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  • 23 sep 2023
    This Week in DPPA is a brief roundup of political and peacebuilding events and developments at UNHQ and around the world. 

    General Assembly

    A Whirlwind of Diplomacy: USG DiCarlo meets dozens of senior officials, joins the Secretary-General in talks with multiple world leaders

    The General Debate of the General Assembly, which began on 19 September, is winding down. This high-level segment of the annual Assembly session marked a “return to normal” after years of Covid restrictions. The hectic pace of the discussions is reflected in the staggering number of meetings and events over the past four days (the General Debate formally closes on 26 September). DPPA helps prepare or participates in most of these events. Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo held 22 “bilats” with Foreign Ministers or other senior officials from all regions as well as representatives of regional organizations. She also accompanied the Secretary-General in 36 of his meetings with world leaders. 

    At “Peace Day” UNGA78 side event on Middle East, USG DiCarlo highlights that “the potential peace dividend is vast”

    On 18 September, Peace Day, Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo spoke at an event on the margins of the General Assembly on peace in the middle east, convened by Saudi Arabia, the League of Arab States, and the European Union, in cooperation with Egypt and Jordan. “There is no doubt that the potential peace dividend is vast – for Palestinians, for Israelis, and for the broader region. We must galvanize our collective efforts to achieve a just and lasting peace,” she said.

    Read full remarks here

    At “Global Solidarity with Afghan Women and Girls” event, USG DiCarlo decries repression of rights, increase in violence

    On 19 September, Canada, Indonesia and Ireland held a General Assembly side event on the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan. In her remarks, USG DiCarlo noted that the Taliban leadership had made it increasingly difficult for the international community to engage in the country. “Conditions for Afghan women are so severe that, according to some experts, they may be considered as persecution on gender grounds, which may amount to a crime against humanity,” she said.

    Read full remarks here

    USG DiCarlo: “civilians have paid a heavy price” for conflict in Sudan

    On 20 September, on the margins of the General Assembly, the European Union, the UN and the African Union, as well as Egypt, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, convened a high-level ministerial side event titled “the cost of inaction in Sudan” on the humanitarian response in Sudan and the region. In her remarks, USG DiCarlo said that since fighting broke out in April between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces, over 5,000 women, men and children had been killed, and millions displaced. Homes and places of business had been destroyed. The USG also condemned the ethnic violence in Darfur and stressed the need for accountability for rape and sexual violence, as well as medical and psychosocial support for survivors. The warring parties, she continued, must end the fighting “and return to Jeddah to advance a meaningful ceasefire that will lead to a durable cession of hostilities.”

    Read full remarks here

    Khiari: “The international community must help Bangladesh respond to the needs of the Rohingya people and commit to sharing in this responsibility”

    On 21 September, Bangladesh, Canada, the Gambia, Malaysia, Turkiye, the United Kingdom and the United States hosted a high-level side event on the Rohingya Crisis. In his remarks, Assistant Secretary-General Khaled Khari reaffirmed the Secretary-General’s strong support for the Rohingya and the people of Myanmar and their aspirations for an inclusive, peaceful and just future. The ASG went on to commend the generosity of Bangladesh in the wake of the 2017 forced mass displacement of the Rohingya people and other communities from Rakhine State, noting that the ultimate responsibility for sheltering its people lies with Myanmar itself. Until the creation of conducive conditions for return, he said, “the international community must help Bangladesh respond to the needs of the Rohingya people and commit to sharing in this responsibility.”

    Watch full event here

    At ministerial-level event on mediation, USG DiCarlo notes need for “greater trust” to tackle current geopolitical challenges

    On 21 September, the Group of Friends of Mediation, Finland and Türkiye convened a ministerial-level breakfast meeting on “Inclusion and Ownership of Peace Processes.” In her remarks, USG DiCarlo noted that inclusive mediation approaches were vital to tackle the complex root causes of contemporary conflict and that sustainable mediation and prevention efforts required leadership and ownership by national actors. She also highlighted that, to take on the current moment of geopolitical transition required “greater trust – among Member States, and with the United Nations.”

    Read full remarks here

    Special Representative Abarry participates in high-level meeting on the situation in Chad 

    On 18 September, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), Abdou Abarry, took part in a high-level meeting on the challenges and perspectives of the political transition in Chad. In a Declaration published at the end of the discussions, partners were invited to “strengthen their support for elections, DDR, demining, prevention of hate speech, strengthening of the judicial system, empowerment of women and youth, sustainable development, actions to support community resilience and peacebuilding.”

    Read the outcome document here

    Watch the full side event here

    UNOCA article here

    Security Council

    DiCarlo addresses Security Council members, Arab Summit Troika and League of Arab States

    On 21 September, the Security Council held an informal interactive dialogue between its members, representatives of the Arab Summit Troika and the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States. USG DiCarlo outlined what she described as “the magnitude of today’s challenges” - in Sudan, the occupied West Bank and Israel, Syria, Yemen, Libya and beyond – and emphasized the need for greater international cooperation and collective action, as stressed by the Secretary-General in his A New Agenda for Peace policy brief. She also highlighted the longstanding and constructive collaboration between the United Nations and the League of Arab States.

    Read full remarks here

    Jenča briefs Security Council, noting importance of “full engagement in the normalization process by Armenia and Azerbaihan” 

    On 21 September, the Security Council held a briefing on the “letter dated 13 September 2022 from the Permanent Representative of Armenia to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2022/688).” In his remarks, ASG Jenča emphasized that "A genuine dialogue between the Government of Azerbaijan and representatives of the region, together with full engagement in the normalization process by Armenia and Azerbaijan, are the only sustainable way forward."

    Read the full statement here

    Peacebuilding Commission

    The Peacebuilding Commission holds Ministerial-level meeting on peacebuilding and sustaining peace

    On 22 September, the Peacebuilding Commission met at the Ministerial level to provide political guidance and seek to build momentum to bolster multilateral cooperation to address challenges to peacebuilding and sustaining peace. The meeting discussed how to elevate the Commission's role, building on the Secretary-General's policy brief on a New Agenda for Peace. The Commission was briefed by President of the General Assembly Dennis Francis, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo, and Victoria Kwakwa, the Vice President for Eastern and Southern Africa of the World Bank Group, and Comfort Ero, the President and CEO of International Crisis Group. Participants, in a ministerial statement, adopted by the Commission, committed to strengthening the Commission as a dedicated intergovernmental advisory body to bring a strategic approach and coherence to peacebuilding efforts. They expressed their willingness to continue engaging on the New Agenda for Peace. They agreed to engage constructively to achieve consensus on peacebuilding related issues in the lead-up to the Summit of the Future in 2024 and the review of the United Nations peacebuilding architecture in 2025. In her remarks, USG DiCarlo noted that the 2025 review of the peacebuilding architecture would provide a vital opportunity to act on the recommendations of the Secretary-General's New Agenda for Peace, which includes a call for a strengthened role for the Commission.


    Special Coordinator Wronecka meets with political officials on recent security developments

    This week, Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka held a series of meetings with Lebanese representatives on the political stalemate and recent security developments. In separate meetings with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Deputy Speaker Elias Bousaab, the Special Coordinator underlined the role and responsibility of the Parliament to elect a president and enact on the reforms required to put Lebanon on the track of recovery. Meeting with MP Abdel-Rahman Bizri and former MP Bahia Hariri, she discussed the situation in the southern city of Sidon and in the neighboring Palestine refugee camp of Ein El-Hilweh. SC Wronecka also met the caretaker Minister of Finance Yousef Khalil to discuss the state budget.

