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Reports and Policy Documents

2021

  • 2 Jul 2021

    The World Food Programme (WFP) has resumed operations in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, after fighting halted the emergency response last week, although the agency warned on Friday that “serious challenges” continue to threaten the entire humanitarian response.
     

  • 2 Jul 2021

    THE WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT FORUM (July 2021)

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan

    On 2 July 2021, SRSG...

  • 1 Jul 2021

    Mogadishu – The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, James Swan, congratulates the people and government of...

  • 1 Jul 2021

    Distinguished members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF), ladies and gentlemen, welcome back.

    Today is 1 July. We all understand the importance...

  • 1 Jul 2021

    Excellencies,

    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    I am pleased to join you today for the International Conference on the Question of Jerusalem. I thank the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), supported by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, for this timely initiative.

    The theme of this year’s Conference is particularly relevant, as the tragic events of this past May are still fresh in our memory. The surge in tensions and violence in occupied East Jerusalem since the beginning of Ramadan played a role in triggering the disastrous chain of events culminating in 11 days of deadly armed conflict. The Gaza escalation, the fourth since 2008, claimed many lives, including children, and left the Israeli and Palestinian populations deeply traumatized and even more distrustful of each other.

    The imminent threat of evictions of Palestinian families in occupied East Jerusalem, from homes where they had been living for generations, heightened tensions. Protests, violent attacks, the response by the Israeli security forces, and clashes around the Al-Aqsa Mosque, escalated them to a dangerous level. Inflammatory rhetoric from both sides further fuelled conflict. I am especially concerned by the attempt to exploit the sensitive status of Jerusalem and to use it to justify a broader armed conflict.

    I echo the call by the Secretary-General for Israel to cease house demolitions and evictions, and illegal settlement activities in the occupied territory, in line with its obligations under international law. All measures to change Jerusalem’s status and demographic composition are without legal validity and should be firmly rejected by the international community, in line with Security Council resolutions. Unilateral actions and provocations must cease.

    The Gaza ceasefire is holding but remains fragile. The crisis is far from over. The launching from Gaza of incendiary balloons, causing fires in Israel, and the retaliatory Israeli airstrikes, risk renewed escalation. The provocative “flag march”, brought about more protests and violent clashes. The evictions, though put on hold for now, still threaten to heighten tensions. 

    I reiterate the call to all sides to uphold and respect the status quo of Jerusalem holy sites. Political and religious leaders should promote mutual respect and tolerance through their actions and statements. This recent period of tension witnessed many civil society initiatives in which Palestinian and Israelis worked together for calm. We should all amplify their voices against those spreading hate and inciting violence.

    The postponement of the Palestinian election process has also impacted the situation, with significant implications for the future of the Palestinian national project. I echo the Secretary-General in commending the tireless efforts of the Palestinian Central Elections Commission.

    Excellencies,

    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    The recent fighting caused heavy damage to vital infrastructure in Gaza, triggering a humanitarian emergency and exacerbating an already fragile situation. I appeal to the international community to respond generously to the Gaza humanitarian appeal and to work with the United Nations in delivering humanitarian, reconstruction and recovery assistance. I join the appeals to Israel to facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid and reconstruction materials into Gaza.

    I also urge Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza to refrain from attacks and provocations that would again destabilize the situation.

    As the Special Coordinator told the Security Council, we must avoid short-term fixes and focus on how we can work toward resolving the deadlock in Gaza and the Palestinian divide. Sustaining ceasefires and improving arrangements on the ground are important elements of UN preventive diplomacy, which aims to create space for political action. But they cannot substitute a permanent status agreement, vital for sustainable peace.

    The recent crisis has served as another reminder of the imperative to renew momentum towards peace. The Quartet has stepped up its activities to bring about a new path to revive negotiations. The Secretary-General has expressed hope that the normalization agreements signed between Israel and several Arab countries will create an opportunity for Israeli-Palestinian re-engagement. We will work tirelessly to translate those opportunities into tangible outcomes. 

