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2024

  • 14 mai 2024

    A fresh arson attempt was made late Monday on the headquarters of the UN agency for Palestine refugees UNRWA in occupied Jerusalem, the second attempt in five days, the agency’s chief said.

  • 14 mai 2024

    Two women involved in the day-to-day operations in Haiti of the UN’s humanitarian air service, known as UNHAS, say they have to manage “unknowns” and “dangers and stress” in order to keep aircraft flying.

  • 14 mai 2024

    UNSMIL Mine Action Section Chief Fatma Zourrig addresses the audience at an event marking International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance on 9 May 2024.

    The Libyan Mine...

  • 13 mai 2024

    Reports have been coming in that a hospital in Sudan’s North Darfur has been damaged in a heavy uptick of hostilities, leaving two youngsters dead and fanning renewed famine fears, UN aid teams have said.

  • 13 mai 2024

    Nearly 360,000 people have fled Rafah in the last week amid continuing Israeli bombardment that has crippled humanitarian aid deliveries and is believed to have killed another UN aid worker, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, said on Monday.

  • 13 mai 2024

    Nearly 2,000 children in Ukraine have lost their lives amidst ongoing and escalating war,  the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Monday, citing UN-verified data. 

  • 13 mai 2024

    The suffering of civilians in Yemen, a country enduring nearly a decade of conflict, remains severe and is worsened by a growing cholera outbreak, the UN’s top humanitarian official cautioned on Monday.

  • 13 mai 2024

    A staff member of the UN Department of Safety and Security (DSS) died and another was injured when their UN vehicle was struck as they travelled to the European Hospital in Rafah, Gaza, on Monday.

  • 12 mai 2024

    On May 13, the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) held an Exhibition Day on Humanitarian, Peace, and Security at the African Union headquarters as a...

  • 12 mai 2024

    Dhusamareb – Continuing her farewell visits with Somali leaders, the top United Nations official for Somalia today visited Galmudug where she welcomed that Federal...

  • 12 mai 2024

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    Good afternoon again, Excellency, Mr. President.

    It is such a great pleasure to be in Galmudug and thank you so much to you and your team for a very...

  • 12 mai 2024

    The Secretary-General and the UN human rights chief said again on Sunday that a large-scale Israeli offensive in Rafah must be prevented at all costs, warning of catastrophic consequences in the densely populated southern area in Gaza.

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

    The Seventh Advisory Group of the Peacebuilding Fund meets in New York

    The Seventh Advisory Group of the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) gathered for its fourth and final session in New York on 9-10 May. The Secretary-General received the Group and Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, Elizabeth Spehar, and discussed means to raise the Fund’s profile, increase the engagement of youth in a global peacebuilding movement and mobilize voluntary contributions noting the Fund’s lowest-ever liquidity level. During the two-day meeting, members were briefed on the joint PBF partner visit to South Sudan that took place in April and met with the Chair and Vice-Chairs of the Peacebuilding Commission to discuss PBF-PBC collaboration. They also held a virtual session with the UN Resident Coordinator and World Bank representative in Chad on UN-International Financial Institution (IFI) collaboration, learned about PBSO’s plans for the Peacebuilding Impact Hub's global overview report on peacebuilding, and discussed the 2025 Peacebuilding Architecture Review. ASG Spehar expressed profound thanks for the Group’s dedicated oversight and counsel over their mandate.

    Strengthening UN support for national peacebuilding priorities in Guatemala

     

    From 2 — 7 May, ASG Spehar visited Guatemala to meet with key national counterparts and international partners to discuss opportunities to strengthen UN support for national peacebuilding priorities. Meeting with President Arevalo about Guatemala’s peacebuilding priorities, Spehar discussed the possibility of briefing the Peacebuilding Commission and of piloting a Youth, Peace and Security National Action Plan. The Government requested UN support, including from the Peacebuilding Fund, for the new institutional arrangements for conflict transformation and dialogue, and for addressing specific emblematic conflicts. The ASG also met with civil society organizations, including youth and women organizations, and organizations working with indigenous communities in the Polochic Valley, to discuss how historic conflicts around land were being addressed with PBF support. The visit followed ASG Jenca´s visit to the country last March, as part of the UN’s continued support to peacebuilding efforts of the Guatemalan Government. 