    Special Coordinator receives petition on Beirut Port explosion from parliamentarians

    This week, UN Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka received a delegation of parliamentarians, who submitted a petition to the Secretary-General related to the Beirut Port explosion investigation. SC Wronecka reiterated UN calls for an impartial, thorough and transparent investigation to deliver truth and justice to the families of the victims and the Lebanese people.


    SRSG Hennis-Plasschaert meets with Iraqi National Security Advisor, discusses border security

    On 18 September, Special Representative Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert participated in a meeting in Erbil of the Iraqi National Security Advisor, Qassem al-Araji, and the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Minister of Interior, Rêber Ahmed. Discussions focused on border security and issues of common concern.

    Deputy SRSG Cordone meets with civil society on human rights issues

    On 18 September, Deputy Special Representative Claudio Cordone, with the political, electoral and human rights team of UNAMI, met with representatives of civil society. The discussions focused on the latest political and security developments, the upcoming elections as well as human rights issues, specifically the challenges facing journalists and civil society organizations.

    Deputy SRSG Isaczai highlights importance of women’s healthcare services in Iraq

    On 18 September, Deputy Special Representative, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ghulam Mohammad Isaczai, toured Al-Mansour Primary Health Centre/Centre of Excellence in Baghdad, supported by UNFPA Iraq, funded by the Government of the United Kingdom. "Insightful discussions with service providers highlighted its pivotal role in women's health", noted the DSRSG/RC/HC.

    UNAMI third hackathon in Mosul held to strengthen political engagement of youth

    From 14-16 September, Iraqi youth - supported by UNAMI - organized the Third Climate Change Action Hackathon in Ninewa Mosul University. In his opening remarks, the Director of the Office of Political Affairs and Analysis, Manoj Mathew, reiterated the mission’s commitment to support Iraqi youth to become drivers of positive social change and to create initiatives within their communities, including on climate change. He also noted that the Hackathon is part of a broader effort to strengthen youth political engagement and participation. 

    Learn more here  


    Former combatants meet in Huila to share experiences on security, reintegration

    On 16 September, a three-day meeting of 70 former combatants concluded in the department of Huila in southwest Colombia. They shared their experiences regarding security and reintegration issues. The event's conclusions were presented to the High Commissioner for Peace of the Colombian government with the support of the Peace Office of the Government of Huila and the participation of delegates from the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, the Ministry of Agriculture, former combatants and institutions. 

    UN Verification Mission accompanies United Kingdom delegation on visit to peace initiatives in Anorí 

    On 19 September, representatives of the United Kingdom Government’s Cabinet Office, as well as its embassy in Colombia, visited the former TATR La Plancha in Anorí, Antioquia. The delegation learned about the progress of implementing the Peace Agreement in the territory. The UK delegation, together with the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, visited "La Montaña" clothing, essences and beekeeping projects. They also viewed an eco-brickyard, where former combatants and the community work together, with the support of DPPA’s Peacebuilding Fund, UNDP and other entities.

    Mission-supported clothing workshop project of former combatants receives recognition

    On September 16, the clothing workshop for 25 former combatants in the former TATR located in Icononzo, Tolima, 3 hours by road from the capital, Bogotá, was recognized by the multinational company Enel for its work in reconciliation, as the workshop made 1,750 school kits that the company will deliver to schools. This has been a successful example of a circular economy and reconciliation that has united the community, victims, private companies, military forces, government, and the international community with the support of the UN Verification Mission.


    DPPA’s SDG Summit side-event on Youth, Peace and Security highlights the importance of inclusion 

    On 16 September, DPPA supported France, the Dominican Republic and other partners to convene an event on the margins of the SDG Summit on “Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the Youth Peace and Security (YPS) agenda at the Local Level.” Panelists included refugee youth advocate Adriana Figueredo, UNFPA, UNHCR, the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY) and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC). Panelists emphasized the role and potential of youth, especially at the local level, in bolstering the achievement of SDG 16 on peaceful and inclusive societies and all other SDGs. They also called for greater political and financial commitments to institutionalize the YPS agenda.

    Peacebuilding Fund financed research on gender equality and social cohesion in the Western Balkans launched 

    This week, the “Voices of Youth: Gender Equality and Social Cohesion in the Western Balkans” research, funded by the Peacebuilding Fund and supported by UN Women was presented at an event in Tirana by young activists from across the region. This youth-led study reveals how toxic masculinities, rigid gender stereotypes, hate speech and media representation of gender roles increase the risk of violence, with 32% of respondents having experienced gender-based violence in their lifetime.

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  • 22 sep 2023

    Joint Communiqué: United Nations-African Union Joint Task Force on Peace and Security Holds its Twenty Second Consultative Meeting


    New York, 18 September— The United Nations-African Union Joint Task Force on Peace and Security held its twenty second consultative meeting on 18 September 2023 in New York.

    The meeting reviewed the status of the partnership between the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU) with an update on the implementation of the Joint UN-AU Framework for Enhanced Partnership in Peace and Security. In this context, the meeting discussed peace and security developments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Somalia, the Sudan and Central African Republic and Gabon, as well as discussions on unconstitutional changes of Governments in the Sahel region.

    The AU Commission and the UN Secretariat were represented respectively by Commissioner Bankole Adeoye (Political Affairs, Peace and Security); and the Under-Secretaries-General Rosemary DiCarlo (Political and Peacebuilding Affairs), Jean-Pierre Lacroix (Peace Operations), Atul Khare (Operational Support), Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union and Assistant Secretary-General Martha Pobee (Africa). The meeting was also attended by other senior officials from the two Organizations.

    The Joint Task Force took note of the considerable progress achieved in the UN-AU partnership including with Regional Economic Communities and Mechanisms in Africa, together with international partners. These include sustained collaboration on support to AU peace support operations, early warning, prevention initiatives and coordinated support to national authorities for the conduct of timely, peaceful, and inclusive elections, as well as for the promotion and protection of human rights. The meeting discussed the need for sustainable financing of Security Council-mandated AU-led peace support operations.

    The meeting expressed concerns on the resurgence of Coup d’Etats and military takeovers on the Continent. The Joint Task Force welcomed efforts to deepen collaboration on operational support matters, including through the exchange of knowledge and expertise, and acknowledged the positive impact on mandate implementation in various operational contexts. Both Organizations emphasized the need to strength collaboration in mediation support and focusing more on their joint initiatives on the women, peace and security, and youth for peace and security agendas.

    On Burkina Faso, Guinea and Mali, the Joint Task Force reiterated the African Union and United Nations’ commitment to support transitional authorities towards the return to constitutional order, in coordination with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The Joint Task Force strongly encouraged the transitional authorities and national stakeholders to pursue efforts towards peaceful and inclusive transitions respectful of human rights. The meeting also reiterated support for the efforts of ECOWAS to ensure restoration of constitutional order and a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Niger.

    With regard to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Joint Task Force expressed deep concern over the deteriorating security situation in Ituri and North Kivu, which continues to affect the lives of thousands of civilians, mostly women and children, and worsen the already dire humanitarian situation.