    I urge Israeli and Palestinian leaders, supported by a revitalized Quartet, to recommit to a path of credible negotiations to address all the key outstanding permanent status issues. This is the only way to bring about the long-promised vision of two States, based on 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as their shared capital. In working toward this goal, it is essential to re-establish national unity and renew the legitimacy of Palestinian institutions. 

    The United Nations is committed to supporting Israelis and Palestinians in these endeavours.

    Thank you for your attention.

  • 30 Jun 2021

    Despite “significant progress” in the fight against terrorism, the UN counter-terrorism chief warned on Wednesday that amidst new and more diverse threats, COVID-19 has triggered increased activity throughout many countries.

  • 30 Jun 2021

    Mogadishu – A three-month virtual training workshops funded by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and jointly facilitated by the Somali Women...

  • 30 Jun 2021

    Thank you, Mr. President for the opportunity to brief on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and the implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231.

    The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear issue is the outcome of 12 years of intense diplomatic effort and technical negotiations.

    The Secretary-General has always regarded the JCPOA as the best way to ensure that the nuclear programme of the Islamic Republic of Iran remains exclusively peaceful. He therefore considers it and Resolution 2231, which endorsed the Plan, crucial to the global nuclear non-proliferation architecture, and regional and international security.

    Since July 2015, the Secretary-General has consistently and repeatedly underscored the importance for the international community to preserve the JCPOA.

    He has called for concerns regarding its implementation to be addressed constructively by its participants, and for issues outside the Plan to be addressed without prejudice to preserving the agreement and its accomplishments.

    Mr. President,

    The context for the implementation of the JCPOA and resolution 2231 (2015) has improved considerably since this Council last met in December 2020 to discuss the Iranian nuclear issue.

    As noted in the Secretary-General’s report, the United States, through its 18 February letter addressed to the President of the Security Council, withdrew previous letters sent to the Council in August and September 2020, respectively. This was a first and necessary step to heal a divided Council, and to pave the way for the Vienna talks.

    The continued diplomatic efforts in Vienna offer a critical opportunity for both the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran to return to the full and effective implementation of the Plan and of the resolution. This would be a welcome and crucial development.

    It is therefore essential that all Member States promote a conducive environment and avoid any action that may have a negative impact on these ongoing diplomatic efforts, as well as on regional stability.

    Likewise, all initiatives in support of trade and economic relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran remain important, especially given the current economic and health challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Further, I echo the Secretary-General’s appeal to the United States to lift or waive its sanctions outlined in the Plan, extend the waivers with regard to the trade in oil with the Islamic Republic of Iran, and to once again facilitate nuclear-related activities consistent with the Plan and the resolution.

    These activities relate to non-proliferation projects, including at the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant, the Fordow Facility, and the Arak reactor. These are needed steps to facilitate the full implementation of the Plan and resolution 2231 (2015), as well as enable the Iranian people to secure the tangible benefits foreseen by the Plan.

    Mr. President,

    A return to the full and effective implementation of the JCPOA and the resolution is all the more important in light of the additional steps taken by the Islamic Republic of Iran to reduce its nuclear-related commitments under the Plan, following the withdrawal of the United States from the Plan. 

    The International Atomic Energy Agency informed the Council that Iran has installed new and advanced centrifuges and begun research and development activities for the production of uranium metal.

    Iran has also enriched uranium up to 60% and has now an estimated total enriched uranium stockpile of 3,241 kg – further surpassing JCPOA stipulated limits in both cases. The Islamic Republic of Iran has stated that these measures, as previous measures taken since 1 July 2019, are reversible.

    Further, as of 23 February 2021, Iran decided to suspend voluntary transparency measures envisaged by the JCPOA, including the Additional Protocol to its Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement.

