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  • 23 янв 2023

    Amid worsening security, economic, and humanitarian crises, the third Lake Chad Basin High Level Conference has begun, aimed at addressing a range of long-standing issues and the needs of the population, including some 11 million people, who are in need of assistance.

  • 20 янв 2023
    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 Grundberg briefs Council on mediation efforts in Yemen

    On 16 January, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen Hans Grundberg briefed the Security Council on developments in the country. He said that the military situation remained stable, with no major escalation.  On current mediation efforts, he said he had been in continued contact with the parties, as well as with regional countries. Discussions focused on securing agreements on military de-escalation, measures to prevent economic deterioration, and on mitigating the impact of the conflict on civilians. Overall, there had been an intensification of regional and international diplomatic activity to resolve the conflict, he said. 

    Special Coordinator Wennesland briefs Security Council, highlights recent violence in Middle East

    On 18 January, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland briefed the Security Council.  “The violent trends that dominated the last months of 2022 continue to take a devastating human toll,” he said, adding that “preventing more loss of life and reversing negative trends on the ground must be our collective priority.” He also noted that Israelis and Palestinians remained on a collision course amid “escalating political and inflammatory rhetoric.” Against that backdrop, Wennesland said that “courageous political leadership is urgently required to generate the momentum necessary to transform the current dynamic.”


    UNAMI Human rights Office discusses detainee due process rights 

    On 16 January, the Human Rights Office of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) held a roundtable with the Ministry of Interior in Mosul on the due process rights of defendants under Iraqi and international law. The discussion focused on the Iraqi and international human rights law frameworks protecting the right to legal counsel, the right to remain silent and the right to prepare an adequate defense. The roundtable also covered the legal framework governing legitimate arrests and investigations as well as the prohibition of torture. UNAMI Human Rights Officers discussed the Iraqi Criminal Procedure Code, the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights, the Convention against Torture and the International Convention for Protection from Enforced Disappearance. 


    Special Envoy Pedersen discusses regional developments with Turkish Minister 

    On 16 January, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Geir O. Pedersen met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Türkiye, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. They discussed regional developments related to the crisis in Syria, including the need for a political solution in line with Security Council Resolution 2254, which calls for a ceasefire and political settlement in Syria. 

    Deputy Special Envoy Rochdi discusses humanitarian needs with European Commission

    On 16 January, the Deputy Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria, Najat Rochdi, held a meeting with the Director of the European Commission Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid, where they discussed growing humanitarian needs and the urgent need for a political solution to the Syrian crisis. 


    Special Representative Bathily calls for resources, political recommitment for Libya Ceasefire Agreement

    On 15 January, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Abdoulaye Bathily announced the launch of joint work between the international ceasefire monitoring team and Libyan monitors in Sirte. During the meeting of the Joint Military Commission 5+5, he encouraged the Joint Military Commission to move forward in implementing the ceasefire agreement. Several issues were discussed, including moving forward with the Libyan ceasefire monitoring mechanism and the withdrawal of mercenaries and foreign fighters. The Special Representative called upon the government to allocate appropriate resources and stepping up political efforts to end the stalemate and re-establish legitimacy to Libyan institutions through elections.

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    Special Envoy Xia attends ministerial-level meeting on security in Central Africa

    On 17 January, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region Huang Xia attended the ministerial session of the 54th session of the UN Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa. The Committee adopted two resolutions, one on the implementation of a regional strategy and plan against hate speech in Central Africa, and a second on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


    Education for Peace in Cauca 

    On 16 January, the "Education for Peace" campaign concluded. The initiative was promoted by the UN Verification Mission in Colombia to help children and adolescents in conflict-affected areas of Santander de Quilichao, Caldono, Buenos Aires and Suarez, Cauca, return to school. More than 500 participants took part, including former combatants, social leaders and members of the community.  Some 300 school kits were delivered to children of former FARC combatants and other children from indigenous communities, in which the Mission joined efforts to promote education, reconciliation and peacebuilding.


    "Behind the Numbers"

    New episode offers insights on the Women, Peace and Security agenda and the importance of data in political analysis

    In the latest episode of “Behind the Numbers,” DPPA’s podcast on women peacemakers, Bianca Montejo, a Senior Political Affairs Officer at DPPA’s Security Council Affairs Division. In this interview, Blanca discusses trends related to Security Council Resolution 1325, why data is important and shares some experiences of the Security Council from behind the scenes. Listen to the episode here.

