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  • 14 Oct 2020

    New York, 15 October 2020

    Corruption is criminal, immoral and the ultimate betrayal of public trust.

    It is even more damaging in times of crisis – as the world is experiencing now with the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The response to the virus is creating new opportunities to exploit weak oversight and inadequate transparency, diverting funds away from people in their hour of...

  • 14 Oct 2020

    The UN Secretary-General has welcomed the launch of ground-breaking discussions on Wednesday, over the disputed maritime border between Lebanon and Israel in the eastern Mediterranean, following a framework agreement between the two nations at the beginning of the month.

  • 14 Oct 2020

    Mogadishu – On the third anniversary of the 14 October 2017 suicide bombing in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, the United Nations today paid tribute to the victims...

  • 14 Oct 2020

    Baidoa – On a visit to Somalia’s South West State today, representatives of some of the country’s key international partners highlighted the importance of the Federal Government and Federal...

  • 14 Oct 2020

    UN agencies in Myanmar have expressed ‘sadness’ and ‘shock’ over the killing of two boys, allegedly used as human shields by security forces in the country’s northern Rakhine province, earlier this month. 

  • 14 Oct 2020
  • 14 Oct 2020

    Mogadishu – On the third anniversary of the 14 October 2017 suicide bombing in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, the United Nations today paid tribute to the victims and survivors of the horrific attack and reaffirmed the world body’s solidarity with all Somalis.

    “Together with Somalis, the United Nations family is focused on the future and on continuing to build on progress towards...

  • 13 Oct 2020

    UN Special Envoy Huang Xia (screen photo) briefing the Security Council on 13 October 2020.

    Nairobi, 13 October 2020 – ...

  • 13 Oct 2020

    Even as they confront the COVID-19 pandemic, countries in Africa’s Great Lakes Region continue to improve political, security and economic cooperation in line with a 2013 Framework agreement, UN Special Envoy Huang Xia told the Security Council on Tuesday. 

  • 13 Oct 2020


    New York, 13 October 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has brought renewed attention to the importance of strengthening disaster risk reduction.

    Many countries are facing multiple crises simultaneously.

    We will see more of this.

    Extreme weather events have risen dramatically over the past two decades.

  • 13 Oct 2020

    Tripoli, 13 October 2020, The UN Support Mission in Libya welcomes the 11 October appointment of five women judges who will work in two new specialised courts in Benghazi and Tripoli dedicated to...

  • 12 Oct 2020

    The UN’s work in promoting dialogue between Arabic and Kurdish groups in Iraq is just one example of how human rights personnel are playing a critical role at the Organization’s peace operations around the world. 

  • 12 Oct 2020

    Special Envoy Huang Xia (L) with President Denis Sassou Nguesso of the Republic of Congo.

    8 October 2020 - The UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, Huang...

  • 12 Oct 2020

    New York, 12 October 2020

    The systems that bring food to our tables have a profound impact on our economies, our health and the environment.

    Food systems are one of the main reasons we are failing to stay within our planet’s ecological boundaries.

    But they can also be the key to tackling the climate crisis, addressing soaring...

  • 11 Oct 2020

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan

    On October 12, Natalia Gherman, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General...

  • 10 Oct 2020

    Tripoli 10 October 2020 - Acting Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya Stephanie Williams is pleased to announce the resumption of...

  • 10 Oct 2020

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed agreement on a ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone following talks held in Russia on Friday.

  • 10 Oct 2020

    New York, 11 October 2020

    This year, we mark the International Day of the Girl against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic...

  • 9 Oct 2020

    An agreement between Iraq’s Federal and the Kurdish Regional governments on Friday paves the way for reconstruction in the north of the country, in what the UN has called “a first and important step in the right direction”. 

  • 9 Oct 2020

    Introductory Remarks by Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo to the Fourth Committee


    Mr. Chairman,
    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    On behalf of the Secretary-General, it is my pleasure to introduce his eighth report on “Overall policy matters pertaining to special political missions”. I am also pleased to be joined today by my colleague Atul Khare, Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support, whose department plays a critical role in supporting special political missions.

    From the outset, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Finland and Mexico for their leadership as facilitators of this agenda item, as well as for their steadfast support of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and our special political missions.

    I also want to express my gratitude to all Member States for their engagement on this agenda item.


