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  • 29 Ago 2022

    A peacekeeper from Burkina Faso serving in Mali has been honoured for her work to boost trust between the authorities and local communities, including survivors of gender-based violence. 

  • 29 Ago 2022

    A team of UN atomic energy experts set out on Monday for Zaporizhzya nuclear power station in Ukraine, after months of rising tensions between Ukrainian and Russian forces, who have accused each other of shelling the plant. 

  • 28 Ago 2022

    Recent fighting near the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) in Ukraine has again highlighted the potential risk of a disaster, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) warned on Sunday.

  • 27 Ago 2022

    Exports of Ukrainian grain and other foodstuffs under a landmark agreement amid the ongoing war, have surpassed one million metric tonnes, the UN Coordinator for the Black Sea Grain Initiative, Amir Abdulla, reported on Saturday. 

  • 27 Ago 2022

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres has highlighted the need for dialogue to reduce the nuclear threat after countries failed to reach consensus at a conference to review the landmark Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), his Spokesperson said on Saturday.

  • 27 Ago 2022


    With photographs by Federico Ríos, this is what peace looks like from behind the lens of those who, through their images, tell the story of Colombia’s transition from the armed conflict. Some are recognized photographers...
  • 26 Ago 2022
    This Week in DPPA is a brief roundup of political and peacebuilding events and developments at UNHQ and around the world. 

    Security Council

    USG DiCarlo briefs Council on situation at Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant 

    On 23 August, the Security Council held a meeting on the situation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine. Briefing the Council, Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo stressed that military activity at the plant presented a serious threat: “any potential damage to Zaporizhzhia … leading to a possible nuclear accident would have catastrophic consequences.” Additionally, any damage leading to the plant being cut from the Ukrainian power grid would have devastating humanitarian implications, particularly with the approach of winter, she said. 


    Read the USG’s full remarks here

    War in Ukraine is “weakening the foundations of our international system,” USG tells Security Council 

    On 24 August, the Council met again to discuss Ukraine, marking the six-month anniversary of the conflict that began 24 March. Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo detailed the toll of the war on the country and appealed for an end to the fighting. She said that the United Nations revised flash appeal required $4.3 billion to support 17.7 million people in need of assistance through December 2022. “In deepening global divisions and exacerbating mistrust in our institutions, the war is weakening the foundations of our international system,” she said. “The consequences of a breakdown in how the world manages questions of peace and security are frightening to contemplate.” 


    Read the USG’s full remarks here

    Special Coordinator for Middle East Peace Process updates Council on ceasefire 

    On 25 August, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland briefed the Council on the latest developments on the ground. He stressed that while the ceasefire prevented the tensions between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad from escalating into a “full-scale war,” the underlying drivers of the conflict are still unresolved. “The status quo is not a strategy nor a strategic option – not for positive change on the ground nor for a restart of talks between the two sides,” he cautioned. 


    Read full remarks here


    Special Envoy on Myanmar visits Bangladesh on five-year mark of Rohingya mass displacement 

    From 22-25 August, Special Envoy Noeleen Heyzer visited Bangladesh. The Special Envoy spent two days in the country’s refugee camps, where she spoke with refugees who shared their stories of the hardships they had endured and witnessed first-hand the critical assistance provided through the cooperation of the Government of Bangladesh, UN agencies and civil society organizations. On 25 August, which marks five-years since the forced mass displacement of Rohingya from Myanmar, the Special Envoy met with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and discussed the challenges facing Bangladesh as host of one of the world’s largest refugee populations.  She also highlighted Bangladesh’s pivotal role in working with the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and advocated for enhanced education and vocational training as powerful tools to prepare Rohingya refugees to contribute to a more inclusive and peaceful future in Myanmar. 


    UN Special Coordinator on Lebanon visits Tripoli, meets with local officials 

    On 23 August, United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka visited the city of Tripoli in north Lebanon. She met with local authorities and members of parliament, as well as non-governmental organizations working to promote reconciliation, capacity-building and opportunities for youth. Highlighting the importance of functioning state institutions and people-oriented policies, the Special Coordinator stressed that “Lebanon’s long-term stability and recovery also depend on supporting and developing the country’s different regions and addressing their needs”.  

    UN Special Coordinator Meets Lebanon’s members of Feminist Civil Society Platform 

    This week, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka met with representatives of the Feminist Civil Society Platform to discuss opportunities and challenges to promote women’s rights and gender equality in Lebanon. Members of the platform underscored that different initiatives to promote women’s rights and participation in political and public life were ongoing, including advocacy for a gender quota, monitoring of gender-based discriminatory practices, and media capacity building to address gender discrimination and violence against women.  


    She Stands For Peace Season 3 out now

    This week’s episode of UNOAU's podcast series on women in peace and political processes features Parfait Onyanga-Anyanga, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union, and Mme Bineta Diop, African Union’s Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security. In this episode, they discuss the partnership between the United Nations and the African Union and coordinated activities of stakeholders towards achieving the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Africa.