    Multi-Year Appeal

    This week, DPPA launched its latest Multi-Year Appeal (MYA), the Department's main fundraising tool. The Appeal is indispensable, allowing us to carry out essential conflict prevention, peacemaking and peacebuilding work. DPPA is looking to raise $170 million in extrabudgetary funds for the next four years. The MYA follows closely on the heels of the release of DPPA's new Strategic Plan, which sets out a vision and priorities until 2026 as the Department devises and coordinates  political strategy across the UN system. Learn more about the MYA here.

    Next Week

    The Security Council will discuss the situation in Haiti on 24 January and the developments in Syria on 25 January. The Council will hold an open debate on 26 January on peacebuilding and sustaining peace: Investment in people to enhance resilience against complex challenges. 


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  • 20 янв 2023

    She Stands For Peace | Season 3-Episode 16 | Out Now!  Click here to listen: https://unoau.unmissions.org/podcast-series-she-stands-peace

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    Meeting with the Prime Minister of Guinea

    The Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General...

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    On behalf of the Secretary-General, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, the Executive Director of UN Women,...

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    On behalf of the Secretary-General, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, the Executive Director of UN Women...

  • 20 янв 2023

    Mogadishu - International partners* welcome efforts by Somalia’s leaders to advance priorities on peacebuilding and state-building, including through the...

  • 20 янв 2023

    The first UN aid convoy to reach the vicinity of the battered eastern Ukrainian city of Soledar, since the Russian invasion began nearly a year ago, arrived on Friday morning, providing support for more than 800 civilians in need.

  • 19 янв 2023

    The MYA has been retooled to accompany the implementation of the new Strategic Plan and calls for $170 million in the next four years (2023-2026). DPPA relies on MYA funding to cover much of its operational work from mediation and electoral support, to its work on partnerships, on women, peace and security, as well as on innovation and climate security.

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    The United Kingdom’s plans to offer limited immunity from prosecution to those accused of crimes during Northern Ireland’s “Troubles” have been called into question by UN rights chief Volker Türk. 

  • 18 янв 2023

    NEW YORK - The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, the Executive Director of UN-Women, Sima Bahous, and the Assistant Secretary-General of the Department of Political...

  • 18 янв 2023

    The UN on Wednesday said that it aims to increase the number of inter-agency convoys providing aid to parts of Ukraine “close to the frontlines”, in support of work being carried out by local organisations and volunteers.

  • 18 янв 2023

    The world’s collective priority for the Occupied Palestinian Territory must be reversing the negative trajectory that marked 2022 as one of the deadliest years in recent memory, the senior UN official in the region told the Security Council on Wednesday.

  • 18 янв 2023

    The UN Secretary-General said on Wednesday that he did not believe that there was an opportunity yet, to organise “a serious peace negotiation” between the warring parties in Ukraine, nearly a year on from Russia’s full-scale invasion.

  • 17 янв 2023

    In Our Common Agenda, the Secretary-General has called for enhanced investment in prevention and peacebuilding. This call reflects the recognition that investment in conflict resolution, prevention and peacebuilding is cost-effective.

    Two billion people live in countries affected by conflict. Wars drive 80 per cent of all humanitarian needs. In 2021, the economic impact of armed conflict increased by 27 per cent, reaching $559.3 billion. It has been estimated that a scaled-up system for preventive action would save the world between $5 billion and $70 billion every year, which could be re-invested in reducing poverty and improving the wellbeing of populations. Investing in prevention is one of the most cost-effective ways to secure development gains and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

    of all humanitarian needs driven by war

    The year 2023 marks a new beginning for the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA).

    The Department is leading the development of a New Agenda for Peace. Our new Strategic Plan comes at a pivotal time and sets out a vision and priorities until 2026. It looks at how DPPA is contributing to lessen tensions and changing the trajectory of conflicts.

    The Plan is ambitious yet realistic: we have refined our goals and strategic objectives while signaling continuity of focus and mandates. The Plan reflects the progress we have made in recent years to consolidate our structures, balancing crisis response and diplomacy with longer-term prevention and peacebuilding engagement. It also clearly sets out the need for prioritization and emphasis on impact where it matters: on the ground. The Strategic Plan further articulates our lead role in devising and coordinating political strategy across the UN system.


    The achievement of the new Strategic Plan is dependent on the availability of sufficient, predictable and sustained resources.