    Mr. Chairman,

    This year’s report comes against the background of one of the most serious crises in the history of the United Nations.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare global fragilities. It has upended lives, overwhelming the health system, and livelihoods, unleashing a devastating socio-economic crisis that worsens poverty and marginalization.

    As the Secretary-General has stressed, the pandemic also has profound implications for international peace and security.  Trust in public institutions has deteriorated where responses to COVID-19 are perceived as failing. Existing inequalities and vulnerabilities have been exacerbated. New human rights challenges have emerged. And fragile peace processes risk being derailed by the crisis.

    This combination of risks is dangerous and has increased the potential for instability and violence. It threatens to reverse the hard-earned gains for peace that we have achieved over the last few years, and it underscores the magnitude of the challenge of conflict prevention before us.

    The seriousness of the pandemic and its consequences require an urgent and collective response. Special political missions are playing their part in this effort.  While ensuring the continuity of critical operations and core mandates, they are supporting host countries in their response to the virus, protecting our personnel and assisting vulnerable communities.

    COVID-19 has, of course, impacted the work of SPMs. Their operational capacities have been limited due to measures taken to limit the spread of the virus. Travel restrictions have, in some contexts, made it considerably more difficult for missions to support dialogue and carry out preventive diplomacy and peacemaking.

    But SPMs are working to mitigate these challenges. They are increasingly relying on new approaches, including greater use of technology. Digital tools have enabled them to engage with a wide range of stakeholders, from government counterparts to civil society groups, including women’s organizations. An example is the large-scale online discussion organized by the Special Envoy for Yemen in June, which gathered over 500 Yemenis – a third of whom were women – to discuss opportunities and challenges for peace in the country.

    At the same time, current restrictions also underline the value of direct engagement on the most sensitive issues. In recent months, while taking the necessary health precautions, SPMs were able to initiate critical in-person activities. In September, talks held in Geneva were instrumental for an agreement between the Yemeni parties on the exchange and release of over 1,000 prisoners. The Special Envoy for Syria facilitated the Third Meeting of the Constitutional Committee in Geneva in late August. And in Sudan, the UN deployed an advance team to Khartoum to continue the preparations for the deployment of our newest mission: the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan.

    The pandemic has forced many countries to consider if and how to proceed with planned elections. In some cases, lack of consensus among political parties regarding a way forward has increased tensions, especially in situations where the legitimacy of the process was already contested.  We have advised the need for consensus on such matters, and SPMs with an electoral assistance mandate provide advice on mitigation measures to enable electoral activities to continue.


    Mr. Chairman,

    Recognizing the urgency of the crisis, on 23 March, the Secretary-General called for a global ceasefire.

    He urged conflict parties to stop the fighting in order to create conditions for the delivery of aid and to open up space for diplomacy.

    The Secretary-General’s call has been widely endorsed by Member States from across the world, as well as by the Security Council. Regional partners, civil society and religious leaders have added their voices to the call.

    SPMs are playing a key role in operationalizing the Secretary-General’s appeal.

    In Yemen, the Special Envoy is in dialogue with the parties to build trust and move towards a ceasefire and a resumption of the political process. In Afghanistan, the Special Representative is engaging in support of the launch of Afghanistan Peace Negotiations.  And in Libya, the Acting Special Representative continues to engage with all national, regional and international stakeholders to advance the UN-facilitated intra-Libyan political, security and economic dialogue in the framework of the Berlin process.


    Mr. Chairman,

    I would like to highlight a few of the thematic issues discussed in the Secretary-General’s report.

    First, the work of SPMs in the implementation of the women, peace and security agenda.

    This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action, and the 20th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000), the landmark resolution which recognized the importance of women’s full, equal and meaningful participation in conflict prevention and resolution.

    Special political missions have made their women, peace and security commitments a priority.

    In Syria, the Special Envoy of the Secretary General facilitated agreements between the parties securing close to 30 per cent membership of women in the Constitutional Committee.

    In Colombia, the Verification Mission has engaged actively in the implementation of the Comprehensive Programme of Safeguards for Women Leaders and has promoted activities with women former combatants and candidates of the FARC party.

    Much remains to be done to translate grassroots women’s leadership, which we see in abundance, into high-level positions of political power and influence.

    The women, peace and security agenda has become even more critical against the background of COVID-19, which exacerbated gender inequalities and increased gender-based and domestic violence. SPMs are supporting Member States in creating new pathways for the meaningful participation of women, including in the responses to the pandemic.

    Second, peacebuilding and sustaining peace.

