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2021

  • 29 11月 2021

    TRIPOLI, 29 November 2021 - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) is following with great concern the continued closure of Sebha Court of...

  • 29 11月 2021

    The UN Secretary-General on Monday called on all Middle East States to transform the vision of a region with no nuclear weapons, or other weapons of mass destruction, into a working reality.   

  • 29 11月 2021

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    UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix and UNIFIL Force...

  • 29 11月 2021

    Out now! Season 2 | Episode 16 | She Stands For Peace | Click here: https://unoau.unmissions.org/podcast-series-she-stands-peace

  • 29 11月 2021

    Thank you, Mr. Chair.

     

    It is a pleasure to participate in the annual session of the Peacebuilding Commission. Today’s debate on financing for peacebuilding is of crucial importance. 

     

    A month ago, the Secretary-General presented to the PBC his report Our Common Agenda, his vision for the future of global cooperation through an inclusive, networked, and effective multilateralism.  Our Common Agenda. That vision includes a new agenda for peace calling for investment in prevention and peacebuilding, including through the Peacebuilding Commission.

     

    Smart, preventive investments to tackle the underlying drivers that sustain conflict have never been as important. The COVID-19 pandemic is stretching our resources and capacities, disproportionately affecting people and places hit by conflict. And the climate crisis not only compounds the challenges we face in peace and security, it poses an existential threat to humanity.

     

    As ambitious as Our Common Agenda is, we really have no choice but to put substantial resources – financial, political and human – to work to build a more peaceful, environmentally sound, stable and sustainable future.

     

    We need to build on the current momentum and ensure adequate, predictable, and sustained financing for peacebuilding.

     

    This idea is at the core of the twin General Assembly and Security Council resolutions adopted at the conclusion of the 2015 and 2020 Peacebuilding Architecture Reviews. The Peacebuilding Commission plays a key role in our concerted effort to help achieve this important objective ahead of the High-Level Meeting on Financing for Peacebuilding.

     

    I would like to point to four key areas that are particularly relevant to consider in this context.

     

    First, sustained financing for peacebuilding is instrumental for our ongoing work on strengthening coherence across the peace and security continuum, including the work conducted by special political missions in close cooperation with development actors, regional partners and civil society organizations.

     

    Special political missions play a critical role, supporting Member States to prevent, manage and resolve conflicts. Our regional office for West Africa, for example, continues to respond to high demand for preventive diplomacy in the region. Working side-by-side with ECOWAS and the African Union, UNOWAS has engaged with authorities and other actors to help build consensus regarding the way forward in political and security processes.

     

    If we are to effectively support Member States on trust, inclusion, social cohesion, and human rights – elements that are at the heart of Our Common Agenda and our collective work on peacebuilding – we need to continue to insist on improving coherence. Adequate, predictable, and sustained financing will allow for better incentives and can foster further collaboration across the UN system.

     

     

    Second, the strong linkages among peacemaking, peacekeeping, peacebuilding and development are mutually reinforcing. Financing for peacebuilding is key, for example, in safeguarding peacekeeping gains. This ensures effective transitions and averts a “financial cliff” after a mission leaves. Peacebuilding has helped prevent relapses into conflict in Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone notably.

     

    The dedicated Peacebuilding Fund window is a welcome contribution in this respect, with a total of $35 million invested in 2020. The transition in Darfur, for example, shows the importance of complementing resources of peacekeeping operations with the PBF investment. It enabled the UN Country Team to continue catalytic peacebuilding programmes after UNAMID’s closure. It also contributed to supporting the new integrated mandate of our special political mission, UNITAMS.

     

    We expect that the largest share of PBF investments during the 2020-2024 strategic period will be directed to support countries undergoing complex transitions when UN configurations on the ground change.

     

    Third, we continue to strengthen our partnerships with international financial institutions and regional development banks, which in recent years have resulted in more in-depth analysis of fragility factors and better understanding of conflict drivers.

    This shift towards prevention, conflict sensitivity and peacebuilding in the International Financial Institutions and the resources they bring to bear towards those objectives are potential game changers.

