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2024

  • 1 juin 2024

    Dakar, 01 June 2024- The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West...

  • 31 mai 2024

    Beirut, Lebanon

    1 June 2024

     

    Ms. Jeanine Hennis-...

  • 31 mai 2024

    Beirut, Lebanon

    1 June 2024

     

    Ms. Jeanine...

  • 31 mai 2024

    Representatives from Libyan military and security institutions and actors - with UNSMIL experts

    TUNIS  – Representatives from the Government of National Unity...

  • 31 mai 2024

    Assistant Secretary-General for for the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific 

    Khaled Khiari's remarks to the Security Council 

    on Non-proliferation/Democratic People's Republic of Korea

    31 May 2024, New York

    Mr. President,

    At 10:45 PM local time on 27 May, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) conducted what it described as “the launch of reconnaissance satellite Malligyong-1-1 aboard the new-type satellite carrier rocket” from the Sohae Satellite Launching Station. According to the DPRK, the launch failed “due to the air blast of the new-type satellite carrier rocket during the first-stage flight”, as a result of the “reliability of operation of the newly developed liquid oxygen and petroleum engine”. This follows the successful launch of a satellite on 21 November 2023. In December 2023, the DPRK announced that it will launch three additional military satellites in 2024.

    While the DPRK issued a pre-launch notification to the Japanese Coast Guard, it did not issue airspace or maritime safety notifications to the International Civil Aviation Organization or the International Telecommunications Union. The DPRK’s unannounced launches represent a serious risk to international civil aviation and maritime traffic.

    Mr. President,

    As stated on previous occasions, sovereign states have the right to benefit from peaceful space activities. However, Security Council resolutions expressly prohibit the DPRK from conducting any launches using ballistic missile technology. On 28 May, the Secretary-General strongly condemned the attempted launch of yet another military satellite using ballistic missile technology. He reiterated his call on the DPRK to fully comply with its international obligations under all relevant Security council resolutions and to swiftly return to dialogue without preconditions to achieve the goal of sustainable peace and the complete and verifiable denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

    Mr. President,

    Developing a military reconnaissance satellite was part of the DPRK’s five-year military development plan, unveiled in January 2021. In line with the plan, the DPRK has significantly increased its missile launch activities since 2022, including more than 100 launches using ballistic missile technology, in violation of the relevant Security Council resolutions. Since the beginning of the year, the DPRK has launched two intermediate-range solid-fuelled ballistic missiles in January and April, respectively.

    As previously highlighted, there is a need for practical measures to reduce tensions, reverse the dangerous dynamic, and create space to explore diplomatic avenues. The Secretary-General has emphasised the importance of re-establishing communication channels, particularly between military entities. Exercising maximum restraint is critical to avoid unintended escalation.

    Mr. President,

    The DPRK’s persistent pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes, in violation of relevant Security Council resolutions, continues to undermine the global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime, and the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) that underpins it. On 30 April, the mandate of the Panel of Experts that supported the Committee expired, after having been continuously extended since 2009 when the Panel was first established by the Security Council. 

    We remain deeply concerned about growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula. We encourage all Member States, and Members of this Council, to seek unity, and for all parties to create an environment conducive to dialogue and cooperation. At this particularly difficult moment in securing global peace and security, it is imperative to de-escalate the rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

    Mr. President,

    Separately, I want to highlight that the United Nations and its partners are ready to assist the DPRK in addressing the basic needs of its vulnerable populations. We note that international travel to and from the DPRK is now taking place at a growing rate. We encourage the DPRK authorities to facilitate the full return of the international community, including the United Nations Resident Coordinator and the UN Country Team. A collective return would enhance international support for the people of the DPRK and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

    Thank you, Mr. President.

  • 31 mai 2024
    A brief roundup of United Nations-related political and peacebuilding events and developments globally.