    DPPA co-convenes strategic dialogue on Climate, Peace and Security

    On 4 and 5 May, DPPA’s Policy and Mediation Division and the Climate Security Mechanism co-convened a Strategic Dialogue on Climate, Peace and Security in Stockholm with partners the Folke Bernadotte Academy and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. The first-of-its-kind dialogue provided a forum for experience sharing among senior mission leadership as well as Climate Peace and Security Advisors, with a particular focus on risks and opportunities for confidence-building, good offices, prevention, peacemaking and peacebuilding. The discussion highlighted climate-related entry points for mediation and good offices activities, community-based conflict resolution, the use of water diplomacy, how to strengthen regional-level initiatives, as well as enhancing analysis and access to climate finance. A selection of experiences and best practices were then shared at a roundtable event at the Stockholm Forum for Peace and Development on 6 May.

    DPPA’s Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) participated in the forum to discuss how to advance peacebuilding and adapt to current global challenges. PBSO’s partners the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and Interpeace convened a panel discussion on the importance of using new partnerships to develop options for more sustainable peacebuilding financing, including with development finance institutions and the private sector.

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    UN Special Coordinator hosts Lebanese women parliamentarians

    UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka hosted five women parliamentarians from the Lebanese parliament to exchange views on how to address some of the country's main current challenges. The discussions focused on the situation along Lebanon’s southern border with Israel and the priorities discussed within the Parliament commissions, including on the Women, Peace and Security agenda. The Special Coordinator stressed the need for greater inclusion of women in decision-making and leadership positions in Lebanon.

    Special Coordinator discusses security situation with Lebanese officials

    UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Wronecka continued her round of meetings with Lebanese officials and stakeholders to discuss the importance of safeguarding the country's security and stability. In discussions with caretaker Foreign Minister Abdallah Bouhabib, she discussed ongoing diplomatic de-escalation efforts and the need to halt the exchange of fire across the Blue Line. The Special Coordinator also raised with caretaker Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi (pictured) the importance of delivering on Lebanon’s constitutional obligations to preserve the country’s democratic practices.

    SRSG Hennis-Plasschaert meets with top Iraqi officials

    On 5 May, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, met separately in Baghdad with National Security Advisor Qassim Al-Araji and Head of the Al-Hikma National Movement Ammar Al-Hakim. During the meetings, they discussed the current political and security situation in the country, as well as the Al-Hol Camp in Northeastern Syria.

    UNAMI Human Rights Office discusses human rights curriculum at University of Baghdad

    The UNAMI Human Rights Office, in coordination with the College of Education for Women at the University of Baghdad, organized a roundtable on 7 May to discuss the human rights curriculum. The roundtable brought together 23 participants, who discussed the development of the curriculum, as well as the enhancement of teaching staff capabilities, as well as possible support from UNAMI.

    Libyan youth leaders teach children about climate change

    This week, five teams of young women from the UN in Libya’s Ra’idat youth training programme visited private and international schools in Tripoli to raise children’s awareness about climate change and its consequences in the country. Ra’idat is the annual female youth training programme led by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UNICEF and UN Women. The programme trains 30 young women from across Libya each year in communication, leadership and advocacy skills, as well as building their knowledge on human rights, legal rights and elections. Working with UNICEF and Lecao Volunteers, a local civil society organization, the women developed lessons on the impact of human activity on the environment.

    SRSG Massieu marks Europe Day in Agua Bonita

    This week, to mark Europe Day, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Colombia Carlos Ruiz Massieu, along with the Ambassadors of the European Union and its Member States present in Colombia, local and departmental authorities, visited the former Territorial Area for Training and Reintegration (TATR) of Agua Bonita, in the department of Caquetá. Massieu emphasized the importance of celebrating Europe Day in the TATR of Agua Bonita, a space that exemplified the will of the signatories for reincorporation and the importance of international cooperation for achieving peace.

    On 3 May, Deputy Special Representative for Colombia Raul Rosende participated in the first inter-institutional meeting carried out in San José de las Hermosas, a remote village that was highly affected by conflict and is now working to restore confidence and build peace. Indigenous people, women, and communities participated in voicing their needs and requests, to which government institutions and regional entities, including military and police authorities, responded. The DSRSG delivered a message highlighting the importance of comprehensive institutional presence for a sustainable peace. 

    Next Week

    On 13 May, the Security Council will be briefed on the situation in Yemen. On 15 May, there will be an open debate on Bosnia and Herzegovina. On 16 May, there will be a Council briefing on UNAMI.

