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  • 25 Jul 2023
    UNVMC Commission visited the Alto Sinú indigenous reservation to verify and coordinate aid for the health and security crisis

    Between June 12 and 16, the...

  • 25 Jul 2023

    The UN has started a complex operation to transfer crude oil from a decaying supertanker stranded off the coast of Yemen since 2015.

  • 25 Jul 2023

    While national elections in West Africa and the Sahel provide an important opportunity for voters to effect change, they also expose “real challenges” which must be addressed moving forward, the UN’s top envoy for the region said on Tuesday. 

  • 25 Jul 2023

    The UN on Tuesday began siphoning one million barrels of oil from a decaying supertanker off the coast of war-torn Yemen, a crucial step in the race against time to prevent a potential environmental disaster.

  • 25 Jul 2023


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  • 24 Jul 2023

    The Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the ECCAS Commission (Mangaral Bante), the Ambassador of Sao Tome and Principe in Gabon, also President of the UNSAC Committee...

  • 24 Jul 2023

    Months of “potentially significant diplomacy” to resolve the crisis in Syria have not yielded any outcomes or political momentum for the war-weary population, both within the country and those displaced outside, the UN Special Envoy for the country said on Monday. 

  • 23 Jul 2023

    Senior UN officials have strongly condemned the deadly Russian missile strikes in the Ukrainian city of Odesa on Sunday which damaged several historic buildings.

  • 22 Jul 2023

    The top UN humanitarian official in Yemen on Saturday called for justice in the wake of the recent attack against World Food Programme (WFP) staff that left one person dead and another injured. 

  • 21 Jul 2023
    This Week in DPPA is a brief roundup of political and peacebuilding events and developments at UNHQ and around the world. 

    Security Council

    Briefing on Ukraine, USG DiCarlo tells Security Council “This senseless, unjustified war must stop”

    On 17 July, Under-Secretary-General (USG) Rosemary DiCarlo briefed the Security Council on the situation in Ukraine. Noting that it had been over 500 days since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion, she said that 9,287 civilians have been killed and 16,384 injured, most under Russian armed forces fire, according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Those figures were only the confirmed figures, she continued, highlighting that the actual number of victims was likely to be considerably higher. The USG went on to state that, on 27 June, Russian missiles hit the city of Kramatorsk, reportedly killing 11 people and injuring at least 60 more. On 6 July, bombardments hit Kyiv, Odesa and Lviv. On 8 July, Russian artillery shelling reportedly killed at least eight civilians and wounded 13 in Lyman. “Nowhere is safe in Ukraine,” DiCarlo said, underscoring that “for the sake of the Ukrainian people and for the sake of our global community, this senseless, unjustified war must stop.”

    On 21 July, briefing the Security Council for the second time this week on the situation in Ukraine, the USG said that Russia’s termination of its participation in the Black Sea Initiative, coupled with its bombardment of crucial ports, will further compound the crisis in Ukraine. Food prices, she said, were already rising around the globe, and underlined that “Russia’s missile and drone strikes against Ukraine’s Black Sea ports in Odesa, Chornomorsk and Mykolaiv were “a further blow to global food security.” The USG also outlined attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure, including documented damage to over one thousand health care facilities and 3,467 educational institutions. Read her remarks here

    Special Coordinator for Lebanon briefs on implementation of Resolution 1701

    On 20 July, Special Coordinator of the Secretary-General Joanna Wronecka briefed the Security Council on the implementation of Resolution 1701 (2006) in a closed meeting. She emphasized the critical importance of resolution 1701 to the security and stability of Lebanon, Israel and the region and of moving forward on outstanding commitments that remain for both parties.

    Read more here

    A New Agenda for Peace

    Secretary-General presents “A New Agenda for Peace” to Member States

    On 20 July, Secretary-General António Guterres presented to Member States his policy brief “A New Agenda for Peace.” The brief, he said, outlines his vision for multilateral efforts for peace and security. He went on to highlight that the world is facing new and developing threats that require urgent and united action, while conflicts had become more “complex, deadly, and harder to resolve.” 'A New Agenda for Peace’ outlined an extensive and ambitious set of recommendations that recognize the inter-linked nature of the challenges the world faces, he said, and is framed around the core principles of trust, solidarity, and universality that are foundations of the Charter and of a stable world. The policy brief is one of a series that will support Member State deliberations in preparation for the Summit of the Future in 2024.


    Tánaiste of Ireland visits Mozambique to mark progress on peace process 

    On 20 July, the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Mozambique, Mirko Manzoni, welcomed the Tánaiste of Ireland and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence, Micheál Martin, to an exhibition on the progress achieved in the Mozambican Peace Process. The event was also attended by the Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland Joe Hackett and the Director General of Irish Aid Ruairí de Búrca. During the exhibition, the Tánaiste had the opportunity to speak with former Renamo combatants who have taken part in the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration process. 

