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2021

  • 31 Ene 2021

    Baidoa – With her ten children, Fatuma Isaq Mohamed’s life is a daily struggle.  

    “This is not our land and we don’t know how long we will be...

  • 31 Ene 2021

    Good afternoon, Mr. President.

    I would like to begin by thanking you – President Ahmed Mohamed Islam ‘Madobe’ – and your team, for the warm welcome that we’ve received here in...

  • 30 Ene 2021

     

    Switzerland 30 January 2021 - Following the closing of the one-week period on 28 January for the submission of nominations for the executive...

  • 30 Ene 2021

    THE SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR WEST AFRICA AND THE SAHEL CONCLUDES HIS VISIT TO ABIDJAN, ENCOURAGES IVORIANS TO SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY OF...

  • 30 Ene 2021
     

    Farming | FAO radio training benefits farmers, pastoralists...

  • 29 Ene 2021

    Geir Pedersen, UN Special Envoy for Syria, lamented the slow progress of the peace process in the country, in remarks to the press on Friday, following a meeting involving members of the UN-facilitated Syrian Constitution Committee, in Geneva.

  • 29 Ene 2021

    Violence and insecurity related to the recent elections in the Central African Republic (CAR) has forced more than 200,000 people to flee their homes in less than two months, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday, warning tens of thousands are facing dire living conditions. 

  • 29 Ene 2021



    23 - 29 January 2021

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

    Security Council

    DiCarlo: “Recovering better” from COVID-19 also requires more political and financial investment to strengthen conflict prevention
    Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo on 25 January briefed the Security Council on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on peace and security. “The pandemic was impossible to predict. Many of its consequences on peace and security are not. Not surprisingly, COVID-19 has hit hardest in the most vulnerable places and among the most vulnerable people. This is why “recovering better” must involve strengthening our capacity for prevention with more political and financial investment. The support of the international community in this endeavor is critical,” Ms. DiCarlo said.   
    Read her full remarks here
    Read more in UN News



    UN ready to support Palestinian elections
    New Special Coordinator Tor Wennesland on 26 January updated the Council on the Middle East peace process. He welcomed the decree to hold legislative, presidential and Palestinian National Council elections this year. “The holding of elections in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza will be a crucial step towards Palestinian unity, giving renewed legitimacy to national institutions, including a democratically elected Parliament and Government in Palestine. The United Nations stands ready to support efforts for the Palestinian people to exercise their democratic rights,” the Special Coordinator said.
    Read his full remarks here
    Read more in UN News




    Ceasefire in Libya continues to be observed
    Acting Special Representative Stephanie Williams on 28 January briefed on the recent progress in the peace process in Libya. She was pleased to report that the ceasefire signed in Geneva on 23 October continues to be observed. “Libyans are keen to turn the page, to reclaim Libyan sovereignty and ownership of their destiny as a people after many years of relentless armed conflict, societal fragmentation, and crippling institutional division. This rejuvenation of Libyan patriotism must be sustained, harnessed, and supported by this Council to open a new path for Libya towards democracy, respect for human rights, accountability and justice under the rule of law,” Ms. Williams said. 
    Read her full statement here
    Read more in UN News

     

    Afghanistan

    Global Open Days discussions emphasize inclusion of women’s voices in peace talks 
    The inclusion of women in peace negotiations and other decision-making processes has been the focus of a series of discussions currently taking place across Afghanistan, marking ‘Global Open Days’. Hundreds of women and representatives from government, religious institutions, academia and civil society have taken part in the UNAMA-backed events in numerous regions and provinces. Since November through January, events have taken place in Bamyan, Herat, Kabul, Kandahar, Khost, Jalalabad, Maimana and Mazar to reaffirm the critical role that Afghan women play as peace brokers and peacekeepers, and why their inclusion in the Afghanistan Peace Negotiations is beneficial to the country.
    Read more here

     

    Iraq

    New report on the right to education
    On the occasion of International Education Day on 24 January, UNAMI Human Rights Office, jointly with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), published the second report in a series on The Right to Education in Iraq: Obstacles to Girls’ Education after ISIL. “Measures to ensure equality of access to education engender broader human rights dividends for society as a whole, including long-term peace and stability”, said Danielle Bell, Chief UNAMI Human Rights Office and OHCHR Representative in Iraq. “The report provides practical recommendations to address specific institutional and societal barriers girls face to access education and aims to promote inclusive and equitable education for all children in Iraq”.
    Download the report here

