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2022

  • 6 Jun 2022

     

    The United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) and Amani Africa, invite you to a high-level panel discussion in commemoration of the International...

  • 6 Jun 2022

    On 4 June in Dushanbe, SRSG Natalia Gherman met with H.E. Sirojiddin Muhriddin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan...

  • 5 Jun 2022

    On average, 90 per cent of those killed and injured by the use of explosive weapons used in populated areas are civilians. A political commitment to address the humanitarian harm arising from the use of these weapons in cities, towns and villages could be a major step towards protecting those caught up in conflict.

  • 5 Jun 2022

    High-level Panel Discussion on International UN Peacekeepers Day on the theme: “People. Peace. Progress. The Power of Partnerships”

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  • 4 Jun 2022

    New York, 5 June 2022

    The theme of this year’s World Environment Day, “Only One Earth”, is a simple statement of fact.  This planet is our only home.  It is vital we safeguard the health of its atmosphere, the richness and diversity of life on Earth, its ecosystems and its finite resources.  But we are failing to do so.  We are asking too much of our planet to maintain ways life that are unsustainable...

  • 3 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

    Xia: “The Great Lakes region does not need another crisis”  

    Briefing the Security Council on 31 May on the situation concerning the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General Huang Xia urged Security Council members to do everything to avoid a new escalation in the eastern part of the country and to avoid yet another crisis with immeasurable humanitarian, security and political consequences for the Great Lakes region. Also delivering remarks, Martha Pobee, the Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, said it is imperative that this Council lends its full weight to ongoing regional efforts to defuse the situation and bring an end to the M23 insurgency. 

    Read more here

    Council members renew UNITAMS mandate 

    On 3 June, the Security Council adopted resolution 2636 (2022) renewing the mandate of the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) for another year.  

    Yemen

    Renewal of truce in Yemen is “significant shift in the trajectory of the war” 

    Hans Grundberg, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, announced on 2 June that the parties to the conflict have agreed to the UN’s proposal to renew the current truce in Yemen for two additional months. The Special Envoy commended the parties for taking these steps.  He said the truce represents a significant shift in the trajectory of the war and has been achieved through responsible and courageous decision-making by the parties. He added that he will continue to engage with the parties to implement and consolidate all elements of the truce in full and move towards a sustainable political settlement to the conflict. The Secretary-General also welcomed the truce extension. 

    Read more here

    Lebanon

    Special Coordinator calls for prioritizing Lebanese people’s needs 

    As part of her meetings with Lebanese officials following parliamentary elections in Lebanon, Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka met on 1 June with Foreign Minister Abdallah Bouhabib to discuss the country’s institutional priorities and cooperation between Lebanon and the United Nations in the coming period. Underlining the importance of prioritizing the Lebanese people’s needs, the Special Coordinator called for expediting urgent reforms, including in the context of the staff level agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The discussions also covered the next Security Council meeting on UN Security Council resolution 1701 and Lebanon in July 2022. 

     

    UNSCOL celebrates Innovation Day

    On 2 June, the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL) organized an innovation day event to explore new ways to work on peace and security in Lebanon. Supported by DPPA’s Innovation Cell, UNSCOL and UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) colleagues discussed modern practices for social media analysis, data visualization, and strategic foresight. They also took part in ideation and design thinking techniques to generate new ideas, including for a virtual reality (VR) experience on Lebanon. 

    Syria

    Syrian-led, Syrian-owned, UN facilitated constitutional talks in Geneva 

    The Eighth Session of the Small Body of the Constitutional Committee convened this week in Geneva, Switzerland, chaired by Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Geir O. Pedersen. On 29 May, the Special Envoy met jointly with the co-chair nominated by the government and the co-chair nominated by the opposition Syrian Negotiations Commission (SNC). They then met with the Civil Society delegation.

    West Africa and the Sahel

    Special Representative visits Burkina Faso 

    In Burkina Faso, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, started a two-day visit to the country on 1 June.  He met with the President of the Transition, Paul-Henry Sandaogo Damiba, Prime Minister Albert Ouédraogo, and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and of Social Cohesion and National Reconciliation.  