    Listen to the episode

    For more information on the podcast series, click here


    Special Representative for Iraq meets with political leaders of the Kurdistan region 

    On 22 August, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert met in Erbil with the Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region, Qubad Talabani. They discussed the current political situation in the country, including the need to overcome the ongoing crisis for the benefit of the Iraqi people. On 23 August, the Special Representative met in Sulaymania with the president of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Bafel Talabani. They discussed the political situation in the country and the need to overcome the ongoing crisis through dialogue.   

    United Nations staff in Iraq mark 19th anniversary of the attack on UN headquarters in Baghdad 

    On 21 August, United Nations staff in Iraq commemorated the 19th anniversary of the attack on the UN HQ in Baghdad.  On 19 August 2003, a truck bomb targeted the headquarters of the UN mission in Baghdad, killing 22 colleagues, including Special Representative Sérgio Vieira de Mello, and injuring about 150 others.   


    Read Deputy Special Representative Claudio Cordone's remarks on the occasion here 

    UNAMI Human Rights Office holds discussion on strengthening accountability on violence against women and girls 

    On 23 August, the UNAMI Human Rights Office, in coordination with the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights in Muthanna, held a roundtable discussion in Samawa on the prevention and accountability for killings of women in the southern governorates of Iraq. Participants included civil activists, women’s leaders, the Family Protection and Community Police units, journalists, Samawa Health Directorate, and the Women Empowerment unit of the office of the Governor. They exchanged ideas on strengthening accountability mechanisms for the prevention of violence against women and girls, including protecting their right to life, which is challenged by honor killings. 

    Great Lakes Region

    Intelligence and Security Experts from Africa’s Great Lakes strategize to better fight criminal activities by illegal armed groups in the region  

    Heads of intelligence and security services from several countries of the African Great Lakes region met in Kampala, Republic of Uganda, on 24 August 2022 to review the regional security situation and to put in place security monitoring mechanisms.  The region has seen an increase in criminal activities by illegal armed groups, especially in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Other participants at the meetings included representatives from the Office of the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, the African Union and the Southern African Development Community. 

    Special Envoy for Great Lakes Region holds meeting for women entrepreneurs on business strategies 

    Under the leadership of the Office of the Special Envoy , women entrepreneurs from the region met in Arusha, Tanzania, on 25 August, to explore ways to further their economic participation. The purpose of the meeting was to create a trading manual for women entrepreneurs in the Great Lakes region to help improve their position in regional business and trade. The meeting brought together participants from the Great Lakes Women Entrepreneurs Network established in December 2021 as a platform to foster cooperation, integration, and inclusion. 


    Colombia Mission hosts workshop on documentary photography in Anorí 

    Between 18 and 21 August, a group of 45 photojournalists, including 24 former combatants from different regions of Colombia, took part in the Second Workshop on Documentary Photography for Peace: "Anorí, photography captures the mountain," in the reintegration area of La Plancha, in Anorí, Antioquia. This initiative, supported by the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, UNDP Colombia, the European Union in Colombia, Comfama and Colectivo Miradas, was led by photographers Sara Aliaga (from Bolivia) and Federico Ríos (from Colombia). A documentary shot during the workshop will be edited and presented in November.

    Multi-Year Appeal 

    This week, DPPA received voluntary contributions from Czech Republic in support of our Mediation Support Unit, Denmark to support the work of the Office of the Special Envoy for Syria, and Switzerland for our activities related to mediation and electoral assistance. 


    Members of the Seventh Advisory Group of the Peacebuilding Fund  

    On 25 August, Secretary-General António Guterres appointed the members of the Seventh Advisory Group of the Peacebuilding Fund. In accordance with the Terms of Reference of the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund adopted by the General Assembly, the Secretary-General appoints ten eminent individuals for a term of two years, taking into consideration gender and regional balance. Candidates are nominated by Member States.   


    Read the press release here 

    Next Week

    France will hold the monthly presidency in September. 

    On 2 September, there will be a General Assembly joint debate on the Report of the Peacebuilding Commission, peacebuilding and sustaining peace and the Report of the Secretary-General on the Peacebuilding Fund. 


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  • 26 Ago 2022

    Speaking from Kharkiv in northeast Ukraine, where shelling has intensified in the last week, the UN's top aid official in the country issued an urgent appeal on Friday for guarantees from Russia and affiliated forces, to allow humanitarians to deliver “absolutely necessary” relief items across the contact line. 

  • 25 Ago 2022

    Managing the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis is no substitute for a real political process, a truth laid bare by recent events, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process told the Security Council on Thursday, as he urged delegates to turn their attention to the broader strategy of ending the occupation and realizing the long elusive two-State solution.

