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2022

  • 9 окт 2022

    New York, 10 October 2022

    Nearly 1 billion people live with a mental health condition.

    But mental health remains one of the most neglected aspects of healthcare.

    Some countries have only two mental health workers for every 100 000 people.

    The social and economic repercussions are profound. 

    ...
  • 9 окт 2022

    <p><span><span><span><span>Amid a deteriorating security situation in Haiti, UN Security-General António Guterres called on Sunday for the Security Council to consider deploying armed forces to help the country address immense humanitarian concerns.</span></span></span></span></p>

  • 8 окт 2022

    New York, 9 October 2022

    On World Post Day, we celebrate the critical contributions of postal workers in connecting people around the world with essential services that improve their daily lives and boost the development of their communities. 

    With a global network and universal service mandate to ensure access for all, the postal sector is a key partner in our effort to deliver the...

  • 8 окт 2022

    Baidoa–The electoral process is usually a time of concerted effort for all who want to see a change in leadership.

    Such...

  • 7 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

    SRSG Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert briefs Security Council on Iraq 

    On 4 October, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, briefed the Security Council on the latest developments on the ground.  She described armed clashes in the capital and elsewhere on 29 August, bringing the country to the “brink of total chaos.” With dozens dead and hundreds wounded, she said that “these tragic developments are indisputably the result of the inability of Iraq’s political class to cast the die,” and that “intra-Shia strife has not abated, nor have Kurdish parties come closer to agreeing on a presidential candidate.”

    Read full remarks here

    Security Council meets to discuss Democratic People’s Republic of Korea's missile launches  

    On 5 October, Assistant Secretary-General for the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Khaled Khiari briefed the Security Council on developments in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.  He said that the Secretary-General called on Pyongyang to cease further destabilizing acts and comply fully with its international obligations. ASG Khiari went on to note that the Secretary-General commended key parties for their willingness to engage in dialogue with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, without preconditions. “The unity of the Security Council in this matter is essential to ease tensions,” he said.  

    Read full remarks here

     

    Colombia

    Colombia to restart peace talks with National Liberation Army  

    On 4 October, the Colombian Government and the National Liberation Army (ELN) announced the resumption of peace talks. Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed the decision and urged both parties to take advantage of the opportunity to end a conflict that has lasted four decades. He also reiterated the UN’s readiness to support the process through Special Representative Carlos Ruiz Massieu. 

    Read the statement here 

    Report of the Secretary-General on the UN Mission in Colombia highlights progress towards “total peace” 

    The latest report of the Secretary-General on the UN Verification Mission in Colombia presents an overview of the progress and challenges in the implementation of the Peace Agreement and describes the most important peace-related developments of the period. In the report, the Secretary-General acknowledges President Gustavo Petro's clear willingness to pursue “total peace.” The report also highlights the new Government's approach to peace and security, which prioritizes dialogue to resolve conflicts; focuses security strategies on protecting vulnerable communities and human rights; and links durable solutions to violence to overcoming long-standing inequalities through deeper transformations. For the Secretary-General, this new approach represents an opportunity to further the comprehensive implementation of the Final Peace Agreement. The Security Council will discuss the report on 12 October. 

    Read more here

    Delegation of the United Kingdom visits Colombia to learn about reintegration of former combatants 

    On 4 October, the Political Counselor of the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom, Matilda O'Kelly, visited Icononzo, Tolima Department, with representatives of the UK Embassy in Colombia and the UN Verification Mission. O’kelly learned about the reintegration process and the Reintegration Area of La Fila, as well as the progress made towards reconciliation. Former combatants shared their thoughts on the peace process. During the visit, the United Kingdom delegation reiterated its support to Colombia and the Security Council and the peace process.

    Haiti

    ASG Miroslav Jenča speaks on Haiti at Organization of American States General Assembly event 

    On 6 October, at an event in Lima convened by Canada, the United States and the Organization of American States, Assistant Secretary-General Miroslav Jenča spoke on the critical situation in Haiti.  He echoed the call of the Secretary-General for a peaceful and inclusive dialogue on a constructive way forward, stressing that the people of Haiti must not be abandoned.

