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2021

  • 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)...

  • 15 11月 2021

    Dakar, 15 November 2021 - At the invitation of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations...

  • 15 11月 2021

    Children in the Central African Republic (CAR) have suffered a spike in grave violations since the end of 2020, according to a new UN report on the situation in the country, issued on Monday. 

  • 15 11月 2021

    Photo: Office of the PM of Kuwait

    Amman, 15 November 2021 – The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg visited today Kuwait where he met with Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid...

  • 15 11月 2021

    Out now! Season 2 | Episode 15 | She Stands For Peace | Click here: https://unoau.unmissions.org/podcast-series-she-stands-peace

  • 15 11月 2021

    Mogadishu – Somalia’s international partners* welcome the conclusion of the Upper House elections following the 11 November National Consultative Council meeting and leaders’...

  • 14 11月 2021

    Even amid the dire humanitarian crisis in the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia, health workers continue to deliver safe, lifesaving care to mothers-to-be, with assistance from the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). 

  • 13 11月 2021

    Garowe – As Samsam Said Mohamed was growing up, she started to notice that something was not quite right when it came to the situation that her...

  • 12 11月 2021
    This Week in DPPA is a brief roundup of political and peacebuilding events and developments at UNHQ and around the world. 
     
    DiCarlo in Paris Conference on Libya 

    Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo led the UN delegation at the Paris Conference on Libya on 12 November on behalf of Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The Conference aims to show the support of the international community to Libyans and the peace process. Prior to the Conference, USG DiCarlo had a series of meetings in Paris at the Quai d’Orsay and the Élysée on a range of issues on the Security Council’s agenda, where she reiterated the UN’s support for inclusive and credible parliamentary and presidential elections on 24 December, as envisaged under the Political Roadmap adopted in 2020, and mandated by Security Council resolution 2570. 

     
    DiCarlo commemorates UN Police Week 

    Commemorating the start of the 16th United Nations Police Week, USG DiCarlo took part at the opening event on 8 November and commended the continued dedication of the UN Police to protecting the communities we serve. She acknowledged the viral role UN Police play, which has evolved significantly in scope and scale over time, and the support it provides to the work of special political missions.  

    Read full remarks here 

    Security Council

    “There must be an immediate cessation of hostilities in Ethiopia” 

    Addressing the Security Council on 8 November, USG DiCarlo stressed the urgent need for negotiation of a lasting ceasefire in Ethiopia and the creation of conditions for an inclusive dialogue. She warned that the risks in the yearlong conflict in Tigray have reached disastrous proportions, and the stability of the wider Horn of Africa region is in grave uncertainty. “Ethiopia, a founding member of the United Nations, needs our support. We urge Ethiopians to come together to build a shared, prosperous future before it is too late”, she said.  

    Read full remarks here  

    Central Asia

    UNRCCA hosts training on WPS  

    On 10 November, the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) held an online seminar on women, peace and security and gender equality. The meeting saw the participation of youth from Central Asia and Afghanistan. The participants were briefed on UN Security Council Resolutions on women, peace and security, and the responsibilities, monitoring and reporting mechanisms of these resolutions.

    Read more here 

    Iraq

    Special Representative stresses the importance of continued dialogue 

    Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), met on 10 November in Baghdad with Sayyed Ammar al-Hakim, Head of the Hikma National Movement to discuss the political situation in Iraq following the general elections. The Special Representative stressed the importance of calm and continued dialogue as Iraqis await the final results.

     
    Deputy Special Representative in Kuwait 

    On 9 November, Deputy Special Representative for the Secretary-General Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir was received in Kuwait by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Majdi Al-Dhafiri. She visited the Kuwaiti Forensics Laboratory and held further meetings with Assistant Minister of International Organizations Abdulaziz Saud Mohammad Al Jarallah, and Ambassador of Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for Kuwaiti Prisoners and Missing Persons Rabe’a al-Adsani. Discussions focused on the political situation in the region, with emphasis on the file of Kuwaiti Missing Persons and Property.

    Lebanon

    Special Coordinator participates in “Elections Forum” ahead of 2022 elections 

    Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka co-chaired on 8 November the “Elections Forum” to discuss Lebanon’s preparations for the 2022 parliamentary elections and how the international community can better assist Lebanon. In her opening remarks, she underlined the importance of bold and profound reforms for Lebanon and stressed that the 2022 elections were critical to the success of the reform agenda and for rebuilding trust with the Lebanese citizens. 

