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  • 9 ноя 2022

    @OSESGY/Abdel Rahman Alzorgan

    Amman, 09 November 2022 - The Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen (OSESGY) concluded a one-day...

  • 9 ноя 2022

    <p>Global events over the past year have had a substantial impact on the work of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), UN General Assembly President Csaba Kőrösi said on Wednesday, as countries met to debate its latest report. </p>
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  • 9 ноя 2022

    <p>Addressing the Security Council from Libyan soil for the first time ever, the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor acknowledged that while challenges abound, justice for the Libyan people is not “Mission Impossible”.</p>

  • 8 ноя 2022

    On the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, Member States pledged to strengthen global governance for the sake of present and coming generations.

    The UN 75 declaration noted the need to promote peace and prevent conflicts.

    “Ongoing armed conflicts and threats against international peace and security must be urgently resolved through peaceful means. We reiterate the importance of abiding by the Charter, principles of international law, and relevant resolutions of the Security Council. International arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament agreements and their architectures need to be upheld. The United Nations must better address all forms and domains of threats. Terrorism and violent extremism conducive to terrorism are serious threats to international peace and security. The diplomatic toolbox of the Charter needs to be used to its full potential, including preventive diplomacy and mediation. We call on the Secretary-General to enhance this toolbox to prevent the outbreak, escalation and recurrence of hostilities on land, at sea, in space and in cyberspace. We fully support and promote the Secretary-General’s initiative for a global ceasefire. International humanitarian law must be fully respected. To build, keep and sustain peace is now one of the main responsibilities of the United Nations.”

    Member States requested the Secretary-General to report back with recommendations to advance our common agenda and to respond to current and future challenges (UN75 declaration - A/RES/75/1). His report 'Our Common Agenda' was launched on 10 September 2021.


    A New Agenda for Peace

    The Secretary-General’s report on Our Common Agenda noted the need for a New Agenda for Peace[1] to address a myriad of challenges the international community faces today. The report noted that in order to protect and manage the global public good of peace, we need a peace continuum based on a better understanding of the underlying drivers and systems of influence that are sustaining conflict, a renewed effort to agree on more effective collective security responses and a meaningful set of steps to manage emerging risks.

    In this respect, Our Common agenda outlined six potential areas for the New Agenda for peace, including, but not limited to, the following:

    1. Reducing strategic risks
    2. Strengthening international foresight and capacities to identify and adapt to new risks
    3. Reshaping responses to all forms of violence
    4. Investing in prevention and peacebuilding
    5. Supporting regional prevention
    6. Putting women and girls at the centre.



    Resolution A/RES/76/6 adopted by the General Assembly on 15 November 2021 followed up on “Our Common Agenda” and requested the Secretary-General to inform Member States and to engage in broad and inclusive consultations with them, all parts of the United Nations system and other relevant partners on his proposals in the report for follow-up action to accelerate the full and timely implementation of the above-mentioned agreed frameworks in a comprehensive and integrated manner, and to provide regular updates to Member States.

    In the informal thematic consultations organized by the President of the General Assembly on “Our Common Agenda” in February and March 2022, the United Nations system was invited to develop a ‘New Agenda for Peace’ in close consultation with Member States, and in collaboration with all relevant partners, as part of the preparations for the Summit of the Future.

    Member States

    Austria  |  Belgium  |  Brazil  |  China - CN EN  |  Croatia  |  Colombia  |  Finland  |  France - EN FR  |  Georgia  |  Greece  |  India  |  Iran 

    Ireland  |  Japan  |  Kenya  |  Morocco  |  Netherlands  |  Norway  |  Pakistan  |  Portugal  |  Qatar  |  Republic of Korea 

    Russian Federation - EN RU  |  Senegal  |  Switzerland  |  Syria  |  Thailand  |  Ukraine  |   United Kingdom   

    Groups of Member States

    G7  |   Group of Friends in Defense of the Charter of the United Nations  |  Group of Friends of Responsibility to Protect

    Regional and other Organizations

    Collective Security Treaty Organization  |  Conference on Interaction and Confidence-building Measures in Asia  |  European Union  |  INTERPOL  |  League of Arab States  

    North Atlantic Treaty Organization  |  Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe  |  Organization of American States 

    Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation  

    Open call to Civil Society

    The Secretariat invites Civil Society Organisations to share their views, priorities and potential recommendations for a “New Agenda for Peace.” The written submission can be sent to Interdepartmental Team of the New Agenda for Peace at NewAgendaforPeace@un.org. 