    Great Lakes region

    UN political and security experts meet in Nairobi to discuss peace processes in the Great Lakes Region 

    On 4 October, the political units of UN presences in the Great Lakes region met in Nairobi to discuss recent political and security developments and to explore options for concerted action in support of ongoing political efforts. Participants came from UN entities, such as the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), the Office of the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, as well as Resident Coordinators' Offices, and Peace and Development Advisors from the region.  The Great Lakes region has experienced renewed challenges to peace and stability marked by a deteriorating security situation following the resurgence of the 23 March Movement (M23) in eastern DRC, which has increased the level of mistrust between countries.

     

    Mozambique

    A joint statement commends the Government of Mozambique and RENAMO for their continued dialogue to advance peace and national reconciliation 

    On 4 October, the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Mozambique, Mirko Manzoni, and the UN Resident Coordinator in Mozambique, Myrta Kaulard, published a joint statement on the occasion of the National Day for Peace and Reconciliation. The statement commended both the Government and RENAMO for their continued use of dialogue to advance peace and national reconciliation. As Mozambique prepares to assume its seat as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, the Personal Envoy and Resident Coordinator underlined that Mozambique has an opportunity to share how dialogue can be used as a tool for creating a culture of peace. 

    Full statement here

    Central Africa

    São Tomé and Príncipe: Special Representative Abarry reiterates UN support to country’s democracy  

    On 4 October, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa and Head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), Abdou Abarry, ended a two-day visit in São Tomé, the capital of the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe. Mr. Abarry met with President Carlos Vila Nova, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Edite Ten Juá, and other key stakeholders.  He welcomed the peaceful conduct of legislative, regional and local elections on 25 September and reiterated UN support to national efforts towards sustainable development, democracy, stability, and the empowerment of women. 

    Somalia

    UNSOM publishes quarterly report outlining activities and developments on the ground 

    This week, the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) launched its quarterly newsletter, which outlines the activities of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan over the last three months.   

    Read the newsletter here 

    West Africa and the Sahel

    SRSG Annadif meets with Minister of Foreign Affairs as Nigeria prepares for 2023 general elections 

    On 5 and 6 October, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) Mahamat Saleh Annadif visited the Nigerian capital of Abuja to provide UN support for the organization of general elections, scheduled for 2023. The Special Representative met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, and the Chairman of the National Peace Committee and former Head of State, Abdusalami Abubakar. He also met with the presidential candidates of the People Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and the New Nigeria People's Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso.  He commended the steadfast commitment of all stakeholders to the organization of a peaceful, credible, and transparent election, demonstrated by the signing of the National Peace Agreement by the presidential candidates on 29 September. 

    Read more here 

    Afghanistan 

    SRSG Otunbayeva meets with UN Genocide Prevention Special Adviser and PGA 

    This week, Special Representative of the Secretary-General Roza Otunbayeva traveled to New York. On 4 October, she met the President of the General Assembly, who congratulated her on her appointment as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan. They discussed regional developments, security, and the humanitarian and human rights situation in the country. On 5 October, she met with UN Genocide Prevention Special Adviser Alice Wariimu Nderitu to discuss issues of common concern. 

    DSRSG Potzel visits Sina

    On 6 October, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General Markus Potzel visited the UN-supported Ibn Sina drug treatment centre in Kabul. He commended the dedication of staff to helping the most vulnerable stigmatized people in need. He also called upon the de facto authorities to allocate resources for salaries, food, medicines and clothes. 

     

    Iraq

    Special Representative Hennis-Plasschaert meets with President of Iraq to discuss political situation 

    On 2 October, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, was received in Baghdad by the President of Iraq, Barham Salih. They discussed the current political and security situation in the country. On 3 October, she met with the Head of Al-Hikma National Trend, Sayyed Ammar al-Hakim. They discussed the latest political developments.  

