenges remain ahead. It is our hope that the Doha pre-dialogue with the armed opposition will lead to an inclusive peace agreement, including a viable process for the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) of Chadian armed groups present in neighbouring countries, particularly in Libya. I would like to underline here that a DDR process in line with international standards will facilitate the mobilization of support from the international community. The UN stands ready to support a donor conference to help mobilise funding for the implementation of the transition roadmap as and when the national dialogue process gains further traction. Meanwhile, I am concerned about the recent violence among groups of illegal goldminers, some of whom are allegedly from neighbouring countries, in an area of north-western Chad near the border with Libya. These clashes have resulted in at least 100 people killed, many injured, and significant displacement. In coordination with the transitional authorities, we will explore options for humanitarian support, while also cognizant of the need to address root causes of instability in this area.
     
    Madam President,
     
    UNOCA has continued its support to the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) in their efforts to implement institutional reform. UNOCA has also been working to strengthen the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations for Peace and Conflict Prevention in Central Africa (COPAC). We look forward to hearing from Ambassador Gilberto Da Piedade Veríssimo, President of the ECCAS Commission and Ms. Danielle Nlate, Vice President of COPAC, during this morning’s session. I welcome Ambassador Veríssimo’s participation in the meeting of the Heads of UN presences in Central Africa earlier this year. UNOCA will continue to mobilize and coordinate UN system-wide support to building the capacity of ECCAS.
     
    Madam President,
     
    The Central Africa region continues to face persisting security challenges that are best addressed through regional cooperation. Last week, I briefed this Council on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. I remain concerned by the activity of all armed groups in the eastern part of the country. In particular, the heinous attacks on civilians by the ADF and CODECO, and attacks by the M23 movement on Congolese security forces and MONUSCO. These attacks are exacerbating humanitarian crises, harming bilateral relations at different levels, and contributing to the spread of hate speech. In this regard, we welcome the timely mediation role of President João Lourenço of Angola. I reiterate the Secretary-General’s call to all armed groups to disarm and join the political process of the Nairobi Conclave. I also encourage all countries of the region to take steps conducive to peace, and to maintain dialogue with a view to avoiding any further escalation of tensions.
     
    Central Africa remains one of the regions in the world most severely affected by climate change, and this continues to compound peace and security challenges in the sub-region. This is manifested by the intensifying clashes between farmers and herders in Chad, and farming, fishing and herding communities in Cameroon. UNOCA, in close collaboration with the Climate Security Mechanism, is issuing a report on the negative impact of climate change on peace and security in Central Africa. The report is informed by several months of research and field visits, as well as consultations with UN and non-UN partners, in collaboration with ECCAS. It provides recommendations to regional stakeholders on how to better prevent, mitigate and manage security risks linked to climate change, under the leadership of ECCAS.
     
    In the Lake Chad Basin, Boko Haram-affiliated and splinter groups, including the so-called Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), continue to prey on civilian populations. Intensified air and ground operations by Nigerian and regional military forces have reportedly killed hundreds of terrorist fighters. At the same time, thousands of former associates of Boko Haram-affiliated and splinter groups have been surrendering to authorities in Nigeria and Cameroon, where they are undergoing a screening process. UNOCA continues to work with the Governments of the region, UNOWAS and other UN entities to support the implementation of the Lake Chad Basin Regional Strategy. UNOCA and UNOWAS also continue their high-level advocacy with member States of the Lake Chad Basin to increase coherence in their responses to violent extremism and provide technical support for DDR. The two offices jointly advocate for increased synergies between the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin Regional Strategy.
     
    In the Gulf of Guinea, piracy incidents have decreased as a result of the commendable efforts of authorities in the region. At the same time, maritime security remains a key challenge and it will be crucial that initiatives to address this are further intensified going forward. I therefore welcome the adoption of Security Council Resolution 2634 (2022) of 31 May. As requested by the resolution, UNOCA and UNOWAS will continue to report on and support States and subregional organizations in their efforts to combat piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Gulf of Guinea.
     
    These security challenges were among those discussed at the ministerial level during the 53rd meeting of the UN Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa (UNSAC), which took place last week. The Ministers and Heads of Delegation exchanged views on the situation in Chad and adopted the Yaoundé Declaration renewing their support for the transition process in that country. They also discussed the situation in the Central African Republic and adopted a second Declaration reaffirming their support for the Government’s peace, national reconciliation, and reconstruction efforts. Furthermore, UNSAC member States adopted a third Declaration marking the thirtieth anniversary of UNSAC and reaffirming the importance of the Committee in promoting peace and security in Central Africa. I would like to thank the Government of Cameroon for hosting the meeting and commemorating the thirtieth anniversary of this important Committee that has over the years been a forum for cooperation between Member States in the region. In this Committee, the countries of the region agreed on important mechanisms such as the Council for Peace and Security in Central Africa (COPAX), the Kinshasa Convention on small arms and light weapons, and the regional strategy on counter-terrorism and the non-proliferation of small arms and light weapons. UNOCA will continue to work with UNSAC member States to ensure complementarity between the work of the Committee and that of the ECCAS Commission.
     
    Madam President,
     
    The women, peace and security agenda remains a key priority for the sub-region and for UNOCA. UNOCA continues to support the preparation or implementation of national action plans on Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) across the region. In Angola, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and São Tomé and Príncipe, the UN system provides support for capacity building, consultations and public initiatives by civil society, focused on women’s participation in mediation, peacebuilding, political dialogue and elections. In the case of Chad, the UN provides support to the transition process. Collaboration between UNOCA and UN Women has also led to a dialogue with the Peacebuilding Fund on opportunities to fund a multi-year regional programme that would help operationalize and strengthen the implementation of the agenda.
     
    Madam President, Distinguished Members of the Security Council,
     
    UNOCA has continued to demonstrate the utility of a regional office as a key mechanism for preventive diplomacy, conflict prevention and conflict resolution. We look forward to continued support by the Office to the sub-region in addressing its peace and security challenges under a new Special Representative of the Secretary-General.
     
     
    Je vous remercie pour votre attention.  
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