    "Women bear the brunt of the global rollback of human rights," says USG DiCarlo

    On 28 May, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo told the Security Council that "women bear the brunt of the global rollback of human rights." Addressing a meeting regarding the participation of women and youth in peace and political processes, she recalled her recent visit to Afghanistan, where women and girls were systematically denied rights and dignity, particularly in education. On the role of young people in peacebuilding, she stressed that they deserve the opportunity to shape their future. While there are “no quick fixes to entrenched power politics, patriarchal attitudes, or unequal social structures,” she highlighted that "through its meetings and decisions, the Council can reinforce that women, along with men, are responsible for building peace and prosperity in their societies" and can also promote recognition of young people as important agents of change.

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    “There can be no long-term solution in Gaza that is not fundamentally political," Special Coordinator Wennesland warns Council

    On 29 May, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland told the Council that more than 36,000 Palestinians and over 1,500 Israelis and foreign nationals had been killed since the 7 October attacks, while 126 hostages were still being held in Gaza. “Agreement on a deal to achieve ceasefire and secure release of hostages is blocked,” he reported, recalling the “appalling incident” on 26 May in Rafah that killed 45 Palestinians and injured 200. Noting that the West Bank remained a “pressure-cooker of negative trends”, he pointed to the risk of regional conflagrations. “This trajectory must change if we are to avoid further catastrophe,” he emphasized. To this end, “he stressed, "we should be putting in place the framework for Gaza’s recovery” he said, adding: “There can be no long-term solution in Gaza that is not fundamentally political.” 

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    "We urgently need de-escalation across all theatres of the Syrian conflict," Special Envoy Pedersen tells Council

    On 30 May, Special Envoy Geir Pedersen told the Council that "the Syrian people remain trapped in a profound crisis, which is becoming more entrenched with time." In the absence of a comprehensive political process, negative trends are festering that present terrible risks for Syrians and the international community, he said, noting that "a dizzying array of local and international actors and listed terrorist groups remain engaged in conflict." If this dynamic continues, there will inevitably see more civilian suffering. "Instead of this, we urgently need de-escalation across all theatres of the Syrian conflict," he warned, noting that regional de-escalation efforts, starting with a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, were absolutely essential.

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    ASG Khiari: DPRK's pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes undermines non-proliferation regime

    On 31 May, Assistant Secretary-General Khaled Khiari told the Counci that, despite Security Council resolutions prohibiting the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) from conducting launches using ballistic missile technology, the country reportedly conducted “the launch of reconnaissance satellite Malligyong-1-1 aboard the new-type satellite carrier rocket” on 27 May. The DPRK’s persistent pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes, in violation of relevant Security Council resolutions, continues to undermine the global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime, and the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons that underpins it, Khiari warned.

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    ASG Spehar visits the Republic of Korea and Japan

    The Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, Elizabeth Spehar, travelled to the Republic of Korea and Japan this week. Both countries are steadfast champions of prevention and peacebuilding, including through support to DPPA's Multi-Year Appeal and the Secretary-General's Peacebuilding Fund, as well as through their membership of the Peacebuilding Commission. In Seoul, the ASG attended the Asia-Pacific consultation on the 2025 peacebuilding architecture review, convened by Korea and attended by 14 Member States from the region. The ASG met with the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kang Insun, counterparts in Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Korean International Cooperation Agency, as well as from the National Assembly. In Tokyo, the ASG met with the Foreign Minister of Japan, Yōko Kamikawa, counterparts in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Japan International Cooperation Agency and Cabinet officials, and representatives of the Komeito party. The United Nations University also hosted a discussion with the ASG on peacebuilding and the opportunities presented by the architecture review.

    Peace and Security Council Marks 20th Anniversary

    On 25 May, the UN Office to the African Union (UNOAU) participated in the 20th Anniversary colloquium of the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania as the African Union marked the 20th Anniversary of the Peace and Security Council (PSC). The event, themed "20 years of the AU PSC," featured key figures, including Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan, AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat, and Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) Parfait Onanga-Anyanga. In his congratulatory remarks, the SRSG said the PSC has been a "cornerstone in promoting peace, security, and stability across Africa." Discussions highlighted the PSC's achievements and ongoing challenges, emphasizing the need for preventive actions, conflict resolution tools, and stronger partnerships. The colloquium underscored the importance of addressing governance deficits and the "conflict gap" to ensure a more peaceful and secure future for Africa.

