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2022

  • 29 Abr 2022

    Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the historic Chemical Weapons Convention on Friday, the UN chief described the treaty as “a major achievement” in disarmament.

  • 29 Abr 2022

    KABUL – The United Nations in Afghanistan condemns in the strongest terms today’s deadly attack in a Sufi Mosque in the Darulaman area of Kabul, which reportedly resulted in scores dead and wounded.

    Today’s attack on the Khalifa Sahib...

  • 29 Abr 2022

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan

    In April 2022, within the Preventive Diplomacy Academy...

  • 29 Abr 2022

    Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati and UN Resident Coordinator for Lebanon Najat Rochdi signed today the “United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation...

  • 29 Abr 2022

    The Office of the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL) is organizing digital consultations with Lebanese youth on Thursday, 5 May @5 pm (Beirut Time).

    Hosted...

  • 28 Abr 2022

    Recent intercommunal violence in areas of West Darfur, Sudan, that has left scores dead, including two health workers, must stop immediately, a senior official with the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. 

  • 28 Abr 2022

    Describing Ukraine as “an epicenter of unbearable heartache and pain”, the UN chief took to the podium alongside its president in Kyiv on Thursday, vowing to increase support for the people amidst the suffering, and the millions displaced in the wake of Russia’s invasion.

  • 28 Abr 2022

    New York, 29 April 2022

    Today marks the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction.

    The Chemical Weapons Convention has been a major achievement in the history of disarmament and a powerful testament of the security benefits that multilateral instruments...

  • 28 Abr 2022

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres visited sites of suspected war crimes in Ukraine on Thursday, where he condemned the “evil” acts committed against civilians and urged criminal accountability.

  • 28 Abr 2022

    TURKISTAN, Kazakhstan

    On 26 April 2022, in...

  • 28 Abr 2022

    Dakar, 28 April 2022 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office in West Africa...

  • 28 Abr 2022

    Mogadishu – Somalia’s international partners* welcome the successful elections for leadership positions in the Upper House on 26 April 2022 and the House of the...

  • 27 Abr 2022

    Keeping the peace has become more important but also more complex in a world of proliferating conflicts, that are becoming more “intertwined”, the UN’s policy chief told a high-level meeting of the General Assembly spotlighting financing for peacebuilding on Wednesday.

  • 27 Abr 2022

    Mogadishu – As elections for the Speakers and Deputy Speakers of Parliament take place this week, Somalia’s international partners* urge that...

  • 26 Abr 2022

    Although the war in Syria may not be making headlines lately, the international community must remain focused on achieving a comprehensive political solution to the conflict, UN Envoy for the country, Geir Pedersen, said on Tuesday in his latest briefing to the Security Council in New York. 

  • 26 Abr 2022

    On the 36th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine, the world is again concerned about the safety of nuclear power plants, amid the ongoing Russian invasion, which has seen shelling take place at Chernobyl, and other nuclear sites in the country.

  • 26 Abr 2022

    The UN General Assembly decided on Tuesday to automatically meet within 10 days, if the veto is used in the Security Council by one of its five permanent members.

  • 26 Abr 2022

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres has stressed the need to “keep alive the values of multilateralism” amid the war in Ukraine and its fallouts across the globe.

  • 26 Abr 2022

    Russia has agreed “in principle” to UN involvement in the evacuation of citizens from the last remaining holdout in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, following a meeting between Secretary-General António Guterres and President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Tuesday.

  • 26 Abr 2022

    UN urges more funding support for the #DroughtinSomalia

    UN supports Hargeisa market rebuilding

    Amid funding gaps, UN scales up assistance on #DroughtinSomalia

    UN Humanitarian visit to Dollow

    UN Humanitarian Coordinator on the #DroughtinSomalia

    UN humanitarian visit to Galkayo

    Growing risk of famine in Somalia

  • 25 Abr 2022

    Humanitarians have launched a renewed appeal for war-ravaged Ukraine that calls for $2.25 billion to provide assistance and protection to nearly nine million people, the UN announced on Monday. 

  • 25 Abr 2022

    NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan

    On April 23, SRSG Gherman took part in the round table "Problems and prospects of effective...