     

    We should not lose sight of the urgent need to make these partnerships more systematic through regular joint analysis and assessments. The creation of a Humanitarian-Development-Peacebuilding and Partnership Facility (HDPP) is contributing in a significant way to this effort, enabling the UN’s field presences to better interact with the World Bank.

     

    Examples of good partnership also include:

    • the establishment of joint information management platforms in the North/Northeast region of Kenya and in Niger;
    • joint analysis increasing coherence in responses, for instance, in Burkina Faso and Mozambique;
    • strategic, technical and operational contributions to prevention and transition action plans supported through the World Bank’s new financing instruments.

     

    We also look forward to deepening our engagement with the International Monetary Fund, in the context of its upcoming Fragility and Conflict-affected States Strategy, and regional development banks, such as the African Development Bank. There is also scope for synergy on climate risk mitigation, since climate change is a risk multiplier in many conflict settings, such as in the Sahel and Horn of Africa.

     

    We should also continue to explore stronger partnerships with the private sector. An initiative with a blended finance facility in Colombia that leveraged close to seven times the funding capital from the private sector is a powerful example that innovative financing solutions can fill the gap in peacebuilding contexts.

     

    Fourth, as Our Common Agenda acknowledges, demand for support from the Peacebuilding Fund significantly outpaces available resources. As the UN’s instrument of first resort to support peacebuilding, the Fund needs additional resources.

     

    The recourse to voluntary, extrabudgetary contributions obscures the fact that prevention and peacebuilding are structural and central objectives of the UN and the Charter obligations.

     

    Voluntary contributions are insufficient: the PBF is currently $90 million below its target for 2021. The Secretary-General’s recommendation to allocate a dedicated amount ($100 million) to the PBF from assessed contributions would indeed have a strong symbolic value.

     

    Additional and more predictable funding would enable the UN to, for example, increase its support for women-led and women-focused peacebuilding initiatives, as urged by many women peacebuilders who have briefed the PBC in the past.  More resources for peacebuilding activities would also strengthen the work special political missions are playing in promoting women’s and youth participation in peace and political processes.

     

    Excellencies,

     

    As Peacebuilding Commission Members know best of all, scaled-up preventive action could prevent loss of human life and incalculable suffering.

     

    Adequate, predictable and sustained financing, including through assessed contributions, will allow the UN, through its Peacebuilding Fund, to grow its investments in support of Our Common Agenda.

     

    I look forward to hearing from you on how we can collectively achieve this ambitious objective.

     

    Thank you.

     

  • 29 11月 2021

    The situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, continues to pose a significant challenge to international peace and security, United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, said on Monday. 

  • 27 11月 2021

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    Excellency President of the Presidency Council, Dr. Mohamed Almenfi...

  • 26 11月 2021
    This Week in DPPA is a brief roundup of political and peacebuilding events and developments at UNHQ and around the world. 

     

    Security Council

    Hennis-Plasschaert: “Iraq cannot afford its national interest to be neglected” 

    Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), briefed the Security Council on 23 November regarding last month’s elections. She noted that the polls had been assessed as generally peaceful, well run, and featuring significant technical and procedural improvements. But, she observed, there was a severe lack of trust: between parties, between parties and institutions, and between parties and authorities, in addition to the longstanding lack of public trust in both politicians and institutions. “Iraq cannot afford its national interest to be neglected,” she urged. The Special Representative repeated the UN’s consistent call for political dialogue to prevail, adding that outstanding electoral concerns must only be dealt with through established legal channels. "The importance of a sound and inclusive government formation process cannot be overstated", she stressed. 

    Full remarks at the Security Council here 

     

     
    Kubiš urges Libyan actors to ensure inclusive, free, fair parliamentary and presidential elections 

    Ján Kubiš, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), briefed the Security Council on 24 November from Tripoli on the process leading up to the 24 December elections. He warned that the political climate in Libya remained heavily polarized, noting that vocal opposition to the holding of elections on the basis of the existing legal framework persists. He called on all those that challenge the process or the candidates to channel them through the existing judicial mechanisms and to fully respect the verdict of the judicial authority. He said that the presence of foreign fighters and mercenaries continues to be of concern, although the ceasefire has continued to hold. He also noted that he had tendered his resignation on 17 November 2021, which the Secretary-General had accepted, effective as of 10 December 2021. 