    UNAMI Kirkuk Office marks Peace Day with tree-planting campaign 

    On 28 September 2022, the UNAMI-Kirkuk Office marked International Day of Peace by kick-starting a tree-planting campaign to raise awareness about climate action and highlight steps to combat the adverse effects of climate change. The acting Governor of Kirkuk, Rakan Al-Juboori, planted the first tree sapling, with Governorate dignitaries, civil society representatives and United Nations staff following suit by planting an additional 150 tree seedlings.   

    Read more here

    Lebanon

    UN Special Coordinator Engages with Lebanese Youth 

    UN Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka highlighted the key role that youth can play in building a better future for their country at the launch of the Global Classrooms Model United Nations simulation that is led by the Lebanese American University in partnership with schools across Lebanon. After listening to interventions by youth representatives at the event, the Special Coordinator underlined the potential that lies in Lebanon’s young generation and their right to make their voices heard, including in decision-making positions. In a separate encounter with students, academicians and professors from the Universite Saint Joseph, the Special Coordinator discussed the cooperation between the United Nations and Lebanon during this critical period and listened to their views on how to pull the country out of its crisis. 

    Mobilizing International Community Support

    As part of her convening international role, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka reached out this week to members of the diplomatic community to coordinate efforts in support of Lebanon, as the country approaches important constitutional timelines.  In that regard, the International Support Group for Lebanon, that is chaired by UNSCOL, issued a statement emphasizing the importance of electing prior to 31 October and within the timeframe set by the Constitution, a new President who could unite the Lebanese people. Noting the need to avoid a multilayered executive vacuum in Lebanon, the statement also called for the establishment of an empowered new government that can implement direly needed reforms. The Special Coordinator also met with visiting Assistant Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Hussam Zaki, to discuss how best to support Lebanon in line with the UN and Arab League partnership, and then with Arab ambassadors. She also hosted ambassadors representing the members of the Security Council, the EU and Turkey for similar discussions. 

     

     

    Peacebuilding

    Peacebuilding Fund Group of Friends holds quarterly meeting 

    On 7 October, the Group of Friends of the Peacebuilding Fund held its quarterly meeting and was co-chaired by Sweden and the United Kingdom. Joining virtually from Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, colleagues from UNHCR highlighted the results of PBF investments in strengthening community-based reintegration in Tanganyika province before, during and after MONUSCO’s withdrawal, through a joint UNHCR, UNFPA, FAO project. This was one of the three projects funded by the PBF in the province, with a cumulative budget of $5.3 million. PBF investments are currently focused on supporting the country’s transition from peacekeeping, initially concentrating investments in Kasai, Kasai Central and Tanganyika.  Brian Williams, Chief, Financing for Peacebuilding PBSO, updated the partners on fund status and programmatic priorities for 2022. PBSO highlighted the significant shortfall in funding this year, with only $130 million received in pledges or commitments, compared to the target of $275 million. 

     

    PBSO hosts World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group meeting on conflict and fragility 

    On 6 October, PBSO hosted a brown bag presentation by the World Bank's Independent Evaluation Group (IEG). The Group highlighted recommendations from recent evaluative work on the World Bank’s approach to conflict and fragility, such as the importance of ensuring improved analytical work, as well as the integration of such work into country strategies, with a clearer narrative of how drivers of conflict can be addressed through specific portfolio investments. 

     

    ASG Spehar at the Challenges Forum, New Delhi, India for DPPA 

    From 6-7 October, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support Elizabeth Spehar joined the annual Challenges Forum in New Delhi, India, convened by the United Service Institution of India and the Folke Bernadotte Academy, where she participated in a high-level discussion on the “Future of Peace Operations and Regional Peace and Security Arrangements”, together with Under-Secretary-General Jean-Pierre Lacroix and Cynthia Chigwenya, African Youth Ambassador for Peace for Southern Africa, African Union. ASG Spehar highlighted the breadth of the UN’s work on conflict prevention, peacemaking and peacebuilding, including UN civilian missions, as well as the Special Envoys engaged in peacemaking to end some of the world’s most challenging conflicts, such as Syria and Yemen. While in India, ASG Spehar also met with government counterparts, as well as the Resident Coordinator and UN country team. 