  • 11 mai 2024

    Mogadishu –  Among the many challenges that Somalia is grappling with on its path to peace and stability is climate change.

    Climate shocks have greatly impacted Somalia as it deals with other...

  • 10 mai 2024

    With no let-up in the Israeli military operation in Gaza’s southernmost city of Rafah into Friday, UN humanitarians issued renewed calls for a ceasefire as “the only hope” to avert further bloodshed and restore desperately needed aid deliveries.

  • 10 mai 2024

    The UN General Assembly convened again in New York on Friday for an emergency special session on the Gaza crisis and overwhelmingly passed a resolution which upgrades Palestine’s rights at the world body as an Observer State, without offering full membership. It urged the Security Council to give “favourable consideration” to Palestine’s request.

  • 10 mai 2024

    With the situation in Rafah “on a knife’s edge”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres appealed again on Friday for Israeli and Hamas leaders “to demonstrate political courage and spare no effort” in reaching an agreement to end the war in Gaza and free all hostages. 

  • 10 mai 2024

    Two arson attacks and growing protests forced UN Palestine refugee agency UNRWA to temporarily close its office in East Jerusalem this week, but its vital work will continue as war rages in Gaza and violence rises in the West Bank, Senior Communications Manager Jonathan Fowler told UN News on Friday.

  • 9 mai 2024

    Some 80,000 people have left Rafah since Monday amid continuing Israeli bombardment in and around Gaza’s southernmost city overnight and into Thursday, UN humanitarians reported.

  • 9 mai 2024

    The head of the UN Palestine refugee agency (UNRWA) has temporarily closed its headquarters in occupied East Jerusalem after an arson attack on Thursday following weeks of protests. 

  • 9 mai 2024

    Mogadishu – Wrapping up her third visit to the Horn of Africa country, the Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in Somalia today...

  • 9 mai 2024

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    Ladies and gentlemen,

    Good morning and thank you for coming.

    I am happy to be back here, and I wish to thank the...

  • 8 mai 2024

    UN Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka continued her round of meetings with Lebanese officials and stakeholders to discuss the...

  • 8 mai 2024

    Israeli military manoeuvres and shelling continued in and around eastern Rafah in southern Gaza on Wednesday morning as UN humanitarians stressed that “no fuel or aid” is getting into the enclave.

  • 7 mai 2024

    Mr. President, 

    Distinguished Members of the Security Council,

    1. Thank you for allowing me to brief the Security Council on the progress made in the implementation of Resolution 2046, which relates to outstanding bilateral issues between Sudan and South Sudan and the situation in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.
    1. The Sudan crisis, which began a year ago on 16 April, remains a pressing issue. The conflict in Sudan continues to be determined by military developments on the ground, and yet, no warring party has the military means to achieve victory. Despite numerous mediation efforts, the civilian population continues to suffer the consequences of the violent confrontation between the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF). This conflict not only impacts bilateral relations between the Sudan and South Sudan but also has far-reaching implications for the security and humanitarian situation in Sudan’s neighbours, the Sahel, and the Horn of Africa as a whole.
    1. South Sudan has been actively engaging in regional mediation efforts for the resolution of the conflict in Sudan, as the country is already facing a dire humanitarian situation and fears being dragged into the Sudanese war even further. The influx of over 630,000 refugees and returnees from the Sudan conflict has increased pressure on the population’s limited access to food, water, and basic health services due to years of armed conflicts, intercommunal violence, and environmental shocks.
    1. The conflict in the Sudan is not only a humanitarian crisis but also a severe economic challenge for South Sudan. The country, heavily reliant on its oil exports, has seen a direct impact on its economy due to the conflict in the Sudan. An incident in an area controlled by the RSF in White Nile state in early February led to a suspension in loadings and a subsequent gelling that solidified oil, halting oil production and delivery. On 16 March, Sudan’s petroleum minister declared force majeure on oil deliveries to Port Sudan. On 26 April, Sudanese authorities announced that the export of South Sudan’s crude oil through the Jabalyn pipeline would likely resume in two months. However, the severe disruption of oil delivery, the flooding of oil fields, and the uncertain security situation in the Red Sea have exacerbated an already dire economic situation in South Sudan.

