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2022

  • 20 aoû 2022

    New York, 21 August 2022

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

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

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

  • 18 aoû 2022

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

  • 18 aoû 2022

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

  • 18 aoû 2022

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

  • 17 aoû 2022

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

  • 16 aoû 2022

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

  • 15 aoû 2022

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

  • 15 aoû 2022

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

  • 15 aoû 2022

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

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

    Security Council

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

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

    Read full remarks here 

    UN News on the briefing here 

    Yemen

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

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

    Iraq

    UNAMI holds workshops on accountability for gender-related killings 

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

    Read more here 

    Lebanon

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

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

    Middle East

    Efforts to maintain calm and deescalate violence in Gaza continue  

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

    Sudan

    UNITAMS hosts meeting on meaningful participation of women in political processes 

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

    Libya

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

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

    Horn of Africa

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

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

    Haiti

    Mission in Haiti publishes document on consequences of prison overcrowding 

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

    Read more here

    Colombia

    Special Representative attends Colombian peace negotiations in Cuba 

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

     

    Peacebuilding

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

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

     

    Next Week

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

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

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

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

     

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  • 12 aoû 2022

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

  • 12 aoû 2022

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

    He displayed his talent in this area early in life. At the age of 11, growing up in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, he would disassemble and...

  • 12 aoû 2022

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

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

  • 12 aoû 2022

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

  • 12 aoû 2022

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

  • 11 aoû 2022

    The situation at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has deteriorated rapidly to the point of becoming “very alarming,” Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Mariano Grossi warned the Security Council on Thursday afternoon.

  • 11 aoû 2022

    Despite an unprecedented scale-up in assistance in Afghanistan over the past year, immense needs still exist and the future looks bleak, the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, said on Thursday.  

  • 11 aoû 2022

    New York, 12 August 2022

    Today, we celebrate International Youth Day, and the power of partnerships across generations.

    This year’s theme — “Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages” — reminds us of a basic truth: we need people of all ages, young and old alike, to join forces to build a better world for all.

    ...

  • 11 aoû 2022

    Military activities around the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant in Ukraine must stop immediately, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday, warning of the potential danger to the area and beyond amid ongoing shelling. 

  • 11 aoû 2022

    The Afghan people continue to stand in dire need of international assistance despite an ongoing humanitarian response of unprecedented scale and nature. Over the past year, UN...

  • 10 aoû 2022

    20 years after the United Nation Security Council Resolution 1325 was passed, how far have we come? The podcast series She Stands For Peace explores the state of the Women,...

  • 10 aoû 2022

    20 years after the United Nation Security Council Resolution 1325 was passed, how far have we come? The podcast series She Stands For Peace explores the state of the Women, Peace and...

  • 9 aoû 2022

    In a visit to Mongolia on Tuesday, Secretary-General António Guterres underscored the UN’s full solidarity for the country, which he described as “a symbol of peace in a troubled world”. 

  • 9 aoû 2022

    Crimes against humanity continue to be systematically committed in Myanmar, with ongoing conflicts severely impacting women and children, according to a UN report released on Tuesday.

  • 9 aoû 2022

    In a joint briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday, UN counterterrorism officials confirmed that the threat posed by Da’esh terrorist fighters and their affiliates remains “global and evolving”.

  • 8 aoû 2022

    After three days of deadly fighting, the Security Council held an emergency meeting on Monday to assess a fragile truce between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza.

  • 8 aoû 2022

    Greater investment in State institutions is critical to counter peace and security challenges in Africa, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Monday. 

  • 8 aoû 2022

     

    Mr. President,

    Members of the Security Council,

    The past days witnessed a deeply worrying escalation in the Gaza Strip ...

     

  • 8 aoû 2022

    New York, 9 August 2022

    On this year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, we are highlighting the role of Indigenous women in preserving and passing on traditional knowledge.

    Indigenous women are knowledge keepers of traditional food systems and medicines.

    They are champions of Indigenous languages and cultures.

    ...
  • 8 aoû 2022

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres condemned a recent attack on a nuclear power station in southern Ukraine during a meeting in Tokyo on Monday with the Japan National Press Club.

  • 8 aoû 2022

    In July, a UN human rights officer embarked on an outreach visit to the Horn of Africa’s Sool and Sanaag regions, a seven-day round-trip of more than 1,600 kilometres by road.

  • 7 aoû 2022

    United Nations has been intensively engaged and closely working with Egypt on mediating a restoration of calm.

    We underscore our commitment to do all we can towards ending the ongoing escalation, ensuring the safety and security of the civilian population, and following-up on the Palestinian prisoners file.