    The meeting urged all armed groups to disarm unconditionally and join the Disarmament, Demobilization, Community recovery and Stabilization Programme (PDDRCS) or return to their countries of origin, as appropriate. The meeting reaffirmed the continued support of the United Nations and the African Union to regional peace initiatives for the DRC, namely the Nairobi and Luanda processes.

    The African Union reaffirmed its commitment to lead efforts of the Multilevel Coordination Working Group on coordination and harmonization of regional peace initiatives, established during the 27 June 2023 Quadripartite Summit, with the support of the UN and other key stakeholders. The meeting reiterated the importance of revitalizing the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the region.

    Regarding Somalia, the Joint Task Force highlighted the strong partnership between the AU and UN in Somalia and the need for continued close cooperation to ensure support for Somalia in advancing state building priorities and in the security transition.

    On Sudan, the Joint Task Force expressed grave concern about the escalation of violence in the Sudan, including the increasing intercommunal tensions and ethnicization of the fighting in Darfur. The JTF called on the warring parties and non-state armed actors to uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law and human rights law to refrain from attacks against civilians and civilian objects, and to respect the right to life.  The meeting stressed the importance of reaching swiftly a permanent ceasefire, to be followed by an inclusive, peaceful and lasting solution to the crisis. Noting that the unity and preservation of the Sudanese state and the stability of the region are at stake, the Joint Task Force welcomed the efforts of the AU and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to ensure a strong and well-coordinated international support for a sustainable resolution of the conflict and for the transition to a fully civilian, credible, democratic government.

    The next statutory meeting of the Joint Task Force will be hosted by the African Union Commission at a date to be convened by both Organizations.

  • 22 sep 2023
  • 22 sep 2023

    Ghana (Accra), 22 September 2023 - The United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), in cooperation with UN Women, organized...

  • 22 sep 2023

    USG Rosemary DiCarlo's Remarks at the 

    Peacebuilding Commission Ministerial-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace

    New York, 22 September 2023


    Mr. Chairperson,


    It is a great honor to be among you to speak on the Secretary-General’s policy brief, “A New Agenda for Peace” and the role of the Peacebuilding Commission.

    I would like to thank you for this opportunity and commend the Chair of the Commission, Croatia, for initiating this meeting. This high-level gathering could not be more opportune.

    In his opening address to the General Assembly on Tuesday, the Secretary-General’s message was clear: the multilateral peace and security architecture is under unprecedented strain, and we need a new and innovative approach, based on current political realities.

    Indeed, we are witnessing the highest level of tensions and major power competition in decades, coupled with a persistent and growing loss of trust between the global North and global South. Meanwhile, a series of massive threats – from the climate emergency to the weaponization of new technologies and rising inequalities – demand urgent and united action.

    A New Agenda for Peace is the fruit of a deep and broad reflection on how Member States can arrest deepening divisions and find avenues for cooperation and collective action. Our goal is to present a unifying vision for peace and security – one that is clear-eyed about the magnitude of today’s challenges, and which addresses the concerns and priorities of different constituencies.

    For these reasons, A New Agenda for Peace offers an extensive narrative of the current global moment, the transition towards a more multipolar global order, and what it means for multilateral action for peace.

    The Secretary-General’s vision for a more effective collective security system is grounded in a recommitment to multilateralism, based on the UN Charter and international law, and in line with the principles of trust, solidarity, and universality.

    At the center of this vision is a call on Member States to re-engage in diplomacy and to prioritize conflict prevention and peacebuilding. Comprehensive approaches, political courage, effective partnerships, sustainable resources, and national leadership are required.

    Above all, greater trust – among Member States, among people and in the institution of the United Nations itself – is essential.

    A New Agenda for Peace makes the case for a new approach to conflict prevention and peacebuilding consisting of three parts:

    First, it recognizes that the scourge of violence affects lives and livelihoods not only within but also outside of armed conflict settings. Drawing on SDG 16.1, A New Agenda for Peace calls on Member States to reduce all forms of violence in their societies.

    Second, the Agenda approaches prevention as a universal goal in which all Member States should engage.  Every country – not just conflict-affected or “fragile” States – faces its own risks of violence and conflict. The Agenda calls on all Member States to develop national prevention strategies and invest in national peace infrastructures.

    Third, the Agenda underlines that prevention can only be effective if it is nationally led and owned. Yet prevention is often conflated with intervention and undercut by a lack of trust. A renewed commitment to prevention must address that lack of trust, respond to national priorities, and reflect the concerns and aspirations of all sections of society, with the support of the international community, when requested. 


    A New Agenda for Peace recognizes that the current structures of global governance have become anachronistic and must be updated to reflect 21st century political realities.

    It proposes a series of reforms to United Nations intergovernmental bodies, including the Security Council and the General Assembly. As part of this vision for a more effective collective security machinery, it also calls for a stronger role for the Peacebuilding Commission.

    Allow me to recall the key elements of the Secretary-General’s proposal regarding the Peacebuilding Commission:

    • For Member States to use the Commission as a key convener for discussions on issues that lie at the nexus of peace and development, such as inequalities, violence, and conflict; the importance of the 2030 Agenda for prevention and peacebuilding; and the linkages between development, climate change, and peace.
    • For the Commission to establish a dedicated mechanism to garner political and financial support for the implementation of the national and regional prevention strategies called for in the policy brief. In this latter respect, increased formal participation of regional organizations in the Commission would be critical.


    I look forward to a successful conclusion of the Fifth Committee deliberations on assessed contributions for the Peacebuilding Fund in its next session.

    The 2025 review of the peacebuilding architecture will be a vital opportunity to act on the recommendations contained in A New Agenda for Peace, and the outcome of the Summit of the Future.


    Your participation in today’s proceedings – as Commission members and countries on the Commission’s agenda - is further demonstration of your strong commitment to investing more in prevention and peacebuilding, as called for in A New Agenda for Peace.

    You have a unique opportunity to discuss proposals for strengthening the Commission as a critical convener for effective and sustainable peacebuilding action.

    I wish you successful deliberations. I pledge the support of my department (DPPA) and the United Nations Secretariat to help you realize your ambitions.

    Thank you.


  • 22 sep 2023

    Following the UN chief’s appeal this week for a fresh approach to global peace and security, UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) countries convened on Friday to discuss the best way forward.

  • 22 sep 2023

    The UN and Ghana jointly announced on Friday that December’s UN Peacekeeping Ministerial meeting will be hosted in Accra, at a time when some African nations are questioning the value of having ‘blue helmets’ on their soil.

  • 22 sep 2023

    In eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), increasing armed violence, forced displacement and devastating floods have fuelled deadly disease outbreaks and jeopardized healthcare, the UN health agency (WHO) said on Friday.

  • 21 sep 2023

    ASG Miroslav Jenča’s Remarks at the Security Council
    “Letter dated 13 September 2022 from the Permanent Representative of Armenia to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2022/688)”

    New York, 21 September 2023


    Mr. President, Esteemed members of the Council, Excellencies,

    On 19 September, Azerbaijan announced that it had launched “local counter-terrorism activities in the Karabakh economic region” in response to the tragic deaths of two civilians and four police officers in incidents involving landmines, allegedly placed by Armenian armed forces.