    Mr. President, 

    1. I made this introduction because the conflict in the Sudan has impeded potential progress in resolving outstanding bilateral issues. The high-level committee on Abyei has not been convened since its last meeting on 9 and 10 April 2023. The lack of progress has resulted in growing frustration among the Abyei population, which feels that neither the Sudan nor South Sudan is committed to resolving the issue of Abyei. At the same time, they continue to face severe security and humanitarian challenges of their own.
    1. The inter-communal violence involving the Ngok Dinka, Twic Dinka and Nuer communities has threatened security in the Abyei area. In January and February, violence primarily between the Ngok Dinka and communities caused the death, as mentioned by USG Lacroix, of more than 60 people, including two UN peacekeepers and four humanitarian staff. It displaced about 3,000 people from Abyei and about 20,000 from Southern Abyei into Abyei town. In Diffra, the oil installations were left unsecured following the withdrawal of the Sudan’s oil police.
    1. The security situation in the Sudan has caused a complete collapse of basic services in Northern Abyei. It has also affected the delivery of basic services in Southern Abyei, with health facilities and schools last supplied in April 2023 and some of the facilities occupied by South Sudan’s People Defense Forces (SSPDF). People seeking health services come from Diffra in Northern Abyei to access the already limited and overstretched facilities in Southern Abyei. Due to inter-communal violence, Abyei has had two consecutive years of unsuccessful harvest, a situation that has been  exacerbated by the impact of climate change.
    1. In February this year, during my joint visit to Abyei with USG Lacroix from 18 to 24 February, the Abyei Administrators from the Sudan and South Sudan deplored the humanitarian hardship the Abyei population faces. I am also concerned that the Presidential order that authorised troop deployment to quell insecurity by maintaining a buffer zone between the two contesting Dinka communities was not adhered to appropriately. The South Sudan Abyei Joint Oversight Committee Co-Chair deplored that the newly arrived SSPDF were seen engaging in direct confrontation in Rumamier against local government officials. Repeated security incidents prompted recent demonstrations in Abyei, demanding the withdrawal of SSPDF troops and justice for the victims of the killings.
    1. Given the status of Abyei as a demilitarised and weapons-free area, I would like to second USG Lacroix’s call on the Government of South Sudan to redeploy SSPDF troops outside the Abyei Box. I will also continue with the Force Commander of UNISFA to encourage leaders of the Twic and Ngok Dinka communities to de-escalate tensions and resolve their differences amicably and peacefully. During our engagement in Juba, the interlocutors also called for additional police to be deployed in Diffra to secure the oil infrastructure that has been abandoned by Sudan’s oil police.

    Mr. President, 

    1. The war between SAF and RSF is compounding the humanitarian and security situation in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan states and fragmenting further those two territories.  While large areas of South Kordofan state, including the towns of Kauda and Kulugi, are under the authority of the Sudan Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) led by Abdelaziz al-Hilu, the city of Dilling is disputed by both SPLM-N and SAF.
    1. A similar fragmented situation prevails in the Blue Nile state. While most of Blue Nile, including its capital, Damazin, is controlled by SAF, portions of its southern territory are under SPLM-N’s authority. In the neighbouring North Kordofan state, mostly under RSF’s control, the fighting between RSF and SAF could also spill over into South Kordofan and the Blue Nile.
    1. In December, the RSF attacked the village of Tukma around Dilling, the second-largest city in South Kordofan. In early January, following attacks by RSF in Dilling’s residential areas, repelled by both SPLM-N and SAF, SPLM-N took control of the city. In addition, SAF conducted airstrikes on an RSF camp in the Al-Dabaibat area, north of Dilling.
    1. Partially addressed by the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, the conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile cannot be resolved without a permanent ceasefire in the rest of the Sudan and a political solution to the violent confrontation between SAF and RSF. Negotiations between the warring parties should pave the way for an inclusive political agreement leading to a reformed security sector and the building of a unified professional army, new institutional arrangements redefining the relationship between the so-called “centre” and its “peripheries”, and ultimately the recovery and reconstruction of the Sudan.
    2. In line with my Office’s mandate, I will continue to support the joint mediation efforts of the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy, Mr. Ramtane Lamamra, the AU High-Level Panel on the Sudan, and IGAD. Mindful of the conflict’s consequences on the Sudan and the whole region and of the fragile internal situation in South Sudan, I will continue to engage with the Sudanese and South Sudanese stakeholders to address outstanding bilateral issues, and hopefully including the final status of Abyei.

    Thank you, Mr. President.