  • 25 Abr 2022

    Recent violence in the occupied West Bank and terror attacks in Israel have killed and injured scores of civilians, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process updated the Security Council on Monday.

  • 25 Abr 2022

    Additional peacekeepers have been deployed to Leer county, South Sudan, following a surge of violence, including rapes, gang rapes, beheadings, burning civilians alive, and attacks on humanitarians, the UN Mission in the country, UNMISS, reported on Monday. 

  • 24 Abr 2022

    Dakar, 24 April 2022 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mahamat Saleh...

  • 24 Abr 2022

    The UN’s crisis coordinator in Ukraine called on Sunday for an immediate stop to fighting in besieged Mariupol to allow trapped civilians to leave the city safely.

  • 23 Abr 2022

    New York, 24 April 2022

    United Nations Member States, by ratifying or accepting the UN Charter, have committed themselves to the values of multilateralism and diplomacy for peace.

    But as we mark this year’s International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace, this commitment is being broken. The principles at the heart of multilateral cooperation are under the greatest...

  • 22 Abr 2022

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

    Security Council

    Sudan and South Sudan continue to complement one another in the search for peace

    Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Hanna Tetteh on 21 April briefed the Council regarding the implementation of Resolution 2046 on outstanding bilateral issues between Sudan and South Sudan and the situation in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.  “Clearly, the coup has had a negative effect on progress on the bilateral initiatives which the two countries had started deepening and which they are now trying to re-boot,” Tetteh said.  “It is however gratifying that, while each of them is grappling with its internal conflict, they continue to complement one another in the search for peace, and to build on the progress achieved so far.”

    Full remarks to the Council here

    Consultation on Libya

    Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo briefed the Security Council in closed consultations on Libya on 19 April, providing updates on the work of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the efforts by Special Adviser Stephanie Williams.

    Haiti

    Full participation of women and girls needed to consolidate peace and stability in Haiti

    Women judges and lawyers gathered at the UN Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) on 19 April to discuss the challenges of the judicial system and propose ways to enable justice to be the independent and effective institution the population expects it to be. The following day, BINUH issued a statement calling for the Haitian government, political parties, all sectors of national life, as well as the international community, to listen to the voices of Haitian women and girls, and to take all measures to guarantee and protect their full participation in the process of consolidating peace and stability in Haiti, as well as in creating a more just and equal society.

    Read full statement in French

    Afghanistan

    Deputy Special Representative engages with media and Chairman of Afghan Senate

    During a meeting on 17 April with Chairman of the Afghan Senate Fazal Hadi Muslimyar, Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan Mette Knudsen discussed representative governance and the need for dialogue at all levels. On 18 April, she visited the 1TV News Afghanistan complex in Kabul and heard moving stories of hardship and determination from journalists in the face of multiple challenges. “Any act to muzzle free press must end and the international community must stay firm in supporting Afghan press,” she said in a tweet issued after the meeting.

    Central Asia

    Roundtable on Women, Peace and Security in Central Asia held in Kazakhstan

    In Kazakhstan on 21 April, Special Representative and Head of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) Natalia Gherman participated in a round table on Women, Peace and Security in Central Asia organized by the Lower House of the Kazakh Parliament. Members of Parliament, Government ministers, representatives of international organizations and the diplomatic community participated in the discussion. Gherman highlighted the progress made by Central Asian countries in the adoption of legislation ensuring gender equality and women's participation, including in government and law enforcement structures. In this context she also underscored the role of the Central Asian Women Leaders’ Caucus in promoting gender-oriented policies and programmes in the region.

    Read more here

    Middle East

    Concern over deteriorating security situation in Jerusalem

    Tor Wennesland, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, voiced concern on 15 April over the deteriorating security situation in Jerusalem. He called on political, religious and community leaders on all sides to help calm the situation, avoid spreading inflammatory rhetoric and speak up against those seeking to escalate the situation. On 19 April, the Special Coordinator in a closed session briefed the Security Council. Following his consultations with the Council, he met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and discussed the UN’s continued efforts to reduce tensions. Wennesland reiterated the need for the status quo at Holy Sites to be upheld and respected. He called on all sides to avoid any inflammatory rhetoric or provocative actions that could escalate the situation.