    Next Week

    On 12 October in the morning, the Security Council will hold an open debate on threats to international peace and security: climate and security in Africa. In the afternoon, SRSG Carlos Ruiz Massieu will brief the Council on Colombia. On 13 October, Special Envoy Hans Grundberg will brief the Council on Yemen.  

     

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  • 7 окт 2022

    <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" lang="EN-US" lang="EN-US"><span><span>Urgently needed aid relief has reached areas of northeast Ukraine recently reclaimed from Russian control amid ongoing fighting, </span></span></span><a href="https://www.unocha.org/ukraine"><span><span><span>UN humanitarians</span></span></span></a><span lang="EN-US" lang="EN-US" lang="EN-US"><span><span> said on Friday. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p>

  • 7 окт 2022

    <p>The UN human rights office, OHCHR, has called for investigations into deaths and injuries resulting from last week’s coup in Burkina Faso, Spokesperson Seif Magango said on Friday.</p>

  • 6 окт 2022

    Dakar, 6 October 2022- The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mahamat Saleh...

  • 6 окт 2022

    <p>The United Nations and partners on Thursday called for opening a “humanitarian corridor” in Haiti as armed gangs block access to the main fuel terminal amid ongoing economic crisis, insecurity, and a deadly cholera outbreak. </p>

  • 6 окт 2022

    <p class="MsoBodyText"><span><span><span><span><span>The threat of terrorism and organised crime is becoming increasingly entrenched across Africa, the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime told the Security Council on Thursday, warning that illegal trafficking is depriving millions of a decent livelihood.</span></span></span></span></span></p>

  • 6 окт 2022

    <p><span><span><span>A horrific attack on a childcare centre in northern Thailand that has left dozens dead, prompted strong international condemnation on Thursday. UN Secretary-General </span></span></span>António Guterres, <a href="https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/statement/2022-10-06/statement-attri... he was</a> shocked and saddened by the mass shooting. </p>

  • 5 окт 2022

    The Co-Chairs of the Geneva International Discussions (GID) welcome the holding of the 56th round of the GID in Geneva on 5 October 2022. As mandated by the Six-point Agreement of 12 August 2008 and the implementing measures of 8 September 2008, the GID process continues to serve as the only platform where the consequences of conflict are addressed and other important issues are discussed.

    This round was the first to be held since December 2021. The channels of communication between the Co-Chairs and the respective participants remained operational during this period. 

    The Co-Chairs reiterated their appreciation of the participants’ commitment to the GID format.

  • 5 окт 2022

    Read here the latest UNSOM Quarterly Newsletter.

  • 5 окт 2022

    ASSISTANT SECRETARY-GENERAL KHALED KHIARI

    REMARKS TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL ON

    NON-PROLIFERATION/DPRK

     

    New York, 5 October 2022

     

    Mr. President, Members of the Security Council, 

    According to various government sources, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) launched a ballistic missile at approximately 7:23 a.m. local time on 4 October. The missile, which has not been publicly acknowledged by the DPRK, was reportedly launched from the northern province of Jagang, covered a range of 4,500 km, and reached an apogee of around 970 km. It marks the first time the DPRK has launched a ballistic missile over Japanese territory since 15 September 2017. 

    Mr. President, the Secretary-General strongly condemns the DPRK’s launch of a long-range ballistic missile. This was a reckless act and a clear violation of relevant Security Council resolutions. This launch risks triggering a significant escalation of tensions in the region and beyond. It is of serious concern that the DPRK has again disregarded any consideration for international flight or maritime safety. 