    In an op-ed, Special Representative for the Secretary-General to the African Union Parfait Onanga-Anyanga notes that "African leaders were visionary, strategic, and ambitious when outlining the objectives of the PSC." He goes on to underscore how, "by virtue of its unparalleled legitimacy and its unprecedented normative framework, underpinned by the twin principles of non-interference and non-indifference, the PSC is uniquely positioned to advance political solutions in Africa through a more forward leaning conflict prevention approach, consistent with the continent’s strong regional integration agenda." 

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    SRSG Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert completes tenure in Iraq

    This week, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschert published a message on the end of her assignment in the country. Expressing her gratitude and deep appreciation to all Iraqis, she noted that she "learned much from listening to Iraqi women and men explaining their history with pride" and "truly valued the professional meetings and discussions we had with a wide spectrum of partners." 

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    UNAMI Human Rights Office organizes workshops on Universal Periodic Review

    On 28 May, the UNAMI Human Rights Office organized a one-day training titled “Submission of Stakeholder Report by civil society organizations to the Universal Periodic Review” for non-governmental organizations from Kirkuk, Diyala, and Salah al-Din governorates. Participants received an overview of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism that explained the process for drafting civil society reports and provided guidelines on how to participate in the 4th cycle review of Iraq scheduled for 2025.

    On 29 May, the UNAMI Human Rights Office held a workshop in Baghdad aimed at strengthening the engagement of Iraq’s religious and ethnic component groups with the next UPR of Iraq, which is scheduled to take place in early 2025. The Office provided guidance on how non-governmental organizations can prepare and submit stakeholder reports for consideration under the UPR process. Participants discussed Iraq’s implementation of previous UPR recommendations.

       

    UNAMI Human Rights Office holds high-level workshop on criminal accountability for domestic violence

    On 29 May, the UNAMI Human Rights Office held a one-day high level workshop in Erbil entitled ‘Strengthening Accountability for Criminal Violence in Domestic Settings in the KRI: Establishment of the Coordination Mechanism’ in collaboration with the High Council for Women and Development, and the Ministry of Interior. Participants discussed the Terms of References and Action Plan for the Roll Out of the Coordination Mechanism aimed at building a structured platform for sharing relevant and crucial information amongst key institutions that work to prevent domestic violence and protect survivors and vulnerable individuals.

    Special Coordinator Wronecka holds final round of farewell meetings

    Prior to the end of her mission with the Office of the Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL), Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka held a last round of farewell meetings with Lebanese officials and interlocutors. She thanked Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri (pictured), and emphasized the key role of parliament in electing a president to end an 18-month presidential vacuum. The Special Coordinator also met with a number of academics, intellectuals and civil society representative.

    SRSG Imnadze meets with EU and OSCE officials in Brussels

    On 27-29 May, SRSG for Central Asia and Head of the UN Regional Ccentre for Preventive Diplomacy for Centra Asia (UNRCCA) Kaha Imnadze paid a three-day working visit to Brussels to participate in a Troika meeting with Terhi Hakala, European Union (EU) Special Representative for Central Asia, and Kate Fearon, Director of the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre. Imnadze exchanged views on the overall geopolitical situation as well as specific political, security and socio-economic developments in Central Asia. The meeting participants noted the efforts of the Central Asian states to maintain peace, stability and economic development in the region, including through promoting a multi-vector foreign policy. 

