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2021

  • 27 Sep 2021

    The members of the Security Council welcomed the announcement on 10 September 2021 of the formation of a new government in Lebanon led by Prime Minister Najib Mikati and the 20 September 2021 vote of confidence by the Parliament of Lebanon as necessary first steps towards the resolution of Lebanon’s crisis.   

    They reaffirmed their strong support for the stability, security, territorial integrity...

  • 27 Sep 2021

    The Security Council on Monday marked the 25th anniversary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, with calls for its entry into force and the elimination of nuclear weapons everywhere.  

  • 26 Sep 2021

    New York, 27 September

    On World Tourism Day, we recognize the power and potential of tourism to advance prosperity and drive inclusive, sustainable development. The tourism sector touches almost every part of our economies and societies, enabling historically marginalized people and those at risk of being left behind to benefit from development that is local and direct.

    Tourism...

  • 26 Sep 2021

    Garowe - Continuing their regular contact with the leaders of Somalia’s Federal Member States, representatives of some of the country’s international partners today visited Puntland to discuss a range of...

  • 26 Sep 2021

    Good afternoon.

    I would like to begin by thanking President Said Abdullahi Deni and his team for the warm welcome provided to the members of our visiting delegation today.

    I...

  • 26 Sep 2021

    Good afternoon.

    I would like to begin by thanking President Said Abdullahi Deni and his team for the warm welcome provided to the members of our visiting delegation today.

    I...

  • 26 Sep 2021

    “Now is the time to eliminate nuclear weapons from our world , and usher in a new era of dialogue, trust and peace”, declared UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Sunday, marking the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

  • 25 Sep 2021

    New York, 26 September 2021

    From the very start, addressing the existential threat of nuclear weapons has been central to the work of the United Nations.

    In 1946, the very first General Assembly resolution sought “the elimination from national armaments of atomic weapons and of all other major weapons adaptable to mass destruction.

    ...

  • 24 Sep 2021

    The Secretary-General met with H.E. Mr. Mohamed Younis A. Menfi, President of the Presidency Council of the Government of National Unity of the State of Libya.   

    The Secretary-General and the President of the Presidency Council discussed the latest developments in Libya. The Secretary-General welcomed the steps taken to advance the Libyan-led and Libyan-owned dialogue tracks and stressed the importance of holding the elections as scheduled on 24...

  • 24 Sep 2021
    This Week in DPPA is a brief roundup of political and peacebuilding events and developments at UNHQ and around the world. 

    Security Council

    Climate and Security: “The threats are clear and present.”

    Secretary-General António Guterres opened a high-level open debate on climate and security on 23 September by recalling that last month’s report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change sounded a “code red for humanity”. Urging much bolder climate action ahead of the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP26, he said the impacts of climate change are particularly profound when they overlap with fragility or conflict. “Where coping capacities are limited and there is high dependence on shrinking natural resources and ecosystem services … grievances and tensions can explode,” he warned. He also pointed out that climate‑related disasters displaced more than 30 million people in 2020 alone.

    Full briefing to the Security Council here

    Afghanistan

    Special Representative meets Taliban official

    Deborah Lyons, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), met on 21 September with acting second Deputy Prime Minister Mulla Adbul Salam Hanafi of the Taliban. They discussed the challenges facing Afghanistan and how the Taliban and the UN family can establish common ground to help solve the most pressing issues facing the Afghan people. The Special Representative also met with Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah to discuss the political situation as well as improving the humanitarian situation in the country.

    Lebanon

    International community reaffirms support for the Lebanese Army

    Following the international conference co-chaired by France and the United Nations in June, the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL) and the Lebanese army co-organized a high-level meeting in Lebanon on 21 September to confirm international commitment to support the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) to address the emergency needs resulting from the economic crisis. UNSCOL has played a role in promoting and coordinating international assistance for the LAF since 2013. Noting that the crisis was impacting the Lebanese army’s operational capabilities, Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka said that the need to support the army was as urgent as ever. Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces General Joseph Aoun added that dealing with the current economic crisis was “perhaps more dangerous than a conventional military war” and thanked the United Nations and participating countries for their support. 