    The Secretary-General calls on the DPRK to immediately cease any further destabilising acts and to comply fully with its international obligations under relevant Security Council resolutions.  The Secretary-General urges the DPRK to take steps to resume dialogue with a key parties concerned with a view to achieving sustainable peace and the complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

    Mr. President, there have been other troubling developments since we last briefed the Council on 11 May,  in addition to the launch yesterday, the DPRK launched systems with the apparent characteristics of short-range ballistic missiles on 25 September, 28 September, 29 September, and 1 October. 

    On 12 September, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency – IAEA - reported that there were indications that the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site remained active and prepared to support a nuclear test. The IAEA added that they continued to observe construction activities at the Yongbyon nuclear facilities as well as indications that the 5-megawatt nuclear reactor was operating.

    The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the adoption on 8 September of the Law on the “DPRK’s Policy on the Nuclear Forces” by the Supreme People’s Assembly.  Increasing the role and significance of nuclear weapons in security doctrines is contrary to decades of efforts by the international community to reduce and eliminate nuclear risks. 

    While some States continue to rely on nuclear weapons in their security policies, nuclear weapons pose an existential threat to humanity.  Their continued existence heightens the risk of unintended escalation or miscalculation.  We must strengthen our efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons. 

    Mr. President, the Secretary-General urges the DPRK to reset the course to dialogue and build on previous diplomatic efforts.  He reaffirms his commitment to working with all parties for sustainable peace and the complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. He welcomes and encourages the regular contact and cooperation among the key parties and commends them for their willingness to engage in dialogue with the DPRK without preconditions.

    Mr. President, the Secretary-General, at the same time and separately, 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. We also acknowledge the work of Member States toward resolving the banking channel for humanitarian operations. 

    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 avoid a negative action-reaction cycle. 

    Thank you.

  • 5 окт 2022

    <p>The international community must step up efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons in the wake of the latest firing of a ballistic missile by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), a senior UN official told the Security Council on Wednesday.</p>

  • 5 окт 2022

    <p>The UN Secretary-General has <a href="https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/statement/2022-10-04/statement-attri... his deep sadness</a> over the death of three peacekeepers from Bangladesh who were killed on Monday in the Central African Republic (CAR), following a roadside bomb explosion near the border with Cameroon. Others were injured, and one remains in a critical condition.</p>

  • 4 окт 2022

     

    Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General - on Colombia  

    Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General...

  • 4 окт 2022

    <p>The UN Secretary-General on Tuesday <a href="https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/statement/2022-10-04/statement-attri... condemned the launch</a> of a ballistic missile by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), more commonly known as North Korea, which reportedly travelled over Japan.</p>

  • 4 окт 2022

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    <p>Nearly one million people have fled extreme violence perpetrated by non-State armed groups in northern Mozambique over the past five years, the UN refugee agency UNHCR reported on Tuesday. </p>

  • 4 окт 2022

    <p>The absence of a functioning government in Iraq one year after elections were held is hard to justify, the top UN official in the country said on Tuesday, urging political leaders to put aside their differences for the common good. </p>

  • 3 окт 2022

    UN Photo

    Bogota, 03 October 2022. In his latest report on the UN Verification Mission in...

  • 3 окт 2022

    The famous Colombian cartoonist Julio Cesar Gonzalez Quiceno, known as Matador, presented 27 cartoons and an interactive video for...

  • 3 окт 2022

    On 28 and 29 September, with the participation of former FARC combatants and more than 200 children from three reintegration areas and...

  • 2 окт 2022

    New York, 3 October 2022

    Each year, World Habitat Day focuses attention on the state of human settlements.

    This year’s theme – ‘Mind the Gap. Leave No One and No Place Behind’ – puts the spotlight on widening inequalities in living conditions across the world.

    A cascade of challenges – from climate chaos and conflicts to COVID-19 – is hitting the...

  • 2 окт 2022

    Hargeisa– Nimo Abdillahi Muhumed knows a thing or two about patience.

    The 36-year-old spent almost two decades building up her small business selling vegetables,...