    Full remarks at the Security Council here 

     

    Afghanistan

     

    UNAMA Head meets with UK, European Commission officials 

    Deborah Lyons, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) met on 23 November with Lord Tariq Ahmad, British Minister for South Asia, the United Nations and the Commonwealth, to discuss the humanitarian situation, human rights and girls' education in Afghanistan. In Brussels, on 24 November, the Special Representative discussed health care, food and lifesaving assistance with European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) Director General Paraskevi Michou.

     

    Deputy Special Representative visits Kandahar 

    In Kandahar on 25 November, Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan Mette Knudsen met with senior Taliban representatives, the business community and women leaders. The latter shared their concerns about restrictions on freedom of movement and access to education and work. Ms. Knudsen reiterated the UN’s support for the rights of all Afghans and that these issues were being raised by the UN “day-in day-out" with the Taliban.   

     

    Central Asia

    Central Asian water-energy and environment experts discuss regional strategy 

    The United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) organized an online meeting on 26 November of water-energy and environment experts of the Central Asian states Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The attendants discussed the draft text of the updated UNRCCA strategy in support of water, energy and environmental cooperation among the states of Central Asia for 2022-2025. The experts agreed that the review process will continue under the auspices of UNRCCA at the next meeting in December. 

    Read more here 

     

    Iraq

    Special Representative Hennis-Plasschaert discusses post elections 

    On 25 November, Special Representative Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert met in Baghdad with Fateh Coalition Chairman Hadi Al-Ameri. She expressed hope that the Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission and Electoral Judicial Panel would give full consideration to all appeals independently. She also urged all parties to find serious political solutions and form an inclusive government that meets the expectations of the Iraqi people.

     

    Yemen

    Special Envoy Grundberg visits Egypt and Russia 

    Hans Grundberg, Special Envoy for Yemen, concluded his visit to Egypt on 24 November. He told his interlocutors, including the Egyptian Foreign Minister, the head of the League of Arab States (LAS) and a diverse group of Yemeni men and women who are in Egypt, that piecemeal approaches would not result in a sustainable solution. Discussions in Cairo also included recent military developments in Yemen, including in Hudaydah, and the worsening humanitarian situation. He then travelled to Moscow where he met with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Vershinin Sergey Vasilievich and Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov. The Special Envoy thanked Russia for its sustained support to the UN’s peacemaking efforts in Yemen.  

    Read more here 

     

    Great Lakes Region

    Technical Support Committee of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework discusses developments in the Great Lakes Region 
     
    Huang Xia, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, opened the 29th meeting of the Technical Support Committee (TSC) of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the region, held virtually on 23 November. Participants discussed key political and security developments, and reviewed initiatives in support of the implementation of the Framework. 

    West Africa and the Sahel

    Open Day on Women, Peace and Security in Guinea-Bissau

    In Guinea-Bissau on 23 November, Special Representative and Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mahamet Saleh Annadif, together with the President of Guinea-Bissau, Umaro Sissoco Embaló, chaired the Regional Open Day on the implementation of Security Council Resolutions 1325 and subsequent resolutions on women, peace and security. The Open Day brought together nearly a hundred women and young leaders from West Africa and the Sahel, as well as government representatives from the region. They spoke about new initiatives to be put in place to prevent conflicts and consolidate peace, and ways to accelerate the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda in West Africa and the Sahel.  

    Read more here

     

    Special Representative takes part in Mano River Union meeting on Guinea 

    At the Extraordinary Session of Foreign Ministers of the Mano River Union on Guinea in Monrovia, Liberia on 22 November, Special Representative Annadif said that the meeting was the expression of an active solidarity of the geographical neighbors. He added that the “coordination and complementarity of our various initiatives, in particular from the neighbors of Guinea, will be the guarantee of our success in helping an inclusive and peaceful transition in the country”. 