    West Africa and the Sahel

    SRSG Simão concludes visit to Conakry

    On 18 July, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the UN Office for the Sahel and West Africa (UNOWAS) Leonardo Santos Simão concluded his two-day visit to Conakry, Guinea. The SRSG had meetings with the Prime Minister, Bernard Goumou, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and African Integration, Morissanda Kouyaté. He also met with the UN country team and representatives from the diplomatic corps. During his meetings, he stressed the importance of doing everything possible to restore constitutional order, in coordination with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the international community, and in harmony with the Guinean people's aspirations for stability, peace, democracy and development.

    Read more here


    Special Representative Laing visits Hargeisa

    On 18 July, Special Representative of Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) Catriona Laing concluded her two-day visit to Hargeisa, Somalia. She met with the President of the Republic of Somaliland Muse Bihi Abdi, members of his team, and civil society groups for discussions on a range of issues, including Somalia-Somaliland dialogue, the conflict in Laascaanood, economic development and human rights.

    Read more here


    Deputy Special Representative Isaczai delivers speech on anti-corruption 

    On 15 July, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ghulam Mohammad Isaczai, delivered a speech at the national conference on “Strengthening Public-Private Dialogue on Anti-Corruption and Integrity Issues” held in Basra Governorate. The DSRSG noted that "Corruption hampers economic, political, social development, and the rights of everyone. It is our collective responsibility to uphold integrity and combat corruption. Now is the time to come together to take action against corruption for a safer, better and fairer future for all".

    Full remarks here


    Deputy Special Representative Isaczai visits southern Iraq, meets with local farmers, UN project beneficiaries

    From 15-17 July, Deputy Special Representative Isaczai visited southern Iraq. The DSRSG and an accompanying delegation of UN agency representatives met with governorate officials and had insightful discussions with local farmers, civil society representatives and UN project beneficiaries. They spoke about development challenges, the impact of climate change, and water scarcity affecting the livelihoods of people in the southern governorates. 

    UNAMI Human Rights Office organizes roundtable discussion in Kirkuk on accountability for domestic violence

    On 18 July, the UNAMI Human Rights Office (HRO) organized a roundtable discussion in Kirkuk on accountability for domestic violence. The event brought together representatives of civil society, Family Protection Units, journalists and clerics from Kirkuk, Diyala and Salah al-Din governorates. The aim of the meeting was to take stock of the current challenges related to domestic violence and to exchange experiences, lessons learned and recommendations from different perspectives. UNAMI’s Human Rights Office gave an overview of the international legal framework on violence against women and girl, which was followed by a presentation delivered by representatives of Family Protection Units.

    Learn more here  

    UNAMI’s Human Rights Office and Iraqi Women’s Journalist Forum train journalists in Najaf

    From 14-15 July, UNAMI’s Human Rights Office, in collaboration with Iraqi Female Journalist Forum, delivered a two-day capacity-building training in Najaf for 20 Iraqi journalists (16 women and 4 men) from Najaf governorate. The training aimed to equip Iraqi journalists with tools to integrate human rights and gender perspectives into their journalistic reporting and media content, including by developing an understanding of the diverse perspectives, challenges and experiences of women, to ensure accurate and inclusive representation in news and reports. 

    UNAMI Gender Unit holds discussions on women’s participation and empowerment

    On 17 and 18 July, UNAMI’s Gender Unit and the Women Empowerment Directorate led roundtable discussions in Najaf and Karbala on women’s participation in political processes, the implementation of the National Action Plan on UN Security Council resolution 1325, the National Strategy for Iraqi Women (2023 – 2030), and SDG 5 on promoting the empowerment of women and girls. The discussions were attended by local governorate officials, civil society activists and former provincial council members.  

    Central Asia

    UNRCCA conducts national consultations on counter-terrorism early warning network

    In July, the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), in close partnership with the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), held a series of national consultations on the Counter-Terrorism Early Warning Network for Central Asia. Its purpose was to discuss substantial and operational issues related to the Early Warning Network, in order to coordinate the work of different national and regional counterparts related to Afghanistan.  Participants also analyzed the latest developments in Afghanistan and identified possible focus areas for the Early Warning Network.

    Read more here

    Climate, Peace and Security

    Peacebuilding Support Office holds training on climate, peace and security 

    From 19-21 July, DPPA’s Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), together with the UN System Staff College, the Climate Security Mechanism, and independent think tank Adelphi, co-organized a training course on climate peace and security peacebuilding programming in Turin, Italy. This training, designed in response to the findings of the PBSO’s newly launched Thematic Review on Climate Security and Peacebuilding 2023, provided an opportunity for participants to improve their programming capacity and projects design for new national and cross-border peacebuilding projects being developed for the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF). 

    Youth Inclusion

    Peacebuilding Fund works with students from Western Balkans on social media and inclusion

    From 17-20 July, as part of the regional UN initiative “Youth 4 Inclusion, Equality & Trust,” the Peacebuilding Fund supported the organization of a youth camp in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Twenty students from across the Western Balkans met to work on social media campaigns promoting inclusion, cultural diversity and shared cultural heritage. The youth were part of a workshop programme on media and information literacy, which focused on public advocacy campaigning. In addition, mentors encouraged young people to advocate for their priorities and be active contributors to positive transformation in and across their communities.