     

    Yemen

    Fifth meeting of the Supervisory Committee on Prisoners and Detainees
    The fifth meeting of the Supervisory Committee on the Implementation of the Prisoners and Detainees Exchange Agreement kicked off in Amman, Jordan, on 24 January. The Committee resumes discussions between the parties to the conflict in Yemen to discuss the release of more detainees following the release of 1056 detainees last October. The Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths opened the meeting and said: “I urge the parties to prioritize in their discussions the immediate and unconditional release of all sick, wounded, elderly and children detainees as well as all arbitrarily detained civilians, including women.  I also urge the parties to discuss and agree on names beyond the Amman meeting lists to fulfill their Stockholm commitment of releasing all conflict-related detainees as soon as possible.”
    Read more here

     

    Somalia

    Visits to Federal Member States
    This week, James Swan, Special Representative and Head of UNSOM, has continued his visits to Federal Member States (FMS). He visited Galmudug on 24 January, Puntland on 25 January, and Hirshabelle on 28 January. Mr. Swan met with FMS leadership to discuss how the UN system can provide support, and also highlighted the need for a constructive compromise between the Federal Government and the FMS to reach an agreement over implementation of the electoral process. “We urge all of Somalia’s leaders to make every effort to engage in dialogue in a collegial spirit so that the national elections are held on the basis of broad consensus, rooted in the September 17th Agreement, and underpinned by transparency, fairness and inclusivity,” he said at a press conference in Galmudug.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    “It is important to acknowledge the progress that has been made”
    Thirty years since the outbreak of Somalia’s civil war, senior UN officials on 27 January paid tribute to the courage and resilience of Somali citizens who have persevered through some of the “toughest conditions in any country on the planet over the past three decades.” “While enormous challenges remain and the road ahead, at times, looks long and hilly, it is important to acknowledge the progress that has been made,” Special Representative James Swan said. Mr. Swan addressed the media at a virtual press conference in Mogadishu, at which he and other senior UN officials spoke about the range of the world body’s support over the past year but also for 2021.
    Read more here

     

    West Africa

    Inclusiveness crucial to prevent conflicts
    Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative and Head of UNOWAS, on 23 January addressed the 58th Ordinary Session of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Authority of Heads of State and Government, that was held virtually. “I wish to reiterate that electoral and indeed political processes anchored on consensus and inclusiveness with full participation of women, youth and people living with disabilities, can significantly contribute to prevent conflicts and address some of the peace and security challenges in our region,” Mr. Ibn Chambas said.  
    Read more here


    Joint visit to Cabo Verde and Sierra Leone
    Special Representative Mohamed Ibn Chambes and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, conducted a joint visit to Sierra Leone and Cabo Verde this week. The joint visit was part of the UN and AU continued partnership to support the countries of the sub-region address peace, security and development challenges. In Freetown, they met with Julius Maada Bio, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone with whom they discussed a range of national and regional issues, including the post-COVID recovery plans. In Praia, they had a meeting with the Prime Minister, José Ulisses Correia e Silva, and were received by Jorge Carlos Fonseca, President of Cabo Verde.
    Read more here

     

    Colombia

    Educational talks on restorative justice for former combatants 
    The UN Verification Mission in Colombia accompanied, this week, the cycle of educational talks that the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) is giving to former combatants. The workshops were held in the department of Caldas in central-western Colombia, in the indigenous reservation of Cañamomo Lomaprieta, and about 40 former combatants of the FARC-EP participated. The UN Mission has been accompanying this group of ex-combatants in different income-generating projects, carried out jointly with the community, and supports the socialization of the responsibilities they must fulfill with the Special Jurisdiction for Peace.