     

     
    33rd Session of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission concludes in Yaoundé 

    Special Representative and Chairman of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission (CNMC) Annadif, chaired the 33rd session of the CNMC in Yaoundé, Cameroon on 19 and 20 November. Amadou Ali, Vice-Prime Minister and Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, led the delegations of Cameroon and Nigeria, respectively. During the meeting, the Mixed Commission expressed its readiness to work closely with the Parties in order to identify and to recommend the implementation of trans-border infrastructural projects to enhance the economic cooperation and the integration of the two countries and the region. 

    Full Communiqué here 

     
     

    Colombia

    Guterres: “Peace does not occur overnight. It is hard to build, take care of, and sustain” 

    Secretary-General António Guterres travelled to Colombia on 22 November to participate in celebrations of the Fifth Anniversary of the signing of the 2016 Final Peace Agreement between the Government of Colombia and the former FARC-EP. On 23 November, together with the President of Colombia, Iván Duque Márquez, Guterres was in Llano Grande, in the province of Antioquia, visiting a Training and Reintegration area. While there, he said that he appreciated having the opportunity to listen to community members, indigenous and Government authorities. The Secretary-General pointed out that they know better than anyone that peace does not occur overnight. It is hard to build, take care of, and sustain, he emphasized. Guterres then travelled on to Apartadó to learn about the progress of the Territorial Development Programme in the region. Back in Bogotá, on 24 November, the Secretary-General participated in the commemoration of the Fifth Anniversary of the signing of the Final Peace Agreement. He said the anniversary provided an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the Final Peace Agreement, acknowledge the challenges it faces, and “renew our collective commitment to fulfill its promise to build a stable and lasting peace”. 

    Read more here 

     

    Virtual Reality experience on Colombia peace process 

    To bring the Colombian peace process closer to decision-makers in New York and have Colombian public voices heard more broadly, the UN Verification Mission in Colombia and DPPA produced the Virtual Reality (VR) experience “Pathways Colombia”. As the country commemorates the fifth anniversary of the signing of the 2016 Final Peace Agreement, the film focuses on the challenges and opportunities of peace consolidation in Colombia, including reintegration, security, and reconciliation efforts. “Pathways Colombia” comprises three immersive episodes focusing on the reintegration of former combatants, security challenges and reconciliation efforts. The launch event of the VR experience was hosted by the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom and attended by Security Council members and the Colombian Permanent Mission to the UN.  

    Watch “Pathways Colombia” 

     

    Peacebuilding

    Thematic Review on Gender-Responsive Peacebuilding 

    The UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) just published the Thematic Review on Gender-Responsive Peacebuilding, commissioned by PBSO in partnership with the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO) and UN Women. The review maps good practices, gaps, challenges, emerging trends and priorities for action in gender-responsive peacebuilding and draws on consultations with women’s organizations in Guatemala, Mali, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan, and Sri Lanka. 

    Read the full report here  

     
    Global Call for Nominations  

    The Secretary-General’s Global Call for Nominations campaign to identify Heads and Deputy Heads for United Nations Field Missions has been extended until 10 December. The Global Call aims to expand the pool of candidates for the USG/ASG level positions of Special Representative of the Secretary-General and their deputies.

    For more information

     

    16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 

    UN in Lebanon urges action to end and prevent gender-based violence 

    From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to 10 December, International Human Rights Day, the United Nations System in Lebanon, the Sexual and Gender-based Violence Taskforce (SGBV TF) and the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) are joining forces, for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (GBV), to urge actions to end and prevent gender-based violence in the country. The campaign calls for the commitment of state institutions in the adoption of specialized and comprehensive laws and policies that prevent and protect women and girls from GBV. Increasing collective efforts are needed in ending gender-based violence including from national institutions and policy makers, the humanitarian and the development system, the donors, the community leaders, all women, men, girls. 

    Read more here 

     

    Next Week

    Special Coordinator Tor Wennesland will brief on the Middle East Peace Process on 29 November.  

    Launch event: Thematic Review on Gender-Responsive Peacebuilding  

    Join a virtual launch event on 1 December, 9-10 am EST to hear from a panel of policymakers and practitioners on what some of the Review findings and recommendations mean in practice.  