    Yemen

    Special Envoy concludes visit to Muscat

    Hans Grundberg, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, concluded on 21 September a visit to Muscat, Oman where he met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Badr Albusaidi and other senior Omani officials.. He also met with Ansar Allah’s chief negotiator Mohammed Abdel Salam and reiterated his commitment to work with the parties to move towards a comprehensive political settlement to the conflict in Yemen.

    Read more here 

    Iraq

    UNAMI supports electoral simulation ahead of the upcoming elections

    Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Deputy Special Representative (DSRSG) for Political Affairs and Electoral Assistance of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), visited on 22 September the third electoral simulation by Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC). These exercises have served to identify flaws ahead of the elections on 10 October and to ensure the elections can run as smoothly as possible. By the end of September, the UN team will comprise more than 800 personnel, including those assisting and supporting the IHEC and the monitors. On 20 September, UNAMI also helped organize signing ceremonies of the Electoral Code of Conduct throughout the country. Political parties and independent candidates in all of Iraq’s 18 governorates and Baghdad participating in the elections signed the Code of Conduct, pledging to refrain from intolerance, violence and hate speech during the campaigning and voting period.

    Read more here

     
    UNAMI raises awareness about elections at sport events

    Election-related information and messaging were shared at football matches in Baghdad on 20 and 21 September. The events were organized to support IHEC in raising awareness about Iraq’s upcoming elections on 10 October and the importance of voting and participating in inclusive elections. As Iraq’s 10 October elections approach, Iraqis are talking about the issues that matter most to them and how voting can give them a chance to be heard. 

    Watch more in this latest UNAMI video

    Horn of Africa

    Special Envoy discusses regional peace and stability

    Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Horn of Africa, met on 22 September with the German Chancellor’s Personal Representative for Africa, Günter Nooke, and Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa and the Sahel, Robert Dölger. The three exchanged views on recent developments in the Horn of Africa and Germany's role and support to enhancing peace, security and development in the region. On 24 September, the Special Envoy met with the Ambassador of Canada to Ethiopia Stephane Jobin to discuss recent developments in the Horn of Africa and Canada’s role in furtherance of regional peace and stability.

    Somalia

    UNSOM congratulates graduates of University of Peace programmes

    James Swan, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), congratulated a group of Somali students, 14 women and 62 men, graduating with master’s degrees from the University of Peace’s specialized Somalia programme in subjects with special relevance to peacebuilding. In his remarks, the Special Representative welcomed the university’s inclusion of Somalia in its outreach for higher education opportunities in Africa and encouraged the graduates to give back to their communities. “It is what you learn; it’s what is in your brain; it is what is inside you. But if it really is going to have an impact, it needs to be shared in your communities, shared with your fellow countrymen and women, to move the country forward,” he added.

    Read more here 

    Libya

    UNSMIL continues to support the 24 December elections

    Raisedon Zenenga, Mission Coordinator of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), met on 22 September with Chairperson of the High National Electoral Commission (HNEC) Emad El Sayeh to express continued UNSMIL support for HNEC's work and discuss next steps on technical preparations for the 24 December elections, alongside current developments on the preparation of electoral laws by the legislative authorities. The Mission Coordinator congratulated HNEC on the successful completion of the voter registration process and noted the significant progress made by HNEC in enhancing the level of readiness for elections.

     
    UNSMIL discusses humanitarian and development situation in Benghazi

    Georgette Gagnon, the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, concluded a four-day visit on 23 September to Benghazi. She visited health facilities, medical warehouses, the Al Heleas internally displaced person (IDP) settlement, the rehabilitated Benghazi library and AlShabbi Corniche as well as the offices of Tatweer Research and LibAid. In her meeting with the Deputy Mayor of Benghazi and municipal officials, she discussed current needs in the municipality and UN efforts to support some 68 humanitarian and inclusive development projects on community stabilization, rehabilitation of infrastructure, and access to basic services.