    UN system

    International Labour Organization (ILO)  |  International Organization for Migration (IOM)  |  UN Alliance of Civilizations  |  UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)
    UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)  |  UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) |  UN Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS)  |  UN Women 


    [1] For the full description of the six core areas please see Our Common Agenda (paragraphs 88-89)

  • 7 ноя 2022

    <p>The top UN disarmament official told the Security Council on Monday that “gaps, inconsistencies and discrepancies” identified in Syria’s declaration over its use of chemical weapons, in accordance with the Chemical Weapons Convention (<a href="https://www.opcw.org/chemical-weapons-convention">CWC</a>). “cannot be considered accurate and complete”.  </p>

  • 7 ноя 2022

    <p><span><span>The lives of thousands of children in overcrowded, unsanitary camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are seriously at risk, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Monday.</span></span></p>

  • 6 ноя 2022

    KABUL – The Afghan people stand on the precipice of devastating climate projections. As COP27 opens today, the UN in Afghanistan calls for urgent collective action to halt the...

  • 5 ноя 2022

    Cairo—Beirut: As of 3 November 2022, the country has reported 2,421 suspected cases, including 413 confirmed cases and 18 associated deaths. The outbreak continues to spread to new communities every day...

  • 4 ноя 2022

    On the 33rd anniversary of the signing of the Taef Accord, United Nations Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka joined local and international...

  • 4 ноя 2022

    Introductory Remarks by Ms. Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, on the occasion of the briefing to the Fourth Committee on “Comprehensive Review of Special Political Missions”

    4 November 2022, 3:00pm


    Mr. Chair [H.E. Mr. Mohamed Al Hassan (Oman)],


    Distinguished delegates,

    Let me start by congratulating you, Mr. Chair, and the members of the Bureau, on your election. I wish the Fourth Committee a fruitful session.

    Let me also thank Finland and Mexico for their leadership on this agenda item.

    I am pleased to be joined by Atul Khare, Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support. His department is an invaluable partner, providing critical support to special political missions.

    And it is my pleasure to introduce today the tenth report of the Secretary-General on this item. 

    Mr. Chair,

    During the General Debate in September, global leaders expressed concern about the deteriorating international peace and security environment. They noted that multiple major challenges are rapidly converging — more complex conflicts, rising inequalities, climate change, technological disruption, terrorism, the rocky recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and skyrocketing food and oil prices.

    Meanwhile, the ability of Member States to take collective action to address these interlocking challenges is being undermined by renewed geostrategic competition at levels we have not seen in decades.

    It is clear that the world is at an inflection point – and that Member States need to work together to navigate this uncertain moment.

    Two years ago, the UN75 Declaration echoed these concerns. It underscored that “multilateralism is not an option but a necessity as we build back better for a more equal, more resilient, and more sustainable world.”

    The UN75 Declaration dedicated particular attention to promoting peace and preventing conflict. It noted that the “diplomatic toolbox of the Charter” should be used to its full potential, including preventive diplomacy and mediation. It called on the Secretary-General to enhance it.

    Special political missions are a vital part of this toolbox. Through their work in preventive diplomacy, peacemaking, and peacebuilding, they play an important role in helping Member States prevent conflict and build sustainable peace. Their diversity and flexibility have allowed us to design different types of responses to many of the peace and security challenges we face today.

    From Myanmar to Syria, the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes, our missions are working with conflict parties and regional stakeholders to advance complex peace processes.  

    Allow me to share a few examples:

    In Yemen,  through intense diplomatic efforts, the Special Envoy  helped broker a nationwide truce that was in effect for six months, leading to a significant reduction in violence and civilian casualties.