    Read more here

     

    Sahel should be seen as region of ‘opportunity’ despite ‘multiple crises’: UN News interview 

    In an interview with UN News on the situation in the Sahel region, Special Representative Annadif said the region is facing multiple crises, for which the people of the Sahel are not responsible. “We are seeing more illegal migration, more terrorist influence and the destabilization of states,” he said. It’s important that the State, and public institutions play their role by ensuring the delivery of basic services and putting in place development infrastructures.  “There is no way out without development,” he stressed, adding that that requires a minimum of financial support. 

    Read the full interview

    Afghanistan

    UNAMA meets Afghan women leaders 

    The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Deborah Lyons, and Alison Davidian, Representative of UN Women in the country, met on 29 May with women leaders to discuss issues and challenges faced by Afghan women and girls. They stressed that women’s full contribution to society, including in civil service, is indispensable to Afghanistan’s future. 

    Central Asia 

    UNRCCA Preventive Diplomacy Academy completes training seminars 

    The UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA)’s Preventive Diplomacy Academy (PDA) conducted two training seminars in May. Forty-two youth representatives from Central Asian countries and Afghanistan took part in the sessions, discussing the vision of the UN’s system-wide Youth Strategy with the representatives of the Office of the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth. They also learned about leadership and management skills.

    Read more here

    Colombia

    European parliamentarians and union leaders visit Colombia 

    On 28–30 May, the Verification Mission in Colombia accompanied a delegation of British, Irish and Spanish parliamentarians and union leaders on their visit to Colombia to learn about the progress of the implementation of the Peace Agreement. In Bogotá, they met with Special Representative of the Secretary-General Carlos Ruiz Massieu and discussed the support of the international community to consolidate a sustainable and lasting peace in the country. They then traveled to the department of Putumayo, where they met social leaders, human rights defenders, former combatants and the community to learn about the security situation in this territory. The parliamentarians and union leaders ended their visit to the department of Caquetá, with a meeting with former FARC combatants about the progress and challenges in the implementation of the peace agreement and visited the premises of HUMANICEMOS to learn about their community work in humanitarian demining activities. 

    Peacebuilding

    Peacebuilding Commission meeting on the impact of climate change on peacebuilding in the Pacific Islands 

    On 31 May, the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) held an Ambassadorial-level meeting on the impact of climate change on peacebuilding in the Pacific Islands. The Commission heard briefings from the Permanent Representative of Fiji as the Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, UNDP’s Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and Pacific, the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, the Climate Envoy for the Marshall Islands, and a representative of the Pacific Community. Member States witnessed, for the first time, the effect of climate change in the region through a cinematic 360° virtual reality experience - “Sea of Islands” - developed by DPPA’s Innovation Cell and DPPA-DPO’s Asia-Pacific Division. Pacific Islands representatives, including from Nauru (co-chair of the Group of Friends on Climate and Security), Kiribati, Palau and Papua New Guinea, shared the realities of serious adverse effects caused by climate change and called on the international community to take urgent actions. They asked for the Commission's support in their efforts to unlock climate finance, particularly from multilateral climate funds. The Commission echoed the concern raised by the region that climate change poses serious security challenges in countries and communities in the Pacific Islands and called for global support for the region. Many members called for the Commission to continue considering the impact of climate change on peacebuilding, utilizing its advisory, bridging and convening roles. Several delegations stressed the need for an inclusive approach and engagement with women and youth in addressing the challenges caused by climate change. They commended DPPA for its work on climate security in the Pacific, including through the Peacebuilding Fund’s project and the development of the virtual reality experience.  

    Full recording here

    Next Week

    Next week starts with a briefing on Ukraine on Monday, 6 June. On Wednesday, 8 June, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa Martha Pobee will update the Security Council on the work of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) and the activities of the Lord’s Resistance Army. On Thursday, 9 June, the General Assembly will elect five new members of the Security Council, who will serve during the period 2023-2024.  