    Read more here

    Colombia

    UN Verification Mission celebrates International Day of Peace

    The UN Verification Mission in Colombia, together with the city of Medellín, hosted an event on 21 September celebrating "International Day of Peace", with more than 85 organizations and entities from local authorities and civil society participating. The Reconciliation Choir, made up of victims of the conflict and former combatants, opened the event together with the Medellín Philharmonic Orchestra. The performance was followed by the signing of a manifesto, a tribute to women, and the launch of the photographic exhibition "The Road to Peace: 5 Years of the Agreement". "Medellín is a city that is managing its conflicts with courage and imagination,” said Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Colombia. “Today I would like to invite you to maintain hope, to maintain the struggle to consolidate peace in the territories throughout the country. The United Nations will continue to support the country to achieve a comprehensive peace, a sustainable and lasting peace.". The Mission also took part in events in Bogotá, Cali, San José del Guaviare, Valledupar and Cúcuta, among others.

    Exhibition

    In Their Hands: Women Taking Ownership of Peace 

    Acting Executive Director of UN Women Pramila Patten opened on 18 September the multimedia exhibition “In Their Hands: Women Taking Ownership of Peace” at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1, New York City, attended by more than 2,500 people on the opening night. Ms. Patten, in her opening remarks, said that the images on display of the 14 women portrayed in the exhibit, underscore the importance of ensuring women play a meaningful role in making, keeping and building peace. This initiative, created by the Department of Peace Operations (DPO), UN Women and DPPA, in partnership with Photoville, offers an excellent opportunity to amplify women’s voices and advocate for women’s participation in peace and political processes, a central focus of the Women, Peace and Security agenda. The exhibition, visited by more than 60,000 people in the past week alone, will be on view until 1 December 2021.

    Read more here

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    Next Week

    Special Representative Geir Pedersen will brief the Security Council on Syria on Tuesday, 28 September. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland will brief the Security Council on Wednesday, 29 September.

    And as we reported last week, the UN Office to the African Union (UNOAU) is planning to publish an e-book entitled, “She Stands for Peace” to recognize the contributions made by women and women’s organizations to peacebuilding efforts across Africa. The call for nominations of individuals or organizations of African Union Member States who have made impactful contributions to peace and security on the continent has been extended until Thursday, 30 September 2021.

    Click here for more details on nomination eligibility and criteria

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • 24 Sep 2021

    A decade of war in Syria has left more 350,200 people dead, High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet told the Human Rights Council on Friday, noting that this total was an “under-count of the actual number of killings”.

  • 24 Sep 2021

    The President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas on Friday called on the UN Secretary-General to convene an international peace conference and said that to ensure that this initiative is not open-ended, Israel must withdraw from the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem within one year. 

  • 24 Sep 2021

    Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades told UN Member States on Friday that he is determined “to set the negotiation process” with Turkey “back on track”, on the basis of the UN framework and the agreement reached in 2019.

  • 24 Sep 2021

    Somalia - The latest round of public consultations on Somalia’s constitutional review process came to an end this week, with members of the public providing more of their...

  • 23 Sep 2021

    Top UN officials met in the margins of the 76th General Assembly on Thursday,  with a strong call to action to stamp out gender-based violence (GBV), amid a rise in forced displacement and other humanitarian emergencies around the globe.

  • 23 Sep 2021

    Benghazi, 23 September 2021 - With representatives of the United Nations Country Team based in Benghazi, the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Georgette Gagnon today concluded a four-day visit to Benghazi. Ms. Gagnon visited health facilities, medical warehouses, the Al Heleas IDP settlement, the rehabilitated Benghazi library and AlShabbi Corniche as well as the offices of Tatweer Research and...

  • 23 Sep 2021

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday again urged eight key countries which have not yet signed or ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), to do so without delay.

  • 23 Sep 2021

    No region is immune to climate disasters the UN chief told the Security Council on Thursday, warning that “our window of opportunity” to prevent the worst climate impacts is “rapidly closing”.