    Through their integrated work with UN Country Teams and Resident Coordinators, SPMs are playing a key role to support the implementation of nationally-owned peacebuilding priorities and the 2030 Agenda.

    The Peacebuilding Fund has been instrumental in supporting these efforts. In 2019, the PBF directed 12 per cent of its investment to countries where SPMs are located. In Haiti, the Fund is now supporting key priorities agreed with the government, including community violence reduction, access to justice, and electoral violence prevention. In Burundi, the PBF is supporting local conflict prevention and resolution efforts and enhancing youth and women’s participation in decision-making.

    I am grateful for the engagement of the Peacebuilding Commission on the work of SPMs, particularly in bringing its perspectives and views as part of its advisory role to the Security Council. The Commission’s engagement on the mandate reviews of our missions in Burundi, Guinea Bissau, and West Africa and the Sahel has been particularly appreciated.

    Third, the youth, peace and security agenda.

    In line with the important framework established by the General Assembly and the Security Council, SPMs are working to increase the inclusive representation of youth for the prevention and resolution of conflict, as well as in peacebuilding.

    In Somalia, for example, we have continued to engage young women and men to promote their active political participation in the constitutional review, national reconciliation and elections. In Iraq, UNAMI has organized a series of workshops bringing together young people from 14 Governorates to discuss issues such as conflict prevention and inclusion.


    Mr. Chairman,

    The Secretary-General’s report has highlighted the critical contributions that SPMs make to advancing peace.

    Working closely with a wide range of partners – including regional and subregional organizations – SPMs have helped Member States promote political solutions and address emerging challenges.

    Their effectiveness, however, depends on the support from Member States. And we are very grateful for the support we receive from all of you.  SPMs are a manifestation of the power of effective multilateralism – of our ability to come together to provide support to complex and fragile political processes and to help build sustainable peace.

    In closing, I would like to pay a special tribute to the United Nations personnel serving in special political missions, working under challenging conditions – particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic – to advance the promise of the Charter.


    Thank you.

  • 9 Oct 2020

    New York, 10 October 2020

    Around the world, nearly 1 billion people live with a mental disorder.  Every 40 seconds, someone dies from suicide.  And depression is now recognized as a leading cause of illness and disability among children and adolescents.

    All of this was true, even before COVID-19.  We are now seeing the consequences of the pandemic on people’s mental well-being, and...

  • 9 Oct 2020
  • 9 Oct 2020

    3 - 9 October 2020

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

    Security Council

    La Lime: Key aspects of the elector process in Haiti must be addressed
    Special Representative Helen La Lime on 5 October updated the Security Council on the situation in Haiti and the work of BINUH in the country. She pointed out that key aspects of the electoral process, such as the electoral framework and calendar, must be addressed in order to reduce the risk of contested elections and further violence. “Above all else, it is the ability of Haiti’s political and economic classes to compromise and resolve their differences without resorting to violence, as well as the capacity of the country’s fledgling institutions to take the necessary steps that will determine whether free, fair and inclusive elections will be held in a conducive climate; whether attempts to restart the economy and put the country back on a positive development trajectory will succeed; and, whether the perennial issue of impunity will finally be addressed,” Ms. La Lime concluded.
    Read her full remarks here
    Read more in UN News


    Great Lakes

    Special Envoy visits several countries to discuss matters of peace, security and development
    The Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, Huang Xia, undertook a series of trips in the region and met with several officials, including Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Vincent Biruta; Burundi’s Minister of National Defense and Veteran Affairs, Alain Tribert Mutabazi; as well as Presidents João Lourenço of Angola, Denis Sassou Nguesso of the Republic of Congo, and Félix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The two-weeks’ journey ended in Kampala, Uganda, on 5 October, where the Special Envoy also met with the country’s Minister of Defense and Veteran Affairs Adolf Mwesige. Mr. Xia briefed his hosts on the UN Strategy for Peace Consolidation, Conflict Resolution and Prevention in the Great Lakes region, and shared views on matters of peace, security and development.