    Peacebuilding

    Member States pledge $439 million for the Peacebuilding Fund
    During the High-Level Replenishment Conference for the Peacebuilding Fund on 26 January, Member States pledged $439 million for the Fund’s 2020-2024 strategy. The Conference, chaired by the Secretary-General, took place at a time of unprecedented challenges and as the world contends with the tragic immediate effects of the pandemic and its alarming medium to long-term impacts. The unprecedented economic shocks and inadequate response strategies are entrenching social and economic inequalities and increasing risks for crisis, eroding peace and development gains along the way. 92 Member States joined the Conference.
    Read more here

     

    Mediation

    New publication on constitutions and peace processes
    At a virtual event on 28 January, the Berghof Foundation and the Mediation Support Unit of DPPA’s Policy and Mediation Division launched a new publication on constitutions and peace processes. Peace processes often confront conflict issues that have deep constitutional relevance, and yet the obvious link to “constitution making” and the need for constitutional expertise are seldom acknowledged. The role of constitution making in peace processes is understudied and there is little practical guidance for individuals involved in peace processes, especially the mediators, negotiators and other actors who support them, on how to engage with constitutional elements in peace processes.
    Read the publication here 



    Next Week 

    Security Council
    The United Kingdom will assume the presidency of the Security Council for February.
    Updated programme of work here

     

    The Work of Peace

    Virtual exhibit
    Remember to check out our virtual exhibit: The Work of Peace. It highlights the UN’s key role in preventive diplomacy, good offices, mediation and elections over the past 75 years, and looks ahead at what the future may hold for this work.
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  • 29 Ene 2021

    The Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) will convene in Switzerland next week from 1 to 5 February 2021, with the facilitation of the Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General,...

  • 29 Ene 2021

    Mogadishu – International partners* welcome the nomination of State-level Electoral Implementation Teams for Jubaland and Puntland, presented on 27 January. While overdue, this positive step can help to create conditions...

  • 29 Ene 2021

    United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for restrain in Myanmar, amid reports of rising tensions over the outcome of last year’s general elections.  

  • 28 Ene 2021

    The top UN official in Libya urged the Security Council on Thursday to express clear support for a new unified government in Libya, amid hopeful signs that a decade of armed conflict might finally be coming to an end.

  • 28 Ene 2021

    UN Photo/Loey Felipe

    New York, 28 January, 2021. The Members of the Security Council reiterated their full and unanimous support for the peace process in Colombia, underlining the...

  • 28 Ene 2021

    Mr. President, (Ambassador Mr. Tarek Ladeb, Tunisia),

     

    Members...

  • 28 Ene 2021

    Civilians in Yemen’s Hudaydah Governorate, face a growing threat from escalating clashes, with shelling of residential areas ongoing, endangering thousands.

  • 28 Ene 2021

    Jowhar – In Hirshabelle, the United Nations envoy to Somalia today welcomed recent developments related to the impasse currently being experienced with the country’s...

  • 28 Ene 2021

    Good Afternoon, Mr. President.

    I would like to thank you and your team for the warm welcome that you have extended to us today.

    Mr. President, you and I have seen each...

  • 28 Ene 2021

    KABUL - The inclusion of women in peace negotiations and other decision-making processes has been the focus of a series of discussions currently taking place across Afghanistan, marking ‘Global Open Days’....

  • 27 Ene 2021

    SPEAKERS 

    James Swan, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) Adam Abdelmoula, UN...
  • 27 Ene 2021

    The handover of a former Central African Republic (CAR) militia leader and war crimes suspect to the International Criminal Court (ICC) has sent a strong warning to rebel groups, political actors and others who thrive on impunity, a UN independent human rights expert said on Wednesday. 

  • 27 Ene 2021

    As the political process continues to make progress through the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum towards securing the necessary conditions for the holding of...

  • 27 Ene 2021

    Mogadishu – As Somalia crosses its 30th anniversary since the outbreak its civil war, senior United Nations officials today paid tribute to the courage and...

  • 27 Ene 2021

    SPEAKERS

    James Swan, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) Adam Abdelmoula, UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special...
  • 26 Ene 2021

     

    New York, 27 January 2021

    Today we honour the memory of the six million Jews and millions of others who were systematically murdered in the Holocaust by the Nazis and their collaborators.

    This year’s anniversary takes place under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has revealed longstanding fractures and injustices in our societies and contributed to a resurgence in antisemitism and...

  • 26 Ene 2021

    Against the backdrop of a COVID-19 crisis that has exacerbated pre-pandemic challenges and a global ceasefire appeal to combat it, the UN chief called for new peacebuilding funds on Tuesday, promising a “renewed approach to multilateralism and international cooperation”. 

  • 26 Ene 2021

    The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, and the UN Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn...