    From 4 -10 June, the Liberia Configuration Chair and the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support will undertake a joint visit to Liberia and to the African Development Bank in Abidjan. On 8 June, the Peacebuilding Commission will hold an ambassadorial-level meeting on South Sudan. 

     

     

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  • 3 Jun 2022

    Two Egyptian peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in Mali, MINUSMA, were killed on Friday - the second fatal attack this week on a peacekeeping convoy in the West African country. 

  • 3 Jun 2022

    Dakar, 03 June 2022- The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head...

  • 2 Jun 2022

    I would like to announce that the parties to the conflict have agreed to the United Nations’ proposal to renew the...

  • 2 Jun 2022

    Strengthening accountability and justice for serious violations of international law, including genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, was the focus of debate in the UN Security Council on Thursday. 

  • 2 Jun 2022

    A truce between the Government in Yemen and Houthi rebels has been renewed for an additional two months, UN Special Envoy for the country Hans Grundberg announced on Thursday. 

  • 2 Jun 2022

    Baidoa – It was December 2009, and Ilyas Abdilatif Sheikh Yusuf was in a fine mood.

    After seven years of arduous study, he found himself at the Shamu Hotel, in Mogadishu, to mark his...

  • 1 Jun 2022

    Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned a deadly attack on Wednesday against a UN Peacekeeping logistics convoy near the town of Kidal in northern Mali.  

  • 1 Jun 2022

    Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine is causing immense suffering and devastation there, but also creating a “perfect storm” which could devastate the economies of “many developing countries”, the UN chief warned on Wednesday.

  • 1 Jun 2022

    In Ukraine, nearly 100 days since the Russian invasion, at least two children have been killed every day with many more injured, UN humanitarians said on Wednesday, the International Day for Protection of Children.

  • 1 Jun 2022

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    The Secretary-General had a phone call today with H.E. Mr. Rashed Al-...

  • 31 Mayo 2022

    © UNICEF/Seyba Keïta - Education is seen as the key solution to the multiple crises in the Sahel.

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  • 31 Mayo 2022

    The recent resurgence of the M23 armed group in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) constitutes a serious threat to peace, security and stability in the region, and urgent action towards curbing the violence is needed, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Tuesday. 

  • 31 Mayo 2022

    Baidoa– Accompanying Somalia’s newly-appointed drought envoy on his first field visit today, the United...

  • 31 Mayo 2022

    The UNRCCA within its Preventive Diplomacy Academy (PDA) initiative organized two online training seminars in May 2022 for forty-two youth representatives from Central Asian...

  • 31 Mayo 2022
     

    Business development | UNIDO helps promote Somali businesses in...

  • 31 Mayo 2022

    A young Cambodian woman says it is her dream to help remove all land mines from the south of Lebanon and improve living conditions for all people living under the threat of death or injury.

  • 30 Mayo 2022

    The Co-Chairs of the Geneva International Discussions (GID), UN Representative Cihan Sultanoğlu, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Viorel Moșanu, and EU Special Representative Toivo Klaar are currently undertaking a round of consultations with all GID participants starting on 30 May. These consultations are primarily aimed at exchanging views on recent developments related to security and humanitarian issues on the ground and to permit the Co-Chairs to gain a comprehensive understanding of the positions of the participants. They will focus as well on the timing and modalities of the next GID round.

  • 30 Mayo 2022

    There is an “urgent need” to support the victims of sexual exploitation and abuse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) according to a local organization which works on the issue with the UN peacekeeping mission in the country, MONUSCO.

  • 29 Mayo 2022

     

    The United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) and Amani Africa, invite you to a high-level panel discussion in commemoration of the...

  • 29 Mayo 2022

     

    The United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) and Amani Africa, invite you to a high-level panel discussion in commemoration...

  • 29 Mayo 2022

    Women are often “placed second or even ignored” when they are employed as corrections officers in prisons and other detention centres, according to Téné Maimouna Zoungrana, an officer from Burkina Faso serving with the UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). 