    High-level event on Libya
    “Resolving the crisis in Libya remains a top priority for the United Nations,” Secretary General António Guterres said while opening the high-level event on Libya held on 5 October. “Libya’s future is at stake and I call on all Libyans to continue to work towards a lasting ceasefire, to contribute constructively to the UN-facilitated Libyan Political Dialogue Forum; and to always act with the interests of the country’s people foremost in mind,” he stated. In a press encounter following the event, Acting Special Representative and Head of UNSMIL Stephanie Williams said participants had called for an inclusive political process where all Libyan political and social components are represented.
    Read the Secretary General’s remarks here
    Read Ms. Williams remarks here
    A summary of the meeting can be found here


    Women as negotiators, mediators and peace brokers
    Women need to be meaningfully involved to end the conflict, including in ongoing peace negotiations, said panellists appearing in radio programs in the country’s southeast and eastern provinces. Speaking during a series of UNAMA-backed radio discussions in the provinces of Ghazni, Khost, Kunar, Laghman, Nangarhar, Nuristan, Paktika and Paktya, participants discussed the importance of women’s inclusion and participation in peace and security. They stressed that women are skilled peace brokers, experienced negotiators and key to the success and subsequent implementation of any future peace deals.
    Read more here

    Afghanistan and international partners prepare for 2020 Afghanistan Conference
    Afghanistan and international partners on 6 October in Kabul officially launched preparations for the 2020 Afghanistan Conference, scheduled to take place 23-24 November at the Palais des Nations in Geneva and be co-hosted by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Finland and the UN. The launch event was attended by representatives of more than 70 countries and international organizations, as well as civil society representatives either virtually or physically at the Presidential Char Chinar Palace in the Afghan capital. “As critical peace talks progress in Doha, the international community recommits its stand with the Afghan people to ending the war and building a better future with stability, sound governance and greater economic opportunities,” Special Representative Deborah Lyons said.
    Read more here

    Central Asia

    Water diplomacy on the agenda at online seminar
    UNRCCA on 7 October organized a capacity-building seminar on water diplomacy practices related to international law and international cooperation in the field of safety of dams and other hydraulic facilities. The online seminar was held in cooperation with the UN Economic Commission for Europe and international experts. Representatives of relevant ministries and institutions of the Central Asian countries and Afghanistan participated in the event. In her opening statement, Special Representative Natalia Gherman noted the importance of joint work on strengthening regional interaction, including in the field of water management, energy and environmental protection. In particular, she noted efforts and initiatives of the five Central Asian states in enhancing good neighborly relations and deepening the regional dialogue.  
    Read more here


    Meeting with the President
    Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Special Representative and Head of UNAMI, on 5 October was received in Baghdad by His Excellency Dr. Barham Salih, President of the Republic of Iraq. They discussed the current political situation in the country, including preparations for the forthcoming early elections.

    Deputy Special Representative visits Basra
    Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano, Deputy Special Representative and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, visited Basra on 6 October. She reaffirmed the UN’s long-term commitment to supporting the Government of Iraq in current challenges, particularly in the wake of COVID-19.
    Read more here

    COVID-19 awareness campaign   
    The UNAMI Human Rights Office COVID-19 awareness campaign continues in Baghdad Governorate with the painting of murals in several neighborhoods. Aimed at increasing compliance with measures to prevent COVID-19 transmission, the campaign is being implemented by Iraqi artists.









    Patients return home to Yemen after medical treatment in Jordan
    The World Health Organization (WHO) Representative for Yemen, Altaf Musani; UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen Lise Grande, and Special Envoy Martin Griffiths welcomed on 4 October the return of patients who had been receiving medical care in Jordan for diseases and conditions that cannot be treated in Yemen. "We are grateful to everyone who collaborated in making this medical air bridge happen. However, opening the Sana'a airport is one of the sustainable ways for Yemenis to receive life-saving medical treatment abroad", Special Envoy Griffiths said.
    Read more here


    New Caledonia

    Self-determination referendum
    The second self-determination referendum in New Caledonia took place on 4 October, with the South Pacific territory rejecting independence from France. A 12-member panel of electoral experts followed the referendum and will report to the Secretary General on its conduct. The UN experts met with the main actors, including political, administrative and traditional authorities as well as with leaders of political parties, representatives of civil society organizations, members of the Elders’ Committee and of the Commission of Vote Controlling, in charge of ensuring the legality and integrity of the vote.
    More on our work on elections here



    In Chocó, reintegration strengthens community processes
    A cooperative of former combatants and a women's association in the community of Jiguamiandó, Carmen del Darién, in the department of Chocó, western Colombia, are an example of how reintegration with a community approach builds territorial peace. On 5 October, they received threshing machines from the World Food Programme for the processing of rice and corn crops. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the group is also moving forward with a collective wood-processing project that will benefit households in the area's ethnic communities. This process is supported by the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, the Agency for Reintegration and Normalization (ARN), and the United Nations Development Program.