    Next Week

    On Monday, the Security Council will discuss the situation in Syria. On Tuesday, SRSG Simão will brief the Council on West Africa and the Sahel. On Wednesday, the Council will meet to discuss threats to international peace and security. 

    On Monday, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT), the General Assembly will hold a debate on Report of the Peacebuilding Commission (A/77/720); Peacebuilding and sustaining peace; Report of the Secretary-General on the Peacebuilding Fund (A/77/756 and A/77/756/Corr.1). The debate will take place in the Trusteeship Council Chamber or live streamed on UN WebTV via this link here





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  • 21 Jul 2023


    New York, 21 JULY 2023


    Madam President,

    On Monday, when speaking to this Council, I reiterated the Secretary-General’s deep regret over the decision by the Russian Federation to terminate its participation in the Black Sea Initiative – including the withdrawal of Russian security guarantees for navigation in the north-western part of the Black Sea.

    As a result, food prices are rising around the globe, adding to existing agricultural, energy and financial crises that are already severely impacting the world’s most vulnerable people.

    We have now witnessed a further blow to global food security, as Russia for the fourth consecutive day struck Ukraine’s Black Sea ports in Odesa, Chornomorsk and Mykolaiv with missiles and drones, destroying critical port infrastructure, facilities and grain supplies.   

    These attacks have also resulted in civilian casualties.

    Yesterday, in Odesa, one person was reportedly killed and at least eight others were injured. In Mykolaiv, Russia’s attack reportedly killed two, while 19 more were injured.

    We strongly condemn these attacks and urge Russia to stop them immediately. 

    As the Secretary-General stated yesterday, the bombardment of the Black Sea ports in Ukraine contradicts Russia’s commitments under the Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations, which states that “the Russian Federation will facilitate the unimpeded export of food, sunflower oil and fertilizers from Ukrainian controlled Black Sea ports.”

    The new wave of attacks on Ukrainian ports risks having far-reaching impacts on global food security, in particular, in developing countries.

    Furthermore, as we have repeatedly stated, attacks against civilian infrastructure may constitute a violation of international humanitarian law.  

    Madam President,

    Threats regarding potential targeting of civilian vessels navigating in the Black Sea waters are unacceptable.

    We are also concerned about the reports of sea mines laid in the Black Sea, endangering civilian navigation.

    We strongly urge restraint from any further rhetoric or action that could deteriorate the already dangerous situation.

    Any risk of conflict spill over as a result of a military incident in the Black Sea – whether intentional or by accident - must be avoided at all costs, as this could result in potentially catastrophic consequences to us all.

    Madam President,

    Attacks against civilians and critical civilian infrastructure are not a new trend in this conflict, but rather its tragic pattern.

    The World Health Organization has documented damage to over one thousand health care facilities, resulting in 101 deaths and 139 injuries.

    Since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, UNESCO has verified damage to 270 cultural sites, including 116 religious sites, 27 museums, 95 buildings of historical significance, 19 monuments, 12 libraries and one archive.

    Moreover, 3,467 educational institutions have also suffered from bombing and shelling with 335 of them destroyed.

    According to UNESCO, 12 journalists and media workers have been killed since the start of the war.

    Also, children in Ukraine continue to be disproportionately affected by the appalling high level of grave violations in this conflict. Children are being killed and maimed by explosive weapons with wide area impact in populated areas.

    Millions of Ukrainians, including nearly two-thirds of Ukrainian children, have been forced to leave their homes.

    For those who remain, the damage and destruction of critical infrastructure continues to cause hardships, as access to basic services are disrupted.

    The destruction of the Kakhovka Dam on 6 June and the subsequent flooding have far-reaching, long-term environmental and humanitarian consequences.

    According to Ukraine's Agriculture Ministry, almost 600,000 hectares of farmland no longer have access to irrigation water following the dam destruction.  This compounds the existing challenges that Ukrainian farmers face, in addition to mines and unexploded ordnance.

    The flooding also worsened the already volatile situation at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant.

    Experts of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) continue to closely monitor the availability of cooling water for the Plant. Ensuring its safety and security remains of utmost importance not just to Ukraine, but to the broader region.  

    Madam President,

    Land mines will continue to pose dangers to civilians for years to come as almost one third of the country is reportedly contaminated with unexploded ordnance, landmines and cluster munitions.

    We are working with the Government of Ukraine and other partners to tackle this threat of unexploded ordnance. So far, our mine action efforts have reached almost 3.5 million people.

    But these figures are not the whole story.  The war has impacts that are harder to measure.

    A generation of Ukrainian children has been traumatized, and the impacts of the war on the mental health of children and adults will be long-lasting.

    Madam President,      

    When I briefed the Council on Ukraine earlier this week, I did not foresee that I would be returning to this Chamber again today.