  • 26 Ene 2021

    Palestinian elections scheduled for later this year will be a crucial step towards unity, the new UN envoy in the region, Tor Wennesland, said on Tuesday in his first briefing to the Security Council. 

  • 26 Ene 2021

    UN independent rights experts on Tuesday, described Israel’s conviction of human rights defender Issa Amro earlier this month, as showing disdain for the country’s international obligations.  

  • 26 Ene 2021
  • 26 Ene 2021

    The President of the General Assembly, on Monday, underscored the importance of effectiveness and efficiency for all bodies of the United Nations so that the Organization can deliver results for people everywhere. 

  • 26 Ene 2021

    Garowe – The process of registering, tracking and recording gender-based violence (GBV) cases in Somalia’s northern Federal Member State of Puntland is expected to improve following the launch today of...

  • 25 Ene 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has led to rising antisemitism which shows the world must remain vigilant against this persistent form of racism and religious persecution, the UN Secretary-General told an online event on Monday to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. 

  • 25 Ene 2021

    Since September, the devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic has deepened, infecting close to 100 million people, costing more than $3 trillion in lost wages and intensifying obstacles for peace and security around the world, the UN political chief told the Security Council on Monday. 

     

  • 25 Ene 2021

    Remarks by Mohamed Ibn Chambas

    Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNOWAS

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  • 25 Ene 2021

    Garowe – A delegation of senior United Nations representatives today visited the Federal Member State (FMS) of Puntland, in Somalia’s north-east, to meet with its leadership on the provision of...

  • 25 Ene 2021

    Briefing to the Security Council on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on peace and security, Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo

     

    Mr. President,

    Thank you for the opportunity to update the Security Council on the impact of COVID-19 on peace and security.

    Since the Council last met on this issue in September, the devastation wrought by the pandemic has deepened.

    More than two million people have died. Close to 100 million – over 1 percent of the world’s population – have been infected. Workers have lost over $3 trillion in wages. And new strains of the virus are poised to unleash more severe waves of infection at a time when health systems and social safety networks are already on the brink.

    The pandemic’s impact on peace and security is of pressing concern. The trends that we reported on in September – and which the Secretary-General had already warned about in July – have intensified.

    By upending lives and economies, challenging community relations, and undermining trust in the very institutions meant to address its fallout, the pandemic has exacerbated inequality and corruption; bred misinformation, stigmatization, and hate speech; and created new flashpoints for tension and increased risks of instability.

    We remain particularly alarmed by the impact of COVID-19 on women and youth as well as other populations suffering from marginalization. This includes the loss of employment and income and the dramatic escalation of gender-based and domestic violence. Young women and men are also at risk of being left behind in education and economic opportunities.

    The pandemic has hindered diplomatic action and complicated our peacemaking efforts. It has not, for the most part, affected the underlying dynamics of armed conflicts. Yet, by exacerbating existing fragilities it has amplified the prevention challenge I underlined in September and made the steps needed to address that challenge more urgent.

     

    Mr. President,

    The Secretary-General’s call for a global ceasefire generated widespread support and, in some instances, added new momentum to faltering peace processes.  

    Libya is an example of how sustained political engagement, more unified support from the international community, and commitment by the parties can lead to tangible progress.

    The signing of a ceasefire agreement by the Libyan parties on 23 October was a major achievement. Since then, the 5+5 Joint Military Commission has been working to operationalize the ceasefire agreement and establish a ceasefire monitoring mechanism.

    The Libyan Political Dialogue Forum met in Tunis, despite an initial lack of much-needed in-person meetings, thanks to the creativity and perseverance of all involved. The Forum represents a pivotal opportunity for moving toward inclusive, intra-Libyan political negotiations and national elections on 24 December 2021. I would like to thank the Government and people of Tunisia for their support in assisting with mitigation measures which enabled the holding of this event.

    Libya remains at a critical juncture; it is imperative that the Libyan parties maintain the momentum towards peace with the full support of the Security Council.

    Afghanistan is also at a historically consequential inflection point. The Afghanistan Peace Negotiations present an opportunity to end decades of instability and conflict.

    The increased levels of violence in the country underscore the stakes. The United Nations will do everything in its power to assist Afghans and achieve an inclusive, negotiated political solution to the conflict.