  • 25 Ago 2022

    On Thursday, the UN-partnered Cluster Munition Monitor civil society group, released their 2022 Cluster Munition Monitor report, on the risk these weapons pose to civilians.  

  • 25 Ago 2022

    She Stands For Peace | Season 3-Episode 2 | Out Now!  Click here to listen: 

  • 25 Ago 2022

    The robbery of over half a million tonnes of fuel from the World Food Programme (WFP) in Ethiopia’s Tigray region will make it impossible to continue operations that support millions of hungry people, the UN agency said on Thursday 

  • 25 Ago 2022

    It’s been five years since more than 700,000 ethnic Rohingya fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh to escape a brutal military crackdown. The UN chief on Thursday called on the international community to find “comprehensive, durable and inclusive solutions” to help end their plight.

  • 25 Ago 2022

    Mr. President,

    My last briefing took place just after Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad each independently declared a ceasefire, following three days of military escalation.

    I am pleased to update the Council that the ceasefire remains in effect, and a fragile calm has been restored in Gaza. The Erez and Kerem Shalom crossings have remained open...

  • 24 Ago 2022

    Amidst deteriorating levels of malnutrition and Ethiopia’s worst drought in 40 years, 17 million people are being targeted for humanitarian assistance, the UN spokesperson said on Wednesday. 

  • 24 Ago 2022

    The “senseless war” in Ukraine is now six months old, with no end in sight, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Wednesday, repeating his ongoing appeal for peace. 

  • 24 Ago 2022

    Mr. President,

    On 23 February 2022, this chamber heard impassioned pleas to avert a war in Ukraine. To no avail.

    Today, exactly six months later, there is no end in sight to the conflict triggered by the Russian Federation’s invasion.

    As we meet, the heaviest fighting is concentrated in the eastern Donbas region; in the south near Kherson and Zaporizhzhia; and in the north-east near Kharkiv. But virtually all corners of Ukraine are affected, and no one is out of reach of missile strikes.

    At the same time, several attacks, conducted mainly with drones, have also been reported in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine, occupied by the Russian Federation since 2014.


    Mr. President, 

    Civilians are paying a heavy price in this war. During the past 181 days the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has recorded 13,560 civilian casualties: 5,614 killed and 7,946 injured. These figures are based on verified incidents; actual numbers are considerably higher.

    The majority of civilian casualties were caused by explosive weapons with wide area effects. The use of these weapons in and around populated areas has predictable and devastating consequences.

    To date, OHCHR has documented damage, destruction, or use for military purposes of 249 medical facilities and 350 educational facilities. Actual figures may be higher.

    The indiscriminate shelling and bombing of populated areas, killing civilians and wrecking hospitals, schools and other civilian infrastructure, are actions that may amount to war crimes.


    Mr. President,

    We continue to receive reports of human rights violations. The arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance of civilians, including local authorities, journalists, civil society activists and other civilians, continues.

    OHCHR has documented 327 cases of arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance of civilians by the Russian Federation and affiliated armed groups in non-government-controlled territory.

    OHCHR has also recorded 39 arbitrary arrests in Ukrainian government-controlled territory and 28 other cases that may amount to enforced disappearance.

    Fourteen victims of enforced disappearances perpetrated by the Russian Federation and affiliated armed groups were found dead or died while in detention – 13 men and 1 woman.

    OHCHR has also corroborated allegations of hundreds of willful killings of civilians while parts of Kyiv, Chernihiv and Sumy regions under Russian control in February-March 2022.

    It has also verified 43 cases of conflict-related sexual violence, the majority attributable to Russian armed forces.


    Mr. President,

    We are also concerned about the situation of prisoners of war on both sides.

    All prisoners of war are protected under International Humanitarian Law. There is a need for unimpeded and confidential access by the International Committee of the Red Cross to all places of detention, including to places of internment of Ukrainian prisoners of war and civilian detainees in the Russian Federation.

    We are concerned by reports that the Russian Federation and affiliated armed groups in Donetsk are planning to try Ukrainian prisoners of war in a so-called “international tribunal” in Mariupol.

    Any tribunal must respect the protections afforded to all prisoners of war by international law, including fair trial guarantees. The failure to uphold these standards could amount to a war crime.


    Mr. President,

    Humanitarian needs continue to rise rapidly. At least 17.7 million people, or 40 percent of the Ukrainian population, need humanitarian assistance and protection, including 3.3 million children. 

    Humanitarian access is of great concern. Roads are heavily contaminated with explosive ordnance, putting civilians at risk and stopping humanitarian convoys from reaching them.

    Over 6.6 million internally displaced persons have been recorded. Another 6.7 million people have left Ukraine to other countries in Europe, most of them women and children.


    Mr. President,

    As winter approaches, the destruction caused by war, combined with the lack of access to fuel or electricity due to damaged infrastructure, could become a matter of life or death, if people are unable to heat their homes.