    The events of the past week are but the latest developments in the Russian Federation’s senseless war against its neighbour, a war with consequences that can be felt around the world.

    Russia’s termination of its participation in the Black Sea Initiative, coupled with its bombardment of crucial ports, will further compound the crisis.

    The Secretary-General has been clear: we will not stop our efforts to facilitate the unimpeded access to global markets for food and fertilizers from both Ukraine and the Russian Federation.

    Madam President,

    The only way to halt the catastrophe unfolding in Ukraine is to forge an end to the war based on international law and the principles enshrined in the Charter, and in line with General Assembly resolutions.

    Thank you, Madam President.

  • 21 Jul 2023

    Russia’s bombardment of Ukrainian ports along the Black Sea could have far-reaching impacts on global food security, UN political affairs chief Rosemary DiCarlo said on Friday in a briefing to the Security Council. 

  • 21 Jul 2023

    A long-serving staffer with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has been shot and killed in Yemen.

  • 21 Jul 2023

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan

    In July 2023, the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), in...

  • 20 Jul 2023
    Security Council Press Statement on Colombia 

    New York, 20 July 2023. The members of the Security Council reiterated their full and unanimous support for the peace process in Colombia....

  • 20 Jul 2023

    Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday strongly condemned Russian attacks on Odesa and other Ukrainian ports in recent days, following Moscow’s decision to withdraw from the UN-brokered Black Sea Initiative earlier this week. 

  • 20 Jul 2023

    The mayor of a city in southern Ukraine has described its inhabitants as “heroes” and has pledged the city will emerge from the full-scale invasion of his country as a model for other urban areas devastated by the war, even as residents cope with an overnight attack on Thursday.

  • 20 Jul 2023

    The UN Secretary-General on Thursday launched a new policy brief outlining his vision of a more robust multilateral framework to boost peace and security, for a world in flux.

  • 20 Jul 2023

    A new report reveals how projects supported by the UN Trust Fund for victims of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel, are helping victims regain their dignity, learn new skills, and improve their livelihoods.

  • 19 Jul 2023

    On 20 July, the AU PSC convened its 1162nd meeting on the situation in the Sahel region. The meeting, which was chaired by the Permanent Representative of Senegal and...

  • 19 Jul 2023

    Secretary-General António Guterres briefs the General Assembly on the report “Our Common Agenda” during an informal meeting of the plenary. 2/13/2023 ©UN Photo/Manuel Elías


  • 19 Jul 2023

    On 20 July, the AU PSC convened its 1162nd meeting on the situation in the Sahel region. The meeting, which was chaired by the Permanent Representative of Senegal and...

  • 19 Jul 2023

    Life-saving relief programmes should not be held hostage by political interests, the President of the General Assembly said on Wednesday, as Member States gathered to debate the use of the veto by a permanent member of the Security Council, that halted vital cross-border aid last week into northern Syria. 

  • 19 Jul 2023

    The United Nations family came together on Wednesday to pay tribute to the 77 members of staff who died in the line of duty in 2022. 

  • 19 Jul 2023

    Dakar, July 19, 2023 - Pursuing his regional familiarization tour following his appointment as Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for...

  • 19 Jul 2023

    Hargeisa – Somalia-Somaliland dialogue, the conflict in Laascaanood, economic development and human rights were among the topics covered in a top United Nations...

  • 18 Jul 2023

    Targeting of civilians and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine and threats of use of nuclear weapons, severely undermines trust “within and in our institution”, the President of the UN General Assembly said on Tuesday. 

  • 18 Jul 2023

    Nearly 200,000 people were displaced by fighting inside Sudan over the past week, the UN reported on Tuesday, citing new figures released by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). 

  • 18 Jul 2023

    The UN Secretary-General addressed the Security Council on Tuesday, emphasizing the potential of artificial intelligence to accelerate human development while also cautioning against the malicious use of what is revolutionary new technology. 

  • 18 Jul 2023


    Women play key role in the promotion of peace and security in Africa. The African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Office to the African...

  • 17 Jul 2023
  • 17 Jul 2023


    New York, 17 July 2023


    Mr. President,


    Over 500 days since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion, life in Ukraine remains a “living hell”, as the Secretary-General characterized it. According to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), 9,287 civilians have been killed and 16,384 injured, most under Russian armed forces fire.

    This figure includes 537 children killed and 1,117 injured. And these are only confirmed figures. The actual number of victims is likely considerably higher.

    Children have been particularly hit hard by the conflict.

    Ukraine was the country with the highest number of children killed and maimed in 2022.  It was also the country with the most attacks on schools and hospitals.

    Nowhere is safe in Ukraine. On 27 June, Russian missiles hit the city of Kramatorsk, reportedly killing 11 people, including 14-year-old twin sisters. At least 60 others were injured. 

    On 6 July, bombardments hit Kyiv, Odesa and Lviv, which are far from the front lines.

    On 8 July, Russian artillery shelling reportedly killed at least eight civilians and wounded 13 in Lyman.