    However, in February the Agency and the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran reached a temporary bilateral technical understanding, allowing the Agency to continue with its necessary monitoring and verification activities. This understanding expired on 24 June, and Iran has not indicated whether it intends to maintain the current arrangement.

    Mr. President,

    The Agency’s monitoring and verification activities in the Islamic Republic of Iran, including the uninterrupted collection and storage of data by its monitoring and surveillance equipment, are essential to help build international confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme.

    I call on the Islamic Republic of Iran to resume the temporary technical understanding with the Agency without delay, to refrain from taking further steps to reduce its commitments, and to return to full implementation of the Plan.

    Iran should also carefully consider the other concerns raised by participants in the Plan and by other Member States in relation to resolution 2231 (2015). 

    Mr. President,

    I will now turn to the measures set out in annex B to the resolution, as outlined in the Secretary-General’s eleventh report on the implementation of resolution 2231.

    First, on the nuclear-related provisions, we have not received any report on the supply, sale or transfer to Iran of nuclear and nuclear-related dual-use items contrary to paragraph 2 of annex B.

    The Security Council continued its consideration of requests for the supply, sale or transfer of nuclear and nuclear-related dual-use items to Iran through the procurement channel. One new proposal was submitted through the channel in the reporting period, bringing the total to 52 proposals received since 16 January 2016.

    The Council has received eight notifications, submitted pursuant to paragraph 2 of annex B, for certain nuclear-related activities consistent with the Plan.

    Second, regarding the ballistic missile-related provisions of the resolution, information was provided to the Secretary-General and the Security Council by France, Germany, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Israel, the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom concerning ballistic missile launches and a space launch vehicle test by Iran in January and February 2021.

    The information provided reflects divergent views among those Member States as to whether those launches are inconsistent with the resolution.

    Third, on the asset freeze provisions, the Secretariat did not receive any official information alleging action inconsistent with the asset freeze provisions.

    Mr. President,

    Let me conclude by stressing again the importance and value of the JCPOA to the international non-proliferation architecture, as well as for regional and international security.

    In this defining moment, it is therefore critical for all parties, to seize this opportunity to put the JCPOA back on the right track as soon as possible.

    In so doing, the JCPOA would, again, serve as a powerful example of successful multilateral diplomacy and as proof that even the most contentious issues can be effectively addressed through dialogue, understanding and reciprocity.

    Finally, I would like to acknowledge the leadership of Her Excellency Ms Geraldine Byrne Nason, in her role as Facilitator for the implementation of resolution 2231 (2015) and to assure her of our full support.

    I would also like to thank the Coordinator of the Procurement Working Group of the Joint Commission for our continued cooperation.

    Thank you, Mr. President.

  • 30 Jun 2021

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  • 29 Jun 2021

    Successful peacekeeping requires the “highest standards of conduct” by civilian and uniformed peacekeepers, the UN chief told a High-Level Meeting this week on Strengthening the Conduct of Peacekeeping Personnel. 

  • 29 Jun 2021

    29 June 2021 - In the context of the ongoing meeting of the LPDF in Switzerland, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Libya, and Head of the United...

  • 29 Jun 2021

    With over 4.6 billion internet users around the world, digital advances continue to revolutionize human life, but “we must remain vigilant” in the face of malicious technologies that “could imperil the security of future generations”, the head of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (ODA) told the Security Council on Tuesday. 

  • 29 Jun 2021

    Rampant impunity for human rights violations in Mali is posing serious risks for the protection of civilians in the West African country, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday. 

  • 29 Jun 2021

    We, the representatives of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and the Republic of...

  • 29 Jun 2021

    We, the representatives of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and the Republic of...

  • 29 Jun 2021

    UN humanitarians expressed concern on Tuesday at the uncertain situation in Ethiopia's conflict-ravaged Tigray region despite a ceasefire call from the Government, highlighting the ongoing famine-like conditions there and the potential for disease outbreaks.

