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2019

  • 23 сен 2019

    Press Release

    UN Report: Urgent need to resolve the PA’s Fiscal Crisis and Support the fragile Palestinian Economy; Gaza’s Health System faces serious challenges

    Monday, 23 September 2019, Jerusalem – A newly published United Nations report highlighted the urgency to resolve the continuing fiscal crisis faced by the Palestinian Authority (PA) and to support the Palestinian economy. It also called for increased attention on Gaza’s...

  • 21 сен 2019

    Amid reports of a Saudi-led coalition airstrike near Yemen’s port city of Hudaydah, Secretary-General António Guterres expressed concerns for the attacks in a Saturday statement attributable to his Spokesperson, Stephane Dujjaric.

  • 21 сен 2019

    21 September 2019, New York -  The Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, welcomes the initiative announced by Ansar Allah on 20 September, on the cessation of hostile military acts against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He also welcomes the expression of further openness towards the implementation of the Prisoner Exchange Agreement and the desire for a political solution to end the conflict.

    The Special Envoy stresses the importance of taking advantage of this...

  • 21 сен 2019

    Mogadishu – A group of Somalia’s international partners* welcome the successful discussions on debt relief and financial governance between the Federal Government of...

  • 21 сен 2019

    Mogadishu – As the world marks the International Day of Peace, the UN envoy to Somalia today encouraged all Somalis to contribute towards a sustainable peace in their country...

  • 20 сен 2019


     

    14 - 20 September 2019

    This Week in DPPA aims to keep you abreast of developments and events on the agenda of the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, at UN HQ and in the field, and especially those that sometimes "fly under the radar".

    Security Council

    Special Envoy Griffiths strongly condemns attack on Saudi Arabia
    When briefing the Security Council on the situation in Yemen on 16 September, Special Envoy Martin Griffiths strongly condemned the attack on ARAMCO facilities in Saudi-Arabia on Saturday, 14 September. "At a minimum, this kind of action carries the risk of dragging Yemen into a regional conflagration," he told the Council.
    Read his full statement here
     

    Mladenov: "I unequivocally condemn all attacks on Palestinian and Israeli civilians”
    Special Coordinator Nickolay Mladenov briefed the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East on 20 September. "I unequivocally condemn all attacks on Palestinian and Israeli civilians, including settler-related violence, and call on all sides to refrain from violence and to clearly and unequivocally condemn attacks when they occur. All perpetrators must be held accountable for their crimes," he said.  
    Read his full statement here

     

    Colombia

    President visits a reintegration area
    Carlos Ruiz Massieu, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, accompanied the visit of Colombian President Ivan Duque to the Miravalle, Caquetá Territorial Area for Training and Reintegration on 18 September to dialogue with ex-combatants and community members about the progress and challenges of the reintegration process and the security guarantees. "Those who are committed to demobilization, disarmament, reintegration, the principles of truth, justice, reparation, and non-repetition will always have the support of our government”, affirmed the president.
    Meanwhile, the SRSG said the President and the Government’s commitment to the reintegration of ex-combatants and to matters that are important for improving the situation of communities affected by the conflict has been very clear. “That commitment sustains the optimism of the United Nations to continue supporting the implementation of the Agreement,” he added.
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    Great Lakes

    Special Envoy visits the UK and France
    Huang Xia, Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, visited the United Kingdom and France this week. In London, he met with government officials, civil society actors and experts from the private sector at Chatham House and briefed them on recent developments in the region. In Paris, he met with Louise Mushikiwabo, Secretary-General of Organisation internationale de la Francophonie at the OIF headquarters on 18 September.  
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    Somalia

    Key role of Somali youth in peace efforts highlighted in meeting with Head of UN Peacebuilding chief
    Together with Special Representative James Swan, Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, met with members of the Youth Advisory Board in Mogadishu on 15 September. “The fact that you have been selected to represent the wider constituency, reflects very much the spirit of how the United Nations, the Secretary-General’s envoy to Somalia and his team can benefit from your wisdom, your engagement and your opinions about what the UN is doing and could do much better,” Mr. Fernandez-Taranco said.
    Read the full story on UNSOM’s website


    New Deputy Special Representative arrives in Somalia
    Mr. Adam Abdelmoula of Sudan started his tenure as Deputy Special Representative, UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia on 15 September.
    Read more about the appointment of Mr. Abdelmoula here