  • 28 Mayo 2022

    New York, 29 May 2022

    Today, we honour the more than one million women and men who have served as United Nations peacekeepers since 1948.

    We pay tribute to the nearly 4,200 heroes and heroines who sacrificed their lives in the cause of peace.

    And we are reminded of an age-old truth: peace can never be taken for granted.

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  • 28 Mayo 2022

    New York - On 26 May 2022, the Secretary-General held a phone call with H.E. Mr. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia. The Secretary-General...

  • 28 Mayo 2022

    28 May 2022, The first meeting of the parties' military coordination committee under the truce convenes under the auspices of the UN Special Envoy (Photo: OSESGY/Abdel...

  • 28 Mayo 2022

    AMMAN, 28 May 2022 – UN Special Envoy, Hans Grundberg, concluded today an initial round of discussions in Amman, Jordan, with the parties on options to...

  • 28 Mayo 2022

    “I am deeply concerned about the spiraling cycle of violence that has taken too many Palestinian and Israeli lives in recent weeks.

    As we approach 29 May, I call upon all sides to exercise maximum restraint and make wise decisions to avoid another violent conflict that will only claim more lives. The message of the international community is clear to avoid such an escalation.

     I...

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

    Security Council

    Digital technologies: Council considers benefits and risks for peace and security 

    Briefing the Council on 23 May on technology and security, Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, said digital technologies have created fresh possibilities for the UN’s peace and security work. However, advances in technology have also created significant new risks and can affect conflict dynamics for the worse, including using lethal autonomous weapons, technology to target civilian infrastructure, and social media to fuel violence and spread disinformation. DiCarlo stressed that more must be done to advance, elaborate and implement a normative framework to ensure responsible behavior in cyberspace.   

    To read her remarks to the Council, click here

    Swan: “Let us work together to capitalize on this moment of opportunity for Somalia” 

    James Swan, Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), during his briefing to the Council on 23 May, said the conclusion of Somalia’s electoral process the past week is a major milestone for the country. The Presidential contest followed an unduly protracted and contentious process to choose members of the legislature. Once the Senators and Members of Parliament were sworn in on 14 April 2022, however, they moved quickly to prepare for the Presidential vote. The new President was elected and sworn in on 15 May, and the outcome has been fully accepted. Speaking about the humanitarian situation in Somalia, Swan warned that following the failure of a fourth consecutive rainy season, the number of people affected by the drought has risen to 6.1 million.  

    To read his remarks, click here  

    Finding a negotiated exit to the crisis in Sudan should not be undermined 

    Time is short for Sudan to reach a solution to its protracted political crisis, Volker Perthes, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) told Council members on 24 May. He warned that if the impasse is not urgently overcome, the consequences will be felt beyond national borders, impacting a whole generation. “The crisis facing Sudan is entirely homegrown and can only be resolved by the Sudanese,” he added. In his briefing, Perthes called on the military leadership and the Sovereignty Council to release the remaining detainees, cease arbitrary arrests, and lift the state of emergency without limitations. “It is time for all violence to end,” he stressed.  

    To read his full remarks, click here  

    Wennesland: “There are tangible, ongoing arrangements that can be regularized and expanded immediately – if there is political will” 

    Tor Wennesland, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, told the Council on 26 May that there has been a familiar pattern of daily violence in recent weeks, including armed clashes, settlement expansion, evictions, demolitions, and seizures of Palestinian structures, as well as a deadly terrorist attack in Israel. In Gaza, he said, efforts by the UN and international partners to improve Palestinian lives and measures by Israel to ease pressure and facilitate more economic activity have enabled the fragile ceasefire to continue. Keeping the calm, however, is neither enough nor sustainable – more needs to be done to alleviate the humanitarian crisis and lift Israeli closures. “These dynamics – combined with the financial crisis – are dangerously converging and intensifying,” he warned.