  • 7 mai 2024

    Strategic foresight — a structured and systematic way of using ideas about the future to better prepare for change — can be used in peacebuilding to anticipate issues and opportunities before they arise. In March, DPPA and UNDP organized a workshop applying the technique to environmental issues for 25 youth peacebuilders from the Pacific and Northeast Asia.

    Youth participants worked in groups to explore current systems, their preferred future, and possible innovations. Photo: DPPA

    Youth from Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Niue, Cook Islands, as well as the Republic of Korea, Japan and China, co-organized the workshop. Gathering in Samoa, participants used strategic foresight tools to think about issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and sustainable development.

    The young peacebuilders were able to establish cross-regional networks and engage in intergenerational policy discussions, while connecting global efforts like the Paris Agreement to regional frameworks, including the Pacific Islands Forum’s Boe Declaration (2018) and the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent.

    Foresight and the future

    Participants were encouraged to use foresight to consider various alternative versions of the future and describe elements they believed should be changed or retained in the current system.

    Alesana Malo, a PhD student at the University of the South Pacific, said that thinking about the future was not new: “We do it every day when we think about our career, education, or even the next meal, and have been doing it for generations. Strategic foresight is simply a way of system thinking to perceive events of the future: Potential events that can happen, events that are more likely to happen, and finally preferred events.”

    Aloma Black, a youth environmentalist and conservationist from Samoa, highlighted that she “learned through the workshop that we share the same vision for our preferred future, but our pathways to get there differs because our contexts differ”.

    Aloma Black and Nicc Moeano present and engage in an open discussion on the perceived current challenges and opportunities for Pacific youth. Photo: DPPA

    The importance of traditional knowledge and local insights

    During the training, the young peacebuilders also engaged in discussions with Government officials from the Samoan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development and the Speaker of the Tongan Parliament, as well as UN staff. They highlighted that it was challenging to articulate the complexities of climate change because of the lack of relevant vocabulary in local languages. Participants also emphasized the relevance of traditional knowledge and proposed the establishment of a central repository for Pacific knowledge, to record and encourage the sharing of Pacific research, cultural values, and traditional knowledge.

    Innovative technology was identified as a key factor, facilitating new approaches to foster accelerated green transitions and sustainable development. The youth examined the possibility of expanding the implementation of “smart grids” — an electrical grid that uses digital communications technology to detect and react to local changes in usage — to enhance energy resilience in Pacific communities.

    Peter Due, Director of the Asia and the Pacific Division in DPPA, said the workshop contributed to “building peer-to-peer networks and empowering youth leadership and engagement in both regions on pressing issues globally but also regionally”.

    Looking forward

    Despite already feeling the impact of sea-level rise, extreme weather events, and other evidence of climate change, many remained hopeful that Pacific Islanders would be thriving in their home countries in the future, and one participant, Aloma Black, shared a particularly vivid description of her preferred future: She would like to hear the Manumea — a Samoan bird currently listed as endangered — sing again.

    Robust discussions among participants. Youth were divided into three groups and presented what they had worked on to the larger group. Samoa, 25–26 March 2024. Photos: DPPA

    United Nations Resident Coordinator Themba Kaula highlighted that “Young people are not just beneficiaries of development agendas. They are active agents of change, catalysts for progress, and architects of peace and justice”.

    Civic and political space for youth

    With that in mind, participants emphasized the need for more dedicated spaces for meaningful youth participation. Among the points made by participants were that Pacific governments should include youth in government decision-making processes, such as Parliamentarian mentorship programs and paid internships; create Youth Councils; and support young negotiators as part of government delegations to international, regional, and national fora such as the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP).

    Nicc Moeano, a PhD student from Samoa at the University of Waikato, stressed that “one of the main things that I learned is that there are no limits for youth to be involved — they can participate in parliaments, they can participate in decision-making processes”. Adding to this, Aloma Black expressed hope that youth at the workshop would “take what they had learned and share it with other youth in their networks” and be “empowered to continue engaging in this work not only at the advocacy level but on the ground with rural youth as well”.

    After the workshop the young peacebuilders produced a “Call to Action” containing that will be brought to relevant regional and global stakeholders at events such as COP29, Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting CHOGM, the 4th International Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Conference, the Summit of the Future, and other major events. Malo said the youth will “put forward our actionable ideas to Parliamentarians and leaders in the Pacific as well as the whole world, for them to hear our voice and to do something about the impacts of climate change on us — the younger generation and future generations to come”.