     

     

     

     

    Sri Lanka

    Youth Peace Panel launched in Sri Lanka 
    UN in Sri Lanka marked the International Day of Peace on 17 September with the publication of the key findings of a study on ‘The Potential Role of Young Leaders and Volunteers in Preventing Violent Extremism in Sri Lanka’ and the launch of the ‘Youth Peace Panel’, funded by the Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund. The study was commissioned by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Volunteers (UNV). The launch of the ‘Youth Peace Panel’ introduced 30 young peace advocates from all nine of the country’s provinces. The Panel is independent and nonpartisan group. It aims to connect young people at grassroots level with key decision-makers and platforms to contribute towards peacebuilding efforts in Sri Lanka.
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    Iraq

    Special Representative visits IDP camp in Fallujah
    The Special Representative for Iraq and Head of UNAMI, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, visited Ameriyat al-Fallujah camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) on 15 September. Mohammed al-Halbousi, Iraqi Parliament Speaker, accompanied the Special Representative. They heard about the obstacles IDPs face in attempting to return to their areas of origin.
    For more information, please contact DPPA


     

    Afghanistan

    Participants of UN-backed TV series call for urgent ceasefire and a peaceful solution to end the war
    Participants of a UNAMA-backed television programme in the western province of Herat have added their voice to calls for an end to the conflict and the continuing harm combatants inflict upon civilians across the country. Speaking during a televised programme on Chekad TV in Herat, panellists representing civil society, religious and provincial authorities echoed Afghans across the country in calling for an urgent ceasefire and a peaceful solution to end the war. They expressed dismay that the conflict is escalating and further harming civilians, including women and children.
    Read the full story on UNAMA’s website

     

    New York

    Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo joins Twitter
    Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo launched her personal Twitter account on 20 September.
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    Interview with SRSG Tadamichi Yamamoto
    While in New York to brief the Security Council, Tadamichi Yamamoto, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of UNAMA was interviewed about the intra-Afghan dialogue, elections, civilian casualties and on how to safeguard the gains achieved over the past 18 years.
    Watch the interview here
    For more information, please contact DPPA



    New online course on Sustaining Peace
    Learn how to apply the concepts of Sustaining Peace and the Humanitarian-Development-Peace nexus in various contexts through the UN online course, “Introduction to Sustaining Peace”. The UN System Staff College (UNSSC) has opened registration for the second edition of the online course. Course materials were developed in collaboration with the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), the Development Coordination Office (DCO) and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC). The training will provide participants with up-to-date information on sustaining peace and articulate how it relates to peacekeeping, peacebuilding, development, and humanitarian action.
    Read more about the course here

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  • 20 сен 2019

    A recap of Friday’s top stories: Climate emergency threatening peace progress; Guterres urges States bring concrete answers to GA; Migrant shooting in Libya signals danger; Xenophobia attacks rise in South Africa; Record number get UN food aid in Libya.

  • 20 сен 2019

    The “steady deterioration” of chances that a lasting peace can be negotiated between Israel and Palestine as two States live side by side, reflects a “collective failure” of leadership across the region and the world.

  • 20 сен 2019

    Staff at UN Headquarters in New York joined untold numbers of students, scientists, organized labour, and everyday people worldwide, who took to the streets on Friday, demanding action to address climate change.

  • 20 сен 2019

    Among the efforts to build a sustainably peaceful world, “urgent climate action is needed” to curb environmental threats to all our well-being and security, the Secretary-General told the annual peace gathering in New York on Friday, addressing a largely youthful crowd.  

  • 20 сен 2019
  • 19 сен 2019

    The UN Security Council on Thursday failed to reach consensus on either of two competing resolutions on a cessation of hostilities in Idlib, Syria: the last province in the war-torn nation that is still largely held by rebel forces.

  • 19 сен 2019

    In December 2018, the UN signed a partnership with the recently created Journalists Consortium of Guinea-Bissau to create the first professional training course for journalists in the country....

  • 19 сен 2019

    NEW YORK - The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the continuing high number of attacks in Afghanistan in recent weeks, and, most lately, in Qalat, Zabul...

  • 18 сен 2019

    A recap of Wednesday's top stories: Guterres previews next week's summit agenda; UN and Red Cross appeal to eliminate urban warfare; South Sudan's one-year peace progress report; Cameroon renews call for 'durable peace'; Cities both helping and hurting, when it comes to climate change action. 