    RSVP here 

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  • 26 11月 2021

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan

    Within the framework of the UNRCCA’s...

  • 26 11月 2021

    Mogadishu - International partners* urge the completion of inclusive and credible House of the People elections acceptable by all electoral...

  • 26 11月 2021

    UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg (R) with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Vershinin Sergey...

  • 25 11月 2021

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    TRIPOLI, 25 November 2021 - Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Libya, and Head of UNSMIL, Ján Kubiš, along with Assistant...

  • 25 11月 2021

    THE UNITED NATIONS, THE SEXUAL AND GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE TASKFORCE AND THE NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR...

  • 24 11月 2021

    KABUL - On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW), the United Nations in Afghanistan calls on everyone...

  • 24 11月 2021

    Bogotá, 24 November 2021. On the last day of his visit to Colombia, the Secretary-General of the United Nations,...

  • 24 11月 2021

    The signing of the Final Peace Agreement five years ago generated hope and inspiration in Colombia and throughout the international community, and UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday that the achievements are undeniable, and the country’s people should be proud.

  • 24 11月 2021

    The Security Council welcomes the Paris International Conference for Libya which was convened on 12 November 2021, the Declaration issued by the participants (S/2021/958) and the...

  • 24 11月 2021

    With one month left until elections in Libya, it is important that the international community remains united in support of the process, UN Special Envoy Ján Kubiš told the Security Council on Wednesday. 

  • 24 11月 2021

    The President of Guinea-Bissau and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General exchange views with women and youth on their contribution...

  • 24 11月 2021

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    Amman, 24 November 2021 - The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, concluded today a visit to Cairo where he met...

  • 24 11月 2021

     

    FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF COLOMBIA'S FINAL PEACE AGREEMENT 

    Bogotá, 24 November 2021  

     

    Dear friend President Iván Duque, 

    Dear...

  • 23 11月 2021

    In Colombia to mark the fifth anniversary of the peace accord between the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC-EP, UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday visited a small mountainside village he described as a “laboratory of peace”, where former combatants and civilians are living and working side-by-side.

  • 23 11月 2021

    Following “hard-earned” parliamentary elections on 10 October, Iraqis of all political stripes must exercise restraint, eschew violence and await the outcome’s final certification by the Federal Supreme Court, the senior UN official in the country told the Security Council on Tuesday.

  • 23 11月 2021

    New York, 24 November 2021

    Violence against women and girls continues to be the most pervasive and pressing human rights issue in the world today.  

    It is both an abhorrent crime and a public health emergency, with far-reaching consequences for millions of women and girls in every corner of the globe.

    ...
  • 23 11月 2021

    War-torn Yemen is among the poorest countries in the world, but recovery is possible if the conflict ends now, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said in a report published on Tuesday. 

  • 23 11月 2021

    Bogotá, 23 November 2021. UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, concluded his visit to the department of...

  • 22 11月 2021

    Bogotá, 22 November 2021. United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, arrived in Bogotá on Monday to begin his two...

  • 22 11月 2021

    Beginning on 7 December, ministers from around the world will discuss the technology and medical capacity building of UN Peacekeeping, UN officials said at a press conference on Monday. 

  • 22 11月 2021

    Bissau, 23 November 2021 - H.E. Umaro Sissoco Embaló, President of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, and Mahamat Saleh ANNADIF, Special...

  • 22 11月 2021

    Small arms trafficking is a “defining factor in undermining peace and security”, the Director of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) told the Security Council on Monday during a ministerial debate. 

  • 22 11月 2021

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres is headed to Colombia this week to mark the fifth anniversary of the signing of the peace accords that ended 50 years of conflict in the country, and his activities will include travel to the village of Llano Grande, where the townspeople and former combatants are working together to secure a better future.

  • 20 11月 2021

    Yaoundé, 20 November 2021

    The Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission established pursuant to the Joint Communiqué adopted at the Summit...
  • 20 11月 2021

    Anita Kiki Gbeho is a long-serving staff member of the United Nations, having served under the blue flag for more than 25 years.

    Eight months ago,...