     To read his remarks, click here  

    DiCarlo: Coordinated and constructive effort is required to prevent further polarization and end the political stalemate in Libya 

    Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo briefed the Council on 26 May on the situation in Libya, voicing concern about the protracted political impasse, which is having an increasingly negative impact on security. “It is imperative that the ceasefire in Libya be maintained, calm preserved and any steps that could result in renewed violence be avoided,” she said. DiCarlo urged all parties to uphold their commitment to the peaceful resolution of political differences through dialogue and negotiations. It is also critical that Libyan political and security actors continue to engage constructively in the upcoming Cairo talks in support of the electoral/constitutional track. “This is the only way to fulfill the aspirations of the Libyan people to select their representatives through the ballot box,” she stressed.  

    To read her remarks, click here 

    Council members renew UNSOM and UNAMI mandates

    On 26 May, the Security Council adopted resolution 2631(2022) renewing the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq until 31 May 2023. The Council also extended the mandate of UNSOM until 31 October 2022, adopting resolution 2632 (2022).  

    Central Africa

    UNOCA takes part in UNSAC symposium on peace and security

    François Louncény Fall, Special Representative and Head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) participated in a symposium marking 30 years of theUN Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa (UNSAC) on 23 May in Yaoundé, Cameroon. In his remarks, Special Representative Fall highlighted that the regular consultations between UNSAC member countries have become an essential pillar of the peace and security architecture of Central Africa, especially the ministerial meetings that are held twice a year. The next ministerial meeting will take place from 30 May – 4 June.  

    Read more here 

    West Africa and the Sahel

    Special Representative Annadif discusses prevention on violent extremism 

    On 23 May, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission in West Africa and the Sahel, participated in the 4th Regional Seminar on the Defense and Security Forces organized by the Center for Advanced Defense and Security Studies (CHEDS). He spoke on the adaptation of political frameworks for the prevention of violent extremism. 

     

    Syria

    Special Envoy meets Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad 

    Geir Pedersen, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria, was in Damascus on 22 May, where he met with Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad. They discussed a range of issues related to the implementation of Security Council resolution 2254 (2015), including the serious socioeconomic and humanitarian challenges affecting the Syrian people.  

    Lebanon

    Special Coordinator Wronecka underlines need for solidarity following elections 

    Following the conduct of parliamentary elections on 15 May, Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka held a round of meetings this week with Lebanon’s religious leaders. The talks with the Grand Mufti of the Republic Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian, Greek Orthodox Archbishop Elias Audeh, Deputy Head of the Higher Shiite Council Sheikh Ali Al-Khatib and Jaafarite Mufti Sheikh Ahmad Qabalan focused on the need to respond to the Lebanese people’s urgent needs through functioning and effective state institutions. The discussions also highlighted the need for wise leadership and quick decision-making to steer Lebanon towards urgent reforms. 

    New women parliamentarians to put women’s issues across Lebanon’s priority agendas 

    On 27 May, Special Coordinator Wronecka met seven of the eight women elected to the 128-member Parliament in Lebanon. Congratulating them on their election, the Special Coordinator hoped their presence in Parliament would encourage additional involvement of women in political decision-making in Lebanon, particularly at this juncture of the country’s history where important reforms that will shape the country’s future are expected to be implemented. The meeting was an opportunity to discuss ways of working together on short-term and longer-term objectives aimed at putting Lebanon back on track and meeting the Lebanese people’s needs. The participants agreed that women’s issues should not be perceived only from the lens of women’s rights, but as a cross-cutting issue in all of Lebanon’s priority agendas.

    Yemen

    Special Envoy Grundberg consults Yemenis on multitrack peace process design and priorities

    The Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, met on 22 May with a diverse group of Yemeni women peace activists, experts, civil society and private sector actors and other leaders as part of his efforts to consult on the framework for the multi-track peace process. On 24 May, he concluded a two-day meeting with Yemeni economic experts from diverse backgrounds to consult the same, where the participants underlined the momentum provided by the truce on economic issues and identified opportunities for incentivizing further progress. 