  • 18 сен 2019

    One year on from the signing of a Revitalized Agreement to ease conflict in South Sudan, the country’s political leaders “have met some, but certainly not all”, of the expectations laid out, the top UN official for the country told the Security Council on Wednesday.

  • 18 сен 2019

    With some 50 million people in urban areas suffering from the impact of armed conflict, war in cities “cannot be back page news”, the UN Secretary-General and the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday.

  • 18 сен 2019

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan

    On 18 September 2019, the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (...

  • 17 сен 2019

    All Afghans have the right to live “free from fear, intimidation and violence”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement on Tuesday strongly condemning two suicide attacks, which left dozens dead.

  • 17 сен 2019
  • 17 сен 2019

    GARDEZ – Participants of a UN-backed radio programme in the southeastern province of Paktya have called for urgent measures to end the conflict which has caused tens of thousands of civilian casualties....

  • 16 сен 2019

    Attacks against oil facilities in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, claimed by rebel fighters in Yemen, are a sign that the war-torn country could be drawn into even greater conflict, the top United Nations official there told the Security Council on Monday.

  • 16 сен 2019

    Hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya who remain in Myanmar may face a greater threat of genocide than ever, amid Government attempts to “erase their identity and remove them from the country”, UN-appointed independent investigators said on Monday.

  • 16 сен 2019

    UN Photo / Eskinder Debebe

    Thank you, indeed Mr. President, and thank you for giving me again the opportunity to brief the Council today on the situation in Yemen....

  • 16 сен 2019

    KABUL – The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) recognizes the efforts of the Afghan electoral authorities, as well as security forces and others, in preparing 28 September...

  • 16 сен 2019

    KABUL – The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) recognizes the efforts of the Afghan electoral authorities, as well as security forces and others, in preparing 28 September presidential...

  • 16 сен 2019

    Mogadishu, 15 September 2019 – Somali youth representatives were recently told of the importance that the United Nations attaches to young people’s role in national peacebuilding...

  • 15 сен 2019

    The UN Secretary-General appealed on Sunday for “maximum restraint" following a wave of drone attacks claimed by Houthi rebels in Yemen, against a huge Saudi Arabian State-owned Armco petroleum processing facility, which threatens to disrupt global oil supplies. 

  • 15 сен 2019

    The ongoing closure of crossing points on the administrative boundary line with South Ossetia is creating additional hardship for the local people and is further raising tensions.

    We are in contact with all relevant actors, urging them to abstain from taking unilateral steps that have negative humanitarian consequences for conflict-affected people and undermine stability on the ground.

    We call on all participants in the Geneva International Discussions to engage constructively within the existing security and dialogue mechanisms and to search for solutions to all issues of concern.

    It is in this respect essential that conflict-affected people are not subjected to additional hardship and that their human rights, including freedom of movement, are fully respected.

     

    We intend to discuss this and other worrying developments further during our upcoming consultations.

  • 15 сен 2019

    Mogadishu – On the occasion of the International Day of Democracy, the United Nations envoy to Somalia today highlighted its special relevance as the country...

  • 14 сен 2019

    “The UN Special Envoy for Yemen is extremely concerned about the drone attacks claimed by Ansar Allah today against two major oil facilities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The recent military escalation is extremely worrying. 

    The Special Envoy calls on all parties to exercise restraint. The Special Envoy urges all parties to prevent such further incidents, which pose a serious threat to regional security, complicate the already fragile situation and jeopardize UN-led...

  • 14 сен 2019

    Mogadishu, 12 September 2019 – There is a need for sustained funding for humanitarian response to avert a deterioration in the food security situation, which threatens millions...

  • 13 сен 2019


     

    7 - 13 September 2019

    This Week in DPPA aims to keep you abreast of developments and events on the agenda of the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, at UN HQ and in the field, and especially those that sometimes "fly under the radar".