    According to official statements, Azerbaijan had informed the Russian peacekeeping force and the Joint Russian-Turkish Monitoring Center of its activities as intended to prevent large-scale provocations by the Armenian armed forces, neutralize their military infrastructure, and ensure their withdrawal and the restoration of the constitutional order of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

    Developments indicated a serious escalation in military operations with reports of Azerbaijani forces breaking through the Line of Contact. There were casualties reported, including among the civilian population as well as evacuations of some thousands of people within the region. The Russian peacekeeping force, which itself suffered casualties, documented numerous ceasefire violations.

    The United Nations, which is neither present along the Line of Contact, nor in other areas under the mandate of the Russian peacekeepers, is not in a position to verify or confirm these various claims and allegations.

    Allow me nonetheless to recall the Secretary-General’s extreme concern over the recent resumption of hostilities that resulted in the tragic loss of civilian lives, including children.

    United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk also expressed concerns about the impact of the renewed use of armed force on civilians. He noted that it is critical to return to the peace process and work on an agreement grounded in the respect for human rights.

    The Secretary-General urges all concerned to strictly observe the 2020 ceasefire in accordance with the 9 November joint statement, and to continue implementing their obligations, notably as they relate to international humanitarian law and international human rights law.

    Mr. President,

    The escalations occurred following the much-needed delivery, on the previous day, the 18th of September, of shipments of wheat flour and essential medical items simultaneously through both the Lachin corridor and the Aghdam road.

    Members of the Council will recall that, over the past months, the issues of freedom of movement of civilians and humanitarian access have been major sources of tension and sharp exchanges between Baku and Yerevan.

    The Secretary-General remains deeply concerned about the impact of the escalation on the fragile humanitarian situation and calls on all parties to urgently facilitate unimpeded access of humanitarian relief to civilians in need.

    We also note the International Committee of the Red Cross’ concerns about the humanitarian impact of the latest events on the already vulnerable population in the region. Recalling the extremely limited access to basic commodities and healthcare over the past few months, the ICRC assesses that the situation was likely to deepen their suffering.

    Mr. President,

    The developments of the past few days should be seen in the context of the broader pattern of regular ceasefire violations which have continued to persist.

    We note yesterday’s announcement of a cessation of hostilities, with the situation on the ground remaining fluid. We also understand that, in a positive step, representatives of the local population and the Government of Azerbaijan met earlier today for an initial exchange.

    In conclusion, we call for a credible and durable cessation of all hostilities. Any renewed escalation would lead to further loss of life and human suffering and further set back internationally supported peace efforts.

    The protection and essential needs of the civilian population, including their human rights, must be the overriding priority.  A genuine dialogue between the Government of Azerbaijan and representatives of the region, together with full engagement in the normalization process by Armenia and Azerbaijan, are the only sustainable way forward.

    The Secretariat will remain in close contact with all relevant actors and the concerned parties and stands ready to support ongoing peace efforts, as needed.  The Secretariat is also ready and prepared to conduct humanitarian needs assessments, if given access, and provide assistance as needed.

    Thank you for your attention.

  • 21 sep 2023

    USG DiCarlo’s Remarks at the Ministerial Breakfast of the United Nations
    Group of Friends of Mediation 
    “Inclusion and Ownership of Peace Processes”
    New York, 21 September 2023


    Minister Valtonen (Finland),

    Minister Fidan (Türkiye),


    I would like to extend my gratitude to the co-chairs of the Group of Friends of Mediation, Finland and Türkiye, for convening today’s Ministerial meeting. We greatly appreciate your commitment to supporting UN prevention and peacemaking efforts.

    Full inclusion and ownership of peace processes has never been more vital. As the Secretary-General underscores in his A New Agenda for Peace policy brief, we are living in a moment of geopolitical transition marked by increased competition and fragmentation.

    Conflicts are ever more complex and intractable.

    This inflection point requires a re-assessment of our traditional mediation practices. Today, effective mediation and conflict prevention requires comprehensive approaches, political courage, genuine regional and international partnerships, and national ownership. Above all, it requires greater trust – among Member States, and with the United Nations.


    The Secretary-General’s A New Agenda for Peace puts the concept of national ownership and national action at its centre. Member States have the primary responsibility to prevent and resolve conflict and steward the implementation of resulting peace agreements.

    This does not mean that State actors can implement these initiatives alone – inclusion and all of society approaches are necessary for the success of mediation and prevention initiatives. For this, there must be sufficient civic space to enable the meaningful participation of all societal groups, including women, in peace and political processes.

    In A New Agenda for Peace, the Secretary-General committed to deploy his good offices to support prevention of conflict and to undertake diplomatic efforts for inclusive peace.

    [Role of Women in Peace Processes]


    More than 20 years since the adoption of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security, women’s direct participation in peace processes remains one of the least implemented goals of the WPS agenda. 

    The full, equal, and meaningful participation of women is imperative. Women bring unique perspectives, experiences, and skills to the table that might be otherwise overlooked. They can ensure that the impact of conflict on women as well as men is taken into account.

    As A New Agenda for Peace affirms, transforming gendered power dynamics, and to quote the Secretary-General “dismantling the patriarchy”, is essential to prevent and resolve conflict.

    This requires the political will to ensure women are well-represented in negotiating delegations. There must be serious and substantial representation of women’s civil society, including by the creation of advisory boards and consultative bodies. Mediation teams must include gender experts and appoint women as lead mediators. Only then can mediation processes be truly inclusive and effective.

    [Role of Youth in Peace Processes]


    As noted in A New Agenda for Peace, young people, are essential to identifying the political solutions that our world urgently needs, particularly in how challenges such as the risks posed by the malicious use of digital technologies on social media and in cyberspace. An inter-generational perspective is critical to the legitimacy and durability of political solutions and peace agreements.

    The powerful impact that young people have on peace processes go well beyond the negotiating table. Youth activists are leading public movements and using digital tools to change national political dynamics.  


    Allow me to share with you some recent UN experiences and approaches with inclusive peace processes, as well as some of the challenges we have faced.

    First, the power inequalities and the under-representation of women are particularly stark in negotiations on ceasefires, where militaries remain male-dominated.

    In 2021, my department launched the annual Women in Ceasefire Negotiations Course. Through this initiative, we are building a cadre of women negotiators and local mediators from dozens of conflict-affected countries that possess specialised skills to participate in complex ceasefire negotiations. Some graduates of this Course are already involved in inclusive ceasefire design and advocacy in their home countries, including Sudan and Yemen.

    A New Agenda for Peace warns of a global backlash against women’s meaningful participation in political life. We have witnessed this in our mediation work. Notably, even when women have had a key place and role in peace negotiations, new challenges have arisen to sustaining their participation.

    For example, in Colombia, the participation of women was critical for the 2016 Peace Agreement between the Government and the FARC movement. However, some seven years on, the implementation of the agreed gender provisions remains slow, and the protection of women leaders is a serious concern.

    With new ceasefire talks underway between the Government of Colombia and the ELN armed group, we must ensure that women have leading roles in the monitoring and implementation of the new bilateral ceasefire agreement. 

    In Sudan, the reversals are even more stark. Women were prominent signatories to the December 2022 Framework Agreement facilitated by the AU, IGAD and UN. They managed to secure important gender provisions in the agreement. But following the outbreak of conflict last April, diplomatic efforts have reverted to being dominated by men and belligerent parties. 