    Group photo of the youth participants together with the United Nations Resident Coordinator Themba Kalua, UNDP Resident Representative Aliona Niculita as well as staff members from DPPA and UNDP. Photo: DPPA

     

  • 7 mai 2024

    Amid ongoing uncertainty about a ceasefire in Gaza and an escalation of the military operation in Rafah, UN aid agencies expressed deep concerns on Tuesday that the two main access points into the enclave remained closed, while families are scared and “hanging on psychologically and physically by a thread”. 

  • 7 mai 2024

    The UN Secretary-General on Tuesday reiterated his appeal to Israel to stop any escalation in Gaza, amid reports that its forces have taken over key border crossings in Rafah.

  • 7 mai 2024

    The UN’s second Trailblazer award for Women Justice and Corrections Officers has gone to Major Ahlem Bouzi, an officer with the UN’s peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).

  • 7 mai 2024

    The ongoing conflict between rival militaries in Sudan has stalled progress towards the determination of the final status of the disputed oil-rich Abyei region which straddles the Sudan-South Sudan border, the head of UN peacekeeping operations said on Tuesday.

  • 7 mai 2024

    Displacement after displacement. That describes the reality facing thousands of Palestinian families in Gaza who took Rashid Street from Rafah to the centre of the Gaza Strip after receiving evacuation orders from Israeli authorities on Monday to move to Al Mawasi, a coastal area of the besieged enclave.

  • 7 mai 2024

    Amid ongoing uncertainty about a ceasefire in Gaza, UN humanitarians have issued new data confirming the war’s deeply damaging impact on women and girls sheltering in Rafah.

  • 6 mai 2024

    NEW YORK - The members of the Security Council expressed their gratitude to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Abdoulaye Bathily, for...

  • 6 mai 2024

    UN mine action experts warned on Monday that even when current hostilities end, the risk remains lethally high for civilians in Gaza from unexploded weapons and contaminated rubble throughout the devastated enclave.

  • 6 mai 2024

    The UN General Assembly on Monday debated Russia’s veto in the Security Council which blocked a draft resolution aimed at preventing a new extraterrestrial arms race. 

  • 6 mai 2024

    Donors must continue to support humanitarian efforts to assist millions in need in Yemen, UN agencies and dozens of other aid partners said on Monday. 

  • 6 mai 2024

    UPDATED: Amid reports that 100,000 Palestinians have been told to leave Rafah ahead of an anticipated Israeli military operation there and that Hamas has accepted the latest Israeli ceasefire proposal, UN humanitarians on Monday insisted that they had no intention of quitting the vital aid hub.

  • 6 mai 2024

    UN independent human rights experts on Monday issued a stark warning about the ongoing severe violations of women and girls’ rights in Haiti, highlighting the near total impunity of armed gangs amid the ongoing crisis there. 

  • 6 mai 2024

    UPDATED: Amid reports that 100,000 Palestinians have been told to leave Rafah ahead of an anticipated Israeli military operation there and that Hamas has accepted the latest Israeli ceasefire proposal, UN humanitarians on Monday insisted that they had no intention of quitting the vital aid hub.

  • 6 mai 2024

    UPDATED: Amid reports that 100,000 Palestinians have been told to leave Rafah ahead of an anticipated Israeli military operation there and that Hamas has accepted the latest Israeli ceasefire proposal, UN humanitarians on Monday insisted that they had no intention of quitting the vital aid hub.

  • 4 mai 2024

    Dakar, 04 May 2024 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head...

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

    UN reaffirms commitment to supporting Bosnia and Herzegovina's path to reconciliation, ASG Jenča tells Security Council

    On 30 April, Assistant Secretary-General Miroslav Jenča briefed the Council on Bosnia and Herzegovina, noting the March decision by the European Council to open accession negotiations based on the European Commission’s assessment of progress made on key legislative and judiciary reforms. “The European project has become a unique chance for the continent to bridge divides and shape a stable and prosperous future despite ongoing challenges,” he said. However, there had also been concerning developments, with the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide sharing concerns about repeated threats of secessionism, the promotion of hate speech, the denial of genocide and the glorification of war criminals who were convicted by local and international courts. The ASG underscored that the UN was “committed to support Bosnia and Herzegovina in its path towards reconciliation, peacebuilding and sustainable development.”