    An estimated 1.7 million people are already in need of urgent assistance with heating, shelter repair and other winterization preparation, as temperatures in parts of the country are expected to decline to -20 degrees Celsius

    The UN’s ongoing winterization efforts aim to complement and support the work led by the Government of Ukraine.

    Our revised Flash Appeal requires $4.3 billion to support 17.7 million people in need of assistance through December 2022. Donors have generously provided $2.4 billion, as of 19 August. The humanitarian response has scaled-up to 500 humanitarian organization partners reaching over 11.8 million people with at least one form of assistance.

    The war has severely impacted agriculture in Ukraine, leaving thousands of farmers without income, destroying grain storage facilities, and exacerbating food insecurity among vulnerable groups. According to the World Food Programme, 20 per cent of the people of Ukraine have insufficient food.


    Mr. President,

    As the Secretary-General emphasized, the repercussions of the war in Ukraine are being felt worldwide.

    According to World Food Programme (WFP) estimates, 345 million people will be acutely food insecure or at a high risk of food insecurity in 82 countries with a WFP operational presence. This represents an increase of 47 million acutely hungry people due to the ripple effects of the war in Ukraine.

    Last month, UNDP estimated that up to 71 million people may have already been pushed into poverty in the three months after the start of the war. Key affected areas include the Balkans, the Caspian Sea region and sub-Saharan Africa, particularly the Sahel.

    The global financial situation remains volatile, with concerns about potential stagflation scenarios in the latter part of 2022 and 2023. Energy markets remain under stress, a serious concern as the winter season in the northern hemisphere approaches.

    While food prices have stabilized in recent weeks, this has not necessarily translated to lower inflation rates yet. Inflation continued to accelerate in July 2022.

    It is breaking multidecade records in developed countries, and yet it is developing countries and LDCs that have been more drastically affected. 

    The fiscal situation in many developing economies is a particular concern, particularly as their borrowing ability has been fragile following the need to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic with significant expenditures. Today, developing country debts and import bills are coming under further pressure. 

    We remain concerned that the deteriorating socio-economic situation in developing countries, particularly those in already fragile situations, could lead to social unrest.

    While it is difficult to establish a direct link to the war, we have already seen an increase in the number of riots between the first and second quarter of 2022.


    Mr. President,

    Today’s grim six-month anniversary coincides with Ukraine’s national day. This is an occasion to celebrate the country’s sovereignty and independence and proud heritage, and we congratulate the people of Ukraine on this day.  

    But let us recall that the human and material toll of the war is tragic, colossal and evident. First and foremost, for Ukraine and its people, and economic consequences for the world are ominous and growing.

    The conflict is having another impact that, although less tangible, is just as perilous. In deepening global divisions and exacerbating mistrust in our institutions, the war is weakening the foundations of our international system.

    The consequences of a breakdown in how the world manages questions of peace and security are frightening to contemplate.

    This war is not only senseless, but exceedingly dangerous, and it touches all of us. It must end.

  • 24 Ago 2022

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  • 23 Ago 2022

    Agreement is urgently needed to reestablish the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) in Ukraine as purely civilian infrastructure and prevent a potentially “catastrophic” disaster amid the ongoing conflict, UN political affairs chief Rosemary DiCarlo told the Security Council on Tuesday. 

  • 23 Ago 2022

    The trial of senior Janjaweed leader Ali Kushayb – the first prosecution to get underway at the request of the UN Security Council – represents “a glimmer of hope for justice in Darfur,” Sudan, the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor on the case told the chamber on Tuesday.

  • 23 Ago 2022

    Mister President,

    The United Nations remains gravely concerned about the dangerous situation in and around the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in southern Ukraine. The plant continues to be operated by Ukrainian technical personnel but has been under the control of the military forces of the Russian Federation since early March.      

    In early August, disturbing reports of an escalation of shelling around the plant began to emerge. 

    The Secretary-General has appealed to all concerned to exercise common sense and reason and to refrain from undertaking any actions that might endanger the physical integrity, safety or security of the nuclear plant – Europe’s largest.

    On 15 August, the Secretary-General discussed the issue of the plant’s safety during a call with Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu.

    On 18 August, during his visit to Lviv, he discussed the situation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

    In all his statements and meetings, the Secretary-General has continued to call for all military activities in the immediate vicinity of the plant to cease immediately and for all sides to refrain from targeting its facilities or surroundings.

    All military personnel and equipment must be withdrawn from the plant. There should be no further deployment of forces or equipment to the site.

    The facility must not be used as part of any military operation, and  an agreement on a safe perimeter of demilitarization to ensure the safety of the area should be reached.

    Regrettably, despite numerous calls and appeals, instead of de-escalation, we continue to see almost daily reports of alarming incidents involving the plant.