    Despite the lack of agreement between the parties in early October on renewing the truce, there are no reports of a return to open hostilities, even if the situation remains tense. Urging the parties to continue to exercise maximum restraint, the Special Envoy has continued his shuttle diplomacy with the parties to find a way forward to achieve an extended and expanded truce. 

    In Somalia, Libya and elsewhere, our missions are supporting national authorities in managing political transitions and electoral processes.

    In Iraq, UNAMI provided enhanced electoral assistance to the parliamentary elections in October 2021. The mission deployed 150 United Nations international electoral experts and approximately 550 national support personnel to all Governorates and provided support to strengthen the electoral administration and processes.

    Following the election, the mission conducted non-stop engagements with all the parties to overcome the political stalemate, from participating in dialogue initiatives and meeting with many stakeholders to preparing roadmaps and conducting shuttle diplomacy in various forms.

    Our missions also work hand-in-hand with host governments in the aftermath of conflict in order to help build sustainable peace.

    In Colombia, the United Nations Verification Mission is working closely with the parties to the 2016 Agreement to build confidence and consolidate inclusive, lasting peace in the country. The Mission is supporting multiple peacebuilding initiatives, notably on reintegration, security guarantees, and transitional justice and reconciliation, in close coordination with the UN Country Team.

    This has allowed the Mission to make important contributions to the nationally-led peace consolidation process, for instance by helping promote the sustainable reintegration of over 13,000 former combatants.  

    Mr. Chair,

    This tenth report by the Secretary-General covered a spectrum of policy issues. For today’s discussion, I would like to highlight the following two examples.

    First, the women, peace, and security agenda.

    Despite our commitments to promote women’s full, equal and meaningful participation in peace and political processes, we are still falling far short when it comes to implementation. Special political missions are  playing an essential role in translating commitments into concrete outcomes.

    In line with Security Council resolution 2493 (2019), we are convening high-level strategy meetings to help promote women’s participation in peace processes. So far, we have organized such meetings for the Geneva International Discussions, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

    In Libya UNSMIL advocated at all levels for the inclusion of women in political processes and decision-making bodies. Following engagement from the Mission, the House of Representatives and the High State Council agreed to endorse a 25 percent quota for women to be applied to all future electoral processes.

    Since arriving in Libya to take up his functions in mid-October, SRSG Bathily has engaged with women activists and political candidates to seek their views on how to further achieve progress in inclusive intra-Libyan talks. 

    In Sudan, UNITAMS facilitated country-wide consultations, which resulted in the establishment of a Women’s Rights Group to amplify the voices of Sudanese women. This group is now positioned to participate in the next phase of political talks in Sudan, and bring women’s perspectives to all priority agenda items under discussion.

    Second, promoting a regional approach to peace and security.

    Strengthening United Nations partnerships with regional and subregional organizations is integral to the Secretary-General’s vision for a networked and inclusive multilateralism. It is also critical for our conflict-prevention and peacemaking work, both nationally and regionally.

    Our three regional offices [UNOWAS, UNOCA and UNRCCA] and two regional envoys [Horn of Africa and Great Lakes Region] have regional mandates.

    They serve as forward platforms for preventive diplomacy in their regions, helping Member States address cross-border and cross-regional issues such as countering terrorism and managing shared natural resources. They also have helped institutionalize our strategic partnership with regional and subregional organizations.

    Nowhere is this partnership more visible than in Africa, where we celebrate an important milestone this year: the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the African Union.

    We are also celebrating this year the 20th anniversary of the creation of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS).

    Since its establishment in 2002, UNOWAS has developed a deeply connected partnership with Economic Commission Of West African States (ECOWAS) that has proved essential for peace and stability in the West Africa and the Sahel. An example of the value of this partnership is the joint engagement of UNOWAS and ECOWAS in Burkina Faso, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau.

    Together, the two organizations have advocated for the swift return to constitutional order in countries that experienced military coups, called for inclusive political dialogue and consensus building ahead of key elections, and engaged with political actors and other stakeholders to defuse tensions following contested electoral outcomes.

    Mr. Chair,

    In order to address the current complex global environment , the Secretary-General, in his report on “Our Common Agenda,” committed to preparing a New Agenda for Peace. This document will offer a robust vision for strengthening our work in prevention, peacemaking, and peacebuilding – which lies at the heart of the mandates of special political missions.