    Yemen

    Special Envoy visits Riyadh to discuss Truce

    During a visit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg met on 17 April with Yemen’s Minister of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs, Ahmed A. BinMubarak. They discussed the urgent need to make progress towards opening roads in Taiz and to resume commercial flights to and from Sana’a airport in line with the Truce agreement. On 18 April, the Special Envoy met with the President of the Presidential Leadership Council Rashad Al Alimi. They discussed the implementation of the Truce agreement and agreed on the importance of building on the Truce towards reaching a negotiated political solution to the conflict.

    Head of Hudaydah Mission meets with Gulf Cooperation Council

    Also in Riyadh this week, Michael Beary, Head of the UN Mission to Support the Hudaydah Agreement (UNMHA) met with Dr. Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf, the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on 21 April. Beary commended the GCC for its pivotal role in organizing the intra-Yemeni consultations held under its auspices earlier this month. He expressed UNMHA’s keenness to engage in the wider UN-GCC collaboration towards the shared objective of bringing peace and stability to the people of Hudaydah and Yemen.

    Central Africa

    Special Representative receives HeForShe award

    On 20 April, François Louncény Fall, Special Representative and Head of the Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), received from Oulimata Sarr, Regional Director of UN Women for West and Central Africa, the #HeforShe award in recognition of his contribution to women's participation in political and peace processes in Central Africa.

    Libya

    Meeting with candidates for Libyan parliamentary elections

    The Officer-in-Charge/Mission Coordinator of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Raisedon Zenenga, received on 17 April at the Mission’s headquarters in Tripoli a group of candidates for Libya’s parliamentary elections. The candidates emphasized the importance to focus all efforts on holding the elections as soon as possible and the need for the Libyan High National Election Commission (HNEC) to release the candidate list for the elections. They expressed concern over the current political deadlock and urged UNSMIL to include both presidential and parliamentary candidates in the consultations to facilitate a pathway to early elections. Zenenga assured the delegation that UNSMIL and Special Adviser for Libya Stephanie Williams are prioritizing elections as the only way out of the current political impasse and stressed the importance to respect the wishes of Libyan voters and candidates.

    Libyan Constitutional Track Committee concludes meetings in Cairo

    The Libyan Constitutional Track Committee, comprising the House of Representatives and Higher Council of State, concluded its meetings on 18 April in Cairo, Egypt, under the auspices of the United Nations. Special Adviser Stephanie Williams in a statement said the consultations that took place over the course of one week between the committee members were held “in a climate of consensus.” They agreed on the internal regulations governing the work of the Committee and to meet after Eid al-Fitr to continue the consultations. This round of consultations on the Libyan constitutional track was held within the context of the UN initiative launched in early March with the aim of moving forward a constitutional and legislative framework for presidential and parliamentary elections.

    Read more here

    Somalia

    Special Representative discusses upcoming parliamentary elections in Somalia

    As Somalia’s political focus turns to electing parliamentary leaders, UN Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) James Swan met on 17 April with candidates Abdullahi Aden Ahmed, Sheikh Aden Mohamed Nur and Sharif Mohamed Abdalla Hussein, in the running for the post of Speaker of the House of the People, to learn about their objectives for this key role, including their legislative priorities. On 22 April, he met with Somali Goodwill Ambassadors to help secure the 30% women quota for the 11th Parliamentary election and other women leaders and discussed the importance of women’s inclusion in seats still to be elected and supporting their full participation in Somalia's decision-making processes, including in Parliament and government.

    UN pledges support following market fire in Hargeisa

    On a visit to Hargeisa, Somaliland, on 18 April, UN Resident Coordinator for Somalia Adam Abdelmoula pledged UN support for efforts to rebuild the Waheen marketplace which was recently destroyed in a blaze. “I am here primarily to reassure our partners in the government of Somaliland, civil society, the business community and all those affected, that the UN is here, and we are in this together,” he said while visiting the ruins of the marketplace. Located in central Hargeisa and spread out over five square kilometres, the Waheen marketplace was the largest market in Somaliland. It played a vital role in the local economy, with an estimated 5,000 businesses present, drawing sellers and shoppers from the city and surrounding communities. Mr. Abdelmoula’s visit followed a week-long visit by a team of UN technical experts, who worked with the Somaliland authorities and the fire response committee, to assess the immediate, medium- and long-term support needed to help those affected by the blaze.