    In Mozambique, notwithstanding serious obstacles caused by the pandemic, insurgent groups, with the active support of the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy, began a process of disarmament. An estimated 29 percent of the process was completed in 2020 – an important milestone. The announcement of a unilateral ceasefire by a RENAMO breakaway group on 23 December is encouraging and will allow negotiations to take place without the threat of violence. 

    And in eastern Ukraine, the ceasefire agreed on 21 July has continued to hold, constituting the longest such period since the start of the conflict, and giving us cause for hope.

     

    Mr. President,

    Despite these positive developments, in a number of other contexts the ceasefire call had more mixed results. In some situations, regrettably, we saw dangerous escalation.

    In the South Caucasus, despite the support of both Armenia and Azerbaijan for the Secretary-General’s ceasefire appeal, large-scale hostilities in and around Nagorno-Karabakh broke out in September.

    The clashes presented a serious risk of regional escalation. The Secretary-General welcomed the 9 November ceasefire and called on all concerned to cooperate fully with UN entities to ensure unfettered access to conflict-affected areas.

    We take note of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs’ united position for a comprehensive and sustainable settlement of the conflict and hope that both countries will embark on a path of dialogue.

     

    Mr. President,

    The pandemic has affected how we support political and peace processes.

    Without exception, our special representatives, envoys and missions had to adjust to the changing reality brought about by the pandemic, combining virtual and in-person work, and taking calculated risks to fulfil their mandates to advance peace processes, de-escalate crises and prevent conflict.

    New tools – such as digital focus groups – were developed and used to broaden the inclusiveness of our engagements. They have been particularly useful to enhance our outreach to women and youth.

    In Yemen, our Special Envoy has not let up on efforts to help bring the devastating conflict to an end.  He has continued his shuttle diplomacy in addition to virtual meetings.  With the support of the Swiss Government and the ICRC, the Special Envoy successfully and safely convened the parties in  Geneva last year for talks that led to the largest prisoner swap since the start of the Yemeni conflict. 

    Our urgent work to end the suffering in Syria also continues. Today the fifth meeting of the Syrian Constitutional Committee is taking place in Geneva, a demonstration of the determination of the Syrian people to resolve issues that have undermined peace in that war-torn country.

    And here, let me thank the Government and people of Switzerland for their cooperation in hosting this and other meetings during the pandemic.

    Further,  we have had to adapt our electoral assistance to comply with COVID-19-related restrictions and in line with the decisions of governments to either hold or reschedule polls. Since the onset of the pandemic, we have supported 19 elections and one referendum in 18 countries. In addition, we provided electoral assistance in eight countries where elections were planned for 2020 but did not take place.

    In Bolivia, for example, despite tensions over the initial postponement of elections, polling took place peacefully in October with the support of the UN and because of the commitment of the Bolivian people.

     

    Mr. President,

    As the impact of the pandemic continues to increase, deepening vulnerabilities and fomenting grievances, the risk of tensions and instability will continue to rise. 

    These risks are magnified by the inequalities in the global recovery. As wealthier countries get vaccinated, the developing world - including countries already affected by conflict and instability - risk being left behind. This would be a catastrophic moral failure, as Dr. Tedros noted last week. It would also be a severe blow to peace and security.

    One thing is clear: The pandemic has served as a political stress test as much as a structural and public health one. It has laid bare where acute crisis is seen as an opportunity to gain advantage in the battlefield or as a pretext to perpetuate or entrench oppressive practices. 

    But it has also confirmed that where there is real political will to make and sustain peace, almost no barrier is insurmountable, especially if there is support from the global community. 

    The collective and individual engagement of members of this Council will remain crucial, especially in supporting the Secretary-General’s call for a global ceasefire and engaging with conflict parties and their backers to ensure that the appeal is heeded.

     

    Mr. President,

    The pandemic was impossible to predict. Many of its consequences on peace and security are not. Not surprisingly, COVID-19 has hit hardest in the most vulnerable places and among the most vulnerable people. This is why  “recovering better” must involve strengthening our capacity for prevention with more political and financial investment.  The  support of the international community in this endeavor is critical.  

    Thank you, Mr. President.

  • 25 Ene 2021

    Good Afternoon, Mr. President, representatives of the media.

    Thank you, President Said Abdullahi Deni and your team, for the warm welcome that you have extended to us today....