    Communities in the Sumy region continue to be under constant Russian shelling.

    Civilians in areas under Russian control also face mortal danger. On 9 July, four civilians were killed and many more injured while receiving humanitarian aid in the town of Orikhiv in Zaporizhzhia region.

    Attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure – wherever they may occur - are indefensible and strictly prohibited under international law. They must cease immediately.

    Mr. President,

    As the Secretary-General has consistently underlined, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a blatant violation of the UN Charter and international law.

    The United Nations remains fully committed to Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, in accordance with relevant General Assembly resolutions.  

    The parties involved bear the responsibility to avoid actions that could further escalate tensions. 

    In particular, any threat to use nuclear weapons is utterly unacceptable. So is jeopardizing the safety and security of nuclear power plants and other critical infrastructure.  

    In recent days, experts of the International Atomic Energy Agency have heard a series of explosions apparently taking place some distance away from the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant.  They are a stark reminder of potential nuclear safety and security risks facing the facility during the military conflict in the country.

    Mr. President,

    The United Nations and humanitarian partners continue to respond to the dire consequences of the war, having reached over five million people with aid so far this year. There have been over 65 inter-agency convoys this year to frontline areas.

    Unfortunately, the continuing lack of humanitarian access to Russian controlled areas of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions deprives an estimated 3.7 million people of much needed assistance. 

    We continue to engage with authorities in Moscow and Kyiv to secure access and urge Russia to fulfill its international obligations to grant humanitarian access to territories it controls.
    Access is also an issue in the wake of the destruction of the Kakhovka Dam. The incident has devastated local communities along the Dnipro River and continues to have broad, long-term environmental consequences.

    The flooding affected local ecosystems, exposed military and hazardous waste and shifted landmines. The UN is undertaking a Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) to determine the wider impact in support of a comprehensive recovery strategy.

    Displacement throughout Ukraine remains a serious concern.

    Currently, more than 6.3 million Ukrainians are refugees, and an estimated 5.1 million people are internally displaced.

    According to the International Organization for Migration, an estimated 4.76 million displaced people have returned to their communities since the beginning of the war, including 1.1 million refugees.

    The UN High Commissioner for Refugees reports that while most of the remaining refugees and IDPs want to return to their places of origin, voluntary return in safety and dignity may not be possible for many given the security situation.

    Indeed, Ukraine has become one of the most heavily mined countries in the world. 

    As part of our support to the Government of Ukraine for the reconstruction and repair of critical infrastructure, the UN is assisting the country’s emergency services to remove over half a million landmines and pieces of unexploded ordnance, enabling four million people to return home.

    Mr. President,

    OHCHR has documented a harrowing record of human rights violations, including arbitrary deprivation of life, arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance, torture and ill-treatment, and conflict-related sexual violence.

    According to the latest OHCHR report, the Russian Federation arbitrarily detained 864 individuals. Many cases amounting to forced disappearance.

    It is deeply disturbing that more than 91 per cent of civilian detainees held by the Russian Federation were reportedly subjected to torture or ill-treatment, including sexual violence.

    More than 26 per cent of the detainees were transferred to other locations in violation of international law, either in Ukraine under Russian control, or to the Russian Federation itself.

    We are also gravely concerned about the alleged summary execution of 77 civilians while they were arbitrarily detained by the Russian Federation, as reported by OHCHR.

    OHCHR has also documented 75 of arbitrary detention by Ukrainian security forces, mostly of persons suspected of conflict-related criminal offences. In 57 per cent of the cases, OHCHR documented the use of torture and ill-treatment.

    We call for the arbitrary detention of civilians to stop and for the immediate release in conditions of safety of all persons held arbitrarily. Victims must be provided with effective remedies.

    We also urge the Russian Federation to guarantee independent monitors, including those of OHCHR, regular unimpeded and confidential access to all detainees.

    All victims of human rights violations deserve justice and accountability, whichever side of the frontline they come from.  Impunity must not be allowed to stand.       

    Mr. President,

    The Ukraine Recovery Conference in London last month was a demonstration of international solidarity, raising over $60 billion US dollars in pledges towards Ukraine’s recovery and reconstruction.

    The UN will continue to support national and international partners in ongoing recovery efforts, following ‘Building Back Better’ and ‘Leaving No One Behind’ principles.

    Globally, in 2023, it is projected that 345 million people across 79 countries, where the World Food Programme (WFP) is operational and data is available, will experience acute food insecurity.

    Up to 40.4 million people across 51 countries face severe hunger emergencies and are one step away from falling into famine if they do not receive immediate assistance.

    The Black Sea Initiative enabled the safe export of some 33 million metric tons of foodstuffs from three Ukrainian ports, including more than 725,000 metric tons of wheat transported by WFP, helping to relieve hunger in Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa and Yemen.

    The initiative helped bring down global food prices.

    The Memorandum of Understanding on Russian food and fertilizer exports also delivered concrete results over the past year.

    As the Secretary-General stated this morning, the decision of the Russian Federation to terminate the Black Sea Initiative will strike a blow to people in need everywhere. 