    Read more here

    Innovation

    What is the Shape of Innovation? Exhibition at UN headquarters

    To celebrate World Creativity and Innovation Day on 21 April, DPPA and the creative firm Altimeter mounted an exhibition – entitled “What is the Shape of Innovation?” – at UN headquarters. The exhibition, in the lobby of the Secretariat building, featured a collection of one-of-a-kind, handmade objects that invited participants to explore how artifacts can translate meaning and facilitate conversation. Visitors could reflect on the texture of resilience, the weight of dialogue, or the movement of diplomacy, for example. In a series of workshops the same day, staff members explored how we can use objects to encourage imagination and advance peace initiatives.

    More information on DPPA’s innovation work available on futuringpeace.org.

    Peacebuilding

    Peacebuilding Commission meeting on Lake Chad Basin

    The Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) met on 20 April to discuss ways of increasing support for the implementation of the Regional Strategy for the Stabilization, Recovery and Resilience of the Boko Haram affected Areas of the Lake Chad Basin Region, with a focus on the critical role of the Territorial Action Plans (TAPs). The meeting was convened by the Chair as a follow-up to the third Governors Forum of the Lake Chad Basin, held in October 2021, during which the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) asked the PBC to utilize its convening and bridging platform to mobilize further support for the region’s peacebuilding priorities. Representatives of regional and sub-regional organizations, local authorities, and civil society organizations led by women and youth discussed concrete ways of enhancing local resilience, with support from the PBC. The Commission welcomed the expansion of the Lake Chad Basin Commission’s support base to include humanitarian, development, and peace actors, and encouraged sustained partnership among the LCBC, African Union (AU), Economic Community of Central African States

    (ECCAS), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the UN, and local actors in the implementation of the regional strategy. It welcomed in particular the use of dialogue platforms which allow key implementing actors to interact with civil society and the private sector in the conceptualization of interventions. The Commission expressed full support for placing women and youth at the heart of efforts to implement the TAPs. Many recognized the need for predictable funding for the implementation of the regional strategy, including through the establishment of a basket fund, underscoring the need for projects dedicated to strengthening institutional capacity of LCBC States to implement the regional strategy.  

    PBC letter to the General Assembly on peacebuilding financing 

    Following lengthy negotiations, the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) submitted to the General Assembly a letter on peacebuilding financing, which will serve as input to the high-level meeting scheduled for 27 April. In the letter, which was informed by a series of PBC discussions and related events led by Member States in the past two years, the PBC reiterates that adequate, predictable and sustained financing remains a critical challenge, noting with concern that financial flows to conflict-affected countries have been under severe pressure, particularly Official Development Assistance devoted to peacebuilding – and that the challenge is particularly acute in the contexts of United Nations transitions. Building on its work in support of the Women, Peace and Security agenda and the Youth, Peace and Security agenda, the Commission stresses the importance of enhancing efforts aimed at promoting the full, equal and meaningful participation of women in peacebuilding, and for greater youth engagement to peacebuilding. The Commission notes with concern that demand for support from the Peacebuilding Fund significantly outpaces available resources and recommends that its donor base should be broadened and diversified. The Commission encourages the General Assembly to consider all options for enhanced peacebuilding financing, including voluntary, assessed and innovative in its high-level meeting.

    Next Week

    On Monday, 25 April, Special Coordinator Tor Wennesland will update the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East and efforts to address the rising tensions in and around Jerusalem. The Council will hear from Special Envoy Geir Pedersen on the situation in Syria on Tuesday, 26 April. And on Wednesday, 27 April, a briefing by Special Envoy Huang Xia will update Council members on the implementation of the Regional Strategy for Peace Consolidation, Conflict Prevention and Conflict Resolution in the Great Lakes Region.

    In the run-up to the High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on Financing for Peacebuilding, round tables will be held in the ECOSOC Chamber on Monday, 25 April, from 9.30 am to 5.45 pm. The High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on Financing for Peacebuilding will be held at the UN General Assembly Hall on Wednesday, 27 April, starting at 10 am.

    More information here

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  • 22 Abr 2022

    António Guterres will be traveling to Russia and Ukraine to meet with both the Foreign Ministers and Presidents of these countries.