  • 19 11月 2021
    This Week in DPPA is a brief roundup of political and peacebuilding events and developments at UNHQ and around the world. 

     

    Security Council

    “Prevention is not a political tool but a practical pathway to peace”

    Addressing the Security Council on 16 November, Secretary-General António Guterres reiterated that his agenda of prevention calls for a surge in diplomacy for peace, as well as a better integration of prevention and risk-assessment across UN decision‑making, connecting the dots among all drivers of conflict — including poverty, inequalities, and climate change. He reminded the Council that prevention must be at the heart of the collective goals of building and sustaining peace, and this calls for consistent work with leaders, communities and partners alike to build the stability that only inclusive development provides.                                    

    Full remarks at the Security Council here

     
    Lyons: “Now is not the time to turn away from the Afghan people”

    Deborah Lyons, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), briefed on 17 November on the situation in Afghanistan, including a general assessment of the de facto Taliban administration. She noted that while the formal interactions have been generally constructive, there are limits to concessions they are willing to make on certain issues around women and girl’s fundamental rights and freedoms. “We continue to call for a more inclusive administration, in which government institutions reflect Afghanistan’s broad diversity”, said the Special Representative. Speaking to the press after the briefing, she further stressed the need for the regional and global community to remain engaged in helping the people of Afghanistan: “Now is not the time to turn away from the Afghan people”. 

    Full remarks at the Security Council here

    Press briefing here

     
    Swan stresses need for redoubled efforts for the Federal Parliament elections

    James Swan, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), briefing the Security Council on 17 November, reported on the slow and uneven progress that has been made in the electoral process. He noted that the Upper House will be represented by 26 per cent women, which is encouraging but still short of the 30 per cent target. He said the efforts of Somalia’s political leaders will need to be redoubled in the coming weeks to bring the elections for the Federal Parliament to a successful conclusion, noting that it has been more than one year since the leaders signed the 17 September Electoral Agreement and nearly six months since the commitments were reaffirmed.

    Full remarks at the Security Council here

    Central Asia

    Special Representative Gherman participates in event dedicated to Children with Disabilities

    Natalia Gherman, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) took part on 19 November in the International Web Forum on “Ensuring Inclusion for Children with Disabilities”, in time for the World Children’s Day and the 75th anniversary of UNICEF. The event addressed the development of an inclusive environment, protection and provision of the rights of persons with disabilities on global and regional levels. “I am convinced that this kind of dialogue with the younger generation is a long-term investment in a culture of peace and trust in the region and an integral part of preventive diplomacy", said the Special Representative.

    Read more here

    Iraq

    Special Representative Hennis-Plasschaert discusses electoral concerns  

    On 18 November, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), was received by President of the Republic of Iraq Barham Salih to discuss the latest political developments in Iraq. Earlier in the week, she held separate meetings with Secretary-General of the Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq movement Sheikh Qais Al-Khazali and former Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, where she stressed the importance of following legal channels in addressing electoral concerns.

     
    Deputy Special Representative Vojáčková-Sollorano discusses displacement issues

    Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, attended on 17 November the Area-Based Coordination (ABC) meeting, which provides the nexus between humanitarian and development work. Together with officials from the office of the Governor of Ninewa, they discussed the need for coordinated efforts in Mosul to help Internally Displaced Persons return home. She reiterated the United Nations continued support to the Government in its effort to achieve dignified, safe, and voluntary durable solutions to displacement in Iraq.

     
    UNAMI conducts trainings on human rights 

    UNAMI’s Human Rights Office completed on 17 November a two-day training for Iraqi judicial, security and law enforcement officials on ‘Cooperation with the United Nations Human Rights System on Protection from and Prevention of Enforced Disappearances’. On 14 November, the Office provided a training on the same topic for civil society organizations and discussed their key role in providing support to victims and their families to obtain justice and redress. 

    Read more here

    Lebanon

    Third Consultative Group Meeting on Reform, Recovery and Reconstruction  

    The Consultative Group (CG) of the Reform, Recovery and Reconstruction Framework (3RF) held its third meeting on 16 November. The Group consists of the Government of Lebanon, Lebanese civil society, the European Union, United Nations, the World Bank and international donors to monitor progress and give strategic direction to the reforms and activities under the 3RF. They discussed progress achieved so far and next steps in four main sectors: the anti-corruption sector, the Build Beirut Businesses Back Better (B5) programme, the social protection sector and the housing sector.