    Promoting youth participation in peace processes raises distinct challenges. UN Special Political Missions in Iraq and Sudan have grappled with the challenge of including popular protest movements led by a diverse set of young leaders into formal constitutional review and political transition negotiations. UN Resident Coordinators in Bolivia and Ecuador have been asked by national authorities to help promote dialogue with mass movements at moments of crisis when many thousands - and especially young people - had taken to the streets.  

    These experiences have shown us that being serious about promoting youth participation requires new approaches. For governments and other traditional elites to engage with “leaderless” youth-led protests and online movements, new national peace infrastructures and the patience to develop structured plans that go beyond crisis diplomacy are needed. At the United Nations, we have developed and deployed tools to help national actors meet this challenge, including using artificial intelligence to hold inclusive digital consultations among governments, wider groups in society, and youth in countries such as Bolivia, Libya, Tunisia, and Yemen.


    Inclusive mediation approaches are needed to tackle complex root causes of contemporary conflict. Sustainable mediation and prevention outcomes require leadership and ownership by national actors.

    Thank you once again to the co-chairs of the Group of Friends of Mediation, Finland and Türkiye, for your leadership in advancing this crucial agenda.

  • 21 sep 2023

    USG Rosemary Dicarlo’s Remarks to the Informal Interactive Dialogue
    between the Members of the Security Council and Representatives of the Arab Summit Troika
    and the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States

    New York, 21 September 2023


    Thank you, Mr. President.

    It is a pleasure to address the Security Council once again on the cooperation of the United Nations with the League of Arab States. It is a privilege to be speaking alongside His Excellency, Mr. Aboul Gheit, Secretary-General of the League.

    Today’s geopolitical landscape is marked by the highest levels of tensions, fragmentation, and power competition in decades, coupled with a growing loss of trust between the global North and global South.  Meanwhile, a series of threats – from the changing nature of armed conflict and the weaponization of new technologies to the climate emergency and rising inequalities – demand our urgent and united action.

    The magnitude of today’s challenges demands greater international cooperation and collective action, as the Secretary-General’s policy brief, A New Agenda for Peace, stresses.

    The longstanding and constructive collaboration between the United Nations and the League of Arab States is exemplary.  And around the region, there is no shortage of crises requiring joint, coordinated responses.


    The deadly conflict in Sudan, now entering its sixth month, continues to inflict unimaginable suffering on Sudanese women, men and children. Sudan’s neighbors have been generous in receiving those able to flee the violence, and we are grateful to them.  But there is no sign that the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces are ready to silence their guns.  Growing ethnic violence in Darfur remains alarming, while cross-border mobilization and the movement of fighters, alongside the flow of weapons and ammunition from the outside the country, pose growing risks for the entire region.

    We are working with the League of Arab States, the African Union and IGAD to resolve this crisis.

    I reiterate the calls we have made in this Chamber and beyond to the warring parties in Sudan to agree a true ceasefire leading to a durable cessation of hostilities and ultimately a political settlement. This will require political will, a robust monitoring and verification mechanism, and the ability to hold the parties to account. The role and influence of the League and its membership are critical in this regard.


    We remain alarmed by the situation in the occupied West Bank and Israel, where the violence has reached levels not witnessed in decades.

    We urgently need constructive steps by the parties – supported by the international community – to break the cycle of violence and restore a political horizon.

    Only a legitimate political process will lead to a resolution of this conflict. Our shared goals remain the same: ending the occupation and achieving a viable two-State solution, with Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security, with Jerusalem as the shared capital, in line with international law, relevant United Nations resolutions, and bilateral agreements. 

    The Peace Day event convened by Saudi Arabia, the League of Arab States and the European Union, in cooperation with Egypt and Jordan, is testament to the international community’s commitment to the two-State solution.

    In the immediate term, international cooperation and solidarity is urgently needed to confront the funding shortages plaguing key UN agencies serving the most vulnerable Palestinians.

    In Syria, enhanced diplomatic attention from the region is welcome. Our Special Envoy is coordinating with the Arab Contact Group and key regional and international stakeholders towards a series of precise, verifiable, and mutual steps to unlock incremental progress toward the implementation of Security Council resolution 2254 (2015). The aim remains: to achieve a political solution that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people.

    In Yemen, renewed regional momentum is encouraging, but will require sustained collective support to enable the resumption of an inclusive, Yemeni-owned political process under UN auspices. The continuation of concerted and coordinated regional support will remain critical to ending the conflict.

    Turning to North Africa, the devastating effects of Storm Daniel in eastern Libya and the earthquake in Morocco require urgent humanitarian attention from the international community, as called for by the League. The United Nations has been delivering aid and support, to those in need, including in Derna, Libya. OCHA has launched a $71.4 million flash appeal to provide immediate life-saving assistance to over 250,000 people affected by the floods.

    The disaster in Libya also highlights the urgent need for national institutions to unite in order to respond effectively to the mounting needs of the population. We must continue to work together to support Libyan leaders in the finalization of the electoral laws and the formation of a unified government to lead the country to elections. We are grateful to the League for its engagement, through the Libya Quartet and other processes to help find a lasting Libyan-led and -owned solution to the political impasse.

    The United Nations and our special political mission, UNSMIL, will continue to intensify efforts with Libyan, regional and international stakeholders, to move beyond the roadblocks preventing progress towards elections.

    Mr. President,

    The United Nations and the League have also deepened and harmonized our approach on climate, peace and security, particularly as the region grapples with the multiplying threats posed by climate change. The outcome of the upcoming COP28 in the United Arab Emirates will put the region squarely at the center of the world’s efforts to combat climate change. 

    We are also looking ahead to the launch of the new Arab Regional Youth, Peace and Security Strategy, which is premised on the importance of investing in Arab youth, who – as 60% of its population – are the region’s future. I encourage Member States – and young people themselves – to make use of this strategy and bring it to life. The United Nations proudly supported the League in this endeavor and is exploring ways to help implement it, including through our special political missions and other UN offices in the region.  

    The contributions of Arab women to peace and stability in the region are fundamental, yet more needs to be done to ensure their full, equal and meaningful participation in decision-making and political processes.

    In that vein, we are expanding our support to the Arab Women’s Mediators Network, which was established by the League in cooperation with UN Women in 2020. The network can help operationalize Security Council resolution 1325 (2005) and the broader Women, Peace and Security agenda in the region.

    We continue to look for opportunities to expand our growing collaboration with the League to promote this agenda.

    Mr. President,

    The merits of deepening the partnership between the United Nations and the League are clear. Cooperation and solidarity are indispensable in these challenging times.  

    At the sixteenth biennial United Nations-League of Arab States General Cooperation Meeting in Geneva next July, we will have the opportunity to take stock of our joint accomplishments and agree on our overarching priorities for the future. 

    The United Nations Liaison Office to the League of Arab States, based in Cairo, has been spearheading our efforts to develop and strengthen our cooperation and will continue to play a key role.

    Allow me to conclude by underscoring that regional frameworks and organizations remain critical partners for the multilateral solutions envisaged in A New Agenda for Peace.  

    In the Middle East and North Africa, building on our decades-long partnership, we have a head start.  

    Thank you.

  • 21 sep 2023

    Peace requires strong mobilization for human rights, sustainable development and the environment, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on the International Day of Peace observed on Thursday.