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    In Colombia, a focus on justice for victims of sexual violence in conflict

    On 25 May in Fusagasugá, Cundinamarca, as part of the commemoration of the National Day for the Dignity of Victims of Sexual Violence, the UN Verification Mission in Colombia supported a session around case no. 11 of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace, a case pertaining to Gender-based Violence and Sexual Violence. Around 30 women representing organizations and victims' organizations participated from the region of Sumapaz. This was the first time the Special Jurisdiction for Peace shared information on this matter, and invited victims' participation and their accreditation to this process. The Special Jurisdiction for Peace notes that more than 35,000 people have been victims of sexual violence by the parties to the conflict.

    In Antioquia, Colombia, communications professionals work for peace

    On 29 May, the UN Verification Mission in Colombia gathered communications professionals from national, departmental, and municipal government entities, universities, and civil society at the Casa de la Memoria Museum in Medellín for a meeting titled "Communications and Peace in Antioquia’." They discussed ways to promote responsible and effective communication in conflict contexts.

    Next Week

    The Republic of Korea will assume the presidency of the Security Council for the month of June. 

    The Peacebuilding Commission Ambassadorial-level Meeting will take place in Guatemala on 4 June. On the same day, from 9:00 a.m to 10.30 a.m. EST, there will be a virtual launch event for the 2024 Thematic Review on Synergies between Human Rights and Peacebuilding in Peacebuilding Fund-supported Programming.

     

     

  • 31 mai 2024

    Continued hostilities and evacuation orders in Gaza have led to the closure of key humanitarian facilities in Rafah, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported on Friday.

  • 31 mai 2024

    The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) repeated launches using ballistic missile technology not only violate Security Council resolutions but also pose a serious risk to aviation and maritime traffic, a senior UN official said on Friday.

  • 31 mai 2024

    Far too little aid is reaching people in Gaza to the extent that children are now starving, UN humanitarians said on Friday, in a renewed appeal to Israel to respect international law regarding the safe passage of lifesaving relief in the war-shattered enclave.

  • 31 mai 2024

    Famine in Sudan is “imminent” if aid agencies continue to be prevented from providing relief, UN humanitarians warned on Friday.

  • 31 mai 2024

    The UN’s top human rights official on Friday voiced serious concern over the dramatic deterioration of the situation in Burkina Faso, where almost 1,800 people are reported to have been unlawfully killed between November last year and April.

  • 30 mai 2024

    United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday paid tribute to all peacekeepers serving under the UN flag and those who have died in the line of duty. 

  • 30 mai 2024

    Syria remains plagued by a severe and complex security and humanitarian situation, against a backdrop of broader political impasse, senior UN officials told the Security Council on Thursday, underscoring the need for a comprehensive approach that involves all key stakeholders.

  • 30 mai 2024

    The UN High Commissioner for Refugees on Thursday called on the Security Council to prevent millions more people from being displaced by war, violence and persecution.

  • 30 mai 2024

    With no let up in reported street battles and Israeli bombardment across Gaza on Thursday, UN humanitarians warned that the flow of vital lifesaving aid into the enclave has fallen by more than two thirds since the Israeli military stepped up its campaign in Rafah and seized the key aid conduit.

  • 30 mai 2024

     The top UN aid official in Sudan warned on Thursday that “the noose of war is tightening its stranglehold” on civilians in El Fasher, expressing her profound distress at the dire humanitarian situation there. 

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  • 30 mai 2024

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  • 29 mai 2024

    Prior to the end of her mission with UNSCOL at the end of May, Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka held a last round of farewell meetings...

  • 29 mai 2024

    In 1948, the United Nations took a pivotal step by deploying peacekeepers to support countries in their journey toward peace. Since then, more than two million people – military, police and civilians – have served in over 70 peacekeeping missions around the world, offering assistance amidst ongoing conflicts or their aftermath. 

  • 29 mai 2024

    Vital medical supplies are fast running out in Gaza’s remaining hospitals, the UN health agency warned on Wednesday, amid reports of continuing Israeli bombing and hostilities in the enclave. 

  • 29 mai 2024

    The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process on Wednesday urgently called for an immediate return to negotiations, the release of hostages and a humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, as the Israeli military assault exacerbates human suffering amid rising regional tensions.