  • 29 Jun 2021

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan

    On 29 June, the United Nations Regional Centre for...

  • 29 Jun 2021

    GARDEZ - To help safeguard children’s rights amid conflict and the COVID pandemic, radio stations in the southeast have been broadcasting a series of programmes backed...

  • 28 Jun 2021

    Although the fight against terrorism has made important advances in thwarting attacks across the world, the UN chief said on Monday that threats continue to persist and diversify.

  • 28 Jun 2021

    The disregard for children’s rights amid war and upheaval “is shocking and heartbreaking”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday during a high-level open debate in the Security Council, held virtually. 

  • 28 Jun 2021

    Distinguished members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF), Ladies, and Gentlemen

    I...

  • 27 Jun 2021

    Tunis, 27 June 2021 - The Advisory Committee of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) concluded on Saturday, 26 June 2021, a three-day meeting, convened by UNSMIL at the request of LPDF members, in...

  • 26 Jun 2021

    New York, 27 June 2021

    As the world grapples unevenly with the effects of COVID-19, a parallel and equally horrific pandemic has threatened half the world’s population.  In the early months of the pandemic, the United Nations projected that quarantines and lockdowns could lead to a shocking 15 million additional cases of gender-based violence every three months.  Sadly, those predictions appear to be coming true....

  • 26 Jun 2021

    Three employees of the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) agency have been killed by unknown attackers in the restive Tigray region of Ethiopia, drawing swift condemnation from UN Secretary-General António Guterres who said on Saturday he was “deeply shocked” by the murders.

  • 25 Jun 2021
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  • 25 Jun 2021

    Inclusive peacemaking must involve the full, equal and meaningful participation of women in conflict prevention, peacemaking and peacebuilding efforts. In the face of persistent and complex violent conflicts and a rising backlash against women’s rights, the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) is committed to keeping the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda at the core of its work.

  • 25 Jun 2021
    This Week in DPPA is a brief roundup of political and peacebuilding events and developments at UNHQ and around the world. 
     
    Under-Secretary-General takes part in Second Berlin Conference on Libya

    Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo led the UN delegation at the Second Berlin Conference on Libya on 23 June. She expressed her support for the full implementation of the ceasefire agreement and the critical importance of holding national elections on 24 December 2021. “On the way forward, elections will be crucial. They respond to the overwhelming desire of the Libyan people to reinforce and consolidate the independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and national unity of Libya”, said USG DiCarlo in her remarks. Ján Kubiš, the Special Envoy for Libya, later welcomed the conclusions of the Conference. He praised the collective efforts of all Member States and regional and international organizations, and urged all Libyans and relevant external parties to agree on a comprehensive plan with clear timelines to achieve unity, peace, stability, and prosperity for future generations of the Libyan people.

    Read full remarks here

    Read Conference Conclusions here

    Security Council

    Lyons warns that the drivers of conflict in Afghanistan could hamper the negotiation process

    Deborah Lyons, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), shared with the Security Council on 22 June her concerns regarding the present situation in the country with regard to security, the peace process, the economy, the humanitarian emergency, and the continuing pandemic. Briefing on the recent offensives by the Taliban, she noted that UNAMA continues to find ways to move forward in the negotiation process, and urged the Council to do all it can to reinforce a political and peaceful pathway with the support of countries in the region. “There is only one acceptable direction for Afghanistan - away from the battlefield and back to the negotiating table”, she said.

    Full briefing to the Security Council here

     
    Wennesland: “Everyone must do their part to facilitate ongoing discussions to stabilize the situation in Gaza”

    Tor Wennesland, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO), updated the Security Council on 24 June, telling members that the cessation of hostilities reached last month between Israel and Hamas remained very fragile. He said the UN is working closely with all concerned parties and partners, including Egypt, to solidify a ceasefire, allow the entry of urgent humanitarian assistance and stabilize the situation in Gaza. Mr. Wennesland urged all sides to refrain from unilateral steps and provocations, to take steps to reduce tensions, and to allow these efforts to succeed.