    Security Council

    Yamamoto highlights the importance of intra-Afghan negotiations
    Tadamichi Yamamoto, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNAMA, briefed the Security Council on the situation in Afghanistan on 10 September. “I cannot stress enough the importance of advancing efforts for delivering peace; concretely the start of intra-Afghan negotiations,” Mr. Yamamoto told the Council.
    Read his full remarks here
    Read more in UN News


    Keita worried about mistrust among stakeholders in Guinea-Bissau
    Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, briefed the Security Council on the situation in Guinea-Bissau on 10 September. “There is a general feeling of mistrust among national stakeholders surrounding the electoral process, which must be addressed before the election if we are to ensure a peaceful and consensual process, and an outcome that is accepted by all,” she said.
    Read her full remarks here

    Council extends mandate of the Vertification Mission in Colombia
    The Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2487 (2019) on 12 September, extending the mandate of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia until 25 September 2020.
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    New York

    USG DiCarlo pledges continued UN support for Haiti 
    Speaking at the opening of a photo exhibition on 15 years of peacekeeping in Haiti at UN Headquarters on 10 September, Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo pledged continued UN support for the country following the closing of MINUJUSTH on 15 October. A new political mission, BINUH, will begin operation on 16 October.
    See the photos on display here




    Social media campaign highlights women peacebuilders around the world
    The UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) has started a social media campaign highlighting women peacebuilders around the world. The campaign, began on 1 September and will continue till the 21st as the UN will celebrate the International Day of Peace. The Day of Peace will be just before the high-level segment of the General Assembly in New York. PBF is using this opportunity to recognize exceptional women peacebuilders, either colleagues or partners working for or supported by the PBF, having particular impact on peace in their communities and countries. The PBF is featuring 21 women from different countries through our social media platforms. On 21 September, the PBF will highlight the group as a collective sample of agents of change which the UN employs or supports worldwide.
    Follow the campaign on Facebook
    For more information, please contact DPPA
     

    ASG for Peacebuilding Support visits Somalia
    Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, participated in a two-day mission to Somalia this week, together with Mahmoud Mohieldin, World Bank Group’s Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, and Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. They called for sustained funding to relieve suffering in Somalia. In Baidoa, home to 360,000 people who have fled slow onset drought, terrorist attacks and armed conflict, Mr. Fernandez-Taranco said that: “Conflict and marginalization perpetuate drivers of fragility and fuels displacement. A sustained humanitarian response must be combined with government-led developmental and peacebuilding approaches to promote reconciliation and to assist people to rebuild their country.”
    Read the full story on ReliefWeb
    For more information, please contact DPPA

     

    Libya

    Agreement on ethical principles to counter hate speech in Libyan media
    In an UNSMIL-organized seminar to counter hate speech, incitement, and disinformation in Libyan media, participants agreed on a set of governing principles to promote ethical journalism and activism on social media platforms. Thirty participants, including journalists, human rights and civil society activists, media academics, and social media influencers met for two days to discuss ways to limit using media and social media networks in promoting violence and hate speech. The seminar was held in Tripoli from 9-10 September.
    Read the full story on UNSMIL’s website

     

    Great Lakes

    UN Envoy: Women and youth should be regarded as key partners in sustainable peace and security
    Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, Huang Xia, addressed a meeting of civil society organizations and regional fora held in Nairobi on 8 September 2019. The objective of the meeting was to promote representation and participation of women and girls in decision-making bodies and processes, and to ensure their protection as well as the prevention of violence against them in the Great Lakes region. In his address, Mr. Xia reminded the participants about Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 2250 which recognize the role of women and youth as key partners for sustainable peace and security. 
    Read the full story here
     

    Guinea-Bissau

    New SRSG arrives in Guinea-Bissau
    The new head of UNIOGBIS, SRSG Rosine Hadizatou Sori-Coulibaly, begun her work, meeting President José Mário Vaz on 11 September to discuss the Mission’s mandate, transition, and the upcoming Presidential elections. She also met Prime Minister Aristides Gomes, members of the Government and the diplomatic corps, and representatives of the ‘P5’ (African Union, European Union, CPLP, ECOWAS, UN).
    Read the full story on UNIOGBIS’ website

     

    African Union

    A safe and secure enviroment is a pre-requisite for Somalia’s upcoming elections in 2020/2021
    The Special Representative for Somalia and Head of UNSOM, James Swan, briefed representatives of Security Council members and partners based in Addis Ababa on 10 September. Among other issues, he focused on strenghtening AU-UN collaboration on Somalia. The SRSG underlined that a safe and secure environment is a pre-requisite for Somalia’s upcoming elections.
    Mr. Swan also met with Hanna Tetteh, Special Representative to the African Union and Head of UNOAU
    For more information, please contact DPPA