    Interview with the Development Coordinator in Kosovo
    In the latest episode of “Building Peace during the Pandemic”, Ulrika Richardson, the UN Development Coordinator in Kosovo, spoke with Marc-André Franche, Chief, Financing for Peacebuilding, Peacebuilding Support Office, on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on peacebuilding efforts in Kosovo. Ms. Richardson explained how the pandemic had exacerbated the fragilities in the socio-economic system, and adversely impacted the social fabric within communities and various ethnic groups. She highlighted the efforts of the UN Kosovo team in adapting its work to the new reality by reaching out more to civil society, and collaborating with NGOs, to gain back the civic space lost during the pandemic. The UN is also increasing its efforts for greater gender equality and women’s empowerment as well as growing opportunities for inter-ethnic dialogue and space among the people.
    Watch the video here


    Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) meeting on Burkina Faso
    In a meeting on 8 October convened by the Peacebuilding Commission Chair, Ambassador Bob Rae, Permanent Representative of Canada, the Member States discussed ways of mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on ongoing reforms in Burkina Faso. Mr. Christophe Joseph Marie Dabiré, Prime Minister of Burkina Faso, briefed together with representatives from the Ministries of Economy and Women, as well as Agnes Bado, the Chairwoman of the National Union of Women Entrepreneurs. The Commission expressed concern about the precarious security situation and its humanitarian and socio-economic consequences, and how these are being exacerbated as a result of the pandemic. The disproportionate impact on women, whose trading and domestic activities have been severely affected, was discussed at length. The Commission congratulated the government for its immediate measures in response to the pandemic and welcomed preparations for the 22 November elections, despite the challenges. It recognized the positive response by partners following the 5 March PBC meeting for the government’s priorities identified through the Prevention and Peacebuilding Assessment and contained in the Priority Action Matrix of the Emergency Program for the Sahel (MAP-PUS), and confirmed its commitment for continuous support. It also recognized and further encouraged efforts of the UN, including through the Peacebuilding Fund, as well as other partners to integrate COVID-19 related challenges in their assistance to Burkina Faso.
    The full recording is available here 


    Women, Peace and Security

    Event next week
    DPPA, PRIO and CMI on 15 October will host a discussion with the theme “Imagining the Future of Inclusive Mediation: Learning from pioneering and young women leaders”. Participants include: Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo, Hanna Tetteh, Special Representative to the African Union and Head of UNOAU; Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, lead negotiator for Philippines talks with the National Democratic Front and now member of the UN Standby team of Senior Mediation Advisers; Emmily Koiti, South Sudanese youth representative and activist; Hajer Sharief, Libyan human rights advocate and co-founder of “Together We Build It”.
    Follow us on Twitter for more information about the event.


    The Work of Peace

    Virtual exhibit
    Remember to check out our virtual exhibit – The Work of Peace. It highlights the work of the UN 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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  • 9 Oct 2020

    ROME – The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the World Food Programme (WFP) is a humbling, moving...

  • 9 Oct 2020

    ROME – The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the World Food Programme (WFP) is a humbling, moving recognition of the work of WFP staff who lay their lives...

  • 9 Oct 2020

    Amid escalating hostilities in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights appealed on Friday for an urgent ceasefire and for greater protection to be given to those caught up in the violence. 

  • 9 Oct 2020


    Secretary-General’s statement on the awarding of the 2020 Nobel Prize for Peace to the World Food Programme

    I am...

  • 9 Oct 2020

    The UN World Food Programme (WFP), which provides lifesaving food assistance to millions across the world – often in extremely dangerous and hard-to-access conditions – has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. 

  • 9 Oct 2020

    The UN World Food Programme (WFP), which provides lifesaving food assistance to millions across the world – often in extremely dangerous and hard-to-access conditions – has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. 

  • 8 Oct 2020

    Mali’s transitional President has appointed a new Prime Minister, the UN’s top official in the West African country told the UN Security Council on Thursday, detailing the significant events which has ushered in a new political era, since the 18 August coup d’état.

  • 8 Oct 2020

    Armed conflict has a disproportionate impact on women and girls – a key reason why women’s “full, equal and meaningful participation” in UN peacekeeping is such a priority, the Secretary-General said on Thursday. 

  • 8 Oct 2020

    New York, 9 October 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has touched every aspect of our lives, testing us all.