  • 1 окт 2022
     

    Capacity building | UNODC supports the committee against...

  • 1 окт 2022

    New York, 2 October 2022

    The International Day of Non-Violence celebrates not only Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, but the values he embodied that echo across the decades: peace, mutual respect, and the essential dignity shared by every person.

    Sadly, our world is not living up to those values.

    We see this through growing conflicts and climate chaos....

  • 1 окт 2022

    <p>The UN Secretary-General expressed on Saturday his deep concern regarding the unfolding developments in Burkina Faso, where according to media reports, a group of military officers overthrew the man who had seized power in a coup only nine months earlier.</p>

  • 1 окт 2022

    The United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (...

  • 30 сен 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 Representative and Head of BINUH briefs the Security Council on the question of Haiti 

    On 26 September, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti Helen La Lime emphasized in a briefing to the Security Council that “an economic crisis, a gang crisis, and a political crisis have converged into a humanitarian catastrophe.” She went on to stress that despite challenges, national stakeholders have been able to re-engage, while the Haitian National Police have worked to restore some freedom of movement for the population.  She called on the Council to take urgent action to support Haitians in their efforts to gain a better future. 

    Watch full remarks here

    USG DiCarlo underscores that so-called "referenda” held by Russia in Ukraine “cannot be called a genuine expression of the popular will” 

    On 27 September, Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo, briefing the Council on the so-called "referenda” held by the Russian Federation on occupied Ukrainian territory,” underscored that “Unilateral actions aimed to provide a veneer of legitimacy to the attempted acquisition by force by one State of another State’s territory, while claiming to represent the will of the people, cannot be regarded as legal under international law.” The Under-Secretary-General also urged Member States to do all they could to end the war and ensure lasting peace, in accordance with the principles of the Charter and international law.

    Read full remarks here 

    DSRSG Potzel briefs the Security Council on the situation in Afghanistan 

    On 27 September, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan noted in the Council that the Taliban’s ongoing ban on secondary education for girls is the only such prohibition in the world. Growing restrictions on women’s rights signal that the Taliban is indifferent to more than 50 per cent of the population and willing to risk international isolation, he added.  If the Taliban does not respond to the needs of the whole of Afghan society and engage constructively with the international community, it is unclear what could come next, he said, detailing fragmentation, isolation, poverty and internal conflict as likely scenarios. 

    Read full remarks here 

    Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process provides update 

    On 28 September, Special Coordinator Tor Wennesland provided the Security Council with an update on the Middle East, including on the Palestinian question.  He reported that settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory had continued, as had violence against civilians. He called for support from the international community for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNWRA), which needed sustainable sources of funding for the delivery of vital services to millions of Palestinian refugees. 

    Read full remarks here

    Central and West Africa

    Sharing good practices on farmer-herder dynamics

    On 29 and 30 September, the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) and the Office of the Special Coordinator for Development in the Sahel organized an inter-regional workshop on good practices in farmer-herder dynamics in West and Central Africa. Participants from six countries shared best practices in the prevention and management of conflicts, in particular on mechanisms for dialogue and early warning and supervision, as well as alternatives to traditional transhumance. The workshop will be followed by joint field visits and a subsequent workshop establishing a community of practice in the two sub-regions. The event, held in Yaoundé, Cameroun, brought together about 50 participants.  

    Iraq

    Special Representative Hennis-Plasschaert meets with Iraqi officials to discuss political situation 

    On 26 September, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, met in Baghdad with the Speaker of the Council of Representatives, Mohammed Al-Halbousi. They discussed the latest political developments in the country. On 27 September 2022, the Special Representative met the Head of al-Seyada (Sovereignty) Alliance, Sheikh Khamis Al-Khanjar. They discussed the latest political developments in the country. 