    Read more here

    Middle East

    Middle East Quartet Envoys meet in Oslo

    Special Coordinator Tor Wennesland met on 18 November in Oslo with the other envoys of the Middle East Quartet from the European Union, Russian Federation, and United States. The meeting followed the Ad‑Hoc Liaison Committee addressing the Palestinian economic situation. The envoys voiced their concern by developments in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza, welcoming steps announced by Israel to reach out to the Palestinian Authority to assist with the fiscal crisis .

    Read more here

    Yemen

    Special Envoy Grundberg visits Kuwait 

    Hans Grundberg, Special Envoy for Yemen, visited Kuwait on 15 November. He met with Prime Minister Sheik Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah. He underlined the importance of regional and international consensus on the Yemen file to achieve progress and reach a negotiated settlement through peaceful dialogue, and thanked Kuwait for being a steadfast partner in the UN’s peacemaking efforts in Yemen.

    Read more here

    West Africa and the Sahel

    UNOWAS hosts 36th High-level Meeting of heads of UN missions in the region

    At the invitation of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the heads of the United Nations missions in West Africa and the Sahel as well as Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) François Louncény Fall, met on 15 November for the 36th High-level Meeting in Dakar, Senegal. The discussions focused on the political, socio-economic and security trends in West Africa and the Sahel and on their impact on neighboring regions, including the Central African region. As the security situation continues to deteriorate in Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, and in the Lake Chad Basin, the participants underlined the need for a multidimensional and regional approach to address the root causes of insecurity. They also called for enhanced cooperation to address these challenges. 

    Read more here

     
    New initiative to promote social cohesion in Niger

    Special Representative Mahamat Saleh Annadif and the Prime Minister of Niger, Ouhoumoudou Hamamadou, launched a new initiative to strengthen social cohesion and consolidate national dialogue in the country. The Special Representative said “social cohesion is not just a theoretical concept, it is an effort that is renewed every day, especially in a context made fragile by the insecurity created by groups and other criminal networks.”

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    Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission holds its 33rd Ordinary Session

    In his capacity as Chairman of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission, Special Representative Annadif chaired on 19 November 2021 in Yaoundé, Cameroon, the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission. Meeting through 20 November, the objective will be to take stock of the progress made by the Sub-Commission on Demarcation, discussing points of disagreement on the delimitation of the border and the assistance to populations affected by the demarcation. The Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission was established on 15 November 2002 to facilitate the peaceful implementation of the decision of the International Court of Justice of 10 October 2002 on the border dispute between the two countries.

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    New Appointment

    Awa Dabo announced as new Deputy Head of Office for the Peacebuilding Support Office

    Awa Dabo, a human rights lawyer with extensive experience in crisis recovery, peacebuilding, transitional justice, humanitarian affairs and development, has been appointed Deputy Head of DPPA’s Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO). She has held several senior positions in the United Nations, most recently as Chief of Country Oversight and Support of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa.

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    Peacebuilding

    PBC continues to accompany Colombia’s peacebuilding process 

    The Peacebuilding Commission met on 15 November to review progress of and challenges to the implementation of Colombia’s Final Agreement for Ending the Conflict and Building a Stable and Lasting Peace and to identify areas in need of further support though the 2022 transition period to the next administration and congress. The Commission congratulated the Colombian Government and the people, noting that only half of those countries signing a peace agreement reach the 5th year, and lauded the peacebuilding gains including in reintegration of ex-combatants, transitional justice and adopting a victim-centered approach. It also raised concerns over the violence targeting human rights defenders, ex-combatants and social leaders, and urged further implementation in transitional justice, rural and land reform, and inclusive political and socio-economic participation. 