    Today the Director General of the IAEA renewed his request

    to send an IAEA mission to carry out essential safety, security and safeguards activities at the site.

    Preparations for the mission are proceeding, and the IAEA is in active consultations with all parties regarding its efforts to send such a mission as soon as possible.  We welcome Ukraine and Russia’s recent statements indicating support for the IAEA’s aim to send a mission to the plant, which would be IAEA’s first to that site since the start of the war.

    Mr. President

    Common sense must prevail to avoid any actions that might endanger the physical integrity, safety or security of the plant. As the Secretary-General stressed in his briefing at the Council yesterday, the commitment to dialogue and results must be applied to the critical situation at the plant.

    If such incidents continue or escalate, we could face a disaster.

    The United Nations continues to fully support the critical work of the International Atomic Energy Agency and its efforts to

    ensure the safe operation of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant and other nuclear facilities in Ukraine.

    In close contact with the IAEA, the UN has assessed that we have the logistics and security capacity in Ukraine to support any

    IAEA mission to the plant from Kyiv, provided Ukraine and Russia agree.

    We once again urge the parties to provide the IAEA mission with immediate, secure and unfettered access to the site.

    Agreement is urgently needed to reestablish Zaporizhzhia as purely civilian infrastructure and to ensure the safety of the area.

    We must be clear that any potential damage to the plant, or any other nuclear facilities in Ukraine, leading to a possible nuclear incident would have catastrophic consequences, not only for the immediate vicinity, but for the region and beyond.

    Similarly, any damage leading to the plant being cut from the Ukrainian power grid would have catastrophic humanitarian implications, particularly with winter approaching. As the Secretary-General has made clear, the electricity produced at the Zaporizhzhia plant belongs to Ukraine.

    At this moment, it is imperative that we receive the expressed commitment of the parties to stop any military activities around the plant to enable its continued safe and secure operations. To paraphrase the Secretary-General’s blunt warning, any potential damage to Zaporizhzhia is suicidal.

    Thank you, Mr.  President.

  • 23 Ago 2022

    The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) expressed concern on Tuesday after photos and videos released on social media appeared to show metal cages being built in the philharmonic hall in the devastated Ukrainian city of Mariupol, apparently to house prisoners of war (POWs) during an upcoming “show trial”.  

  • 23 Ago 2022

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  • 22 Ago 2022

    Today, United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Ms. Joanna Wronecka, visited the city of Tripoli in north Lebanon. She met with local authorities, members of parliament as well as NGOs working to promote reconciliation, capacity-building and...

  • 22 Ago 2022

    Recommit to “dialogue, diplomacy and mutual trust”, Secretary-General António Guterres urged ambassadors in the UN Security Council on Monday, describing them as “the eternal tools of peace”. 

  • 22 Ago 2022

    In Tripoli, the UN in Libya commemorated the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism at the memorial that was erected in honour of...

  • 22 Ago 2022

    Nearly 1,000 boys and girls have been killed or injured in the war in Ukraine, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported on Monday, underscoring the urgent need for peace. 

  • 21 Ago 2022

    New York, 22 August 2022

    On this day, we honour those who have lost their lives or who have otherwise suffered for simply seeking to exercise their fundamental rights to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion or belief.  I reiterate my firm solidarity with these victims.

    Despite the concern of the United Nations General Assembly, which instituted this observance in 2019,...

  • 21 Ago 2022

    Mogadishu – Marking the International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, the United Nations in Somalia today honoured the many Somalis who...

  • 21 Ago 2022

    On Sunday, UN Secretary-General António paid tribute to victims of terrorism, marking the international day established to ensure that “victims and survivors are always heard and never forgotten.”

  • 20 Ago 2022

    New York, 21 August 2022

    The International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism is a day of reflection, recognition, and action.

    We reflect on the pain and suffering of those who lost loved ones; and we resolve to listen to them and learn from them.

    We commit to support survivors scarred by heinous acts of terrorism by...

  • 20 Ago 2022
    This Week in DPPA is a brief roundup of political and peacebuilding events and developments at UNHQ and around the world. 
    Secretary-General visits Ukraine, announces head of Fact Finding Mission on Olenivka prison incident 

    Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo accompanied Secretary-General António Guterres to Ukraine this week to meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. In Lviv on 18 August, the Secretary-General announced that he intends to name General Carlos dos Santos Cruz of Brazil to lead fact-finding mission to look into the 29 July incident at Olenivka prison.

    Read the Secretary-General's statement in Lviv here 

    Security Council

    Special Envoy Grundberg briefs Council, underscores need for durable ceasefire to avoid return to war 

    On 15 August, Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg briefed the Security Council on the current status of the extended truce in Yemen. He said his aim is for an expanded agreement that would lead to a durable ceasefire, as well as the resumption of a Yemeni-led political process. “We all need to remind ourselves that failure to reach an agreement to extend the truce would lead to renewed cycles of escalation and violence, with predictable and devastating consequences for Yemen’s population. Yemen urgently needs to avoid this scenario,” he stressed, calling on the parties to “make the choice to build the necessary confidence to avoid a return to war and to begin to build a lasting peace.” 