    Lebanon

    UN Special Coordinator encourages Lebanon leaders to strengthen state institutions 

    This week, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka encouraged Lebanese leaders and representatives to work on strengthening and empowering the country’s state institutions, including by respecting constitutional timelines and adopting pro-reform laws that support Lebanon’s recovery process.  After a first inconclusive presidential election session in Parliament on Wednesday, she said more concerted steps should be taken to ensure a president is elected on time before the end of outgoing President Michel Aoun’s term on 31 October. In a meeting with Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati, the Special Coordinator also stressed the need for a fully functional government in Lebanon that can deliver for the people. The Special Coordinator also met with the caretaker Minister of Information to discuss press freedoms and access to verified information, in order to curb the spread of hate speech and mis/disinformation.     

    Central Asia

    UNRCCA co-organizes regional forum on civil society and the implementation of national action plans on preventing violent extremism 

    On 28-30 September, the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), in partnership with the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), organized a regional forum on the role of civil society organizations in the implementation of national action plans on preventing and countering of violent extremism in Central Asia. Held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, the meeting served as a platform to increase interaction and partnership between civil society and state institutions, as well as to promote contacts among civil society organizations within the region. The discussions produced a set of recommendations for government and non-government organizations on countering violent extremism.

    Read more here

    Colombia

    DPPA’s virtual reality film “Pathways Colombia” screened in Dabeiba and Mutatá 

    On 28 and 29 September, The UN Verification Mission in Colombia celebrated the International Day of Peace with a virtual reality movie, “Pathways Colombia,” which shows the progress of the implementation of the Peace Agreement. Joining the Mission were former FARC combatants and more than 200 children from three reintegration areas and five surrounding villages in the municipalities of Dabeiba and Mutatá, in Antioquia.  The film was produced by DPPA’s Innovation Cell, with funding from Multi-Year Appeal. 

    Learn more about #PathwaysColombia here

    Colombia cartoonist “Matador” presents cartoons on the Colombian Peace Agreement 

    On 26 September, with support from the UN Mission in Colombia and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), famous Colombian cartoonist Julio Cesar Gonzalez Quiceno, also known as “Matador,” presented 27 cartoons and an interactive video on the Colombia Peace Agreement.  The work was presented to children and young students, social leaders, victims of the conflict and people in the process of reintegration in the town of La Paz, Cesar, in northern Colombia.

    Watch the video here

    Podcast: "She Stands for Peace"

    New episodes focus on academia, partnerships, and enabling environments for peacebuilding

    New episodes of the podcast released this week feature a variety of voices from the world of peacebuilding, including Dr. Mandiedza Parichi, Chairperson for the Peace Studies Department at the Midlands State University in Gweru, who discusses the role academia can play in peacebuilding processes. Also featured is Hamsatu Allamin, the Founder and Executive Director of the Allamin Foundation for Peace and Development, who shares her views on partnerships in peacebuilding and reconciliation; and Ilwad Elman from the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre, who discusses the challenges and trauma of peacebuilding, as well as her work in supporting survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.

     

    Listen here  

    Peacebuilding

    Peacebuilding Commission holds first meeting on Timor-Leste 

    On 26 September, the Peacebuilding Commission convened a meeting on Timor-Leste. Participants included the President of Timor Leste, Ramos-Horta and former president Mr. Gusmão, as well as civil society representatives and senior UN officials, including the ASG for Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, the ASG for Peacebuilding Support and the Resident Coordinator in Timor-Leste.  The meeting marked a first-time exchange between the Commission and Timor-Leste on the country’s peacebuilding experiences. Timor-Leste shared good practices and lessons learned from its peacebuilding process, while the Commission welcomed Timor-Leste’s role in international engagement in support of conflict-affected countries and regions.
     

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  • 30 сен 2022

    @UN/Mark Garten

    Over the past six months, the Government of Yemen and the Houthis have taken important and bold steps towards peace by agreeing to, and twice renewing, a...

  • 30 сен 2022

    NEW YORK -  The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the horrendous terrorist attack against the Kaaj Educational Centre in the Dasht-e-Barchi area of Kabul, Afghanistan, on 30...