    Full briefing to the Security Council here

     
    Pedersen: “We need a new constructive international dialogue on Syria to discuss concrete steps”

    Geir Pedersen, Special Envoy for Syria, briefed the Security Council in person on 25 June. He emphasized that it was absolutely vital to maintain and expand humanitarian access, including both cross-border and cross-line operations. He also expressed disappointment that there had been no real advances on the political track to implement resolution 2254, including in the areas of constitutional reform and elections administered under UN supervision. He said that the “gulf of mistrust” between the parties and the complexity of the situation on the ground made early progress towards a comprehensive settlement unlikely. “As we seek to advance a political process, we should engage the many Syrians who work to ameliorate the consequences of this conflict and to build bridges in their society”, he said.

    Full briefing to the Security Council here

    Libya

    Special Envoy participates in the LPDF Advisory Committee meeting in Tunisia

    Ján Kubiš, the Special Envoy and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), welcomed the Advisory Committee of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) to a three-day in-person consultative meeting in Tunis on 24 June. Building on the proposal adopted by the LPDF Legal Committee and the discussions during the previous virtual LPDF meeting in May, the meeting was convened at the request of LPDF members, in order to reach consensus on outstanding issues and develop a proposal on a constitutional basis for the 24 December 2021 Parliamentary and Presidential election, for the consideration of the LPDF next week in Switzerland. The Special Envoy renewed his call for all concerned parties to respond to the aspirations of the Libyan people and work to finalize the constitutional basis and legal framework for the elections. He also reaffirmed the UN’s commitment to facilitate the holding of national elections on 24 December 2021, as set out by the LPDF Roadmap and called for by UN Security Council Resolution 2570 (2021).

    Read more here

     
    UNSMIL facilitates meeting of the National Libyan Bar Association to adopt first code of conduct

    Facilitated by UNSMIL, the National Libyan Bar Association (LBA) succeeded in finalizing its first-ever code of conduct for the Libyan legal profession following three days of intensive legal debate, which concluded on 21 June. The meeting brought together the LBA’s 10-member elected leadership council, who hail from all parts of Libya, including Tripoli, Benghazi, Misrata, Tobruk, AlBaidha, Khoms, Zawya, Sebha, and Gherian. The primary purpose of the code is to assist LBA members in making consistent choices when faced with ethical dilemmas, and to establish the ethical principles and standards applicable throughout their professional work. The finalized text represents a huge achievement for the new Bar and its democratically elected council.

    Read more here

    West Africa and the Sahel

    Special Representative concludes his visit to Togo

    Mahamat Saleh Annadif, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), is continuing his first official tour of the region this week. On 24 June, he concluded a two day visit to Togo, where he met with President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé, among others. The discussions focused on various subjects related to the national and regional situation, as well as the need to further strengthen the partnership between the United Nations and Togo, in order to consolidate democracy and development.

    Read more on his latest familiarization tour here

    Iraq

    Special Representative visits shooting victim’s family in Karbala

    Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), visited on 24 June the mother and brothers of the prominent activist Ihab Jawad Al-Wazni, who was recently assassinated in Karbala. She expressed her condolences and underlined that the perpetrators of this crime must be brought to justice. On the same day, she met with Nassif Jassem al-Khattabi, Governor of Karbala, to discuss the need to ensure accountability for crimes against civic and political activists. 

     
    UNAMI discusses forthcoming parliamentary elections

    On 22 June, Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Deputy Special Representative for Iraq for Political Affairs and Electoral Assistance, met in Baghdad with Hassan Turan, former Member of Parliament and leading figure of the Iraqi Turkmen Front, to discuss the political situation in the country, including preparations for the forthcoming early parliamentary elections in October 2021. On the same day, Ricardo Rodriguez, Head of the UNAMI Regional Office in Erbil, met with Rewas Faiq, the President of the Kurdistan Region’s Parliament, to discuss the latest political developments in the region, including preparations for the October elections. 