     

    Afghanistan

    Participants of UN-backed TV series call for urgent ceasefire and a peaceful solution to end the war
    Participants of a UNAMA-backed television programme in the western province of Herat have added their voice to calls for an end to the conflict and the continuing harm combatants inflict upon civilians across the country. Speaking during a televised programme on Chekad TV in Herat, panellists representing civil society, religious and provincial authorities echoed Afghans across the country in calling for an urgent ceasefire and a peaceful solution to end the war. They expressed dismay that the conflict is escalating and further harming civilians, including women and children.
    Read the full story on UNAMA’s website

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • 13 сен 2019

    Just as the greatest global challenges cannot be solved by a single country, peace cannot be pursued in isolation, outgoing UN General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa said on Friday.

  • 13 сен 2019

    The members of the International Support Group (ISG) for Lebanon met today and welcomed the economic meeting of 2 September convened under the leadership of President Aoun as a catalyst for political leaders to address the economic challenges Lebanon faces in light of its own economic assessments and in line with Lebanon’s economic vision and its commitments at the Conférence Economique pour le Développement, par les Réformes et avec les Entreprises (CEDRE).

    Noting with...

  • 13 сен 2019

    UNOAU Deputy Head of Office, Mr. Gerald Mitchell delivering the UN statement on behalf of SRSG Tetteh at the AU PSC session on climate change impacts on African Island states

    The African Union Peace and...

  • 12 сен 2019

    A recap of Thursday’s top stories: UN Chief’s global call to safeguard religious sites; South-South Cooperation ‘accelerates’ towards SDGs; Guterres on West Bank annexation threat; WHO says one in 10 children not getting proper vaccines; Protestor protection call over Hong Kong; New ‘UNComplicated’ podcast launches.

  • 12 сен 2019

    Israel’s intention to annex the Jordan Valley is illegal and threatens chances for a meaningful two-State solution with the Palestinians, a UN independent human rights expert has said.

  • 12 сен 2019

    Amidst a global call by Secretary-General António Guterres to “reaffirm the sanctity” of religious sites and keep worshippers safe, the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) on Thursday launched a new plan of action to “counter hate and violence around the globe”.

  • 12 сен 2019

    (NCLW, United Nations) - The Government of Lebanon has today endorsed, the country’s first National Action Plan (NAP) on...

  • 12 сен 2019

    DSRSG for Political Affairs, Stephanie Williams, participated in the closing session of the event.

    TRIPOLI, 12 September 2019 – In an UNSMIL-organized seminar to counter hate...

  • 12 сен 2019

    ISSYK-KUL/Kyrgyzstan

    On 10-12 September, more than 50 professionals in the field of anti-money laundering and combating...

  • 12 сен 2019

    HERAT – Participants of a UN-backed television programme in the western province of Herat have added their voice to calls for an end to the conflict and...

  • 11 сен 2019

    Delegate of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nairobi, Kenya. UN Photo/Aaron Kakunza

    Nairobi, 11 September 2019...

  • 11 сен 2019

    In her first week in office, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Guinea-Bissau, Ms. Rosine Hadizatou Sori-Coulibaly met the national authorities and will continue her courtesy...

  • 10 сен 2019

    Since the inauguration of Guinea-Bissau’s new Government in July, the political arena has been dominated by preparation for presidential elections, the assistant chief for UN peacekeeping operations in Africa told the Security Council on Tuesday, briefing members on the state of the nation, and the UN peacebuilding office there (UNIOGBIS).

  • 10 сен 2019

    Mr. President,

    Distinguished members of the Council,

    Thank you for the opportunity to brief you today on the developments in Guinea-Bissau and the activities of UNIOGBIS.

    Following the successful holding of the legislative elections on 10 March, renewed political tensions resulted in a stalemate over the composition of the Executive Bureau of the National Assembly, and delayed the appointment of a prime minister and the formation of a new government. The situation was further complicated by the conclusion of President José Mário Vaz’s five-year term in office on 23 June 2019, amidst differing opinions regarding interim arrangements for the office.

    The ECOWAS’ decision on 29 June addressed these issues, enabling the swearing in of a new government on 3 July and determining that President Vaz would remain in Office until the holding of the next presidential election, with limited powers, leaving the management of national affairs to the new Government.