  • 30 сен 2022

    NEW YORK - The Secretary-General strongly condemns today’s heinous attack on an educational centre in the Dasht-e-Barchi area of Kabul City - a predominately Hazara Shia area - which caused scores of casualties,...

  • 30 сен 2022

    <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The UN has condemned a suicide bombing in the Afghan capital Kabul which has left more than 20 dead, according to latest news reports, many of them young women who were sitting mock exams at an education centre.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p>

  • 30 сен 2022

    <p>The UN envoy for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Friday denounced the recent violence against the Organization’s stabilization mission in the country, which has been the target of “manipulation and stigmatization”.</p>

  • 30 сен 2022

    <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Russia on Friday vetoed a <a href="https://www.un.org/securitycouncil/">Security Council</a> resolution which described its attempts to unlawfully annex four regions of Ukraine earlier in the day with a formal ceremony in Moscow, as “a threat to international peace and security”, demanding that the decision be immediately and unconditionally reversed.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p>

  • 30 сен 2022

    <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" lang="EN-CA" lang="EN-CA"><span><span><span>Yemen’s warring parties who have sustained a nationwide truce <a href="https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/08/1123832">for the past six months</a>, need to prioritize the “needs and aspirations” of the people, by both extending and expanding it, beyond Sunday’s imminent deadline, <a href="https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/statement/2022-09-30/statement-the-s... UN chief has said</a>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p>

  • 30 сен 2022

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan

    On 28-30 September, UNRCCA in partnership with the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) organized a regional forum on the role of civil society organizations in the implementation of national action plans on preventing and countering of violent extremism in Central Asia. The regional forum took place in Almaty, Kazakhstan. It...

  • 29 сен 2022

    She Stands For Peace | Season 3-Episode 7 | Out Now!  Click here to listen: https://unoau.unmissions.org/podcast-series-she-stands-peace

  • 29 сен 2022

    On 19 September, a group of 10 women former combatants inaugurated in the municipality of Santander de Quilichao a community shop that sells products made by various cooperatives of former...

  • 29 сен 2022

    With different events, the International Day of Peace was celebrated in Colombia. Special Representative Carlos Ruiz Massieu opened the day with a joint message with the Ambassador of Colombia to the UN, Leonor...

  • 29 сен 2022

    <p>Russia’s plan to annex four occupied regions in Ukraine would be an illegal move, a violation of international law, and should be condemned, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday, warning of a “dangerous escalation” in the seven-month war. </p>

  • 29 сен 2022

    <p>Two months since the Black Sea Grain Initiative kicked into action to help release desperately needed grain and fertilizer from ports in Ukraine and Russia, confidence is returning among global distributors as exports ramp up, UN humanitarians said on Thursday..</p>

  • 29 сен 2022
  • 29 сен 2022

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan

    In accordance with the UNRCCA Preventive Diplomacy Academy (PDA) training plan, two online training seminars for young...

  • 28 сен 2022

    A senior UN official has welcomed the start of the trial against an alleged leading figure in the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, highlighting the importance of paying attention to hate speech in deterring atrocities. 

  • 28 сен 2022

    New York, 29 September 2022

    Maritime transport represents more than 80% of global trade. The war in Ukraine –and the Black Sea Grain Initiative – have reminded us of the vital role of shipping in feeding the world.

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  • 28 сен 2022

    The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process told the Security Council on Wednesday, that since the adoption in December 2016 of resolution 2334, which demands Israel stop building new settlements on Palestinian land, there’s been “little progress” implementing it.

  • 27 сен 2022

    Recent so-called referenda conducted in four Russian-occupied regions in Ukraine cannot be considered legal under international law, the UN’s political affairs chief, Rosemary DiCarlo, told the Security Council on Tuesday. 

  • 27 сен 2022

    Recent so-called referenda conducted in four Russian-occupied regions in Ukraine cannot be considered legal under international law, the UN’s political affairs chief, Rosemary DiCarlo, told the Security Council on Tuesday.