    Read more on the 22 May meeting here 

    Read more on the 23-24 May meeting here 

    Ongoing negotiations on implementation and prospects of truce renewal   

    On 25 May, representatives of the Government of Yemen and Ansar Allah started the negotiations under UN auspices in Amman to agree on opening roads in Taiz and other governorates. The Special Envoy, Hans Grundberg, called on the parties to negotiate in good faith to urgently reach an agreement that facilitates freedom of movement and improved conditions for civilians. The current 2-month truce agreement is to end on 2 June. More than 1,000 passengers have travelled since the truce, and the frequency of flights is increasing.   

    Read more here 

    Iraq

    UN-facilitated dialogue in Erbil 

    Heads and senior representatives of political parties in the Kurdistan Region met on 26 May at the UN compound in Erbil at the invitation of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNAMI Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert thanked the parties for participating and urged continued and stepped-up efforts to tackle the challenges of the region. 

    Afghanistan

    Special Representative Lyons calls for inclusive governance and upholding rights of all Afghans 

    Deborah Lyons, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), was in Kandahar on 22 May and in Mazar on 23 May, meeting with women leaders and Taliban representatives. She stressed the importance of building domestic legitimacy through inclusive governance, a genuine reconciliation process and upholding the rights of all Afghans, especially the right of girls to attend school. 

    Central Asia 

    UNRCCA co-organizes regional training course on preventing violent extremism and countering terrorism 

    On 24-25 May in Doha, Qatar, the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), in partnership with the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) and its International Hub on Behavioural Insights to Counter-Terrorism, organized the training course “Application of Behavioural Insights in Preventing Violent Extremism and Countering Terrorism Programming in Implementing National Strategies and Action Plans of the Central Asian States.” Participants discussed political and security developments in the region and their implications on counter-terrorism efforts. The training also touched upon more specific areas, such as approaches leveraging behavioural science and behavioural insights for preventing violent extremism and countering terrorism.  

    Read more here  

    UNRCCA capacity building workshop non-profit organizations financing  

    On 23-25 May, UNRCCA, in partnership with UNOCT and the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (EAG), organized a capacity building workshop on implementation of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Recommendation 8 for Tajik authorities and civil society representatives in Dushanbe. The FATF Recommendation 8 refers to the requirement for countries to review the adequacy of laws and regulations relate to non-profit organizations that can be abused for the financing of terrorism. The national workshop provided an opportunity to share best regional and international practice regarding the implementation of the Recommendation.  

    Read more here 

    Myanmar

    Special Envoy meets with ASEAN Chair 

    Special Envoy Noeleen Heyzer was at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week. In her latest discussion with Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia in his capacity as the Chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Special Envoy reiterated the importance of aligning regional efforts with ground realities and support towards a Myanmar-led process that reflects the needs and will of the people.  In this connection, she highlighted a visit to Myanmar would be consistent with her commitment to actively consult all stakeholders in the hope of delivering concrete outcomes to benefit the people of Myanmar.

    Virtual brownbag on DPPA Strategic Plan 

    On 26 May, DPPA carried out a department-wide internal consultation as it embarked on the drafting of its next Strategic Plan for 2023-2026. Through an inclusive and participatory process, the Plan will be developed to help us better define our priorities and how best we can play our role in implementing our mandates for the next four years. More than 100 staff participated in the discussion. Another session is to take place on 8 June.  

    Peacebuilding

    ASG Spehar discusses climate security in Stockholm 

    Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support Elizabeth Spehar, together with a small DPPA team, participated in the Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development, co-hosted by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. She spoke in two panel discussions, including Integrating climate security in Somalia and the potential role of the UN Peacebuilding Commission and overcoming financial barriers to women’s climate security action. DPPA engaged in meetings with the Swedish Secretary of State for international development cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs key partners, SIPRI Director, current and incoming chair of SIPRI, Director-General of Folke Bernadotte Academy, on the sideline of the Forum to discuss the strong partnership and support from Sweden to the UN Peacebuilding architecture, its prevention and climate security offer and tools. Additional meetings were held with the Director-General of Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, civil society organizations, youth and women’s activists to discuss local peacebuilding support and opportunities, including under the Peacebuilding Fund’s Gender and Youth Promotion Initiative. 