    Read his full remarks here 


    Special Envoy on Myanmar, in first country visit, meets with State Administration Council, urges de-escalation of conflict 

    On 17 August, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Myanmar Noeleen Heyzer met with State Administration Council (SAC) Chairman Senior General Min Aung Hlaing in Nay Pyi Taw. In this, her first visit to Myanmar as Special Envoy, she spoke of the  pragmatic steps needed to de-escalate the violence and advance unfettered humanitarian assistance to all people in need. “The United Nations Secretary-General is extremely concerned about the humanitarian, security, economic and political crisis,” Special Envoy Heyzer said. “My visit is to convey the concern of the United Nations and propose concrete steps needed to reduce the conflict and suffering of the people […} The people of Myanmar have the right to democracy and self-determination free from fear and want.”  

    Read her full statement here 


    Mission marks one year since Taliban takeover of Afghanistan 

    On 15 August, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMAwrote on Twitter that, “One year on, we urge the Taliban to reflect. A window of opportunity remains to take necessary steps to lift Afghanistan & give hope to its people. Without change, things can worsen. The Int Comm will engage with those that respect the rights and are representative of all Afghans.” In a statement on 18 August, the Secretary-General expressed his deep concern over “a series of explosions in Afghanistan that have killed and injured more than 250 people this month,” including the attack on 17 August at the Abu Bakar Mosque in Kabul. 



    Special Representative for Iraq discusses the role of the judiciary and the country's political situation with officials

    On 15 August, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, met with the President of the Supreme Judicial Council, Judge Faiq Zaidan. They discussed the role of the judiciary in addressing legal issues pertaining to the current political crisis. On 16 August, the Special Representative met in Baghdad with the leader of the Fateh Alliance, Mr. Hadi Al-Amiri. They discussed the political situation in the country, including the need to find solutions to the ongoing crisis. 

    Humanitarian workers celebrated in Iraq  

    On World Humanitarian Day, the United Nations in Iraq recognized with appreciation and gratitude the efforts and contributions made by humanitarian workers in Iraq, working jointly with the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government to ensure a smooth transition from humanitarian assistance towards durable solutions efforts within the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF).

    Read more here


    UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon discusses need to accelerate reforms

    Special Coordinator of the Secretary-General for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka held meetings this week with senior Lebanese government officials, parliamentarians, diplomats and members of civil society to discuss measures that could help Lebanon out of its prolonged socio-economic and financial crisis. With Lebanon’s Parliament Speaker and with Lebanon’s caretaker Deputy Prime Minister, the Special Coordinator highlighted in particular the need for the adoption of pro-reform legislation in Parliament required to conclude an agreement with the International Monetary Fund.

    Special Coordinator speaks at UNESCO media training event

    On 19 August, Special Coordinator Wronecka took part as a guest speaker in a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) training workshop for young journalists and filmmakers. She underlined the role of the media in helping make the 2023 elections a transparent and democratic process. She also noted that young journalists and filmmakers can play a key role in countering disinformation, hate speech and discrimination.


    SRSG Perthes meets with Sudan's Foreign Minister

    On August 18, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan and Head of UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission Sudan (UNITAMS), Volker Perthes, met with Sudan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mariam Alsadig Almahdi. They spoke about the way forward for Sudan, and how to ensure the effective cooperation of all forces supporting an inclusive, civilian-led transition to democracy. 


    UN officials in Somaila meet with Foreign Minister, discuss international support and drought response

    On August 18, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) Kiki Gbeho, alongside Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Adam Abdelmoula, met for the first time with the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Abshir Omar Jama. They discussed UN support for state-building efforts, collaboration with international partners, and scaling up the response to the drought. 


    Personal Envoy reports significant achievement in the peace process

    On 17 August, the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General, Mirko Manzoni, announced the demobilisation of 444 former combatants, and the closure of the Renamo base in Montepuez district, Cabo Delgado province. This marks the thirteenth base closure in the disarmament, demobilisation, and reintegration (DDR) process, which has now reached 77% of all DDR beneficiaries.

    Read his full statement here


    Former combatants open clothing shop in Tolima

    On 13 August, the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, together with UNDP, Agency for Reincorporation and Normalization (ARN), and local government accompanied 22 former combatants and their cooperative, Cooptejepaz, in the opening of a clothing shop, "Avanza", in Icononzo, Tolima, in central Colombia.

    Next Week

    On Monday 22 August, the Security Council will discuss international peace and security; on Wednesday 24 August it will be briefed on the situation in Ukraine; and on Thursday 25 August it will discuss the situation in the Middle East.  