  • 24 Ene 2021

    Dhusamareb – Continuing a series of meetings with the leaders of Somalia’s Federal Member States, a delegation of United Nations officials today visited Galmudug to discuss with its leadership how the...

  • 24 Ene 2021

    Thank you, President Ahmed Abdi Kariye, and your team, for the warm welcome that you have extended to us today.

    I am here today with Cesar Arroyo...

  • 24 Ene 2021

    OSESGY/Abdel Rahman AL Zorgan

    Amman, 24 January 2021 – The fifth meeting of the Supervisory Committee on the Implementation of the Prisoners and Detainees Exchange...

  • 23 Ene 2021

    New York, 24 January 2021

    When education is interrupted, it affects everyone – especially students, teachers and families.

    Today, on the third International Day of Education, I pay tribute to their resilience in the face of a pandemic that, at its peak, forced almost every school, institute and university to close its doors.

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  • 23 Ene 2021

    The co-chairs of the International Follow-Up Committee for Libya Security Working Group (SWG), represented by the African Union, France, Italy, Turkey, the United...

  • 22 Ene 2021

    Against the backdrop of a rapidly deteriorating security situation in Mali and the wider Sahel region, the UN peacekeeping chief concluded a visit to the restive northwest African nation on Thursday. 

  • 22 Ene 2021



    16 - 22 January 2021

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

    Security Council

    Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo hails strong UN cooperation with League of Arab States
    Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo on 18 January briefed the Security Council on cooperation between the UN and the League of Arab States. “The close cooperation between the United Nations, including our Special Envoys and Representatives, and the League has been crucial in augmenting our efforts to address various situations in the Arab world,” Ms. DiCarlo said, referring to situations like Yemen, Libya, Syria and the Middle East peace process.  
    Read her full remarks here


    Pedersen: “We must ensure that addressing the conflict in Syria is high among our shared priorities”
    Special Envoy Geir O. Pedersen on 20 January updated the Council on the ongoing political process in Syria. 
    “We must ensure that addressing the conflict in Syria is high among our shared priorities. Syria has a great and proud history. But it is enduring the most profound tragedy. We need to begin to unlock progress, step by step, in a reciprocal and mutually reinforcing manner, along the path of resolution 2254,” Mr. Pedersen said. “If we do not, the dangers to Syria’s civilians, to Syria as a state, to its society, and to the region, will only grow," he concluded.
    Read his full remarks here
    Read more in UN News




    Ruiz Massieu: 2021 must be  remembered as a year of bold steps to fulfil promise of sustainable peace
    Special Representative Carlos Ruiz Massieu on 21 January briefed on the latest report on the work of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia. Reviewing the achievements of the four years since the signing of the Peace Agreement, he said: “Colombians in rural areas, who suffered the brunt of the conflict, are beginning to see increased investments and State presence in their communities; Colombian society is coming to terms with its past through a transitional justice system centered on victims; and thousands of men and women who were in arms five years ago are now building better lives for themselves and their families, alongside local communities.” But Ruiz Massieu also emphasized that violence against former combatants, social leaders, human rights defenders and communities remains the most serious threat to peacebuilding in Colombia. “It is incumbent to ensure 2021 is remembered as the year in which bold steps were taken to bring to fruition the full promise of sustainable peace enshrined in the Agreement,” he concluded.
    Read his full remarks here
    Read more in UN News

     

    Central Asia

    New publication highlights young voices
    A new UNRCCA publication comprising the entire essays of the contest winners from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan was launched this week. The Youth Ambassadors for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia and Afghanistan presented their ideas, concerns and vision for the future at the second Government-Youth Dialogue for Central Asia and Afghanistan in December 2020, and their thoughts can be found in the publication 'Youth Voices from Central Asia and Afghanistan: UN75 and Regional Peace and Security'.
    Read more here

     

    Iraq

    We need to unite in our response while staying apart
    The historic Erbil Citadel is the stunning backdrop for “Final Advice”, the latest music video by Anbar rappers Mr Legendary and IQ Kid. The video, commissioned by UNAMI’s Human Rights Office, is about curbing the spread of COVID-19. Whilst the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to decrease in Iraq, many countries have seen a resurgence of the virus to record levels, highlighting the need for us all to continue following COVID prevention measures.
    Read more and watch the video here