  • 23 Sep 2021

    Statement by Dr Najat Rochdi,

    Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator

    Provision of fuel to maintain critical health and WASH services

     

    Beirut 23 September 2021 – Dr Najat Rochdi, Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Resident and...

  • 22 Sep 2021

    The crisis in Yemen, now in its seventh year of war, continues unabated, with thousands of people displaced and millions “a step away from starvation”, the UN Humanitarian Relief Coordinator said on Wednesday during a high-level side event on the margins of the 76th General Assembly.

  • 22 Sep 2021
  • 22 Sep 2021

    Excellencies,

    I am pleased to join you and represent the Secretary-General today.

    At the outset, I would like to acknowledge Romania’s important role in leading the Community of Democracies since 2019, especially under exceptional circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  I also commend Romania’s efforts to ensure that the full and meaningful participation of women is a priority issue for the Community’s work.

    This year’s Conference takes place at a critical moment.  The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all facets of our lives.  It has laid bare our shared vulnerabilities: the weaknesses in global and national preparedness; the persistence of long-lasting grievances; and a disenchantment with public institutions and political leadership.

    To be clear, these problems were not created by the pandemic.  For many years, we have allowed them to fester, unchecked.  For example, in traditionally stable democracies, we have seen over the last decade a gradual erosion of trust in representative processes and institutions.  

    Many people believe that, in their daily lives, these processes and institutions are not delivering on their fundamental promises: to promote equality; to provide social protection; to ensure justice and the protection of human rights.

    Alongside this democratic malaise, we are also witnessing backsliding in many “young” democracies. Whether they use the trappings of a democratic system or appeal to so-called “true” democracy to subvert the popular will, authoritarians of all stripes are increasingly audacious.

    The pandemic has exacerbated these trends. It has helped drive people towards polarization, and at times violence. It has led many to challenge the central tenets of democratic societies.

    And it has made people and their leaders question the effectiveness of the multilateral system, which has not been able to fully come together to address the pandemic and its consequences

    Excellencies,

    This is the time to act.

    If the pandemic demonstrated how fragile the international community is, it also showed how interconnected we are.  Truly global threats, such as pandemics and the climate emergency, underscore the necessity of joined-up global action. Deadly viruses or extreme weather events do not respect national boundaries.

    Today, I want to highlight three ways in which we can adapt.

    First, at the national level, we need more inclusive societies. Groups that are excluded from decision-making must have a real say and find representation in political institutions. If we are truly to address the democratic deficit in the world today, we must take meaningful steps to ensure that women, youth, minorities, marginalized communities and those holding divergent views can participate fully in public life.

    Second, at the international level, we need more solidarity.  A multilateral system based on cooperation for the common good is indispensable if we are to address the threats we face and build peaceful societies, advance human rights, and attain sustainable development.

    The multilateral system itself needs to evolve and become more inclusive and networked. This will require making space for new constituencies that are critical to addressing our common challenges – civil society, local governments, and the business sector, for example.  

    And third, we need to prepare better to respond to future challenges, none more critical than the climate emergency. From the perspective of the Department that I lead, this includes putting a central focus on prevention.

    We need to change our approach to the maintenance of international peace and security and favor the prevention of crises. We know conflict prevention is less costly in human lives and resources than picking up the pieces after war. Prevention also means helping to build peaceful and resilient societies – the fundamental goal of the Sustainable Development Agenda.

    Ladies and gentlemen,

    Two weeks ago, the Secretary-General submitted a report on Our Common Agenda to the General Assembly.  Drawing on broad consultations, the report presents a blueprint for these changes at the national and international level.

    The Common Agenda embodies a vision for a reinvigorated multilateral system as the basis for more inclusive and resilient societies. It places particular focus on the role of youth and future generations. We acknowledge the need to give these constituencies more agency to address challenges that they will confront up close in the future.

    We must remain clear-eyed about the magnitude of the task we face.  The Common Agenda gives us a framework to work on revitalizing the global consensus, grounded in solidarity within and between societies.

    We count on the support of the Community of Democracies in advancing this ambitious agenda.