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  • 20 Ago 2022


    A delegation led by the Ambassador of the European Union in Colombia, the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the Director of Reintegration of the United Nations Verification Mission in...
  • 19 Ago 2022

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for wealthier countries to help developing nations purchase Ukrainian grain as supplies begin returning to global markets, in an appeal from the Black Sea port of Odesa on Friday, World Humanitarian Day. 

  • 18 Ago 2022

    Season 3 | Episode 1 | UN-AU Partnership for Peace and Security | SRSG Parfait Onyanga-Anyanga and Mme Bineta Diop

    SRSG Parfait Onyanga-Anyanga is the UN Special Representative to the African Union and Head of the United...

  • 18 Ago 2022

    On the eve of World Humanitarian Day, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, called on Thursday for joint action to address the aid crisis in the country and end attacks against civilians and humanitarian workers.

  • 18 Ago 2022

    The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned on Thursday, a fatal attack on a Mosque in the capital, Kabul.

  • 18 Ago 2022

    A need for production and periodic and timely issue of the Bulletin as an information product for timely collection and dissemination of information on water-related, environmental,...

  • 18 Ago 2022

    NEW YORK - The Secretary-General expresses his deep concern over a series of explosions in Afghanistan that have killed and injured more than 250 people this month, including children. He...

  • 17 Ago 2022

    The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, Imran Riza, on Wednesday concluded a four-day mission to the northeast, where he visited camps hosting thousands of displaced persons. 

  • 16 Ago 2022

    The first vessel transporting Ukrainian wheat grain to support humanitarian operations run by the World Food Programme (WFP) has left the port of Yuzhny, also known as Pivdennyi, the UN agency reported on Tuesday. 

  • 15 Ago 2022

    Although $4.4 billion is required to fund humanitarian operations in Afghanistan, $1.8 billion has been received so far, or roughly 40 per cent, a senior UN official told journalists in New York on Monday, warning of the dire consequences as winter approaches. 

  • 15 Ago 2022

    UN troop rotations in the peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA) resumed on Monday with a new approval mechanism one month after they were suspended by the ruling junta, which accused 49 Ivorian soldiers of entering the country without permission. 

  • 15 Ago 2022

    The Security Council has a joint responsibility to help Yemen take the “necessary and decisive steps towards peace,” the country’s UN Special Envoy told the ambassadors on Monday.

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

    Security Council

    Truce prevents ‘full-scale war’ between Israeli military forces and Palestinian armed groups, says Special Coordinator 

    Tor Wennesland, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, briefed the Security Council on 8 August in an emergency meeting to assess the fragile truce between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza after three days of fighting. “The ceasefire remains in place as I speak,” said the Special Coordinator, underscoring that the events of 5-7 August marked the worst outbreak of fighting in the region since May 2021.  He welcomed Egypt’s crucial role in brokering the truce, alongside efforts by the United Nations, Qatar, United States, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority. “Together these efforts helped prevent the outbreak of a full-scale war” and allowed for humanitarian relief to be delivered to Gaza, he said. 

    Read full remarks here 

    UN News on the briefing here 


    Office of Special Envoy prepares for fourth meeting of the Military Coordination Committee  

    On 6 August, Special Envoy’s military advisor Brigadier General Antony Hayward concluded his visit to Yemen after holding discussions with representatives from the Military Coordination Committee and other security representatives in Aden, Taiz, Hawban and Sana’a. The visit gave the General a deeper understanding of the situation on the ground in preparation for the upcoming fourth meeting of the Military Coordination Committee in Amman. 


    UNAMI holds workshops on accountability for gender-related killings 

    On 9 August in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq, the Human Rights Office (HRO) of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) convened its third workshop on accountability for gender-related killings. The event brought together representatives from non-governmental organizations, civil society and women’s organizations. Participants discussed measures to be taken by government authorities and courts to overcome the challenges that prevent the successful criminal investigation, prosecution and conviction of perpetrators of gender-related killings.  

    Read more here 


    Special Coordinator meets with Lebanese officials to discuss country’s constitutional timelines 

    This week, Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka held meetings with Lebanese officials, political figures and diplomats to discuss the political stalemate in Lebanon, the socio-economic crisis and upcoming constitutional timelines. She spoke with parliamentarians from different blocs, the Deputy Parliament Speaker, the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia, the outgoing Apostolic Nuncio and the newly appointed World Bank representative for the Middle East. With regard to the constitutional timelines, the presidential elections and the role of the international community in supporting Lebanon were both discussed. 

    Middle East

    Efforts to maintain calm and deescalate violence in Gaza continue  

    On 8 August, Deputy Special Coordinator of the Secretary-General Lynn Hastings went to Gaza to lead the UN’s humanitarian response there.  She met with colleagues, humanitarian agencies, families of people affected by the violence, and civil society groups, to assess needs in the wake of the latest round of hostilities. On 10 August. Special Coordinator Wennesland sent a UN team to visit Sheikh Al-Sa’di in Ofer Prison to follow-up on UN commitments to maintain calm in Gaza.  