    Delivering on these commitments will require all of us to work together. DPPA , which is leading the preparation of this document, will engage closely with Member States to seek your views and priorities in this process.

    Mr. Chair,

    I would also like to highlight that May 2023 will mark the 75th anniversary of the deployment of the first United Nations special political mission in 1948 in the Middle East.

    DPPA looks forward to working with Member States to commemorate this event and to reflect on the important and successful history of special political missions in advancing peace and dialogue throughout the history of the organization.

    In conclusion, I would like to express my department’s appreciation to all Member States for their continued engagement on this agenda item and strong support of special political missions. In particular, I want to stress our gratitude to those countries that are hosting special political missions.

    I also want to pay tribute to the dedicated and courageous United Nations personnel serving in special political missions deployed worldwide.

    I look forward to a rich discussion.  Thank you.

  • 4 ноя 2022




    New York, 4 November 2022

    Mr. President, according to various government sources, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) launched an unprecedented number of ballistic missiles and other types of systems on 2 and 3 November.  The DPRK has yet to publicly provide details of these launches. 

    One of the missiles launched on 3 November was assessed to be an intercontinental ballistic missile.  It reportedly covered a range of 760 km, and reached an apogee of around 1,920 km, indicating that the launch may not have been successful.  One of the DPRK ballistic missiles launched on 2 November reportedly impacted in waters in proximity of the territorial sea of the Republic of Korea. 

    Mr. President, the Secretary-General strongly condemns the launch of a ballistic missile of reported intercontinental range by the DPRK as well as the barrage of various missiles over recent days.  He calls on the DPRK to immediately cease any further reckless acts and to comply fully with its international obligations under relevant Security Council resolutions. 

    Mr. President, it is troubling that the DPRK has consistently disregarded any consideration for international flight or maritime safety.  While the DPRK National Aviation Administration stated on 8 October that its missile launch did not pose a risk to civil aviation or the region, aircraft operators are required to assess safety of their own flight operations.  To meet this obligation, operators rely on coordination amongst air traffic services authorities, as well as the promulgation of timely information on hazards.

    Mr. President, the Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the tension on the Korean Peninsula and the increase in confrontational rhetoric, including the DPRK’s messaging related to nuclear weapon use.  This is the ninth time the Council has met to discuss the DPRK in 2022.  Following our last briefing on 5 October, the DPRK claimed that its seven earlier missile launch events were all part of quote “tactical nuclear operation units” end quote. 

    While all concerned seek to avoid an unintended escalation, the spate of missile launches and military exercises contributes to a negative action-reaction cycle.  To lower the risk of miscalculation and reduce tensions in the region, it is critical to immediately strengthen communication channels, including inter-Korean and military to military. 

    The Secretariat remains in close contact with all parties, including the DPRK.  Given the potential risks associated with any military confrontation, in exercise of its primary responsibility, the Security Council needs to do all it can to prevent an escalation. Unity in the Security Council is critical. Security Council unity also creates an opportunity to seek off-ramps and sustained diplomatic engagement.

    The Secretary‑General urges the DPRK to immediately return to the negotiating table. He also urges the key parties to resume their diplomatic efforts with a view to achieving sustainable peace and a complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

    Mr. President, separately, the Secretary-General remains concerned over the humanitarian situation in the DPRK.  The United Nations system, in coordination with international and humanitarian partners, is ready to send staff and assistance to help the DPRK Government address medical and humanitarian needs, including those related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  To allow for a timely and effective response, we reiterate our call for the unimpeded entry of international staff and humanitarian supplies.   

    Mr. President, let me close by reiterating that the unity of the Security Council in this matter is essential to ease tensions, overcome the diplomatic impasse and the negative action-reaction cycle. 

    Thank you.


  • 4 ноя 2022

    <p>The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) launched “an unprecedented number” of cruise and ballistic missiles over the course of just 48 hours this week, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, told the Security Council in an emergency meeting on Friday.</p>

  • 3 ноя 2022

    In view of the engaging efforts of the youth as well as their critical role for Lebanon’s future, the Special Coordinator held a roundtable discussion on 4 November with a group of youth...