     
    “Behind the Numbers”: Hanna Tetteh speaks WPS agenda

    The third episode of the "Behind the Numbers" podcast series, released this week, features Hanna Serwaa Tetteh, Ghanaian barrister, politician and former Minister who currently serves as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union and Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU). Learn more about her experiences in government and leading international peace processes. Tetteh also touches on efforts to amplify women’s voices throughout Africa.

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    New episode of “She Stands for Peace”

    This week’s episode of the UN Office to the African Union (UNOAU)'s podcast series on women in peace and political processes features Technology and Women's Rights Policy Consultant Marwa Azelmat. She explores the gaps and opportunities for the digital inclusion of women in Africa’s Women, Peace and Security Agenda.

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    Launch of Diplomatic Pulse

    Developed jointly by DPPA’s Innovation Cell and the Qatar Computer Research Institute (QCRI) at the Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Diplomatic Pulse is a new web tool that allows users to quickly search official statements and press releases from all UN Member States. The initiative aims to advance data analytics and internal capacities across the UN family, in line with the Secretary-General’s Data Strategy. The service is now available at https://diplomaticpulse.org

     
    Global Call for Nominations  

    The Secretary-General’s Global Call for Nominations campaign to identify Heads and Deputy Heads for United Nations Field Missions has been extended until 10 December. The Global Call aims to expand the pool of candidates for the USG/ASG level positions of Special Representative of the Secretary-General and their deputies.

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    Next Week

    Special Representative Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert will brief on the situation in Iraq on 23 November. Special Envoy Jan Kubiš will brief on Libya on 24 November. 

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    New York, 20 November 2021

    The COVID-19 crisis continues to deeply affect economies and societies everywhere.

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  • 19 11月 2021

    New York, 19 November 2021. The Secretary-General will visit Colombia from 23-24 November in celebration of the Fifth Anniversary of the signing of the landmark 2016 Final...

  • 19 11月 2021

    New York, 19 November 2021. The Secretary-General will visit Colombia from 23-24 November in celebration of the Fifth Anniversary of the signing of the...

  • 19 11月 2021

    On 19 November 2021, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Central Asia, Head of the UN Regional Centre for...

  • 18 11月 2021

    New York, 19 November 2021

    Life without a toilet is dirty, dangerous and undignified.

    Everyone should have access to hygienic, safe, and sustainable sanitation. Yet 3.6 billion people still live without safely managed sanitation, threatening health, harming the environment, and hindering economic development....

  • 18 11月 2021

    The Envoys of the Middle East Quartet from the European Union, the Russian Federation, the United States, and the United Nations met in person in Oslo, Norway following an important meeting of the Ad-Hoc Liaison Committee addressing the Palestinian economic situation.

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  • 18 11月 2021

    In his capacity as Chairman of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mahamat Saleh ANNADIF, will...

  • 17 11月 2021

    NEW YORK - Media stakeout following the briefing to the Security Council by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Deborah Lyons.

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  • 17 11月 2021

    Despite a crisis of trust both within the country and abroad, three months after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, it is taking halting steps to pursue international legitimacy, a senior UN official in Kabul told the Security Council on Wednesday.

  • 17 11月 2021

    (As delivered, New York, 17 November 2021)

     

    Mr. President, Distinguished Members of the Council,

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  • 17 11月 2021

    Although progress has been made in Somalia’s electoral process, it has been slow and uneven, the UN Special Representative for the country said in a briefing to the Security Council on Wednesday.

  • 17 11月 2021

    PRESS RELEASE

     

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  • 16 11月 2021

    Preventing conflicts requires closing development gaps, shrinking inequality and bringing hope to people around the globe, senior UN officials told the Security Council on Tuesday.

  • 16 11月 2021

    Sensitizing public opinion to the question of Palestine, and promoting a peaceful settlement to the decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, are among the goals of the 2021 UN International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East, which began on Tuesday. 

  • 16 11月 2021

    Over the past week, mass arrests of people reportedly of Tigrayan origin have continued in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa and elsewhere, the UN rights office said on Tuesday. 

  • 16 11月 2021

    KABUL - The UN Security Council session on the situation in Afghanistan is scheduled to take place at 15:00 New York local time, Wednesday 17 November (00:30 Kabul local time, Thursday 18 November)...