    Next Week

    Albania will take over the presidency of the Security Council for the month of June.  

    The Peacebuilding Commission will discuss the impact of climate change on peacebuilding in the Pacific Islands. For the first time, the Commission will visit the field through a cinematic 360° virtual reality experience: Sea of Islands, developed by DPPA's Innovation Cell. 

     

     

     

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  • 26 Mayo 2022

     

    Israelis and Palestinians must push beyond the paradigm of managing the conflict and move towards resolving it, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process told the Security Council on Thursday, as he expressed particular concern that dynamics in the occupied West Bank could spiral out of control “at any time”.

  • 26 Mayo 2022

    Despite UN efforts, political, economic and security deadlock continues in Libya, the UN political affairs chief told the Security Council on Thursday, adding that human rights there have also deteriorated.

  • 26 Mayo 2022

    Madam President

     

    Thank you for the opportunity to brief the Security Council on the latest developments in Libya.

     

    Since my last briefing to the Council on 19 April, the deadlock on the political, security and economic fronts has persisted, despite the best efforts of the United Nations to facilitate agreement among Libyan actors. Also, the human rights situation has deteriorated.

     

    We are concerned that the protracted political impasse is having an increasingly negative impact on security, as shown by the clashes in Tripoli last week.

     

    Madam President,

     

    Special Adviser Williams convened a second round of consultations of the Joint Committee of the House of Representatives and High State Council in Cairo from 15 - 20 May. The two delegations met in a positive and constructive atmosphere and reviewed the 2017 Constitutional Draft.

    The delegations reached agreement on 137 of 197 articles in the following areas: the form and nature of the state; basic rights and freedoms, including women rights; the structure and powers of a bicameral Parliament; and some of the prerogatives of the President and Prime Minister.

     

    The progress achieved during this second round of talks is commendable. Members have agreed to reconvene in Cairo beginning on 11 June under UN auspices and hosted by the Government of Egypt. 

     

    The objective of this third and final round is to reach consensus on outstanding issues to finalize the constitutional arrangements for the holding of national elections on the earliest possible date. In the interim, the delegations have pledged to continue consultations with their respective Chambers.  

     

    Meanwhile, national and international stakeholders are expressing concern over the continued impasse in the executive.

     

    Special Adviser Williams has continued to engage with Mr. Dbeibah and Mr. Bashagha to encourage dialogue. She is urging them to avoid provocative acts or negative rhetoric to keep the country from plunging back into conflict.

    The Special Adviser has also held meetings with members of the Presidency Council, who expressed their intention to continue working on a national reconciliation process with support from the African Union and the United Nations.

     

    UNSMIL and UNDP are providing technical expertise on the draft law on national reconciliation and transitional justice. In addition, they are helping with the development of a national online platform to gather civil society proposals for national reconciliation.

     

    Madam President,

     

    While the ceasefire reached in 2020 continues to hold, the security situation remains fragile.

     

    In the early hours of 17 May, Mr. Bashagha entered Tripoli, backed by armed groups. Clashes in and around the city with armed groups supporting Mr. Dbeibah ensued, lasting for several hours. The fighting left one armed group member dead, a policeman injured and several buildings damaged.

     

    Following mediation by local actors and outreach by the 5+5 Joint Military Commission, Mr. Bashagha was escorted out of Tripoli.

     

    While fighting has ceased, the situation remains tense. Tripoli-based armed groups supporting either Mr. Dbeibah or Mr. Bashagha remain in a state of high alert.

     

    On a positive note, I am pleased to report that on 23-24 May, the eastern and western delegations of the 5+5 Joint Military Commission met in Spain for the first time since the eastern delegation suspended its activities at the end of February.