  • 3 ноя 2022

    <p>The UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide expressed grave concern on Thursday over a reported resurgence of ethnic clashes in the Blue Nile region of Sudan.  </p>

  • 3 ноя 2022

    <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Amid continuing gang warfare and a vacuum of law and order, Haiti is “on the verge of an abyss” said the UN human rights chief Volker Türk on Thursday, warning that any hope of a sustainable recovery requires “urgent and sustained action” to tackle the root causes of the overlapping crises afflicting the island nation.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p>

  • 3 ноя 2022

    <p>The UN on Thursday launched a new online course that provides wikiHow platform users with vital tips on how to stay safe from the dangerous misinformation and deliberate disinformation, that is increasingly populating social media platforms. </p>

  • 3 ноя 2022

    <p>UN peace operations, which include peacekeeping and special political missions, “provide the space for political solutions” in some of the world’s most complex hotspots, Secretary-General António Guterres <a href="https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/statement/2022-11-03/secretary-gener... the Security Council</a> on Thursday. </p>

  • 3 ноя 2022

    <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Russia’s decision to rejoin the <a href="https://www.un.org/en/black-sea-grain-initiative">Black Sea Grain Initiative</a> and the Ethiopian agreement to end the war in Tigray demonstrate the power of multilateralism in action, said the UN chief on Thursday, in a call for countries to also rebuild trust between the North and South at the UN’s COP27 climate conference in Egypt.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p>

  • 2 ноя 2022

    As Lebanon entered a period of presidential vacuum after the end of President Michel Aoun’s term on 31 October, UN Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka held...

  • 2 ноя 2022

    On 23 and 24 October, former FARC combatants with the support of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, Pastoral Social, and members of the community, celebrated the Day of Peace and...

  • 2 ноя 2022

    <p>The UN Secretary-General on Wednesday i<a href="https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/statement/2022-11-02/statement-attri... a statement </a>warmly welcoming Russia’s decision to resume its participation in the <a href="https://www.un.org/en/black-sea-grain-initiative/vessel-movements">Black Sea Grain Initiative</a>, which has allowed nearly ten million metric tonnes of vital foodstuffs to be shipped from Ukraine.</p>

  • 2 ноя 2022

    <p>A peace deal between the Ethiopian Government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) signed on Wednesday in South Africa, represents “a critical first step” towards ending the brutal two year war, <a href="https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/statement/2022-11-02/statement-attri... the UN chief</a>.</p>

  • 2 ноя 2022

    <p>Despite severe constraints on access, UN and other humanitarian workers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have begun helping thousands displaced by renewed fighting between the Congolese army and the M23 armed group around the eastern region of North Kivu, close to the border with Rwanda and Uganda.</p>

  • 2 ноя 2022

    <p>Responses to climate change must also consider its link to both conflict and the displacement it causes, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said in a briefing to the Security Council on Wednesday. </p>

  • 1 ноя 2022

    Spreading to every governorate in the country, the first cholera outbreak in nearly three decades in Lebanon was reported to WHO by the Ministry of Public Health on 6 October 2022.

    Since the first case was confirmed on...

  • 1 ноя 2022

    <p>Amid growing geopolitical divides and deepening inequalities, cooperation is the only way forward, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in Algiers on Tuesday, addressing the Summit of the League of Arab States. </p>

  • 1 ноя 2022

    <p>UN officials stationed at the Joint Coordination Centre (<a href="https://www.un.org/en/black-sea-grain-initiative/background">JCC</a>) for the UN-brokered Black Sea Grain Initiative have said there will be no movement of vessels on Wednesday, in the light of Russia’s decision to suspend its involvement in the deal.</p>

  • 1 ноя 2022

    New York – The Members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest possible terms the heinous terrorist attack by Al-Shabaab in Mogadishu, on 29th October 2022, which killed...

  • 1 ноя 2022

    New York – The Members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest possible terms the heinous terrorist attack by Al-Shabaab in Mogadishu, on 29th October 2022, which killed...

  • 1 ноя 2022

    New York – The Members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest possible terms the heinous terrorist attack by Al-Shabaab in Mogadishu, on 29th October 2022, which...