    A retooled MYA in support of the Strategic Plan


    In the next cycle, rising inflation will continue to affect the regular budget. ODA allocations will continue to drop with significant impact for peacebuilding, conflict prevention and resolution. Resources for conflict prevention are shrinking even as crises multiply.

    In an environment characterized by crisis, demand for DPPA engagement is projected to increase. Global developments also force us to become more creative, flexible and dynamic in responding to incipient signs of violence and providing our expertise in mediation, peacemaking, electoral assistance, and other areas, as requested. Work in all of these areas is funded by the Multi-Year Appeal (MYA).

    In the current financial context, the MYA, our main fundraising tool, is more important than ever. MYA funding supports both core and non-core capacities, making it indispensable to DPPA as it delivers on its mandate. It funds core support in the form of augmented capacities at Headquarters and in the field (e.g., staff, travel), while also allowing us to be more operational, facilitating deployments and activities around the world at short notice. On average, one-third of DPPA’s staffing capacities and more than 90 per cent of its travel needs are funded through the MYA.

    MYA Growth Scenario

    Under its new Multi-Year Appeal, DPPA is requesting $170 million
    to cover its needs and operations until 2026.


    What’s funded under the MYA?

    Highlights of activities and capacities funded by the MYA with $1 million:

    Thematic Windows

    The four thematic windows have dedicated earmarked funding to maximize efficiency and impact.

    The booster effect of the MYA can be expressed in three ways:


    Out of $170 million requested, 70 per cent of the MYA funding is unearmarked to grant DPPA the flexibility to deploy rapidly and in response to acute needs.


    The MYA is also an INCUBATOR OF IDEAS and increasingly invests in new areas, such as
    innovation and new technologies and expanding the interlinkages between climate change and
    peace and security challenges.


    An underfunded MYA could limit DPPA’s operational reach, translating into reduced capacity to deliver under the new Strategic Plan for 2023-2026.

    The Multi-Year Appeal embodies our conviction that peace is priceless, and that peace is possible.


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    Addressing the Security Council on Tuesday, Ilze Brands Kehris, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, expressed concern about restrictions to freedom of religion in Ukraine, including territory under Russian control.

  • 17 янв 2023

    Some 50 women and girls in Burkina Faso who were abducted last week while looking for food must be released immediately, the United Nations said on Tuesday. 

  • 17 янв 2023

    Following the latest meeting of rival military leaders in Sirte, Libya, the head of the UN Mission in the country (UNSMIL) has called upon the national authorities to recommit to fully supporting the implementation of Libya’s 2020 ceasefire agreement.

  • 17 янв 2023

    More than a year after the military coup in Sudan, political parties began talks this month aimed at restoring a civilian-led transition, which the UN has hailed as an important step towards peace and democracy. 

  • 17 янв 2023

    SIRTE – After the conclusion of the latest meeting of the Joint Military Commission (5+5) in Sirte Monday, SRSG Abdoulaye Bathily Monday called on the...

  • 16 янв 2023

    Warring parties in Yemen should take advantage of the current absence of major fighting and use it to advance their talks towards peace, the top UN official in the country said on Monday in his latest briefing to the Security Council. 

  • 16 янв 2023

    The UN Secretary-General has strongly condemned Russia’s attack on a large residential building in the Ukrainian city of Dnipro at the weekend that has left at least 40 civilians dead, including three children, and at least 75 injured, with those figures likely to rise, according to the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in the country.

  • 15 янв 2023
    From 13 to 16 January 2023, the UNOAU participated in the 54th Session of the United Nations Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa (UNSAC) in Kintele, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo....
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    Chairs meeting for the Joint Military Commission and Libyan and International Ceasefire Monitors in Sirte / © UNSMIL


  • 13 янв 2023
    This Week in DPPA is a brief roundup of political and peacebuilding events and developments at UNHQ and around the world.

    Security Council

    USG DiCarlo briefs Security Council: "The war in Ukraine is approaching its one-year anniversary, with no end in sight" 

    On 13 January, Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo briefed the Security Council on the situation in Ukraine. She said there was no end in sight to the war as it approached its one-year anniversary. Russian Forces continued to launch more Ukraine-wide attacks throughout the holiday season, she said, noting that “Too many Ukrainians spent what is normally a festive period in bomb shelters,” with countless families mourning the loss of loved ones. Russia’s attacks have continued in 2023, and ground fighting has intensified, especially in the Donetsk region, posing a threat to the remaining civilian population. She stressed that the war had forced millions to flee their homes, and that “fuelling the displacement is the purposeful, systematic targeting of critical and civilian infrastructure, including energy and healthcare facilities.” DiCarlo also affirmed that the Secretary-General was ready to assist the parties to end the unjustified conflict, on the basis of the UN Charter and international law. 