    Throughout these difficult times, I have found inspiration in the essential workers who have kept our communities and societies running smoothly in extremely difficult circumstances.

    I offer my sincere thanks to the world’s postal workers who have...

  • 8 Oct 2020

    The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has strongly condemned an attack, on the night of 4 October, targeting a convoy carrying internally displaced persons in Burkina Faso, in which 25 people were killed.

  • 8 Oct 2020

    Amman, 8 October 2020 - The UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, is following with deep concern the recent military escalation in Hudaydah governorate and the reports of a number of casualties among the civilian population, including...

  • 7 Oct 2020

    New York, 8 October 2020

    Excellencies, colleagues and friends,

    Today, I have the honor of meeting – albeit remotely – four formidable women leaders who strive for peace in their regions and countries.

    Thank you for joining us as we mark both the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and 20 years since the adoption of Security Council Resolution...

  • 7 Oct 2020

    Given the history of intercommunal violence in Guinea, two high-level UN Officials voiced concern on Tuesday over the risk of “incitement to hostility, discrimination or violence” as the country gears up for elections on 18 October.

  • 7 Oct 2020

    Decades of developments in the space sector are being utilized during the COVID-19 pandemic, helping countries to keep their citizens safe and economies on track, the head of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) said on Wednesday, in a speech to a virtual conference held by the world’s richest nations. 

  • 7 Oct 2020

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan

    On 7 October 2020, the United Nations Regional Centre for...

  • 7 Oct 2020

    Rafik Hariri University Hospital, UN Lebanon and partners urge individuals and sectors to abide by preventive...

  • 7 Oct 2020

    Mogadishu - In Somalia, one in seven children dies before their fifth birthday and, in many cases, these deaths are preventable by use of...

  • 7 Oct 2020

    GARDEZ/JALALABAD – Women need to be meaningfully involved to end the conflict, including in ongoing peace negotiations, said panellists appearing in radio programmes in...

  • 6 Oct 2020

    Planning for a drawdown of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is well underway, but much work still remains to be done to put the country firmly on the path to long-term stability and sustainable development, the Security Council heard today.

  • 6 Oct 2020

    New York, 7 October 2020

    Nine months since we first heard of COVID-19, the pandemic has claimed more than one million lives and infected more than 30 million people in 190 countries. Infections are rising and there are troubling signs of new waves.

    Much about the virus remains unknown. But one basic fact is clear: the world was not prepared.

  • 6 Oct 2020

    The UN Secretary-General said on Tuesday that he was “closely monitoring” the situation in the Kyrgyz Republic, where protests erupted a day earlier in the aftermath of Sunday’s parliamentary elections.

  • 6 Oct 2020

    Thousands of children continue to suffer grievously as unrelenting violence persists across eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday, expressing deep concern.


  • 6 Oct 2020

    The Co-Chairs of the Geneva International Discussions (GID) inform with regret that it was not possible to hold the scheduled round of discussions on 6-7 October in Geneva as previously announced, since not all participants were able to attend.

    We strongly believe that face-to-face meetings are critical to prevent security incidents and respond to humanitarian needs, especially at a time when there are worrying developments in the region and a surge of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide.

    We intend to continue virtual and, when possible, in-person consultations with all participants to prepare for the 51st round, which has now been re-scheduled for early December 2020.

    In these consultations, we will reiterate our call on all participants to engage in constructive dialogue and to cooperate across the dividing lines, to provide safety and improve livelihoods, as part of the GID mandate.

    We count on the commitment of all participants to the Geneva Discussions and urge all to start preparing as soon as possible so that it can take place.

    We look forward to continuing the discussions with the participants in the coming weeks, with a view to organising the 51st GID round in Geneva in December 2020.

  • 6 Oct 2020

    KABUL – Afghanistan and international partners in Kabul today officially launched preparations for the 2020 Afghanistan Conference, scheduled to...

  • 6 Oct 2020

    Read here the latest UNSOM Quarterly Newsletter 

  • 6 Oct 2020

    The United Nations Secretary-General has condemned the continuing escalation of violence in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, reminding all sides of their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure.

  • 5 Oct 2020

    Violent protests sparked by the murder of a high-profile legal scholar are threatening to push Haiti into a spiral of instability, Special Representative Helen La Lime told the Security Council on Monday, as she outlined UN efforts to help overcome the impasse engulfing the country.