  • 31 окт 2022

    Drought | OCHA leads funding revision for response plan...

  • 31 окт 2022

    New York - Following the Secretary-General’s strategic review of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), the Security Council today extended until 31 October 2023...

  • 31 окт 2022

    New York – Following the Secretary-General’s strategic review of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), the Security Council extended the Mission’s mandate and tasks until 31 October 2023...

  • 31 окт 2022

    <p>The landmark agreement to export grain and related foodstuffs from Ukraine must be kept alive amid the ongoing war and the global cost of living crisis, two senior UN officials told the Security Council on Monday.</p>

  • 31 окт 2022

    <p>The UN Secretary-General has <a href="https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/statement/2022-10-30/statement-attri... target="_blank">expressed deep concern</a> over the uptick in fighting between Government troops in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and M23 rebels in the east, which in the past ten days have seen multiple civilians killed, “massive displacement” and four peacekeepers from the UN Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) injured.</p>

  • 31 окт 2022

    <p>The landmark agreement to export grain and related foodstuffs from Ukraine must be kept alive amid the ongoing war and the global cost of living crisis, two senior UN officials told the Security Council on Monday.</p>

  • 31 окт 2022

    New York – The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by yesterday’s attack in Mogadishu, which killed over 100 people and wounded many more. He extends his heartfelt condolences to the...

  • 30 окт 2022

    New York, 31 October 2022

    On this World Cities Day, we recognize the critical role of urban areas in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

    Next year marks the mid-point to the deadline to reach the SDGs.

    Yet an honest look reveals a bleak picture.

    Across a range of critical goals – from...

  • 30 окт 2022

    <p><span><span><span><span>Handling heavy machinery is not one of the first skills that comes to mind when we think of UN peacekeepers, but construction skills are an important component of the blue helmets’ competency toolkit. </span></span></span></span></p>

  • 29 окт 2022

    <p><span><span><span>Throughout Syria’s civil war, women have risked their security to mediate the various conflicts that have affected their communities. Since international efforts to end the fighting have stalled, their role has grown in importance.</span></span></span></p>

  • 29 окт 2022

    <p><span><span><span>UN Secretary-General António Guterres has reaffirmed his “unwavering commitment” to agreements aimed at ensuring that grain and fertilizers from Ukraine and the Russian Federation reach global markets at the speed and price needed to avert a global food crisis and ensure food security.</span></span></span></p>

  • 29 окт 2022

    <p><span lang="EN-US" lang="EN-US" lang="EN-US"><span><span><span>A two-day meeting of the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee in India has ended with the adoption of a document committing Member States to prevent and combat digital forms of terror, notably using drones, social media, and online terrorist financing.</span></span></span></span></p>

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

    Security Council

    Special Envoy for Syria briefs Security Council as 22nd anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325 approaches

    On 25 October, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General Geir Pedersen briefed the Council on the situation in Syria, pointing to a  continuing political stalemate against the backdrop of a worsening security and humanitarian situation. “Tragically, the political process has not so far delivered for the Syrian people, and they continue to suffer, not least from acute violence,” he said. Emphasizing that the conflict was still very active across the country, he also described the economic challenges it faced, as well as his concern over humanitarian suffering. “It is vital to ensure increased and unfettered humanitarian access to all people in need throughout Syria, via the most direct routes, including cross-border and cross-line access,” he said.

    Read full remarks here


    In first briefing to the Council as Special Representative to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily reports political deadlock in the country 

    On October 24, Abdoulaye Bathily, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Libya and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), briefed the Council for the first time since becoming Head of the Mission on 25 September. The SRSG underlined that the political deadlock in the country persisted “with no clear end in sight.” He also said that efforts to resolve the remaining outstanding issues related to the constitutional basis for elections did not appear to have led to concrete action by the relevant actors, further “delaying prospects for the holding of inclusive, free and fair elections aimed at ending the transition and reinstating the legitimacy of institutions.”