  • 22 Abr 2022

    The UN human rights office, OHCHR, on Friday called for a probe into Israel’s response to the escalating violence surrounding the Al Asqa Mosque compound in Jerusalem. 

  • 22 Abr 2022

    NEW YORK - The Secretary-General condemns the multiple attacks yesterday in Afghanistan, including on the Seh Dokan mosque in Mazar-e-Sharif during prayers. He extends his deepest condolences...

  • 22 Abr 2022

    UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Friday condemned the “horrors” committed against civilians in Ukraine as the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that it feared the worst in devastated areas of the country's east and south. 

  • 22 Abr 2022

     

    New York, 22 April 2022

    Today is International Mother Earth Day.

    It is a chance to reflect on how humanity has been treating our planet.

    The truth is, we have been poor custodians of our fragile home.

    Today, the Earth is facing a triple planetary crisis.

    Climate disruption.

    Nature and biodiversity loss.

    Pollution and waste.

    This triple crisis is threatening the well-being and survival of millions of people...

  • 21 Abr 2022

    Disarmament research agency UNIDIR called on Thursday for more women to take their rightful place in international security discussions – a move that’s been warmly welcomed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet. 

  • 21 Abr 2022

    Although the overall security situation in the disputed Abyei region between Sudan and South Sudan has remained calm, the “trust deficit” between the two main communities continues to be a great concern, UN Peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix told the Security Council on Thursday.

  • 21 Abr 2022

    Over the past two months, Ukraine has seen “suffering, devastation, and destruction on a massive scale”,  the UN Crisis Coordinator for the country told journalists on Thursday, and echoed the Secretary-General in saying, “we must stop the bloodshed and destruction”.

  • 21 Abr 2022

    Security Council briefing on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2046 by Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Hanna Serwaa Tetteh 

     

    Mister President,
    Distinguished Council Members,

    Thank you for the opportunity to brief the Security Council for the first time in my new capacity as the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa. This briefing concerns progress in the implementation of Resolution 2046, which relates to outstanding bilateral issues between the Sudan and South Sudan and the situation in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.

    This briefing is taking place in a context marked by uncertainty and yet unresolved internal difficulties following the coup in the Sudan on 25 October 2021, which did not make it possible to plan any meetings of the joint mechanisms between Sudan and South Sudan that were intended for the beginning of 2022. With the removal of the civilian government in Khartoum that had been engaging its counterpart in Juba, the momentum towards the resolution of outstanding issues was suddenly dropped and the countries will have to start reviewing them afresh, though in my recent visit to the Sudan and South Sudan, the Chairman of the Sovereign Council – General Burhan and his Deputy – General Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo informed me that preparations were ongoing to engage their South Sudanese counterparts on these matters, which has been confirmed by the authorities I met here in South Sudan. As mentioned in the Secretary-General’s report, the reporting period also witnessed significant violence last week between the Ngok Dinka and the Misseriya in Abyei. If anything, it reminds us of the need to focus on settling the final status of Abyei.

    In South Sudan, President Kiir made appointments to the command structure of the Necessary Unified Forces on 12 April that will pave the way for the graduation and redeployment of forces that had completed their training as part of a new national army. This followed an agreement on 3 April between the President, the First Vice-President Riek Machar, and the Fifth Vice-President Abdelbagi, as commanders-in-chief of the three-armed parties of the 2018 Peace Agreement (R-ARCSS). The development was the outcome of Sudanese mediation efforts led by the Chairperson of the Sudanese Sovereign Council, General Burhan and his Deputy, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.  As a result, tension between President Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar which was also manifested on the ground by fighting between their troops in Upper Nile and Unity states and the surrounding of Machar’s residence in Juba by the military and National Security personnel on 27 March this year has been dissipated.