    SRSG Otunbayeva addresses Security Council in private meeting on situation in Afghanistan 

    On 13 January, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Roza Otunbayeva addressed the Security Council in a private session. The SRSG underscored that the Taliban decisions restricting the rights of women and girls — including the recent bans on higher education for women and on participation in the humanitarian workforce — are grave violations of fundamental human rights. They also contradict assurances the Taliban gave prior to taking power about the role of women in the country. The SRSG also outlined the potential negative impact of such decisions, including, most immediately, on the delivery of humanitarian assistance to Afghans in desperate need. She stressed the need for Council unity in the face of these decisions. 

    Briefing the Council, SRSG Massieu outlines progress in Colombia on rural reform, peace talks 

    On 11 January, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, briefed the Security Council on the most recent Report on the UN Verification Mission in Colombia. He highlighted that the Secretary-General welcomed the Government of Colombia’s recent actions to move forward in some of the areas of the Final Peace Agreement and stressed that the success of the reintegration process is essential to building a stable and lasting peace in Colombia. The SRSG expressed his concern about the ongoing violence against communities, social leaders and former FARC-EP members, over six years since the signing of the Agreement. He welcomed the Security Council’s decision to authorize the expansion of the Mission’s mandate to include the Agreement’s comprehensive rural reform and the ethnic chapter in its verification tasks, which will enable the Mission to increase its contribution to peace in Colombia. Vice-President of Colombia, Francia Márquez, and the Secretary of the High-Level Forum of Ethnic Peoples created by the Peace Agreement, Armando Wouriyu Valbuena, also participated in the meeting. 

    DSRSG Biha of UNOWAS tells Council that security is deteriorating due to continued activities of armed groups 

    On 10 January, Giovanie Biha, Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Officer-in-Charge of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), briefed the Council on developments in the region. She said despite efforts by national security forces and international partners, security has deteriorated in large parts of the region, causing over 10,000 schools across the Sahel to close and forcing nearly 7,000 health centres to shut down due to the activities of armed groups and violent extremists. “These non-State groups are fighting among themselves for supremacy, pushing States to the margin and causing untold misery to millions of people who had to leave their communities to seek safety,” she said. She went on to highlight the support her Office is providing to the Independent High-Level Panel on Security and Development in the Sahel, which is being led by former President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou. 

    UN publishes “Highlights of Security Council Practice 2022” 

    The UN released its publication "Highlights of Security Council Practice 2022” this week. For the first time in four decades, the Council adopted a resolution calling on the General Assembly to hold an emergency special session in accordance with that organ’s resolution “Uniting for Peace.” The resolution was adopted with three abstentions, and despite the negative vote of the Russian Federation. 2022 also saw the addition of two new agenda items, “Maintenance of peace and security of Ukraine” and “letter dated 13 September 2022 from the Permanent Representative of Armenia to the UN addressed to the President of the Security Council.” The publication further noted that in 2022, the 15-member organ held 292 formal meetings, adopted 54 resolutions, issued 7 presidential statements and considered 49 agenda items. 

    Security Council votes unanimously in favor of resolution to extend Syria cross-border humanitarian operations for six months 

    On 9 January, the Council decided to extend the use of the Bab al-Hawa border crossing for the delivery of aid into north-west Syria until 10 July 2023. Through resolution 2672 (2023), the Council confirmed the extension of its previous authorization of the Bab al-Hawa crossing point on Syria’s border with Türkiye. The Council also requested the Secretary-General to provide a special report on humanitarian needs in Syria no later than 10 June 2023. By the text, it also demanded the full, immediate implementation of all provisions of all relevant Council resolutions and called on Member States to address the urgent needs of the Syrian people in light of the socioeconomic and humanitarian impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on that country.   

    Watch the meeting here


    SRSG Hennis-Plasschaert meets with Governor of Basra 

    On 9 January, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, met in Basra with the Governor of Basra, Asaad Al Eidani. They discussed the current political and security situation in the Governorate. 