     

    On the margins of the DDR meeting on Libya hosted by the Spanish Government, Special Advisor Williams met with the 5+5 Joint Military Commission discussed the implementation of the Ceasefire Agreement and expressed their readiness to resume their activities upon returning to Libya

     

    Madam President,

     

    As reported during my last briefing, the reluctance of the Government of National Unity to pay the Libyan National Army’s salaries for the first quarter of 2022 led elements affiliated with the LNA to close several oil fields and ports, cutting the country’s daily oil output in half.

     

    Following Special Adviser Williams’ intercession with the GNU, the outstanding salaries were paid. Oil production, however, has yet to return to normal.

    On 11 May, Mr. Dbeibah confirmed that he would authorize regular monthly payments for LNA salaries. We hope that this contentious and recurring issue has now been resolved.

     

    Meanwhile, the Economic Working Group of the Berlin Process has been crafting a revenue management mechanism to overcome the disagreement over the control and use of public funds.

     

    The mechanism would consist of a short-term financing facility to fund the National Oil Corporation and other specific priorities, including salaries, subsidies, essential government operations and expenditures. This mechanism could ease competition for resources and improve accountability.

     

    Efforts also continue towards the reunification of the Central Bank of Libya, with the help of independent experts. The Bank’s Governor and Deputy Governor held the third steering committee meeting on the Bank’s reunification and reform in Istanbul on 24 April. They will meet again in September to review progress and activate the Board of Directors.

     

    Madam President,

     

    The human rights situation in Libya remains a source of great concern.

     

    In the first week of May, Libyan security agencies launched a new wave of arrests of young people for alleged crimes against “Libyan culture and values”. 

     

    Security agencies were accused of posting on social media a so-called video “confession” and photos of those arrested. This was seen as a form of intimidation during the preliminary stages of investigation.

     

    Restrictions persist on the work of civil society organisations, including women’s rights groups, accused of violating quote “the principles and values of Libyan society” end quote.

     

    We remain concerned by the continued detention on these grounds of nine civil society and social activists who had peacefully exercised their right to freedom of expression. Some of the nine have been in detention for six months.

     

    On 10 May, Special Adviser Williams travelled to Tarhouna, where she visited the sites of mass graves and met with families of victims who disappeared between 2012 and 2020. The perpetrators of these horrific crimes have yet to be brought to justice.

     

    The situation of people internally displaced in Libya, including those displaced because of forced evictions, remains highly precarious. To cite just one instance, on 3 May, 477 displaced Tawergha families, totalling over 2,000 individuals, were forcibly evicted from two camps in Tripoli.

     

    Equally worrying are the continued campaigns by the authorities of mass arrests and detention of undocumented foreign nationals and migrants in urban settings in the western region.

     

    As of 8 May, 1,717 persons were detained in centres run by the Directorate for Combatting Illegal Migration. Some 5,000 other migrants and refugees are being arbitrarily detained in inhumane conditions in both regular and unofficial detention centers.

     

    Madam President,

     

    It is imperative that the ceasefire in Libya be maintained, calm preserved and any steps that could result in renewed violence be avoided. We must urge all parties to uphold their commitment to the peaceful resolution of political differences through dialogue and negotiations.

     

    It is also critical that Libyan political and security actors look beyond their personal interests and continue to engage constructively in the upcoming Cairo talks in support of the electoral/constitutional track. This is the only way to fulfil the aspirations of the Libyan people to select their representatives through the ballot box.

     

    The United Nations will spare no effort to support the Libyan people in building a noble and peaceful country, including through the continued provision of good offices and mediation.

     

    Madam President,

     

    The Security Council has been at Libya’s side on its journey out of conflict and towards peace and stability. The path has not always been smooth. But Council support and attention have proved invaluable in keeping a political process alive.

     

    Today, a coordinated and constructive effort is required to prevent further polarization and end the political stalemate. At a time of aggravated global turmoil, Council and international unity on the need for peace in Libya is especially important. It is what Libyans deserve. It is what the world needs.   

     

    Thank you.

     

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