    An obvious casualty of the coup in Sudan was the Joint Political and Security Mechanism (JPSM), one of the rare mechanisms bringing the two countries together to review outstanding political and security issues. Its last meeting of 8-9 September 2021 in Juba had scheduled the next meeting for Khartoum in the second week of January 2022. Not only did the meeting not hold but action has not been taken on the other decisions reached at the Juba sitting. Regarding the call for the two countries to withdraw their forces from the Abyei box by 31 December 2021, the Senior Leadership I met in Sudan insists that they have withdrawn all their forces and called on South Sudan to do the same for them to re-activate meetings of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC). This assertion by the Government of Sudan is challenged by the Government of South Sudan. The lack of progress on South Sudan’s commitment made at the JPSM to mediate between the communities in Aweil towards re-activation of the three dormant Joint Border Verification and Monitoring Mechanism locations is also of concern. No new date has been fixed for the next JPSM meeting; I was however pleased to hear that the parties are in contact regarding the organization of an AJOC meeting soon.  

    Thanks to the easing of restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, I was able to travel to both countries not only to introduce myself to the national authorities but also to engage with them in person. In Khartoum, I met with the Chairman and Deputy Chair of the Sovereign Council, the Acting Minister of Defence and the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs from 17-19 April. And since 19 April, I have been in Juba, from where I am addressing you, and had fruitful discussions with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Defence and the Minister for East African Affairs and Deputy Head of the Abyei committee. Unfortunately, I was unable to meet President Kiir, who is not in the country at the moment.

     

    Mister President,

    From these discussions, I have understood that bilateral relations between the Sudan and South Sudan are good. The two countries have continued to engage in high-level visits on each other’s territory. Although President Kiir’s last visit to Khartoum was in 2018, Sudanese leaders have continued to visit Juba. On 17 March, General Burhan was in Juba to address the tensions between President Kiir and First Vice-President Machar, on account of their disagreement over the sharing of positions within the leadership structure of the future national army. The proposal submitted on 18 March, as Chairperson of IGAD, was welcomed by President Kiir. For its part, South Sudan continued to follow up on the implementation by the Sudanese parties of the Juba Peace Agreement which it mediated. President Kiir’s Security Adviser, Tut Gatluak, and other senior South Sudanese ministers shuttled between Juba and Khartoum throughout the reporting period to facilitate a solution between the military and civilian components of the transitional government and prevent the collapse of the agreement.

    Although President Kiir and General Burhan did not dwell on the issue of Abyei, they agreed to focus cooperation on the border between Sudan and South Sudan, starting with an approach to peace through the development of ‘unitized’ oil fields, including in the Abyei area. Pending details to be worked out by the respective foreign ministries of what ‘unitization’ entails, the hope is that the proposed approach to peace may be a starting point not only for addressing the recurrent violence in the Abyei area but also towards the settlement of the final status of Abyei.

    Khartoum also continued to play a positive role in seeking peaceful means to resolve intra-party problems experienced by the South Sudanese parties. On 16 January, it hosted the signing of an agreement between the break-away faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-in-Opposition (SPLM/A-IO) known as the Kitgwang Declaration and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Government (SPLM-in-Government). Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual and his deputy, Gen. Johnson Olony, signed for the Kitgwang Declaration, while Mr. Tut Gatluak signed for the SPLM-in-Government.  The agreement provides for amnesty for the Kitgwang faction, the recommitment of the parties to the ceasefire agreement under the Khartoum Declaration of 2018, and the establishment of a coordination office in Juba.

    In the same spirit, South Sudan continued to exert efforts to convince Abdel Wahid Al Nur, leader of a faction of the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A), to join the Sudanese peace process. So far, the efforts have not paid off. On 10 March, Minni Minawi, leader of the other faction of the SLM/A and Governor of Darfur State, visited Juba, ostensibly to meet with Al Nur. The meeting failed to take place, as Al Nur accused Minawi of supporting the coup of 25 October. While recommitting to its unilateral cessation of hostilities, SLM/A-Al Nur has reiterated its refusal to join the Juba-mediated peace process for Sudan and renewed its call for an all-inclusive Sudanese initiative that would comprehensively address Sudan’s multiple problems.

     

    Mister President, Members of Council

    Let me now turn to developments concerning the Two Areas of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile. I note with regret that efforts deployed by the South Sudan mediation committee to facilitate the resumption of negotiations between the Government of Sudan and the Al Hilu SPLM-North faction have not been successful. You will recall that the talks between them were suspended on 15 June 2021 for two weeks to allow the parties time to consult their constituencies on the outstanding issues. The SPLM-North Al Hilu condemned the military coup and called on its members to support the anti-coup demonstrations. Meanwhile, the Malik Agar faction of the SPLM-North, which was one of the signatories of the Juba Peace Agreement with the Government of Sudan, has remained within the transitional institutions despite the arrest, imprisonment, and subsequent release of its deputy chairperson, Yassir Aman, by the military in the aftermath of the coup.