    Peacebuilding

    15th Anniversary of the Peacebuilding Commission

    On 23 June, the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) celebrated the 15th Anniversary of its first meeting. A social media campaign was launched, which including a video message showing how the General Assembly and the Security Council established the PBC to support conflict-affected countries on their paths towards long-term peace and development. Since its establishment, the Commission has engaged with a total of 22 countries and regions in support of efforts to address political, socio-economic, and security challenges in conflict-affected settings.

    Watch the commemorative video 

     
    PBF virtual partner visit to Madagascar

    The Peacebuilding Support Office held its first virtual partner’s visit to Madagascar on 22 June, chaired by the UN Resident Coordinator and the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff. Representatives from 12 Member States took part along with Members of the Secretary-General’s Advisory Group in the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF), who joined the UNCT, authorities and civil society partners. The visit highlighted the impact of the UN’s peacebuilding support in the south of Madagascar, showing how it helped prevent violence and crime and strengthened trust in state institutions. Interlocutors from the Government emphasized the value of PBF support in improving local security, reducing criminality, enabling more inclusive livelihoods, empowering youth, and supporting local mechanisms of dialogue and conflict resolution. 

    Next Week

    The Security Council will hold an open debate to discuss children and armed conflict on Monday, 28 June. The Council will then hold a high-level open debate on cybersecurity on Tuesday, 29 June. USG DiCarlo will brief the Council on non-proliferation on Wednesday, 30 June.  

     
    UNSMIL to facilitate a meeting for the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum in Switzerland

    The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) will convene an in-person meeting of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum in Switzerland from 28 June to 1 July. The meeting is an opportunity for the members of the LPDF to develop proposals to facilitate the holding of national elections on 24 December 2021, in particular with regard to the constitutional basis for the elections.  

  • 25 Jun 2021

    Progress towards resolving Syria’s decade-long war is unlikely, given the ‘gulf of mistrust’ among parties and complexity of conditions on the ground, the chief UN mediator for the country told the Security Council on Friday, as he urged delegates to unite around elements of resolution 2254 (2015) and called for a new international dialogue to achieve a breakthrough.

  • 25 Jun 2021

    New York, 26 June 2021

    Science and trust in science are the hero and lesson of the pandemic; the world needs both to win against the virus. Scientists delivered safe and effective vaccines in record time. Access to reliable and verifiable information is making the difference between life and death.

    Action based on evidence is crucial for our responses to drugs, too...

  • 25 Jun 2021

    The imminent closure of the last cross-border aid lifeline to northwest Syria must be postponed beyond the 10 July deadline, UN humanitarians said on Friday, noting that no cross-line supplies had reached Idlib from Damascus, in 11 months.

  • 25 Jun 2021

    Speaking in Nigeria, the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed has emphasized the importance of prevention as “the only real, sustainable solution” to resolving the challenges thrown up by conflict.

  • 25 Jun 2021

    New York, 25 June 2021

    The world depends on shipping, and shipping depends on seafarers.  But the life and work of seafarers have been affected dramatically by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Throughout the crisis, seafarers have faced enormous challenges concerning repatriation, travel to join their ships, proper access to vaccinations and medical care, and shore leave. Yet...

  • 24 Jun 2021

    The cessation of hostilities negotiated last month between Israel and Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, remains “very fragile”, the UN envoy there told the Security Council on Thursday. 
     

  • 24 Jun 2021

    The UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, appealed on Thursday for urgent resources to support thousands of people who have fled armed violence in two small towns in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over the past two months. 

  • 24 Jun 2021

    TUNIS, 24 June 2021 - Today, the Advisory Committee of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) commenced a three-day in-person consultative meeting in Tunis in...