  • 21 sep 2023

    The head of the UN agency that assists Palestine refugees across the Middle East, UNRWA, on Thursday appealed for consistent and sustainable financing to keep its operations running and avert chronic shortfalls. 

  • 21 sep 2023

    A senior UN official told the Security Council on Thursday that the wellbeing of civilians caught up in the long-running conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan should be the “overriding priority” following renewed fighting.

  • 21 sep 2023

    SRSG Parfait Onanga-Anyanga on Peace Day 2023

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  • 21 sep 2023

    On the occasion of the International Day of Peace, the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka called for safeguarding Lebanon as a...

  • 21 sep 2023

    Galkayo – Quite a few cities in the world are split along the administrative or even country border lines. Still, few of them have such a turbulent recent history as Galkayo, a city in Puntland and Galmudug Federal Member States (FMS) of...

  • 20 sep 2023

    As we mark this International Day of Peace, people and our planet are in crisis.

    Conflicts driving record numbers of people from their homes.

    Deadly fires, raging floods and soaring...

  • 20 sep 2023

    The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, welcomed the visit by an Ansar Allah-led delegation to Riyadh. He expressed gratitude for the efforts...

  • 20 sep 2023

    USG Rosemary DiCarlo’s Opening Remarks at the

    UNGA78 High-Level Ministerial Side Event “The Cost of Inaction in Sudan” on the

    Humanitarian Response in Sudan and the Region

    New York, 20 September 2023


    I would like to thank the co-hosts for the opportunity to address the crisis in Sudan.

    More than five months have passed since the outbreak of the conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces. Neither warring party is close to victory, yet they continue their brutal fight.  Civilians have paid a heavy price for this senseless violence.

    Homes, businesses, and UN premises have been destroyed and looted. Over 5,000 women, men, and children have been killed, and millions displaced. Sudan is now home to the highest number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in the world, with at least 7.1 million people — including an estimated 3.3 million children — uprooted from their homes. More than 6 million Sudanese are one step away from famine. These numbers will keep growing, as long as the guns keep talking.  

    I strongly condemn the ethnic violence in Darfur. Warring parties continue to systematically violate international humanitarian and human rights law. Civilians and civilian infrastructure, including health facilities, places of worship, water and electricity installations have been targeted, damaged, and destroyed.

    There have been shocking accounts of widespread rape and sexual violence. There must be accountability for these crimes, as well as medical and psychosocial support for survivors. The parties must also put in place mechanisms to prevent recurrence of such violence.

    As the outbreak of fighting in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan regions shows, the conflict is spreading and leading to the increased fragmentation of the country.


    The warring parties are not operating in a vacuum. The conflict is being fuelled by cross-border mobilization, including along tribal lines, as well as the movement of fighters and the flow of weapons and ammunition from outside the country. This risks plunging the region into wider conflict.

    All communities and regional actors must refrain from taking sides. Instead, they must focus their efforts on preventing further escalation and ending the violence.

    Despite the challenges of recent weeks and months, our special political mission, UNITAMS, has maintained a presence of national and international personnel in Sudan, and continues to carry out critical work. This includes field-based and remote human rights monitoring and verification, as well as support to de-escalation activities through the Darfur Permanent Ceasefire Committee.

    The Mission has also continued its political efforts, in close coordination with the African Union, IGAD, the League of Arab States and other regional actors. It also provides support to civilian political actors in their efforts to coalesce around a common platform to resolve the conflict.

    Ladies and gentlemen,

    Political inaction on Sudan has already exacted a heavy cost, with thousands of civilians killed, injured, and displaced. In addition to essential humanitarian action, we also need an increase in effective diplomacy. The international community can — and must — do more to help stop the fighting and find a path to a political settlement.  

    Sudanese warring parties must end the fighting and return to Jeddah to advance a meaningful ceasefire that will lead to a durable cession of hostilities. This will require political will, a robust monitoring and verification mechanism, and the ability to hold the warring parties accountable. I also urge the sides to avoid taking unilateral actions that may intensify the fighting.

    We must increase pressure on the warring parties to end attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure, including heath centres and hospitals, and grant the safe and unfettered access of humanitarian actors to those in need.

    The United Nations supports all efforts to end the fighting and advance a political solution.


    The war in Sudan has shattered the hopes and aspirations of Sudanese women and men whose determination and sacrifices led to the December Revolution in 2018, which inspired all of us across the world. Many now worry that the conflict will take the country back to the dark days of the old regime. The international community – including all of us here today – must stand with the Sudanese people to prevent this from happening and end the war as a matter of urgency.

    Thank you.

  • 20 sep 2023

    Afghanistan’s de facto authorities have been using torture as a tool to extract confessions from prisoners, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said on Wednesday.

  • 20 sep 2023

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday called for expanding the UN Security Council and reforming the right of veto granted to its permanent members, in his first in-person address around the iconic horseshoe table. 

  • 20 sep 2023

    Civilians continuing paying a heavy price as the “senseless violence” between rival militaries continues in Sudan, the UN’s political affairs chief said on Wednesday.

  • 20 sep 2023

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday called for expanding the UN Security Council and reforming the right of veto granted to its permanent members, in his first in-person address around the iconic horseshoe table. 

  • 20 sep 2023

    The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), Abdou Abarry, took part, on 18 September...

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  • 19 sep 2023

    USG Rosemary DiCarlo’s statement for the
    UNGA 78 High-level event on
    ‘Global Solidarity with Afghan Women and Girls’

    Co-hosted by Ireland and Women’s Forum on Afghanistan

    New York, 19 September 2023


    I welcome and thank you for the opportunity to join you today at this timely high-level event on the rights of Afghan women and girls. 

    Two years since the Taliban takeover, Afghanistan is facing unprecedented challenges: one of the world’s largest and most severe humanitarian crisis, acute discrimination against Afghan women and girls, a collapse of the human rights situation, and dire economic conditions.

    Despite early pledges, the Taliban authorities have yet to take concrete steps to comply with international normative frameworks regarding human rights, representative and inclusive governance, and international collective security.

    The governance system imposed by the Taliban leaves little space for the realization of a range of civil and political rights. Dissent is effectively silenced.

    Our special political mission, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), has documented arbitrary arrests and detention of journalists, media workers and activists, many of them women. It has also reported disproportionate use of force by the de facto security forces against women-led peaceful demonstrations. There have been restrictions on the registration of civil society organizations and recently a ban on political parties. The Mission has also documented extrajudicial killings, torture, and arbitrary detentions of officials of the former Republic in violation of the general amnesty.

    Economic, social and cultural rights are equally under assault, undermined especially by the violation of the fundamental principles of non-discrimination and gender equality. Women and girls remain banned from pursuing education beyond grade sixth and confined to their households. Employment opportunities are also severely restricted, which not only violates the fundamental rights of Afghan women, but negatively impacts the country’s prospects for development.

    Indeed, marginalizing over half the country’s participation from  economic, social, and political life is not only wrong, but it also undermines the Taliban’s stated objective of economic self-reliance. Afghanistan cannot develop without the economic, political and intellectual contributions of over half of its population. Any progress on the Sustainable Development Goals will depend on the inclusion of women as beneficiaries and contributors in all sectors. 

    Consultations conducted by UNAMA and UNWOMEN in the country revealed the cumulative, dire impact of the current situation on the lives and health of Afghan women. Most worryingly, there has been a marked increase in exposure to domestic violence.