    Thank you.

  • 21 Sep 2021

    Mogadishu – Coinciding with the International Day of Peace, a group of Somali students today graduated with master’s degrees in subjects with special relevance to...

  • 21 Sep 2021

    TRIPOLI, 21 September 2021 - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has received, with concerns, reports that the House of Representatives (HoR) has passed a no-confidence motion against the...

  • 21 Sep 2021

    Photo: Foreign Ministry of Oman

    Amman, 21 September 2021 - The UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, concluded today a visit to Muscat, Oman where he met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate...

  • 21 Sep 2021

    UNOAU Quarterly highlights captures work undertaken to enhance the UN-AU partnership in peace and security. This second edition features an opinion piece by H.E. Hans Henric Lundquist,...

  • 20 Sep 2021

    New York, September 21, 2021

    This year’s International Day of Peace comes at a crisis point for humanity.  

    COVID-19 has turned our world upside-down.

    Conflicts are spinning out of control.  

    The climate emergency is worsening.

    Inequality and poverty are deepening.

    ...
  • 19 Sep 2021

    The Secretary-General deeply regrets that the Houthi movement (who also call themselves Ansar Allah) yesterday carried out executions of nine individuals, one of whom was reportedly a minor at time of detention, and strongly condemns these actions which are a result of judicial proceedings that do not appear to have fulfilled the requirements of fair trial and due process under international law. 

    Stressing that he...

  • 18 Sep 2021

    New York – The Members of the Security Council were briefed by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the current situation in Somalia.

    The Members of the Security...

  • 18 Sep 2021

    New York – The Members of the Security Council were briefed by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the current situation in Somalia.

    The Members of...

  • 17 Sep 2021

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

    Security Council

    Sudan continues its transition towards democracy

    Volker Perthes, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), told the Security Council on 14 September that the country was making headway in its transition to democracy, with growing momentum towards drafting a new Constitution and organizing elections. Reporting on several positive developments, including steps taken by the Transitional Government in Khartoum to address violence in Darfur and eastern Sudan, he noted that long‑term success required sustained international support. “Sudan’s challenges are immense, and the United Nations remains fully committed to supporting the authorities in addressing them and realizing the aspirations of the Sudanese people for a peaceful, stable and democratic Sudan,” he said, adding that UNITAMS counted on the Council’s robust support as it navigated the path forward.

    Full briefing to the Security Council here

    Read more here

     
    UNAMA mandate extended for another six months

    The Security Council unanimously voted on 17 September to extend the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) until 17 March 2022. The Council requested the mission to continue coordinating humanitarian assistance and asked the authorities to ensure access and security to UN staff to allow for the delivery of the much-needed assistance. 

    Read more here

     
    Council adopts technical rollover of UNSMIL mandate

    The Security Council unanimously adopted on 15 September resolution 2595 (2021) extending the mandate of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) until 30 September. Council members continue to be engaged in consultations on the extension of the mandate of UNSMIL beyond that date.

    Read more here

    Central Asia

    Special Representative Gherman attends 21st Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

    Natalia Gherman, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) participated on 17 September in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, in the 21st Summit of the Council of the Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization on the occasion of its 20th anniversary on behalf of the Secretary-General. Through a pre-recorded video message, the Secretary-General stressed the United Nations commitment to deliver for the Afghan people. Earlier on 16 September, Special Representative Gherman met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic Ruslan Kazakbayev as part of the Collective Security Treaty Organization Ministerial Council meeting.

    Full remarks by the Secretary-General

    Yemen

    Special Envoy travels to Saudi Arabia

    Hans Grundberg, Special Envoy for Yemen, arrived in Riyadh on 15 September to meet with senior Yemeni and Saudi officials, among others. This is his first visit to Riyadh since taking office as UN Special Envoy on 5 September. He said he was keen to engage with Yemenis and other key interlocutors on how to find a durable solution to the conflict and reach an inclusive political settlement that ends the war and meets the aspirations of all Yemeni people.