    UN Special Envoy for Yemen meets with Foreign Minister of Oman 

    On 11 January, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, Hans Grunberg, concluded his visit to Muscat, Oman. He met with the Foreign Minister of Oman, as well as other senior Omani officials. They discussed developments in Yemen, as well as regional and international efforts to renew the truce and work toward a political settlement. 

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    Office of the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes holds photo contest  

    The Office of the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region (OSESG-GL) recently announced the launch of its photo competition, "The Great Lakes Region Through Your Lens" (#OurRegionOurVision). The initiative is aimed at showcasing progress and ongoing efforts towards a more peaceful, stable, inclusive and prosperous Great Lakes region, in line with the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region and the United Nations Strategy for Peace Consolidation, Conflict Prevention and Conflict Resolution in the Great Lakes Region. The contest is open until 5 February. 

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    Call to submit ideas and a vision for the Secretary-General’s “New Agenda for Peace” by 15 January 

    DPPA is helping to draft a “New Agenda for Peace,” an initiative aimed at revitalizing how the global community responds to violent conflict, as called for by the Secretary-General’s Our Common Agenda report. Along with Member States, civil society groups and representatives from around the world are encouraged to submit their ideas to the email address NewAgendaForPeace@un.org in any of the six UN official languages by 15 January 2023. 

    New DPPA Exhibit

    “Diplomacy for Peace” sheds light on work of Special Political Missions  

    This year, the UN is marking the seventy-fifth anniversary of its first “special political mission”, which was established to mediate the conflict in Palestine in 1948. That mediation effort also laid the groundwork for the UN’s first peacekeeping mission. Today, there are more than 40 special political missions (SPMs), including multiple field operations deployed around the world. As part of the year’s commemorative events, DPPA is launching “Diplomacy for Peace,” an exhibit that sheds light on the history of SPMs and their work in conflict prevention, mediation, and peacebuilding. The exhibit provides an overview of how SPMs function as important tools for the maintenance of international peace and security and are also a highly visible manifestation of the Secretary-General’s “good offices.” By working to detect crises early and defuse tensions, they help conflict parties achieve negotiated solutions, and support Member States in building sustainable peace. The exhibit will be on display in the Visitors Lobby (curved wall) of the UN Headquarters from 16 January to 28 February. 

    Next Week

    On 16 January, the Security Council will hold a meeting on the situation in Yemen. On 18 January, it will hold an open debate on the Middle East. 



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  • 13 янв 2023

    New York, 13 January 2023. The members of the Security Council reiterated their full and unanimous support for the peace process in...

  • 13 янв 2023





    New York, 13 JANUARY 2023

    Mr. President,

             The war in Ukraine is approaching its one-year anniversary, with no end in sight to the fighting or the suffering.

    Throughout the holiday season, the forces of the Russian Federation continued their strikes on key Ukrainian cities. Too many Ukrainians spent what is normally a festive period in bomb shelters. Far from celebrating, countless families across the country were mourning the loss of loved ones.

    On the morning of 29 December, Russian forces launched more Ukraine-wide attacks targeting regions including Dnipro, Kherson, Kirovohrad, and Kyiv. Multiple strikes were reported in the cites of Kharkiv, Odesa, Lviv, Zhytomyr, as well as Kyiv.

             Two days later, on New Year’s Eve, Ukraine's all administrative regions were again under air raid warnings.

             The attacks have continued in the new year despite the announcement of a possible cessation of hostilities over Orthodox Christmas, a holy period for both Russians and Ukrainians.

    On 6 January, an emergency worker was killed in an attack on a fire station in the city of Kherson. The next day, several regions in the east and south of Ukraine were shelled.

             Ground fighting has intensified, especially in the Donetsk region. In areas of active hostilities such as Bakhmut and Soledar, relentless battles, including street fighting, pose a great threat to the remaining civilian population.

    In Bakhmut alone, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has documented 22 civilians killed and 72 injured since early December.

    Following the most recent fighting, OHCHR has verified 18,096 civilian casualties since Russia’s invasion of 24 February 2022. This total includes 6,952 people killed and 11,144 injured. The actual figures are likely considerably higher.

    Mr. President,

    The war has forced millions to flee their homes. We commend the generosity of the countries hosting some 7.9 million people who sought protection in Europe. We encourage further efforts to ensure equitable access to rights and services for refugees in national systems.

    In Ukraine some 5.91 million people, 65 per cent of them women and girls, are internally displaced.

    Fuelling the displacement is the purposeful, systematic targeting of critical civilian infrastructure, including energy and healthcare facilities.  