    The Secretary-General also stated that this decision will not stop our efforts to facilitate the unimpeded access to global markets for food products and fertilizers from both Ukraine and the Russian Federation.

    Mr. President,

    We knew well before 24 February 2022 that the world was at an inflection point.

    We understood that we needed to take urgent action to deal with an overwhelming set of crises that, collectively, threaten our very existence. International cooperation and respect for the rule of law were more important than ever.

    Today it is clear that, in addition to causing unconscionable death and destruction, the war in Ukraine has greatly diminished our ability to face an uncertain future.     

    It has heightened tensions in different regions, and risks triggering a global arms race.

    The war threatens to undermine the very structures that prevented a third global conflagration and helped us resolve multiple conflicts over the last 80 years.

    The longer this war continues, the more dangerous its consequences, including the possibility of a wider conflict.

    For the sake of the Ukrainian people and for the sake of our global community, this senseless, unjustified war must stop.

    Thank you, Mr. President.

  • 17 Jul 2023

    The UN Political Affairs chief appealed on Monday for an end to the “unjustified” war in Ukraine, which this month passed the 500-day mark. 

  • 17 Jul 2023

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday that he deeply regrets Russia’s decision to terminate the Black Sea Initiative, in effect ending a “lifeline” for hundreds of millions worldwide facing hunger and spiralling food costs. 

  • 17 Jul 2023

    KABUL - Latest UN update on the Human rights Situation in Afghanistan covering the May and June 2023. 


  • 16 Jul 2023

    For 96 hours, the orders kept coming. By the end, 287 people were dead, 387 women and children had been raped, and 13 villages in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) had been robbed of any sense of normalcy.

  • 15 Jul 2023

    Mindelo (São Vicente), 15 July 2023 - The 3rd Annual West Africa and Sahel Youth Forum on the theme: "Empowering young women and men through quality education, decent...

  • 15 Jul 2023

    From 15 to 16 July, the SRSG to the AU and Head of UNOAU participated in the 2nd AU Inter-Regional Knowledge Exchange (I-RECKE) event on...

  • 15 Jul 2023

    Dhusamareb – The top United Nations official for Somalia today visited Galmudug, where she met with its leadership to discuss topics including state-building, security, local...

  • 15 Jul 2023

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    Your Excellency, President Ahmed Abdi Karie 'Qoorqoor',

    Let me begin by expressing my gratitude for the really warm welcome you've...

  • 15 Jul 2023

    Warring factions in Sudan must respect international law, protect civilians, and stop targeting relief and aid workers, the United Nations top humanitarian official urged on Saturday, as the conflict reached its three-month mark.

  • 15 Jul 2023

    Dakar, 15 July 2023 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the...

  • 14 Jul 2023
    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 Grundberg briefs Council on “positive steps” in Yemen

    On 10 July, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen Hans Grundberg said that, despite the expiration of the truce, the people of Yemen continue to feel the benefits from the longest period of relative calm since the beginning of the conflict. More progress is needed, however, he said, condemning the recent mortar attack last week that injured five children in Hays district, south of Hudaydah. “For more than a year, we have seen some important and positive steps that have de-escalated violence and helped to improve the lives of Yemenis,” he said. Read full remarks here

    Dialogue helps progress of Colombia’s peacebuilding process, SRSG Massieu tells Council

    On 12 July, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, briefed the Council on the progress made in the implementation of the Final Peace Agreement, as well as efforts to engage in dialogue with armed groups. These two efforts, said Ruiz Massieu, are complementary and mutually reinforcing. Ruiz Massieu stressed that dialogue is an opportunity to achieve concrete commitments to reduce the suffering of civilian victims of the conflict and to reduce violence against former combatants and social leaders. Read full remarks here

    ASG Khiari briefs Council on non-proliferation, echoes Secretary-General's condemnation of DPRK missile launch

    On 13 July, Assistant-Secretary-General for Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Khaled Khiari briefed the Council on the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on 12 July. He underscored that the Secretary-General strongly condemned the launch. The Secretary-General also reiterated his call on the DPRK to fully comply with its international obligations under all relevant Security Council resolutions and to resume dialogue to bring about the complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Read full remarks here

    Security Council renews BINUH mandate, encourages support for the deployment of a “specialized force” in Haiti

    On 14 July, the Council renewed the mandate of the UN Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) for one year, and also encouraged Member States “to provide security support to the Haitian National Police (HNP) in response to the appeal from the Prime Minister of Haiti and the Secretary-General, including through the deployment of a specialized force, upon consultation with Haitian stakeholders” in order to bring about a safer and more stable security situation in the violence-ravaged country. Read more here  

    UN marks 75 Years of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, special political and peacekeeping missions