    Clearly, the coup has had a negative effect on progress on the bilateral initiatives which the two countries had started deepening and which they are now trying to re-boot. It is however gratifying that, while each of them is grappling with its internal conflict, they continue to complement one another in the search for peace, and to build on the progress achieved so far. They both emphasise the need to scale up humanitarian assistance to displaced and vulnerable communities. They both recognise the need for peace on their territories and in the region, which should enable them to foster cooperation as they entertain good neighbourly relations. My Office will continue to engage with the authorities of both countries and, as appropriate, with key regional actors, including the African Union and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), to encourage them to defuse tensions, advance the implementation of all cooperation agreements and consolidate their improved bilateral relations. Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank my predecessor, SRSG Parfait Onanga-Anyanga for the commitment he demonstrated to his role and to peace and security in the region.        

    Thank you, Mister President

  • 21 Abr 2022

    NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan

    On 21 April 2022, SRSG Natalia Gherman, participated in the round...

  • 20 Abr 2022

    The determination to Leave No One Behind (LNOB) is inscribed at the heart of the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda 2030, which member states unanimously adopted in 2015. As co-chair (together with Ireland) of the final intergovernmental negotiations of Agenda 2030, Kenya has a very particular devotion to LNOB. This assessment aims to identify LNOB groups in Kenya, generate insights into the factors that contribute to their marginalization and understand the intersectional risks and vulnerabilities that impact the lives of those most left behind or at risk of being left behind.

  • 20 Abr 2022

    Pristina and Belgrade must engage more actively in dialogue facilitated by the European Union (EU), the head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK)  told the Security Council on Wednesday.

  • 20 Abr 2022

    Three weeks have passed since some 500 people were allegedly summarily executed in Moura, a village in central Mali – and UN investigators have yet to be granted access, the UN rights office, OHCHR, said on Wednesday. 

  • 20 Abr 2022

    In efforts to end the war in Ukraine, Secretary-General António Guterres has written separate letters to the leaders of Russia and Ukraine to request meetings with them in their respective capitals, the United Nations said on Wednesday. 

  • 20 Abr 2022

    The top UN humanitarian official in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Wednesday underlined the need for safe access to vulnerable people following two recent attacks against aid organizations operating in the south of the country. 

  • 20 Abr 2022

    Mogadishu – Like so many other boys around the world, when Aweys Haji Nur was young, he dreamed of becoming a professional footballer.

    ...

  • 19 Abr 2022

     

    “I am deeply concerned about the trajectory of events over the past couple of weeks in Israel and the occupied West Bank that have resulted in many civilians killed and injured. Particularly worrying are the heightened tensions we have witnessed in Jerusalem in recent days, in the Old City and in and around the Holy Sites during a period of holy days for Muslims, Jews...

  • 19 Abr 2022

    The United Nations has condemned the deadly bomb blasts at two educational institutions in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, on Wednesday, which killed at least six people and wounded nearly 20 others. 

  • 19 Abr 2022

    This year, Orthodox Holy Week is being observed under a “cloud of a war” that totally negates the Easter message of unity, the UN chief said on Tuesday, calling for a four-day humanitarian pause in Ukraine.
     

  • 19 Abr 2022

    Amidst devastating Russian shelling and attacks on health care facilities and personnel, UN aid agencies said on Tuesday that they continue to mobilize inside Ukraine in an effort to help the country’s most vulnerable people. 

  • 19 Abr 2022

    CAIRO - 18 APRIL 2022 - The Libyan Constitutional Track Committee, comprising the House of Representatives and Higher Council of...

  • 19 Abr 2022

    Invading Russian forces have almost completely destroyed Mariupol, a port city in southern Ukraine. Former resident Alina Beskrovna recalled to UN News, a month-long ordeal sheltering in a basement there as she witnessed fierce fighting and obliteration, before her eventual escape.