    UNITAMS hosts meeting on meaningful participation of women in political processes 

    On 9 August, the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), together with UN Women and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), organized a meeting with women from political groups to discuss ways to support meaningful political participation and the inclusion of the women's agenda in political processes. The Mission also held two capacity-building sessions for 14 Sudanese Police officers, including five women, in El Fasher, North Darfur. Subjects covered included crime scene management, interviewing witnesses, and responding to sexual and gender-based violence. 


    UNSMIL acting head meets with President of Presidential Council on national reconcilliation process 

    Raisedon Zenenga, Acting Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), met on 10 August with the President of the Presidential Council, Mohamed El Menfi. They discussed recent political developments and the imperative to sustain momentum on the electoral track. Mr. Zenenga commended the Presidential Council’s efforts to build consensus on resolving the current political stalemate and to promote a stable security environment and economic stability in Libya. The Acting Head of UNSMIL reaffirmed the Mission’s continued support for the Presidential Council in these efforts and in advancing the national reconciliation process. 

    Horn of Africa

    Special Envoy Tetteh meets with senior political officials to discuss Kenyan election  

    On 8 August, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Horn of Africa Hanna Serwaa Tetteh met with the Head of Mission of the East African Commission (EAD) Election Observation Mission and former President of the Republic of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete. They discussed preparations for the Kenyan election on 9 August. The Special Envoy also met with the representatives of the national and international actors, including African Union, IGAD, and National Peace and Mediation team, to discuss coordinated efforts for peaceful and credible polls. Tetteh also gave updates on the UN’s support to national institutions to ensure a free, fair and credible election.  


    Mission in Haiti publishes document on consequences of prison overcrowding 

    The UN Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) has released a document noting that conditions of detention are getting worse in the nation’s prisons. The prison system in Haiti is saturated, with an occupancy rate in its four main prisons currently four times over their maximum capacity. The mission stressed that the Haitian state must adopt urgent measures to improve the conditions of detention and ensure that the prison administration has the necessary financial and material needs. In addition, BINUH underscored the need to strengthen the accountability of prison suppliers to ensure there is an adequate, predictable and regular supply of food, medicines and drinking water. 

    Read more here


    Special Representative attends Colombian peace negotiations in Cuba 

    On 12 August, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, accompanied a delegation of Colombian Government officials to Cuba where peace negotiations with the National Liberation Army (ELN) took place.  Special Representative Massieu welcomed the desire for peace from both parties and underscored his commitment to the peace process.  



    PBC Chair addressed the Security Council on Peace and Security in Africa 

    On 8 August, the Security Council held an open debate on peace and security in Africa. The Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), Muhammad Abdul Muhith, briefed on the work of the Commission in supporting national capacity building, drawing on examples from Burundi, the Central African Republic, Liberia and the Lake Chad Basin. He went on to stress the need to support national and local institutions, as well as the importance of adequate resources for capacity building. Council Members were also briefed by Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Africa Cristina Duarte, and Commissioner Bankole Adeoye for Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the African Union Commission.


    Next Week

    The Security Council will discuss Yemen on Monday morning on 15 August. 

    The Peacebuilding Commission will convene an expert-level meeting on Tuesday, 16 August to discuss the Commission’s Working Methods. The meeting will build on recommendations from the PBC retreat of 5-6 May and focus on ways to strengthen the Commission’s advisory, bridging and convening roles, and ways to improve the visibility of its work. 

    Season three of UNOAU podcast ‘She Stands for Peace’ coming soon 

    The UN Office to the African Union (UNOAU)'s podcast series on women in peace and political processes “She Stands For Peace” will return for its third season. Subscribe and listen to the podcast as thought-leaders and peacebuilders share their reflections and insights. 


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  • 12 Ago 2022

    A UN-chartered vessel should soon arrive at the Ukrainian port of Yuzhny, also known as Pivdennyi, to collect wheat that will help feed millions of hungry people in the Horn of Africa, the World Food Programme (WFP) reported on Friday.

  • 12 Ago 2022

    Mogadishu - Ahmed Hassan Wehlie has always had a technological bent.

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  • 12 Ago 2022

    Students taking a photo with their trainer on hate speech and misinformation the reporter and news anchor Yazbek Wehbe. Credit: May Chidiac Foundation - Media Institute

    Dima El-Awar, 21, stands in front...

  • 12 Ago 2022

    TRIPOLI, 12 August 2022 - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) joins the world in commemorating International Youth Day, celebrated annually on 12 August to bring youth issues to the...

  • 12 Ago 2022

    Dakar, 11 August 2022- The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mahamat Saleh ANNADIF, condemns the violence...