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Libya

    Digital dialogue with 1,000 Libyans
    Following a four-day meeting of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum’s Advisory Committee in Geneva this week, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya, Stephanie Williams logged in to an AI-powered chat to engage in a digital dialogue with 1,000 Libyans, the majority of whom hailed from all regions of the country, with the remaining participating from abroad. Ms. Williams welcomed the high level of engagement and interaction by participants as they answered questions on the political, security, and economic situation in the country.
    Read more here


    New Special Envoy
    Secretary-General António Guterres on 18 January announced the appointment of Ján Kubiš of Slovakia as his Special Envoy on Libya and Head of UNSMIL. The Secretary-General is grateful for the commitment and outstanding leadership of Acting Special Representative Stephanie T. Williams in moving the political process forward in Libya. Mr. Kubiš, who has served as Special Coordinator for Lebanon since 2019, brings with him many years of experience in diplomacy, foreign security policy, and international economic relations, both internationally and in his own country.
    Read more here

     

    Mediation

    UN support to local mediation processes
    The Permanent Mission of Finland, the International Peace Institute (IPI), and the Mediation Support Unit (MSU) within DPPA's Policy and Mediation Division (PMD) on 20 January hosted an online policy forum on UN support to local mediation processes. The forum was set against the backdrop of the publication of two parallel reports issued by IPI and DPPA/PMD/MSU, and the growing recognition of the significance of local mediation tracks for holistic and sustainable peacemaking. Panelists included representatives from IPI, MSU Chief Asif Khan, as well as Guang Cong, Deputy Head of UNMISS, and Gabriela Iribarne from UNAMA, who spoke about UN engagement with local mediation in their respective mission areas. Discussions revolved around the spectrum of local mediation processes and actors; the roles played by the UN in local mediation settings; as well as the requisites, principles and objectives underpinning such engagement – including, for instance, the need for integrated mediation strategies, a clear-eyed assessment of the UN’s comparative advantage as well as a strategic prioritization of local-level initiatives based on their political significance and potential to help national peace processes thrive.
    The DPPA report can be accessed at the UN peacemaker website; a recording of the policy forum can be accessed here.   



    Next Week 

    Security Council
    Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo on 25 January will brief the Security Council on the Secretary-General’s call for a global ceasefire to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. On 26 January, Special Coordinator Tor Wennesland will update the Council on the Middle East peace process. Acting Special Representative Stephanie T. Williams will brief on the situation in Libya on 28 January. 


    Replenishment Conference for the Peacebuilding Fund
    The Secretary-General has convened a high-level Replenishment Conference for the Peacebuilding Fund to be held virtually on 26 January to mobilize critical support from for conflict prevention and peacebuilding and meet the Fund’s $1.5 billion requirements for 2020-2024. The Secretary-General will be joined by the President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio; the Prime Minister of Sudan, Abdullah Adam Hamdok; the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, Heiko Mass and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Marc Garneau.
    The event can be watched live on UN Web TV

     

    The Work of Peace

    Virtual exhibit
    Remember to check out our virtual exhibit: The Work of Peace. It highlights the UN’s key role in preventive diplomacy, good offices, mediation and elections over the past 75 years, and looks ahead at what the future may hold for this work.
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  • 22 Ene 2021

    On 21 January, the co-chairs of the International Follow-Up Committee on Libya’s Economic Working Group (EWG), including Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya...

  • 22 Ene 2021

    A sharp uptick in intercommunal violence in Sudan’s Darfur region has forced more than 100,000 people to flee their homes in search of safety, including many into neighbouring Chad, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reported on Friday.

  • 22 Ene 2021

    A sharp uptick in intercommunal violence in Sudan’s Darfur region has forced more than 100,000 people to flee their homes in search of safety, including many into neighbouring Chad, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reported on Friday.

  • 22 Ene 2021

    The first multilateral nuclear disarmament treaty in more than two decades, came into force just after midnight on Friday, hailed by the UN Secretary-General as “an important step towards a world free of nuclear weapons”.

  • 21 Ene 2021

    Illegally-armed groups and criminal organizations in Colombia are determined to “drive out State institutions and stamp out the voice of social leaders” through violence and intimidation, the head of the UN mission in the country told the Security Council on Thursday.
     

  • 21 Ene 2021

    Perpetrators behind twin deadly suicide bombings at a busy market in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Thursday must be prosecuted, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement strongly condemning the attacks.