    I will continue to work with all relevant parties to de-escalate the...

  • 6 aoû 2022

    The ongoing and serious escalation of violence in and around Gaza between Palestinian militants and Israel has claimed the lives of 13 Palestinians by Israeli airstrikes, including a 5-year-old child and one woman, informed Lynn Hastings, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the territory.

  • 5 aoû 2022

    It is totally unacceptable for states in possession of nuclear weapons to admit the possibility of a nuclear war, António Guterres underscored early on Saturday in Japan at a ceremony marking the 77th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

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

    Lebanon

    UN marks second anniversary of Beirut Port blast 

    On 4 August, the United Nations and the diplomatic community in Lebanon, led by Special Coordinator of the Secretary-General Joanna Wronecka, marked the second anniversary of the devastating Beirut Port blast in 2020 by observing a minute of silence in front of the Port of Beirut in honor of the victims and in solidarity with the Lebanese people. In her remarks on Twitter, Wronecka said that “Achieving justice is indispensable for healing, for the rule of law, for rebuilding trust & for reinforcing Lebanon’s institutional credibility. “ Members of the International Support Group for Lebanon, chaired by UNSCOL, noted with concern the lack of progress so far in the judicial proceedings and called on the Lebanese authorities to help unblock any hurdles to completing the investigation.

    Read the full statement here

     

    Special Coordinator meets newly graduated female cadets from the Lebanese Army  

    Special Coordinator Wronecka congratulated the 46 recently graduated Lebanese female military cadets during a meeting on 5 August held at the military academy. The female cadets represent around 50 percent of all officers who graduated this year on Lebanon’s Army Day on 1 August, setting a first in the 77-year history of the Lebanese army. “What a big leap for Lebanon and the Lebanese army, particularly in the implementation of Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security,” the Special Coordinator noted. She promised to present this development in her next briefing to the Security Council as an important achievement for the Lebanese army in the promotion of gender equality.

    Yemen

    Special Envoy Grundberg announces additional two months for truce 

    On 2 August, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General Hans Grundberg announced that the Government of Yemen and the Houthis had agreed to extend the truce in Yemen under the same terms for an additional 2 months until 2 October 2022. The extension also included a commitment to intensify negotiations to reach an expanded truce agreement as soon as possible. “I will intensify my engagements with the parties to ensure the full implementation of all the parties’ obligations in the truce”, Grundberg said in a statement. 

    Read more here 

    Iraq

    Special Representative Hennis-Plasschaert discusses political situation with President 

    On 3 August, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq and Head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, met in Baghdad with President Barham Salih. They discussed the protracted political crisis in the country, as well as the need to find solutions through inclusive dialogue. Also this week, the Special Representative held separate meetings with leader of the Sadrist movement Sayyid Muqtada Al-Sadr, leader of the Fateh Alliance Hadi Al-Amiri, and leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party Masoud Barzani.  

    UNAMI Office of Electoral Assistance training workshops 

    On 1 August, the legal advisors of the UNAMI Office of Electoral Assistance (OAE) kicked off a four-day training on electoral legal framework and election dispute resolution for the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) and Governorate Electoral Office staff. Topics included the electoral legal framework, key international obligations, electoral cycle, hierarchy and levels of legal framework, electoral justice, international standards of Election Dispute Resolution, types of dispute resolution systems and mechanisms, standard of evidence and burden of proof, effective investigation, rights, and remedies and educating stakeholders on Election Dispute Resolution. Separately, from 1 to 4 August, OEA also organized a workshop on logistics management and planning for IHEC staff.  

    Colombia

    Latin American youth meet with former combatants in Tolima 

    On 2 August, the UN Verification Mission in Colombia accompanied more than 25 young people from the Continental, Latin American and Caribbean Student Organisation (OCLAE) to visit the reintegration zone of La Fila in Icononzo, Tolima, in the center of Colombia. They met with ex-combatants to identify the challenges and needs faced by them in the reintegration process, and their main findings will contribute to the OCLAE report on progress in the implementation of the Peace Agreement. 

    Libya

    Acting Head of UNSMIL meets Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangoush 

    On 4 August, Raisedon Zenenga, the Acting Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), met with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Najla El Mangoush. They discussed the latest developments in Libya and agreed on the need to chart a pathway to elections as soon as possible, based on a consensual constitutional framework. Zenenga reiterated UNSMIL’s commitment to support Libya in overcoming the ongoing political divisions. 

    Sudan

    UNITAMS Rule of Law team concluded visit to Kadugli  

    The UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) ended on 4 August a two-day visit to Kadugli, the capital city of South Kordofan State. The Rule of Law team met with judicial, prison, law enforcement officials and civil society to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing UN support to enhance the criminal justice chain in the State.  