  • 29 mai 2024

    Violence against children in the central Sahel region of Africa surged dramatically in the last quarter of 2023, skyrocketing by 70 per cent over the previous three months, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported on Wednesday.

  • 29 mai 2024

    UN Member States have been deploying “Blue Helmets” (or peacekeepers) since 1948, so on the occasion of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, marked annually on 29 May, we’re spotlighting operations over the decades, from monitoring buffer zones in Asia to escorting aid trucks into Israeli exclaves in the Middle East.

  • 29 mai 2024

    In 1948, the United Nations took a pivotal step by deploying peacekeepers to support countries in their journey toward peace. Since then, more than two million people – military, police and civilians – have served in over 70 peacekeeping missions around the world, offering assistance amidst ongoing conflicts or their aftermath. 

  • 28 mai 2024

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    Today we pay tribute to the more than 76,000 United Nations peacekeepers who embody humanity’s highest ideal: peace.

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  • 28 mai 2024

    Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary A. DiCarlo's 

    Remarks to the Security Council open debate

    “Maintenance of International Peace and Security: The role of Women and Young People”

    New York, 28 May 2024

           

    Madam President,

    Thank you for hosting today’s open debate.

    Excellencies,

    We know that women bear the brunt of the global rollback of human rights.

    And we know that violence against women in its cruelest forms is a feature of virtually all wars.

    I recently traveled to Afghanistan, where the plight of women is a crying example of the ground lost in human rights.

    Afghan women and girls are systematically denied their rights and dignity in many areas of life, including education.

    Women I met in Kabul told me of their aspirations and dreams: the same education afforded to men, equal employment opportunities and freedom to choose their futures. 

    They look to the global community to support them in realizing their rights -- so that they can contribute to their country’s future.

    Of course, Afghanistan is not the only place where women face barriers to participating as equals in politics, peacemaking, public life and employment.

    Commitments on gender equality are being ignored, if not reversed, in many regions.

    In A New Agenda for Peace, the Secretary-General called for addressing the structural inequalities standing in the way of the full realization of women’s indivisible human rights. He called for dismantling patriarchal power structures.

    This means many things: it means equal access to representation, legal protections, physical autonomy, safety, economic opportunity, education, and healthcare.

    Ultimately, it comes down to a simple vision – of overcoming obstacles that deny the full contribution of women.

    Armed conflict exacerbates structural obstacles to women’s full equality. Institutional failure or collapse, impunity, and insecurity expose women to aggravated risks.

    More than half of the recorded incidents of political violence against women worldwide take place in conflict-affected countries.

    Doing away with structural gender inequalities is a matter of equity and right.

    But it is also a powerful means to improve the chances of success of peace and political processes.

    Our special political missions have strived to promote women’s rights and their meaningful participation in these processes.

    In Yemen, for example, community mediation efforts undertaken by Yemeni women, often with the aim of releasing prisoners or achieving local ceasefires, have bolstered the UN’s ongoing work to relaunch high-level, formal negotiations and put an end to almost ten years of conflict.

    Madam President,

    The Women, Peace and Security Agenda can only be successfully realized through national action.

    Over one hundred countries from all regions have developed national action plans to implement Security Council resolution 1325. This is commendable. But more countries must join this call.

    Member States can make a difference by committing to specific and targeted measures to advance women’s leadership – including as mediators.

    In UN-led peace processes, we ensure that women are robustly represented. Thirty percent of the Syria Constitutional Committee, for example, is female. And women make up 43 percent of our own mediation teams.

    In peace processes led by others and to which the UN provides some support, the percentage is often not so high. In such cases, we encourage increased representation of women.

    Madam President,

    Young people deserve the opportunity to shape their future.

    They are not “adults in the making”. They are full human beings with hopes, aspirations, ideas and energy to contribute right now.

    The Secretary-General’s third report on Youth, Peace and Security puts forward recommendations to foster urgently needed progress on youth inclusion.