    On 12 July at UN Headquarters in New York, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) and the Department of Peace Operations (DPO) held a joint event marking the 75th anniversaries for the Declaration of Human Rights, special political missions and peacekeeping operations. All three are essential tools that the United Nations uses in conflict prevention efforts. ASG for Human Rights Ilze Brands Kehris, ASG Khaled Khiari, and ASG Martha Pobee all gave opening remarks. Panelists Georgette Ganon, ASG/RC/HC of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), DSRSG Anita Kiki Gbeho of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), and DSRSG Guang Cong of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) all provided examples of best practices and lessons learned from special political and peacekeeping missions. Watch here

    PBF Group of Friends Meeting

    The Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) Group of Friends convened for the second quarterly meeting on 13 July. Sweden and the UK co-chaired. The Hon. Pia Philip Michael, Undersecretary for Peacebuilding in South Sudan, briefed on the PBF's support towards his country’s peacebuilding priorities. He shared examples of catalytic effect and emphasized how the recently established PBF Joint Steering Committee, co-chaired by the Minister for Peacebuilding and the UN DSRSC/RC/HC, was crucial to ensure complementarity of efforts from governmental, UN, donor and civil society partners. PBSO announced that it had to reduce the Fund’s programming target for 2023 to $200 million due to insufficient resources. PBSO further briefed on its global programming pipeline; UN-IFI partnership; and outlined the concept of PBSO’s new Peacebuilding Impact Hub initiative.


    DSRSG Isaczai marks first International Day of Combating Sand and Dust Storms

    On 12 July, the Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Ghulam Mohammad Isaczai, marking the first-ever International Day of Combating Sand and Dust Storms on 12 July, said: "We urgently need robust technical collaboration at the local, national and regional levels to effectively address this escalating threat".


    Special Coordinator for Lebanon meets with religious leaders

    This week, Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka met with two of Lebanon’s top religious leaders to discuss the political and socio-economic situation and the importance of maintaining the country’s social cohesion. With Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros El-Rahi, the Special Coordinator expressed her profound concern at the prolonged presidential vacuum that has left the country without a head of state for over nine months. They agreed on the need for intensified efforts to break the political stalemate. The Special Coordinator also met with Grand Mufti of the Republic Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian. They discussed the need to prioritize the effective functioning of State institutions and the interests of citizens. The Special Coordinator emphasized the important role that religious leaders can play in reducing tensions and promoting social cohesion among Lebanon’s different sectarian communities.

    Special Coordinator Wronecka meets with political leaders on breaking political impasse

    This week, Special Coordinator Wronecka continued her round of meetings with political leaders and parliamentarians in Lebanon ahead of her briefing to the UN Security Council next week. While underlining the urgent need to break the political impasse in Lebanon, the Special Coordinator listened to their views on how to bridge the gaps and promote dialogue towards solutions. Wronecka met with Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea and discussed the need to approach challenges with a responsible vision for the country. The Special Coordinator also spoke with Kataeb party leader Samy Gemayel on the presidential vacuum and the need for a consensual approach to move national priorities forward.

    West Africa and the Sahel

    Special Representative Simão reaffirms UN support to ECOWAS 

    On 9 July, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG)and Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Leonardo Santos Simão, participated in the 63rd Ordinary Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) held in Bissau. In his address, the Special Representative reaffirmed the UN's support to ECOWAS and called for concerted efforts at national, regional, and international levels to address the many challenges facing West Africa. Read more here

    Special Representative Simão co-chairs the Annual West African and Sahel Youth Forum

    On 12 and 13 July, Special Representative Simão visited Cabo Verde as part of his regional familiarization tour following his recent appointment. He met with the President of Cabo Verde, José Maria Neves. SRSG Simão and Prime Minister Ulisses Correia e Silva co-chaired the Annual West African and Sahel Youth Forum, which was organized by United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), in partnership with the Economic Community of Western African States (ECOWAS) and Cabo Verde, under the theme: “Empowering Young Women and Men through Quality Education, Decent Work and Innovative Solutions to make Conflict Prevention more effective for Sustaining Peace and Security in the Region. Watch the meeting here

    Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Creating a brighter future for young people in Sarajevo

    A conference on 12 July with decision-makers, government representatives, NGOs, academia and youth launched the development of Sarajevo Canton's Youth Strategy for 2024-2028. The Youth Strategy will enhance the quality of life for young people in Sarajevo Canton by focusing on the actual needs of youth and facilitating their growth and development through support mechanisms and initiatives. UNFPA is supporting the Youth Strategy development in cooperation with the Ministry of Science, Higher Education and Youth of Sarajevo Canton and the Prime Minister of Government of Sarajevo Canton. This cooperation is part of the regional UN initiative ‘Youth 4 Inclusion, Equality & Trust’, financially supported by the UN Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund. Collaboratively, UNDP, UNFPA, UNESCO, UN Women, and relevant partners from the public sector, media, civil society, academia and culture – are working together with youth to increase comprehension and respect for diversity in the region.