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    Impact and evaluation in East Darfur, Sudan: Insights from the inaugural Peacebuilding Impact Hub event

    The Peacebuilding Impact Hub hosted its inaugural event on 29 April with the launch of the Report of the Impact Evaluation for Sudan, which reviewed a portfolio of projects funded by the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) in East Darfur, implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Organization for Migration (IOM), UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and UN International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF). Through rigorous data collection and analysis, the Impact evaluation demonstrated significant peacebuilding gains, including a reduction in land conflicts and an increase in school enrollment, in areas where projects had been implemented versus areas where they had not. The event was opened by Richard Arbeiter, Deputy Permanent Representative of Canada, and Elizabeth Spehar, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support. The launch was followed by a one-and-a-half day training on Impact Evaluations facilitated by the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), International Security and Development Center (ISDC) and the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), attended by UN AFPs and Member States. The report is available here and the brief available here.

    DSRSG Isaczai participates in 4th Baghdad International Water Conference

    At the 4th Baghdad International Water Conference held in Baghdad from 27-29 April, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq Ghulam Isaczai highlighted the significant progress made by Iraq's accession to Water Convention. He also underlined UN support through joint initiatives including the UN-Water Task Force and the Environment and Climate Change Policy Advisory Group towards sustainable water management.  

    UNAMI Office of Electoral Assistance holds training on cybersecurity issues

    This week, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Office of Electoral Assistance organized a training session in Baghdad to enhance the knowledge and understanding of security and administrative staff at the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) regarding cybersecurity issues. The training focused on the risks associated with cybersecurity and provided useful tools for prevention and protection.

    UNAMI Human Rights Office organizes training on violence and harassment against women in the workplace

    On 30 April, the UNAMI Human Rights Office organized a training on “Violence and harassment against women in the world of work” for staff members of the Women Affairs Department in Kirkuk governorate. Participants received a brief on Iraqi and international legislation on the issue, and discussed how to identify cases of violence and harassment in the workplace and their impact. They were encouraged to develop measures to make the workplace a safe space for women.

    In Colombia, communities work together to create Café Patía, a coffee for peace

    This week, the UN Verification Mission in Colombia helped launch “Café Patía” on the national market. Colombia’s peace signatories and the communities from the south of the Department of Cauca worked together to produce a high-quality, environmentally friendly coffee. The initiative aims to help achieve economic reintegration in the region. The coffee is produced by the Cooperativa Integral de Mujeres y Hombres Constructores de Paz ‘Coopatía’, with the support of the UN Verification Mission and the Agency for Reincorporation and Normalisation (ARN).

    Foundation for widowed women victims of conflict gathers for annual assembly in Colombia

    In Villavicencio, the Verification Mission supported the annual assembly of the Fundación Sin Olvidos, which brings together widowed women peace signatories and victims of the conflict from various country departments. The Fundación Sin Olvidos was created in 2020 and is led by Luz Marina Giraldo, a peace signatory from the department of Meta, eastern Colombia. The assembly elected committees to address issues raised by victims, as well as to work on issues related to gender, disability, development and sustainability in the departments of Putumayo, Caquetá, and Huila.

     

    Next Week

    On 7 May, the Council will be briefed on Sudan/South Sudan.

  • 4 mai 2024

    A woman whose two children were kidnapped on the way to school in Haiti has said she feels a moral obligation to continue her work supporting displaced people despite the trauma the family has experienced

  • 3 mai 2024

    TRIPOLI - On World Press Freedom Day, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) values the crucial role of journalists in promoting freedom of...

  • 3 mai 2024

    TRIPOLI - On World Press Day, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) values the crucial role of journalists in promoting freedom of expression,...

  • 3 mai 2024

    UN agencies issued a joint warning on Friday that time is running out to prevent starvation in Sudan’s Darfur region due to intensifying clashes around the northern capital of El Fasher, which are hindering efforts to deliver life-saving aid.

  • 3 mai 2024

    An Israeli military operation in Rafah “could lead to a slaughter” and cripple lifesaving humanitarian work throughout Gaza, the UN aid coordination office, OCHA, said on Friday.

  • 3 mai 2024

    Internally displaced people account for at least 12 of those killed and a further 31 injured when their camps were shelled by M23 rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the UN peacekeeping mission in the country, MONUSCO, on Friday.

  • 3 mai 2024

    Mogadishu – Marking World Press Freedom Day, the United Nations in Somalia highlighted the important work Somali journalists carry out in reporting on the...

  • 2 mai 2024

    Twenty-two legislators, legal experts and civil society actors discuss a draft reconciliation legislation for Libya on 23 April 2024.

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