    It stresses that youth must be allowed to safely participate in peace processes and electoral activities.

    But the report also compels us not to ignore young people’s growing mistrust in governance institutions and electoral processes.

    According to UNDP, 82 per cent of young people across 65 countries state that electoral violence hinders their participation. One can understand why – but it is still a distressing statistic.

    And as stated in the Secretary-General’s report, the engagement of youth in peace processes continues to be minimal. This is a missed opportunity.

    By practically encouraging youth to engage in politics and peacemaking, governments can increase solidarity between different generations and rebuild trust in institutions.

    National Action Plans for Youth, Peace and Security are instrumental in institutionalizing the meaningful participation of youth and involve youth in decision making about their futures.

    But they require dedicated resources and capacities.

    This year, in line with DPPA’s Youth, Peace and Security strategy, we are allocating resources from the Peacebuilding Fund to support the National Action Plans initiated by several countries.

    Regional efforts have the potential to catalyze national actions.

    The African Union was the first regional organization to establish a framework for youth, peace and security and appoint Youth Ambassadors in addition to its Youth Envoy.   

    The UN recently supported the Arab Regional Youth, Peace and Security strategy launched by the League of Arab States. With the help of artificial intelligence, young peacebuilders from 14 Arab countries were able to develop an action plan for their region.

    Our special political missions are also doing their part to enhance youth civic engagement. In Libya, for example, our mission engages with youth representatives to ensure they play a role in building consensus on the legal framework for national elections.  

    Environmental peacebuilding is another area in which young people are demanding a role.

    Young women are often at the frontlines of coping with scarce resources and defending the environment. This is linked to gendered social roles around caregiving and sourcing water and food.

    Young women’s and men’s roles as environmental defenders, community leaders, activists, mobilizers, and peacebuilders must be recognized and advanced.

    In conclusion, Madam President, 

    There are no quick fixes to entrenched power politics, patriarchal attitudes, or unequal social structures.

    Transformative changes rely on national action, involving all segments of society.

    In many places, they also rely on international support.

    Through its meetings and decisions, the Council can reinforce that women, along with men, are responsible for building peace and prosperity in their societies.

    That without women leaders, peace cannot be sustained.

    That gender equality and realizing the aspirations of young people are essential for sustainable peace and security around the world.

    This Council can also help promote recognition of young people as important agents of change. I welcome the Council’s efforts to more regularly invite women, civil society, and youth to brief the Council.

    Madam President,

    The Women, Peace and Security and Youth, Peace and Security Agendas offer us not just a vision, but a roadmap. 

    We all need to do more to make the transformative vision of these agendas a reality.

    Thank you.

  • 28 mai 2024

    As fighting continues in Gaza, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday that he was “heartbroken” by images of people killed and injured in airstrikes on Sunday that hit tents sheltering displaced Palestinians in Rafah. 

  • 28 mai 2024

    An Indian peacekeeper deployed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), who helped establish networks for local people to voice their security and humanitarian concerns, is the winner of the 2023 United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award, announced on Tuesday. 

  • 28 mai 2024

    Gender equality and the aspirations of young people are crucial for ensuring sustainable peace and security, the UN’s top political and peacebuilding official told the Security Council on Tuesday.

  • 28 mai 2024

    Amid further reported bombardment of Gaza overnight into Tuesday, UN and partner organizations have expressed deep concern over the “inhuman” detention of suspected Palestinian fighters in the enclave by Israeli authorities, alleging treatment so poor that some had to have limbs amputated “due to prolonged shackling”.

  • 27 mai 2024
  • 27 mai 2024

    Senior UN officials have condemned Israeli air strikes on Sunday that hit a camp for displaced people in Rafah, southern Gaza, reportedly claiming over 35 Palestinian lives, including women and children.

  • 27 mai 2024

    Dozens of people are believed to have died in an Israeli overnight attack on a camp for displaced Gazans in Rafah in the south of the enclave, the latest gruesome development in more than seven months of war between the Israeli military and Palestinian fighters, UN humanitarians said on Monday.