    Read full remarks here

    Special Envoy Huang Xia tells Council that Great Lakes region continues to face instability due to armed groups

    On 26 October, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, Huang Xia, briefed the Council on the latest political and security developments in the region. Since the beginning of the year, the region had witnessed a deterioration of the security situation, the Special Envoy said, which had been characterized by a surge in attacks by armed groups operating in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. He noted that the persistence of the activities of armed groups fuelled insecurity and rekindled mistrust and tensions between the countries of the region. He also informed the Council members of his political engagements with regional officials in support of the ongoing efforts to de-escalate the situation.

    Watch full remarks here

    Special Coordinator stresses that Israel and Palestine must take steps to ‘restore calm’ in occupied West Bank

    Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, briefed the Security Council on 28 October in the wake of escalating confrontations between Israeli security forces (ISF) and militants. “Decades of violence and its toll on both Israelis and Palestinians, as well as a prolonged absence of meaningful negotiations and a failure to resolve the key issues fuelling the conflict, have created fertile ground for this dynamic”, the Special Coordinator noted, adding that the immediate priority is to work to calm the situation and reverse the negative trends on the ground.

    Read full remarks here

    Security Council extended mandate of UN Verification Mission in Colombia

    Reaffirming the Security Council's commitment to peace in Colombia, the 15-member Council extended the Mandate of United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia until 31 October 2023, by unanimously adopting the resolution 2655 (2022). Rosemary A. DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, said in a Tweet that “Colombia’s expanding efforts to build inclusive, lasting peace merit the world's admiration and support” and welcomed the Security Council’s unified message in renewing the mandate.

    To download the resolution, click here


    Day of Peace and Reconciliation in Miranda, Cauca

    On 23 and 24 October, former FARC combatants, with the support of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, Pastoral Social, and members of the community, celebrated the Day of Peace and Reconciliation in Miranda, Cauca, with an arts festival. They created murals in two schools in Monterredondo village on the theme of peacebuilding, environmental conservation and mutual respect. Alongside the participation of over 100 people from the village, the children also wrote messages about peace and fraternity in a series of drawings that were exhibited.


    Special Coordinator for Lebanon welcomes delineation of maritime boundary between Lebanon and Israel following US mediation

    In a 27 October statement, Special Coordinator of the Secretary-General for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka welcomed the handover of letters delineating the maritime boundary between Lebanon and Israel following US mediation under the leadership of Special Presidential Coordinator Amos Hochstein. “This is a historic achievement at many levels. I hope it will serve as a confidence-building measure that promotes more security and stability in the region and economic benefits for both countries,” said the Special Coordinator, who received the signed maritime coordinates from both countries at the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) premises in Naqoura.

    Read full statement here

    On visit to Saudi Arabia, Special Coordinator discusses peace and security with key officials


    On 23 October, Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka visited Saudi Arabia as part of her regular consultations with key regional and international stakeholders. She met with the Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel El-Jubair and Deputy Foreign Minister Walid Ben Abdel-Karim El-Khereiji, as well as representatives of the diplomatic community in Riyadh. The discussions focused on the situation in Lebanon and the region and the importance of safeguarding Lebanon’s peace, security and stability, especially through functioning and empowered state institutions.

    UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon discusses support with diplomatic community 

    On 28 October, Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka hosted a discussion with ambassadors accredited to Lebanon from on the main challenges facing the country, and how the international community can best coordinate to support it. The Special Coordinator held a similar discussion with a visiting delegation from the American Task Force, including several members of the US Congress.



    United Nations in Iraq marks UN Day with powerful digital display on one of Baghdad’s tallest buildings 

    Marking the UN Day on 24 October, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) projected a digital billboard showcasing the work of the United Nations in Iraq on the Baghdad Mall tower, one of the tallest buildings in the capital. The vibrant outdoor display covered the entire oval-shaped building with a series of images conveying the United Nations’ commitment to the people of Iraq to work together for a stable and prosperous future and to meet the targets of the ‘Global Goals’ and ‘Leave No One Behind’. It was an opportunity to showcase what the UN in Iraq wants to achieve: to safeguard the future of Iraqi youth, to foster constructive dialogue and social cohesion and to promote human rights and freedom of expression, as well as providing life-saving assistance to those in need. 