    In particular, conditions for Afghan women are so severe that, according to some experts, they may be considered as persecution on gender grounds, which may amount to a crime against humanity. Afghanistan is State party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and several international human rights treaties, and the de facto authorities have to comply with their obligations to protect and fulfil the human rights of all Afghans.

    The Spotlight Initiative, which is Chaired by the Deputy Secretary-General, continues to support community dialogues and trainings on preventing violence against women and early marriage. It is paramount to build support for these and other such initiatives that address protection needs.

    Colleagues, friends,

    We face a dilemma today. The Taliban leadership have made it increasingly difficult for the international community to engage in Afghanistan, imposing or tightening restrictions that go against the fundamental principles of the United Nations and its Charter. Yet, this is when the Afghan people, especially women and girls, need our support the most.

    In all interactions with the de facto authorities, our Mission advocates for women’s and girls’ rights, including the right to work, the right to education and freedom of movement.

    Today’s meeting is an important opportunity to hear directly from Afghan women. I say to Afghan women here today and those following the discussions remotely that we really do value your insights about how the UN – and the international community – can best advocate for women’s fundamental rights and promote your political participation. The international community must all act as one in supporting you.

    I look forward to the discussion, and to ensuring that our collective actions support you in the best way possible.

    Thank you.

  • 19 sep 2023

    The President of Türkiye showcased his country as an active partner on both the regional and global levels¸ and called for reform of the international institutions, during his speech at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.

  • 19 sep 2023

    In war-torn Sudan, more than 1,200 children under five have died in camps in the space of four months from a combination of measles and malnutrition, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday.

  • 18 sep 2023

    USG Rosemary DiCarlo’s statement for the
    “Peace Day Effort: An Effort for Middle East Peace”
    on the margins of UNGA78 High Level Week

    New York, 18 September 2023


    His Highness Prince Faisal bin Farhan, [Kingdom of Saudi Arabia]

    Secretary-General Aboul Gheit [the League of Arab States],

    High Representative Borrell [European Union]

    Minister Safadi [Jordan]

    Minister Shoukry [Egypt]


    I would like to thank the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the League of Arab States, and the European Union, in cooperation with Egypt and Jordan, for convening today’s meeting on our efforts to reinvigorate the Middle East Peace Process and help forge a path forward toward a viable two-State solution.

    The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has endured too long. It is the longest standing issue on the United Nations peace and security agenda, despite many collective efforts throughout the years. But we cannot give up.

    Today’s meeting – a Peace Day Effort – is testament to the international community’s continued engagement and investment in helping end the occupation and resolve this conflict.

    We have an opportunity today to hear about possible steps to build on existing initiatives, particularly the Arab Peace Initiative. There is no doubt that the potential peace dividend is vast – for Palestinians, for Israelis, and for the broader region. We must galvanize our collective efforts to achieve a just and comprehensive peace.  


    As we look to the future, we must also address pressing, immediate concerns.

    The situation on the ground is bleak. We are alarmed by the intensification of violence in the occupied West Bank and Israel. This year alone, 190 Palestinians and 30 Israelis have been killed. This is a level of violence not seen in decades.

    Unilateral actions, including Israel’s relentless settlement expansion and demolitions, the Palestinian divide, and the growing incitement to violence and hateful rhetoric on both sides, continue to undermine our collective efforts for a viable two-State solution.

    We urgently need the parties to take constructive steps – supported by the international community – to de-escalate tensions, end the cycle of violence, and re-establish a political horizon. Political leadership is required to this end.

    The UN continues its intensive engagement with all parties to address both the immediate crises and work toward meaningful political solutions that advance our shared goal.

    The acute financial and institutional challenges facing the Palestinian Authority need to be addressed. Immediate financial support is crucial to help stabilize basic service delivery to millions of Palestinians and to strengthen Palestinian institutions so they can better engage on the way forward.

    The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is a lifeline for millions of Palestine refugees in the region. It continues to face critical funding shortfalls. Sustained financial support to UNRWA is an essential part of our collective efforts to prevent further deterioration of the situation on the ground.

    I commend Jordan and Sweden for once again co-hosting the ministerial meeting in support of UNRWA later this week, which I hope will help address the Agency’s immediate and long-term funding challenges.


    There is no substitute for a legitimate political process to resolve the core issues driving this conflict. Through incremental but tangible steps, we can steadily create the conditions necessary for a peaceful resolution of the conflict.

    I am hopeful that today’s meeting will help further our shared goal of supporting Israelis and Palestinians to end the occupation and resolve this conflict in line with international law, relevant United Nations resolutions, and bilateral agreements.

    Only then can we achieve our long-sought and commonly agreed goal of two States – Israel and an independent, democratic, contiguous, viable, and sovereign Palestinian State – living side by side in peace and security, within secure and recognized borders, on the basis of the pre-1967 lines, with Jerusalem as their shared capital.

    Thank you.


  • 18 sep 2023
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  • 18 sep 2023

    The United Nations remains committed to supporting Palestinians and Israelis to resolve the conflict and end the occupation

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  • 18 sep 2023

    UN Photo/Evan Schneider

    The fourth Trilateral Meeting of the African Union, the European Union and the United Nations was held at UNHQ. The three organizations recognized the importance of...

  • 18 sep 2023

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan

    On September 13, 2023, participants of the UNRCCA...

  • 18 sep 2023

    The Secretary-General met with H.E. Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission. The leaders discussed various governance challenges, including the increase in unconstitutional changes of...

  • 18 sep 2023

    Dakar, 18 September 2023 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Leonardo Santos Simão,...

  • 18 sep 2023

    TRIPOLI – 18 September – Teams from 9 UN agencies have been on the ground delivering aid and support to those affected by Storm Daniel and the flash flooding for the last few days. 

    In the...

  • 16 sep 2023

    SRSG Bathily and DSRSG Gagnon visit Derna following Storm Daniel

    DERNA, 16 September – Special Representative of the Secretary General, Abdoulaye Bathily, visited Derna today to see the...

  • 15 sep 2023
    This Week in DPPA is a brief roundup of political and peacebuilding events and developments at UNHQ and around the world. 

    Security Council

    In final briefing to Security Council, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative says Sudanese “need our support and solidarity more than ever”

    On 13 September, the Security Council met to discuss the situation in Sudan. Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan Volker Perthes told the Council that five months after the outbreak of violence on 15 April between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), the fighting shows no sign of abating, and neither side appears close to a decisive military victory. Presenting the Secretary-General’s latest report on Sudan, Perthes, who also announced his resignation, said at least 5,000 people have been killed since the start of the conflict, and over 12,000 injured. “These are conservative numbers,” he said, adding that in Darfur, violence has worsened dramatically, and that the warring parties have demonstrated “blatant disregard for human rights and international humanitarian law.”

    Read full remarks here

    Peacebuilding Commission

    Education’s role in building peace in Nepal and Sierra Leone

    On 14 September, the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) convened a meeting on education’s role in building peace in Nepal and Sierra Leone within the context of International Day to Protect Education from Attack on 9 September. Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal Narayan Prakash Saud, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Sierra Leone Timothy Musa Kabba, and the CEO of the Education Above All Foundation from the State of Qatar took part in the event. Participants stressed the important role education plays in peacebuilding and sustaining peace and called for ensuring the provision of education to all children and youth, especially girls and women, as an essential tool for protection and empowerment. They called on the international community to scale up its support for national efforts to build peace through the provision of transformative, inclusive, and equitable quality education.