  • 26 mai 2024

    Mogadishu – The Acting Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia and Head of the UN Assistance Mission for Somalia (UNSOM), James Swan, arrived in Mogadishu today.

    Mr...

  • 26 mai 2024

    GHADAMES – 26 May – On a three-day mission to Ghadames, Derj and Awal last week, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator,...

  • 25 mai 2024

    An attack by Russian armed forces on a busy shopping centre in Kharkiv on Saturday reportedly killed at least four people and injured around 40. Denise Brown, the UN Humanitarian coordinator in Ukraine, strongly condemned the strike and called for civilians to be protected.

  • 24 mai 2024
    A brief roundup of United Nations-related political and peacebuilding events and developments globally.

    USG DiCarlo meets with Afghanistan de facto authorities to discuss upcoming meeting of Special Envoys

    From 18-21 May, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo visited Afghanistan to meet with the de facto authorities (dfa), the diplomatic community in Kabul, and representatives of civil society. She conveyed to the dfa an invitation from the Secretary-General to participate in the next meeting of Special Envoys on Afghanistan, to take place in Doha from 30 June to 1 July. The meeting will be the third such event, and aims to increase international engagement with Afghanistan in a more coherent, coordinated and structured manner. 

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    “There can be no long-term solution in Gaza that is not fundamentally political," Wennesland tells Council

    On 20 May, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland said he feared the worst for "the beleaguered and terrified civilians in Rafah, for the hostages held in unimaginable conditions for more than 225 days, and for the overstretched humanitarian operation that remains on the brink in the Strip.” The Rafah crossing with Egypt remains closed, he noted, while active hostilities and Israel Defense Forces operations continue to render “nowhere safe in Gaza." "There can be no long-term solution in Gaza that is not fundamentally political,” he stressed. The new Palestinian Government, with eight ministers from Gaza, represented an important opportunity to support tangible steps towards unifying Gaza and the occupied West Bank politically, economically and administratively, he said.

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    Peacebuilding Commission prepares advice for Security Council

    This week, the Peacebuilding Commission adopted advice to the Security Council on the role of women and youth in peacebuilding, ahead of the Council’s Ministerial debate on the maintenance of international peace and security, to be held on 28 May. The advice reiterates, inter alia, the critical role of women and youth in peacebuilding efforts, in particular in conflict, post-conflict, and transition settings. It also encourages the Security Council to include youth perspectives in its meetings and enable the timely consideration of the reports on Youth, Peace and Security, notably by drawing on the progress and precedent achieved by the Peacebuilding Commission through including the voices of youth in its meetings.

    Secretary-General announces appointment of Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert as Special Coordinator for Lebanon

    On 20 May, Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert of the Netherlands as his new Special Coordinator for Lebanon. Hennis-Plasschaert, who will finish her tenure as Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq this month, succeeds Joanna Wronecka of Poland.

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    SRSG Hennis-Plasschaert stresses importance of women’s empowerment in Iraq

    On 19 May, SRSG Hennis-Plasschaert, Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), met in Baghdad with civil society representatives and Women Advisory Group members from Iraq, including the Kurdistan Region, along with Ajay Madiwale, UN Women Country Representative. SRSG Hennis-Plasschaert stressed that any pending legislation should have the protection of women and girls as a core objective. “There are genuine concerns, not just from women, but from all those in favour of promoting a safe and just society. As I leave Iraq, I laud the efforts of Iraqi women and men in advocating for legislation that supports the empowerment of women and girls," she said.

    DSRSG Isaczai meets with returnees in Salah al-Din

    On 22 May, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) for Iraq Ghulam M. Isaczai visited Yathrib District in southern Salah al-Din Governorate and met with a group of internally displaced families who had recently returned from Ashti camp in Sulaymaniyah, east of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The DSRSG acknowledged the efforts of the Government and the significant progress made in ensuring the safe and dignified return of displaced persons. He also recognized the ongoing challenges that returnees face, including the need for shelters, sustainable livelihoods, and access to essential services. The DSRSG also met separately with Salah Din Governor, Badr Mahmoud Al-Jubouri. Their discussions focused on enhancing cooperation on the provision of support and services to newly returned IDPs.