    Allow me to commend the Government for the unprecedented achievement on gender parity and the appointment of some highly qualified youth in the new Cabinet. This opens a new window of opportunity for inclusive governance in the country. The 31-member Government is composed solely from the majority alliance, reflecting the results of the legislative elections. However, the recent nomination and replacement of senior officials in key positions, including the new commander of the National Guard, Rear Admiral Agostino Sousa Cordeiro, who is under EU sanctions for his participation in the 2012 coup, has triggered negative reactions from national and international stakeholders.

    Meanwhile, the Government has adopted a seven-month emergency plan aimed at providing relief to key sectors namely the education, health, infrastructure and public services sectors. It has also submitted its programme to the National Assembly for approval.  However, given the current tensions within and between political parties, including within the majority alliance led by the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cabo Verde (PAIGC), the approval of the new Government’s Programme by the National Assembly will be a testament to the majority alliance’s strength and ability to govern the country.

     

    Mr. President,

    Excellencies,

    Since the inauguration of the Government, the political arena has been dominated by preparations for the presidential election. Several political parties have organized primaries to select their candidates, while some independent candidates have also emerged. As we approach the 25 September deadline for submission of candidacies to the Supreme Court for validation, we will continue to witness the emergence of new candidates.

    Meanwhile, the electoral process remains fraught with challenges. Some political actors have expressed concern about the correction of the voters’ register to regularize approximately 25,000 persons who were disenfranchised in the legislative elections, owing to their fear of fraud. They have also questioned the creation of the new position of Secretary of State for Electoral Management.

    There is a general feeling of mistrust among national stakeholders surrounding the electoral process, which must be addressed before the election if we are to ensure a peaceful and consensual process, and an outcome that is accepted by all. To address this, the Group of Five in Bissau, [the African Union, CPLP, ECOWAS, European Union and the UN] has advocated for enhanced procedural control, transparent measures, information-sharing mechanisms, and the development of a communication strategy on the voter correction exercise. Ultimately, the joint message is that the country must remain focused on ensuring the timely holding of the presidential election.

    Moreover, yesterday [9 September] an ECOWAS ministerial delegation visited Bissau to assess progress in the organization of the election. In its final communiqué, it insisted that in the absence of consensus by all political parties on the voter register correction exercise, that the same voters’ register used for the legislative elections be applied for the presidential election. It also took note of the decision of the electoral bodies to hold the election during 2019, including the second rounds – if needed. The communiqué also requested a clarification of the responsibilities of the Secretary of State for Electoral Management. In its response, the Government indicated today that the correction process will proceed for now but the actual register will be updated only if the presidential candidates agree during an upcoming meeting at the plenary session of the CNE.

    Meanwhile, the initiatives taken by the Government and the electoral management bodies (the CNE and GTAPE) to enhance general communication and consultations with political parties, are steps in the right direction. To support this, the UN recommends the establishment of an all-inclusive stakeholders’ platform of national actors for information sharing purposes.

    In the meantime, civil society organizations, including women’s groups, have begun preparations for the establishment of a situation room to jointly monitor the election. They have also put in place coordinated efforts for the preparation and implementation of a Code of Conduct for the election.

    The Government has developed a consolidated election budget that amounts to USD 5.3 million. The UN is working closely with the authorities and the electoral bodies to fine-tune and finalize the budget. Additionally, the Government has committed to contributing to the electoral budget to cover initial expenses for the presidential election (USD 730,000), in addition to paying the outstanding debt (1.6 million USD) from the legislative elections.

    The correction exercise, which started on 24 August, is the first of the major electoral activities, and is expected to end on 24 September. However, less than a quarter of the funding required for this exercise has been disbursed thus far. To address this, UNDP has contributed USD 100,000 to the Basket Fund, while the Government has contributed approximately 160,000 directly to the electoral management bodies (CNE and GTAPE).  

    Efforts to mobilize resources from the international community have yielded limited results so far. Several pledges and indications of interest have been made but with no actual contribution.  We expect the first batch of financial contributions by international partners to arrive before the first week of October. Should the fund arrive, these will be applied to the training of civic educators and training of trainers of polling staff during October.