    Read more here

    Iraq

    UNAMI continues to support upcoming elections preparations

    The United Nations has been helping Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) on various areas for the upcoming elections, including the organization of a ceremony on 15 September in Baghdad to promote the Electoral Code of Conduct. All signatories to the charter pledged to refrain from intolerance, violence and hate speech during the campaign and the polls. On 11 September, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert addressed the 13th Islamic Day for Opposing Violence against Women, focusing on the threats and challenges faced by women exercising their political and electoral rights. “If the voices of half of Iraqis are muffled, the entire representative basis of democracy will be undermined," she said.

    Full remarks by the Special Representative

     
    UNAMI hosts Digital Dialogue with Iraqi Voters

    Special Representative Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert held on 13 September a live “Digital Dialogue” with voters across Iraq. “During this period, we’ve been listening closely to Iraqi voters – so that we can help address their concerns and make them feel included. Innovative approaches such as digital dialogues are a welcome addition to our toolbox,” she said. Supported by DPPA’s Innovation Cell, the Digital Dialogue used cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence technology to provide a safe and secure space for Iraqis to anonymously share their thoughts with the United Nations leadership in the country.

    Read more here

    Learn more about the DPPA Innovation Cell

    Middle East and North Africa

    Impact of COVID-19 on women in the Middle East and North Africa discussed

    The Middle East and North Africa divisions of DPPA and the Department of Peace Operations (DPO) organized a workshop on 14 September on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in the Middle East and North Africa, featuring around 60 participants including UN representatives from the Departments, UN Women and Peace and Development Advisers in the region. Experts from the Arab Barometer and the World Bank highlighted the continued marginalization of women in political and peace processes, as well as in civic and economic spheres – with the pandemic further pushing women out of the labor force. Looking ahead, recommendations included the importance of advocating for women’s quotas in elections; the need to sustain UN engagement with civil society and Women Human Rights Defenders and to engage with the governments in the region on the removal of structural barriers that hinder women’s economic and political participation. Gender segregated data and gender sensitive analysis were also highlighted as critical tools for all UN stakeholders. 

    Somalia

    Special Representative travels to Baidoa to discuss elections and security

    James Swan, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), visited on 16 September the South West State to meet with its president, electoral authority and civil society on the country’s upcoming elections for the House of the People. Speaking on behalf of the visiting international partners that accompanied him, Special Representative Swan said South West State has made commendable progress with electoral preparations, with it being one of only two Federal Member States to have successfully completed elections for the Upper House within the agreed timeline. “This is very encouraging, and we hope to see similar advances with preparations for the House of the People elections,” Special Representative Swan said.

    Read more about his visit

    Full remarks by the Special Representative

    West Africa and the Sahel

    Special Representative visits Guinea and Ghana

    Mahamat Saleh Annadif, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), travelled to Accra, Ghana this week to participate in the second extraordinary summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to address the situation in Guinea. He told the summit that the Secretary-General was very concerned about the repeated attempts and unconstitutional changes that are taking place in the West African sub-region and stressed that the UN would support any initiative by ECOWAS to help Guinea regain a peaceful political and social framework. On 13 September, he was in Conakry, Guinea where he met with the head of the National Committee of Reconciliation and Development (Comité national du rassemblement et du développement, CNRD) Lieutenant Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, and other political and diplomatic actors to discuss the situation following the military takeover of 5 September.

    Read more about his mission to Guinea here

    Peacebuilding

    ‘She Stands for Peace’: Call for nomination extended

    As a follow-on to their publication “She Stands for Peace; 20 Years, 20 Journeys”, for the 20th Anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000), UNOAU is planning to publish “She Stands for Peace - eBook” to recognize the contributions made by women and women’s organizations to peacebuilding efforts across Africa. UNOAU is calling for nominations of individuals or women’s organizations, female citizens of African Union Member States, who have made impactful contributions to peace and security on the continent. The call will be open until Thursday, 30 September 2021.