  • 24 Jun 2021

    Ján Kubiš (Archive)

    Distinguished members of the LPDF Advisory Committee,

    Ladies and Gentlemen

    ...
  • 24 Jun 2021
  • 24 Jun 2021

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

  • 24 Jun 2021
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    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan

    In June 2021, the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for...

  • 23 Jun 2021

    Humanitarian convoys from Turkey that bring lifesaving aid into northwest Syria must continue, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Wednesday. 

  • 23 Jun 2021

    Defense forces, soldiers from nearby countries and other security personnel have been fighting an “asymmetric war” against armed groups, sparking an “unprecedented humanitarian crisis”, the top UN official in the country told the Security Council on Wednesday.

  • 23 Jun 2021

    Thank you, Minister Maas.  First let me express appreciation to the Federal Republic of Germany for hosting the Second Berlin Conference on Libya, and thank Germany for its leadership of the Berlin Process in support of the Libyan people. The United Nations is pleased to co-convene

    We are very pleased that representatives of Libya, Prime Minister Dabeihba and Foreign Minister Mangoush joined us for this session and thank them for sharing their views on Libya’s transition and for their requests to the international community, which we will do our best to honor.

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    Libya has made significant progress since the first Berlin conference in January 2020:  

    • the agreed on 23 October ceasefire is holding;
    • a political Roadmap agreed by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum resulted in the formation of a new interim, unified executive authority;
    • and Libyans have committed to holding national elections by 24 December 2021.

     

    On the way forward, elections will be crucial. They respond to the overwhelming desire of the Libyan people to reinforce and consolidate the independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and national unity of Libya.

    The United Nations is providing technical assistance to Libyan authorities on the conduct of these elections.  It is critical to ensure the full, equal and meaningful participation of women and youth in the elections as candidates and voters, as well as to enable the full participation of Internally Displaced Persons.

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    Regarding the ceasefire agreement, the United Nations looks forward to deploying monitors in support of the Libyan-led and Libyan-owned Ceasefire Monitoring Mechanism.

    It is critical to implement all provisions of the ceasefire agreement, including the departure of foreign forces and mercenaries, who are a scourge not only on Libya, but on the entire subregion.

    Member States and regional organizations must apply and enforce the arms embargo on Libya and assist Libya in controlling and managing its borders.

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    Further, we welcome the Presidency Council’s establishment of the High National Reconciliation Commission, especially its focus on community-level engagement with the rights of victims central to the process. These efforts are critical for sustainable peace.

    The United Nations, together with the African Union, looks forward to supporting the implementation of a Libyan-led and Libyan-owned rights-based process on reconciliation and transitional justice.

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    The level of participation in today’s meeting demonstrates the regional and international commitment to peace and stability in Libya.

    I would like also to pay tribute to the work and the dedication of my colleagues in the UN Support Mission in Libya. Under the able leadership Special Envoy Jan Kubis, they have played an important role in getting us where we are today.

    As Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stressed in his message to the conference, the United Nations by the Libyan people in their efforts to achieve an inclusive, democratic society for all Libyans.

    Thank you.

     

  • 23 Jun 2021

    Full implementation of a historic ceasefire agreement and the withdrawal of foreign forces are critical for consolidating peace in Libya, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday in remarks to a major international meeting aimed at shoring up the country after a decade of civil conflict. 

  • 23 Jun 2021

    23 June 2021 

     Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, 

    I am honored to open this important meeting, and I...

  • 23 Jun 2021

    Mogadishu—It was one hot Sunday late afternoon, in August 2020, when 42-year-old Batuulo Harun Amin’s world was ripped apart. 

    Fetching firewood near her...

  • 22 Jun 2021

    New York, 23 June 2021

    United Nations Public Service Day honors the hundreds of millions of public servants across the globe who dedicate themselves to ensuring the wellbeing of our communities.  As the world continues to face the devastation of the Covid-19 pandemic, their work is more important than ever.

    This year’s observance highlights digital...