    With 75 days left to the presidential election, it is important that funding is made available now either bilaterally or through the UNDP-managed basket fund, to ensure that the electoral operations of the month of November, namely the training, deployment and payment of polling and security personnel, as well as the movement of materials to all the polling stations, are completed in a timely manner.

    I would therefore wish to take this opportunity to encourage international partners to extend their generosity to Guinea-Bissau to provide the necessary financial support for the election with urgency. Time is of the essence. Your contributions will be instrumental in ensuring the holding of the presidential election on 24 November.

     

    Mr. President,

    Excellencies,

    Since the formation of the government, UNIOGBIS has developed with the Minister of Women, Family and Social Solidarity, a programme to promote the visibility of the eight women Ministers, to support their out-reach to the population to discuss key public administration programmatic areas from a gender perspective. UNIOGBIS has also supported a civil society network, including women organizations, to monitor and advocate for key reforms during the post-electoral period.

     

    Mr. President,

    Excellencies,

    The political environment continues to negatively impact the economic performance of the country and the living conditions of the population. 

    The human rights situation continues to be negatively impacted by socio-economic tensions, including targeted restrictions on freedom and civil liberties.  Upholding these rights remains crucial to sustaining peace, stability and development in Guinea-Bissau.

    Meanwhile, drug trafficking and organized crime continue to pose threats to peace and security in the country and beyond.  The seizure by the Judiciary Police of about 1,869 kg of cocaine on 2 September, signals that Guinea-Bissau remains a transit route for drug trafficking, but also illustrates the enhanced capacity of the Judiciary Police to combat the scourge. The signing on 2 August, of an MoU between Guinea-Bissau, The Gambia and Senegal, to combat drug trafficking and organised crime along their borders, is a commendable effort to tackle the cross-border threat.

    I appeal to the international community to continue to provide financial and technical support to the Government of Guinea-Bissau in its fight against drug trafficking and organized crime, to prevent losing the gains achieved thus far.

     

    Mr. President,

    Excellencies,

    Pursuant to Security Council resolution 2458 (2019), measures have been put in place for the UN transition for the prospective closure of UNIOGBIS by 31 December 2020. As a first step, one regional office has been closed and the remaining three will follow by 31 December 2019. Additionally, coordination structures to oversee and plan for the transition have been established in Bissau and at Headquarters.

    The development of the UN transition plan including a preliminary Mission drawdown plan is ongoing. A full-scale transition implementation will be launched in close coordination with the UNCT, UNOWAS and the national authorities, following the conclusion of the presidential election.

    The UN presence in Guinea-Bissau, has also engaged with the Government on the gradual transfer of the UNIOGBIS residual mandated tasks to the UNCT, UNOWAS, and other partners. With the arrival of the new SRSG, Ms. Rosine Sori-Coulibaly, in Bissau, as of 5 September, scaled up engagement with the Government is planned, in particular after the presidential election.

    Meanwhile, UNIOGBIS and UNOWAS have already started strengthening their information sharing arrangements and SRSG Chambas (UNOWAS) has increased his engagement with UNIOGBIS on the political process and has visited Bissau twice this year.

     

    Mr. President,

    Excellencies,

    2019 is a pivotal year for Guinea-Bissau to seize the opportunity to end the recurring cycle of instability that has hampered its socio-economic development for decades. The risk of further instability in the period leading to the presidential election is high, with political rivalries and poor economic prospects for the population.  The role of national political stakeholders in ensuring stability cannot be overemphasized. All national actors must be mindful of their duties towards the people of Guinea-Bissau and the need to transcend narrow individual and party interests.

    All efforts must be made to ensure the timely holding of an inclusive, credible and peaceful presidential election. Both the Government and the international community should abide by their commitments to provide resources for the election.

    On the longer run, key institutional reforms, including the Constitutional review, will remain critical to consolidate the country’s stability. Collaboration between all the branches of power and in the National Assembly, will therefore be vital in preparing the ground for an inclusive reforms process. The sustained engagement by international partners will also be crucial to accompany Guinea-Bissau in its path towards lasting stability.

    I would like to conclude by commending ECOWAS for its leading role and steadfast commitment towards ensuring stability in Guinea-Bissau, including the maintenance of ECOMIB, despite other security challenges facing the region. Sincere appreciations also go to all partners, including the AU, CPLP, and the EU for their valuable contribution to the stabilization efforts in Guinea-Bissau. 

    Thank you.

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