    Click here for more details on nomination eligibility and criteria

    Exhibition

    In Their Hands: Women Taking Ownership of Peace 

    Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed will open the multimedia exhibition “In Their Hands: Women Taking Ownership of Peace” on Saturday, 18 September at 7pm at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1, New York City. The exhibition was created by DPPA, in partnership with UN Women, the Department of Peace Operations (DPO) and New York’s Photoville festival. This initiative offers an excellent opportunity to amplify women’s voices and advocate for women’s participation in peace and political processes, a central focus of the Women, Peace and Security agenda. The launch event is open to the public and will also feature food, drinks and music at the scenic waterfront location. The exhibition is on view until 1 December 2021.

    Read more here

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    Next Week

    The Security Council will hold an open debate on Climate Security on Thursday, 23 September. 

  • 17 Sep 2021

    At a virtual event on Friday commemorating the International Day of Peace, the UN chief saluted the “voices, vision and commitment of young people in shaping a more peaceful world”.

  • 17 Sep 2021

    Photo: Abdel Rahman Alzorgan\OSESGY

    Amman, 17 September 2021 - The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg concluded today his visit to Riyadh, where he met with President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, Vice-...

  • 17 Sep 2021

    The Security Council met today, 17 September, in New York and voted unanimously to pass resolution S/RES/2596 (2021) renewing UNAMA’s mandate for six months until 17 March 2022....

  • 17 Sep 2021

    Mogadishu - As Somalis mark the one-year anniversary of the 17 September Agreement, international partners* are increasingly alarmed that the escalating dispute between the President and Prime...

  • 17 Sep 2021

    The Summit of the Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan (17 September 2021)

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  • 16 Sep 2021
  • 16 Sep 2021

    A delegation of Somalia’s international partners today visited South West State to meet with its president, electoral authority and civil society on the country’s upcoming elections for the House of...

  • 16 Sep 2021

    The people of Burundi continue to endure serious human rights violations including possible crimes against humanity, the majority committed by those with links to the ruling party, UN-appointed independent investigators said on Thursday.

  • 16 Sep 2021

    Thank you, Mr. President Abdiaziz Hassan Mohamed ‘Laftagareen’ for the warm reception and hospitality which you and your team have once again provided us.

    Today, I am accompanied by...

  • 16 Sep 2021

    The contribution of women activists towards building peace across the world is being highlighted in a UN exhibition of images taken by women photographers which is opening online and in New York.

  • 15 Sep 2021

    The United Nations announced on Wednesday that all Gabonese military units deployed to the peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic, MINUSCA, are to be sent home immediately, following credible reports alleging that unidentified ‘blue helmets’ had abused five girls.

  • 15 Sep 2021

    South Sudan has made history with the appointment of two women to senior leadership positions within its Transitional National Legislature, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council on Wednesday, as he encouraged parties to build on these gains in efforts to overcome significant political and security headwinds.

  • 15 Sep 2021

    Photo: Abdel Rahman Alzorgan/OSESGY

    Amman, 15 September 2021 - The Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Yemen Hans Grundberg has arrived today in Riyadh where he is scheduled to meet with senior Yemeni and...

  • 15 Sep 2021

    Casualties caused by lethal cluster munitions continued to increase in 2020, despite progress in efforts to eliminate these weapons, a UN-backed civil society report said on Wednesday. 

  • 14 Sep 2021

    The future for Syria’s people is “increasingly bleak”, UN-appointed rights experts said on Tuesday, highlighting escalating conflict in several areas of the war-ravaged country, a return to siege tactics and popular demonstrations linked to the plummeting economy.

  • 14 Sep 2021

    Despite setbacks and challenges, Sudan continues its transition towards democracy, the head of the UN special political mission in the country told the Security Council on Tuesday.

  • 14 Sep 2021

    The return of humanitarian flights to Kabul since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan is a turning point in the crisis, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday. 

  • 13 Sep 2021

    The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the...

  • 13 Sep 2021

    The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Monday that beginning next month, funding shortages will force it to suspend lifesaving food assistance for more than 100,000 displaced people in parts of South Sudan until the start of 2022.