    Special Representative discusses political solution and return to civilian-led transition in Sudan 

    Volker Perthes, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNITAMS, continued his round of discussions this week with various Sudanese stakeholders involved in efforts to build consensus towards a political solution in Sudan. He met with Sovereign Council member Malik Agar on 1 August, and with Member of the Sudanese Congress Party Khalid Omer Yousif on 2 August, where each meeting discussed efforts to reach an acceptable format for restoration of the civilian-led democratic transition. On 4 August, Special Representative Perthes met with Chairman of the Sudan Liberation Movement Mini Arko Minawi, and separately with the National Umma Party leader, General Fadlallah Burma Nasir. He reiterated the UN’s engagement with all actors to encourage the return of a civilian-led transition.  

    Security Council

    July edition of “United Nations Security Council in Review” now available

    DPPA’s Security Council Affairs Division has released the July 2022 edition of the "United Nations Security Council in Review." The monthly newsletter offers an overview of the activity of the Security Council, which in July includes the signature events held by Brazil during its presidency, as well as a list of the key topics covered. It is an addition to the existing research tools and information products available here.

    Read the July newsletter here

    Multi-Year Appeal 

    This week, DPPA received voluntary contributions from the Republic of Korea to support work on foresight capacity, the Office of the Special Envoy for Myanmar, and rapid response for Ukraine.  

    Next Week

     

    On 8 August, the Security Council will discuss Peace and security in Africa: capacity-building for sustaining peace. The Peacebuilding Commission Chair, Muhammad Muhith, is to brief at the open debate. 

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  • 5 aoû 2022

    Nuclear weapons will continue to pose a risk to humanity unless countries fully adhere to the treaty that prohibits their testing, a senior UN official said at a press conference in New York on Friday. 

  • 5 aoû 2022

    Armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) must lay down their arms and engage in political dialogue, a UN-appointed independent human rights expert said on Friday, urging the international community to strengthen efforts to restore State authority and end impunity there.

  • 5 aoû 2022

    Special Coordinator Wennesland...

  • 5 aoû 2022

    Rising acute food insecurity in Somalia has caused more than 900,000 people to flee their homes in search of humanitarian assistance since January last year, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned.

  • 5 aoû 2022

    Activists who raise concerns about business projects in Colombia are under serious threat for speaking out, and UN human rights experts are urging the government to do much more to protect them. 

  • 4 aoû 2022

    Three more ships have been given the green light to leave Ukraine’s Black Sea ports on Friday, carrying just over 58,000 tons of corn, in a move that will raise hopes further for the success of a UN initiative aimed at lowering prices of essential foods and easing the global crisis.

  • 4 aoû 2022

    Special Coordinator Meets Military Female Cadets

    UN Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka congratulated today the 46 recently graduated Lebanese female military cadets...

  • 4 aoû 2022

    The United Nations continues to engage with authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the wake of the deadly shooting this past weekend involving peacekeepers from its Mission there, MONUSCO. 

  • 3 aoû 2022

    A powerful new sculpture unveiled at UN Headquarters on Wednesday honours the memory and mission of two human rights experts who were murdered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) five years ago. 

  • 3 aoû 2022

    Every effort must be made to support the Yazidi community in Iraq, the United Nations said on Wednesday, marking eight years since the extremist group ISIL launched a brutal assault on the religious minority. 

  • 3 aoû 2022

    The first, eagerly-awaited commercial shipment of grain to leave the Ukrainian port of Odesa since Russia’s invasion more than five months ago, was cleared to proceed to Lebanon on Wednesday, after a scheduled inspection stopover in Istanbul.

  • 3 aoû 2022

    On the second anniversary of the tragic explosion at the port of Beirut on 4 August 2020, members of the International Support Group for Lebanon (ISG) express their solidarity with Lebanon and its people, particularly with the families of the victims and all those whose lives were affected by that event that shook Lebanon and the world. We remember the more than 200 dead, and the many thousands who were injured, lost homes or employment, and who...

  • 2 aoû 2022

    The landmark truce in Yemen, which has been holding since April, has been renewed for an additional two months through 2 October, UN Special Envoy for the country, Hans Grundberg, announced on Tuesday. 

  • 2 aoû 2022

    AMMAN, 2 AUGUST 2022 – I am pleased to announce that the parties have agreed to extend the truce, under the same terms, for an...

  • 1 aoû 2022

    As geopolitical tensions reach new highs, and some governments are spending billions on nuclear weapons in a false bid for peace and security, countries must uphold the nearly 80-year norm against their use, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in New York on Monday.