    DSRSG Claudio Cordone meets with officials in Mosul to discuss current political situation

    On 25 October, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq for Political Affairs and Electoral Assistance, Claudio Cordone, visited Mosul, Ninewa Governorate, where he met with Najm Al-Jubouri, the Governor of Ninewa. They discussed the current political and security situation in the governorate, including the implementation of the Sinjar Agreement. The DSRSG also met with the Mayor of Mosul, Ameen Ibrahim Fanash, with whom he discussed the current political situation as well as rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts in Ninewa, alongside the support of the United Nations for those efforts. DSRSG Cordone also visited Bytna Association youth project in the Old City of Mosul and the UNESCO sites of the rehabilitation of the Al Nouri Mosque, Al Tahera Church and Al Saa’a Church under the #RevivetheSpritofMosul initiative. 


    UN Special Representative Rosa Otunbayeva visits a girls’ school, meets with education community

    This week, Special Envoy Rosa Otunbayeva met in Kapisa with local de facto authorities, ulemas & community elders, and visited a girls’ school, where discussions were held with education community, including female teachers. Ms. Otunbayeva heard about immense needs. Not only is aid support is vital, but there is a great need for development and generating job opportunities for all, primarily for youth. She left a clear message: Afghans should not feel abandoned.

    Central Asia

    UNRCCA co-organizes interactive training course on aviation matters, including Advance Passenger Information

    From 24-27 October 2022, the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) in partnership with the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) and the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (RATS SCO) organized a training course on Advance Passenger Information (API) and Passenger Name Record (PNR) data in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The training course covered the analysis of the threat environment, international legal frameworks and requirements related to API/PNR.

    Read more here


    Peacebuilding Commission holds meeting on South Sudan on accountable governance

    On 26 October, the Peacebuilding Commission held its first meeting on South Sudan under the theme “Building Peace through Institutions and Governance." With a focus on accountable governance, public financial management, and the delivery of basic services, the meeting provided an opportunity for the Government to brief the Commission on its peacebuilding efforts to support the implementation of the benchmarks in the revitalized peace agreement. The Minister of Peacebuilding, the Minister of Defence, and the Minister of Health briefed the Commission on the country's peacebuilding priorities, including SSR, socio-economic revitalization, and promoting national reconciliation. Senior officials from IGAD and the World Bank underscored the need to scale up partnerships focusing on enhancing institutional capacity-building and accountable governance, while the UN DSRSG/HC/RC noted the importance of operating across the triple nexus of HPD work. A women peacebuilder and pro-democracy activist representing civil society called for strong political will to restore trust between public institutions and the people of South Sudan.  

    Peacebuilding Commission submits advice to the Security Council on the Great Lakes Region

    On 26 October, the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) submitted written advice to the Security Council on the Great Lakes region. The PBC commended continuing dialogue efforts and reiterated its commitment to mobilizing support for the implementation of the UN Strategy for Peace Consolidation, Conflict Prevention and Conflict Resolution in the Great Lakes Region. The PBC encouraged strengthening the role of women and youth in political and peace processes and urged the adoption of National Action Plans for Women, Peace and Security and Youth, Peace and Security. Further, the PBC stressed the importance of partnerships with regional and sub-regional organizations, IFIs and the private sector and encouraged the greater commitment of donors to support impact-driven peacebuilding initiatives including by Agencies, Funds and Programmes in the region.

    ASG Spehar opens mid-term review workshop of Peacebuilding Fund Strategy

    On October 25, Elizabeth Spehar, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, opened the two-day mid-term review workshop of the Peacebuilding Fund’s Strategy 2020-2024. Key participants included representatives of partner governments, donor member states, civil society organizations, and UN agencies. The workshop aimed at gathering feedback on the Fund’s performance for the period 2020-2022 and taking stock of the initial findings through discussions on fostering inclusion, engagement and ownership. ASG Spehar underscored that daunting and multifaceted global challenges cannot be addressed without collective, multilateral responses. She also noted that the Fund will be putting together a response plan at the conclusion of the review process. 

    Next Week

    On 31 October, the Security Council will be briefed on threats to international peace and security. 

    Ghana will assume the Presidency of the Security Council for the month of November. 


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