    Celebrating Love, Diversity, and Inclusion in Albania

    In Albania on 10 July, residents gathered in a public square in the Kamza municipality to inaugurate a mural with a call for ‘More love, not hate’ and a celebration of diversity, inclusion and trust. The striking artwork was conceptualized and realized by three young people – Artjola Koka, Samanta Haka and Holdion Hodo – to raise awareness through visual art on the need to fight prejudice and hate speech based on ethnicity, race and religion. The innovative idea was selected as a winner at a youth boot camp organised within the joint UN regional initiative “Youth 4 Inclusion, Equality & Trust”, supported by the Peacebuilding Fund. UNDP and UNFPA Albania are supporting youth innovative ideas on countering hate speech through art, fashion, theatre, social experiments, music, videos and documentaries, podcasts, and more.

    Next Week

    On 17 July, Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo will address a Security Council ministerial-level meeting on Ukraine. On 18 July, the Council will hold an open debate on the maintenance of international peace and security: artificial intelligence.


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    New York, 13 July 2023


    Mr President,

    The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) launched its Hwasong-18 intercontinental ballistic missile on 12 July.  

    This was the DPRK’s second launch of its new solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile.  As we have previously briefed, solid-propellant missiles do not need to undergo fuelling prior to launch and thus can be launched more quickly than liquid-propellant missiles.  

    The missile was launched on a lofted trajectory from the Pyongyang area at 10:00 am local time and reportedly flew around 1,000 km and to an altitude of around 6,600 km before falling into the sea, inside the Russian Federation’s Exclusive Economic Zone.  The flight was reportedly around 74 minutes, potentially making it the DPRK’s longest ballistic missile flight duration.  

    The systems the DPRK tested on 12 July, 13 April, 16 March, 18 February this year, as well as on five occasions last year, can reach most points on Earth.

    The DPRK did not issue airspace or maritime safety notifications for this launch.  As recently reiterated by the International Civil Aviation Organization as well as the International Maritime Organization, the DPRK’s unannounced launches represent a serious risk to international civil aviation and maritime traffic.

    Mr President,

    The Secretary-General strongly condemns the DPRK’s launch of yet another ballistic missile of intercontinental range. 

    He reiterates his calls on the DPRK to fully comply with its international obligations under all relevant Security Council resolutions and to resume dialogue without preconditions leading to sustainable peace and the complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

    Mr President,

    The DPRK’s official news agency said that the latest launch of the Hwasong-18 ballistic missile was to quote “deter the dangerous military moves of the hostile forces” end quote.  The DPRK also said that the country would strengthen its so-called nuclear deterrent in line with its five-year military development plan unveiled in January 2021.  That plan provided for the development of specific capabilities, many involving the DPRK pursuing its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes, in violation of the relevant Security Council resolutions.

    The DPRK significantly increased its missile launch activities in 2022 and 2023, including more than 90 launches using ballistic missile technology.  

    As we have previously briefed, the DPRK attempted to launch its first military satellite with what it described as a“new-type carrier rocket” using ballistic missile technology on 31 May. The DPRK has reported on the failure and reiterated that it would conduct a second launch as soon as possible.  While it is the right of any sovereign state to launch a satellite and to benefit from peaceful space activities, the relevant Security Council resolutions expressly prohibit the DPRK from conducting any launches using ballistic missile technology.

    Mr President,

    Key peace and security issues, such as the situation on the Korean Peninsula, must be an area for cooperation.  

    We welcome the Security Council’s commitment, as expressed in resolution 2397 (2017), to a peaceful, comprehensive, diplomatic, and political solution to the situation on the Korean Peninsula.  

    The status quo is alarming and unsustainable.  

    Mr President, 

    In a fortnight, we will observe the 70th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice Agreement.  It is a tragic reality that tensions persist and remain unresolved even after seven decades.

    As we have previously briefed, there are several practical measures that can be taken to reduce tensions, reverse the dangerous dynamic, and create space to explore diplomatic avenues.  While I won't reiterate them, I do emphasise the importance of re-establishing communication channels, particularly those between military entities, and exercisingmaximum restraint.  It is critical to avoid an unintended escalation.  

    In addition, pending the complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, it is imperative that the DPRK maintains the highest level of safety at its nuclear facilities.

    Mr President, 

    I would like to highlight once more our concerns regarding the humanitarian situation in the DPRK.  The United Nations is ready to assist the DPRK in addressing basic needs of its vulnerable populations.  

    Given the positive advancements in vaccines and treatments and the declaration by the World Health Organization Director-General on 5 May that COVID-19 is no longer a public health emergency of international concern, we urge the DPRK to allow the unimpeded re-entry and rotation of the international community, including our staff and the United Nations Resident Coordinator.   

    This collective return will yield a positive impact in supporting the people, bolstering relations, and, importantly,fortifying communication channels.

    Diplomacy - not isolation - is the only way forward.  

    In this respect, I would like to acknowledge the participation of the Permanent Representatives from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea as well as the Republic of Korea in this meeting.

    Let me close by stressing that the unity of the Security Council on the DPRK is essential to ease tensions and overcome the diplomatic impasse.  The primary responsibility for international peace and security rests with this Council. 

    Thank you, Mr President.

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