    Following a request from Ukraine to the Secretary General, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a sector-specific damage assessment in collaboration with the World Bank. 

    The assessment, which aims at identifying the most critical needs for restoration of damaged energy infrastructure, is currently underway, with 90 per cent of the data collection completed.  

     The number of recorded attacks on healthcare facilities last year was the highest in the world. There were 745 incidents as of 4 January.

    In the most affected regions in the east and south of the country, reportedly 15 per cent of facilities are either partially or completely non-functional, and up to 50 per cent in Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Mykolaiv and Kharkiv.

    Mr. President,

    Inevitably, the war is also leaving invisible scars. According to the World Health Organization, nearly a quarter of the population is reportedly at risk of developing a mental health condition because of this war.

    The destruction and closing of schools will also have a lasting impact on children and young people. An estimated 5.7 million school-aged children have been directly affected, including 3.6 million due to the closure of educational institutions early in the conflict.

    In recent months, aid organizations have continued efforts to expand life-saving operations to previously inaccessible areas, including in Kharkiv and Kherson regions.

    As of 5 January, humanitarian partners have provided food to almost 9 million people. The same number of people have received critical healthcare support across the country.

    Around 7.3 million people have been assisted with access to clean water and hygiene products. Over 3 million people uprooted by the war or those whose houses have been damaged have received emergency shelter or critical household items.

    In response to the energy crisis, humanitarian partners have distributed hundreds of generators to make sure critical services like hospitals and schools, as well as centres hosting those displaced, can continue operating. 

    In all, since 24 February of last year almost 14 million people have received assistance from over 740 partners. This includes 1 million people in areas not under the control of the Government of Ukraine. 

    But the humanitarian response is hampered by severe access constraints, particularly in areas in the east under Russian control. In line with international humanitarian law, parties must facilitate rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian relief for all civilians in need.

    Mr. President,

    OHCHR continues to document allegations of grave human rights violations and to support efforts towards accountability.

    Since 24 February, OHCHR has documented over 90 cases of conflict-related sexual violence, falling into two categories:

    the majority as a method of torture and ill-treatment in detention, predominantly affecting men;

    and sexual violence involving rape, including gang rape, of women and girls in areas under Russian control.

    It is imperative that all perpetrators of human rights violations are held accountable.

    On the question of accountability, the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court continues its work in Ukraine, where it has maintained a presence since May 2022.

    As the Prosecutor has indicated in his briefings to the Council, the alleged targeting of civilian objects and the unlawful transfer and deportation of civilians, including children, from Ukraine to the Russian Federation, are the investigative priorities of his Office.

    Mr. President,

    On a positive note, we welcome the ongoing contacts and commitment of the parties to continue exchanges of prisoners of war, most recently on Sunday involving 50 Ukrainian and 50 Russian captives.

    We are encouraged by the meeting hosted in Türkiye on 11 January between the Russian and Ukrainian ombudspersons on this issue.

    Despite the challenging context, the Black Sea Grain Initiative continues to make a difference, including by helping bring global food prices down. The Food and Agriculture Organization now reports a continued decline of its Food Price Index.

    More than 17 million metric tons of foodstuffs have now been moved under the Initiative, reaching, or on the way to, some 43 countries. 

    Roughly 20 per cent of this total is for countries categorized by the World Bank as low-income or lower-middle-income economies. 

    The United Nations also continues its engagement with all stakeholders to remove remaining obstacles to Russian food and fertilizer exports, including ammonia. These exports are key to keep prices down and mitigate food insecurity, and we urge all concerned to work to that end.

    Mr. President,

    As the Secretary-General has made clear, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a violation of the Charter of the United Nations and of international law.

     It has created a humanitarian and human rights catastrophe, traumatized a generation of children, and accelerated the global food and energy crises. And yet, this grave damage could pale in comparison with the consequences of a prolonged conflict.

    I said at the outset of my statement that there is no sign of an end to the fighting. The logic that prevails is a military one, with very little, if any, room for dialogue right now.

    But all wars end, and so too will this one. Ukraine, Russia, the world cannot afford for this war to continue. The Secretary-General is ready to assist the parties to end this senseless, unjustified conflict, on the basis of the United Nations Charter and international law.

    Thank you, Mr. President

  • 13 янв 2023

    As Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine nears its one year anniversary, the head of UN Political and Peacebuilding Affairs updated the Security Council on Friday, noting that the fighting and suffering continues “with no end in sight”.