     

    UNAMI Human Rights Office holds roundtable discussions and workshops on principles of human rights

     

    On 22 May, UNAMI’s Human Rights Office (HRO), in coordination with the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights and the Human Rights Directorate at the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), organized a two-day human rights workshop for members of the PMF Security Directorate. The workshop provided an introduction to international human rights law, and covered a range of topics including national and international human rights protection mechanisms and human rights in counter-terrorism. On 20 May, the UNAMI HRO, in coordination with the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights Babil Office held a roundtable discussion with Babil Police Command on the due process rights of defendants and the right to a fair trial under Iraqi and international law. The roundtable discussion focused on fair trial guarantees under national and international legal frameworks including the right to legal counsel, the right to remain silent and the right to an adequate defense.

    On 19 May, the UNAMI Human Rights Office, in coordination with the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights Baghdad office conducted the sixth and final session in a series of human rights training for students at the Police Academy of the Iraqi Ministry of Interior. The training included lectures on the basic principles of human rights and human rights in law enforcement operations.

    Special Coordinator Wronecka holds round of farewell meetings

    This week, Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka held a round of meetings with Lebanese political and religious leaders ahead of her departure from Lebanon at the end of the month to thank them for their fruitful cooperation during her three-year mission. The Special Coordinator met caretaker Prime Minister Nabih Mikati and caretaker Foreign Minister Abdallah Bouhabib. She stressed the need for a Presidential election, reforms and institution building. In a meeting with Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros El-Rahi (pictured), the Special Coordinator said she hoped that Lebanon’s religious leaders would continue to spearhead efforts to promote coexistence and understanding.

    Special Coordinator Wronecka visits FAO-supported project in Batroun, North Lebanon

    This week, Special Coordinator Wronecka visited community-led projects supported by FAO in Ram in the area of Batroun in north Lebanon. The initiative encourages resilient livelihoods and food security through the promotion of sustainable agriculture. The Special Coordinator highlighted the potential of development projects to "build back better" in Lebanon.

    SRSG Imnadze participates in Central Asia Women Leaders Caucus event

    On 23 May, SRSG for Central Asia and Head of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) Kaha Imnadze participated in the opening of the Central Asia Women Leaders’ Caucus in Bishkek. The event focused on the role of women in innovation and technology development, as well as the implementation of the green agenda. The conference was attended by Caucus representatives, women political leaders, female tech entrepreneurs and civil society. In remarks, SRSG Imnadze emphasized the link between women’s leadership in climate and green agendas and peace and security in the region.

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    “The participation process currently underway in Colombia is unprecedented," SRSG Ruiz Massieu

    The fourth plenary session of the National Participation Committee and the Amazon regional meeting took place this week in Bogotá and Leticia in the Colombian Amazon. Both were significant milestones for the social participation process and the peace talks between the government and the National Liberation Army (ELN), moving the parties closer to signing the agreement on the first point of the Mexico Agenda. In Leticia, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Colombia Carlos Ruiz Massieu underlined that social participation was one of the fundamental pillars of the peace talks.

    Chilean and Colombian women mediators attend meeting on peacebuilding

    From 20-25 May, the Embassy of Chile in Bogotá, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile, the UN Verification Mission in Colombia and UN Women, hosted the international meeting Chile-Colombia Women Mediators for Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution, in Bogotá and Popayán, Cauca. Women peacebuilders from La Araucanía and Colombian leaders exchanged experiences in mediation, prevention and conflict resolution, using an intersectional gender and indigenous approach.

    Next Week

    On 28 May, the Security Council will hold an open debate on the role of women and young people in the maintenance of peace and security. On 30 May, there will be a briefing on Syria.

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