    Central Asia

    Special Representative Imnadze participates in the Women Leaders Caucus and 5th Consultative Meeting of the Heads of State of Central Asia

    On 14 September, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) Kaha Imnadze took part in a landmark Forum of the Women Leaders’ Caucus (WLC) convened in parallel with the 5th Consultative Meeting of the Heads of State of Central Asia in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. In his address to the WLC, SRSG Imnadze said the meeting testified to the increasing promotion of gender equality and the growing importance of women’s role in enhancing cooperation and connectivity in Central Asia. 

    At the Meeting of the Heads of State, hosted by the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, the leaders of Central Asian states and Azerbaijan discussed strengthening interaction between Central Asian states in jointly responding to challenges and threats to regional security, as well as the prospects for expanding regional cooperation in the economic, trade, energy security, transport, and healthcare sectors.


    Personal Envoy Manzoni marks African Union Amnesty Month in Maputo

    On 11 September, Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Mozambique Mirko Manzoni joined the Mozambican Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Verónica Macamo, and members of the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council to mark the AU Amnesty Month in Maputo. The event reflected on Mozambique’s contributions to the Silencing the Guns Agenda, with a focus on the recent Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) process. In his remarks, the Personal Envoy who reflected that “Mozambique’s experience shows that African challenges can be solved with African solutions”.

    Read the full speech here

    West and Central Africa

    38th high-level meeting of Heads of UN missions takes place in Dakar

    On 12 September, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) Leonardo Santos Simao hosted the 38th meeting of the Heads of the UN Missions. In attendance at the bi-annual meeting were SRSG to the African Union and Head of the UN Office to the African Union (UNOAU) Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, SRSG for Central Africa and Head of the UN Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) Abdou Abarry, SRSG for the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Abdoulaye Bathily, among others. The Heads of Missions discussed the overall political, security, development and socio-economic trends in West Africa and the Sahel, as well as wider developments in Central Africa and Libya. They also reflected on topics related to political transitions, violent extremism and intercommunal dynamics, particularly in the Liptako-Gourma region where security and humanitarian situations remain very complex, as well as the ongoing withdrawal of MINUSMA from Mali. 

    Special Representative Simão reaffirms commitment to effective partnership with Togo

    Continuing his regional familiarization tour, SRSG and Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) Leonardo Santos Simão concluded a two-day visit to Togo on 14 September. He met with President Faure Gnassingbé of the Republic of Togo, among others, where they discussed several topics relating to the national and regional situation, including the need to coordinate efforts to consolidate peace and security and development in the subregion.

    Read more here


    Special Coordinator Wronecka discusses violence in Ein El-Hilweh with Lebanese officials

    Special Coordinator of the Secretary-General for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka discussed with Lebanese officials this week the importance of consolidating Lebanon’s peace and security, in light of a recurrence of violence in the Palestine refugee camp of Ein El-Hilweh and other security concerns. In a meeting with the Acting Director General of General Security, Maj. Gen. Elias Baissari, the Special Coordinator commended mediation efforts towards a ceasefire in Ein El-Hilweh. She also underlined the importance of resuming dialogue and allowing UNRWA to provide humanitarian services. In a meeting with caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati, the Special Coordinator underlined the need for all parties to commit to the full implementation of Security Council Resolution 1701.

    Special Coordinator meets French Presidential Envoy to Lebanon

    On 14 September, Special Coordinator Wronecka met in Beirut with French President’s Special Envoy to Lebanon Jean-Yves Le Drian. They discussed his good offices efforts to help Lebanon out of its political impasse, particularly during his current visit, and the need for the country's political leaders to act with urgency and responsibility to end the presidential vacuum. 

    Special Coordinator pushes for reforms to alleviate financial crisis

    Special Coordinator Wronecka and Acting Governor of the Central Bank Wassim Mansouri agreed during a meeting on 12 September on the importance of comprehensive reforms to halt the economic crisis and preserve State institutions. The Special Coordinator also met with a visiting IMF delegation that is assessing the steps needed to finalize a bail-out agreement for Lebanon and discussed with the head of Parliament’s Justice and Administrative Committee George Adwan progress made towards the adoption of long-awaited pro-reform laws. 


    UN and Iraqi officials collaborate to counter hate speech in Iraq

    On 11 September, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) for Iraq for Political Affairs and Electoral Assistance Claudio Cordone and the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Human Rights Office (HRO) met in Baghdad with Minister of Communications Hiam Al-Yasiri, and other Iraqi officials. The discussion focused on the Government initiative of developing a strategy to counter hate speech in Iraq. The DSRSG commended the initiative, shared an overview of relevant UN standards, and agreed with the Minister on further cooperation. 

    UNAMI offers training on human rights reporting 

    On 10 and 13 September, the UNAMI HRO organized trainings for staff of the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR). The training was conducted as part of UNAMI’s efforts to support its partners through capacity-building activities, which included practical exercises on how to improve human rights reporting. 


    Film and photography projects help promote peace in Carrizal, Antioquia

    On 14 September, accompanied by the Ambassador of the European Union in Colombia Gilles Bertrand, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia Carlos Ruiz Massieu visited the former TATR Carrizal in Remedios, Antioquia. The visit was as part of the Itinerant Film and Photography Route for Peace project, which is led by the Miradas Art Collective people in the process of reincorporation. During the visit, SRSG Ruiz Massieu visited a community jewelry project led by women and supported by the Mission. 


    DPPA/PBSO newsletter out now 

    The quarterly issue of the Peacebuilding Highlights can be found here. 

    Next Week

    On 18 September, DPPA is co-hosting a High-Level Side Event on Chad on the margins of the 78th UN General Assembly (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in UNHQ CR-1). The event aims to inform on the country’s transition and conduct advocacy and fundraising.

    On 22 September, the Peacebuilding Commission is organizing a Ministerial-level meeting on Peacebuilding and sustaining peace in an era of geopolitical transition: the role of the Peacebuilding Commission (10:00 a.m. in UNHQ CR-3). 



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  • 15 sep 2023

    Dakar, 15 September 2023 - The Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, Ms Giovanie Biha, concluded a...

  • 15 sep 2023

    The UN World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday joined with the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, to underline the critical importance of preserving the dignity of the dead in the wake of recent natural disasters in Libya and Morocco.

  • 15 sep 2023

    Societies must engage meaningfully with young people and empower them with the skills and education they need as the standard bearers of democratic principles, Secretary-General António Guterres said, commemorating the International Day of Democracy, on Friday.

  • 15 sep 2023

    As South Sudan prepares to hold its first-ever elections in December, resolving critical outstanding issues requires political will for compromise, the UN envoy to the country said on Friday.

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    DUSHANBE, Tajikistan

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    DUSHANBE, Tajikistan

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    Dakar, 14 September 2023 – Continuing his regional familiarization tour following his appointment as the new Special...

  • 14 sep 2023

    Forum of the Central Asia Women Leaders’ Caucus (Dushanbe, September 2023)

    DUSHANBE, Tajikistan

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    Forum of the Central Asia Women Leaders’ Caucus (Dushanbe, September 2023)

    DUSHANBE, Tajikistan

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