    Read more here

    Middle East

    New report calls for coordinated response to address deterioration in Palestinian economy and fiscal situation 

    A newly published United Nations report, issued by the office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO), highlights the urgency of addressing the continuing economic and fiscal crisis faced by the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian people. The report, prepared for the upcoming meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) in Oslo on 17 November 2021, warns of a piecemeal approach to address the current political, economic and security challenges in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) which only risks perpetuating a continuous cycle of crisis management, and urges a coordinated and integrated response to resolve this increasingly precarious situation. 

    Read more here 

    Read full report here 

    Yemen

    Special Envoy concludes visit to Taiz

    Hans Grundberg, Special Envoy for Yemen, concluded a three-day visit to Taiz governorate on 11 November after meeting with a wide range of stakeholders in Taiz city, Turbah and Mokha. He underlined the urgent need for comprehensive solutions and inclusive political dialogue and called for all stakeholders to engage in constructive discussions on political, military and economic issues that concern everyone in Yemen.

    Read more here 

    Press statement following his visit

    West Africa and the Sahel

    Special Representative launches new initiative to promote social cohesion in Guinea 

    Mahamat Saleh Annadif, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), and the Foreign Minister of Guinea Morissanda Kouyaté, launched on 10 November a new initiative to help facilitate a peaceful and inclusive transition in Guinea by fostering reconciliation at the national and community levels. Special Representative Annadif called on all Guineans, especially the youth, to work to build a culture of peace and to resolutely turn away from voices that call for violence, confrontation, discrimination and hatred. 

    Read more here

    Colombia

    Forum for Peace and Reconciliation in Murindo 

    From 10 to 11 November, on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the Peace Agreement, the Verification Mission in Colombia held a Forum for Peace and Reconciliation in the municipality of Murindó, Antioquia, where diverse ethnic communities, former combatants and the local government actively participated. The contribution of children and youth to music and dance performances and soccer tournaments was especially significant. The Special Jurisdiction for Peace engaged victims of armed conflict in a workshop on reconciliation and rebuilding of social and community ties. Colombian artist César López promoted a culture of peace through musical acts. The Mission and the artist donated musical instruments to the local community. 

     
    Verification Mission and OHCHR appeal to all armed actors to respect life and human rights in Cauca 

    Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Verification Mission, and Juliette de Rivero, Representative of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Colombia, visited Popayán on 10 November to learn first-hand about the protection and prevention challenges faced by the department of Cauca, especially in the municipality of Argelia. They reiterated the significance of the institutional presence to guarantee security in the territory and the work of the members of the Departmental Board of Guarantees in Cauca for the protection of leaders and people in the reintegration process. They also noted the importance of collective protection measures and access to justice as essential elements to strengthen peacebuilding in the territory. 

    Peacebuilding

    PBC and AU Peace and Security Council annual consultative meeting  

    The 4th informal consultative Peacebuilding Commission-African Union Peace and Security meeting, co-chaired by Egypt, focused on enhancing cooperation around the critical political transitions currently underway in Africa. Special Representative of the Secretary-General Hanna Tetteh welcomed the upcoming PBC meeting on Chad in cooperation with the AU and called for more support for regional capacities and strengthened AU-UN partnership. AU Commissioner Bankole Adeoye underscored the importance of the nexus between peace, security, governance, and development, and the need for the UN to do more to address regression of democracy and the expansion of terrorism in some parts of Africa. The participating Member States expressed support for the SG’s Common Agenda, including broadening the flexible agenda of the PBC to include more countries and regions and ensuring more predictable financing for peacebuilding. 

     
    New episode of “She Stands for Peace”

    This week’s episode of the UNOAU's podcast series on women in peace and political processes features Hajiya 

    Raheemat Omoro Momodu, the Head of Human Security and Civil Society at Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). She shares her insights and best practices on how RECs, the African Union and the Member States have translated commitments to Women, Peace and Security, to action. 

    Listen to the episode 

    For more information on the podcast series, click here 

    Hate Speech

    Outcome report of the regional forum on hate speech is out 

    A comprehensive report of the recent regional forum on hate speech was released this week. The forum took place in Douala, Cameroon, from 26-29 October, organized jointly by the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa and the Commission of the Economic Community of Central African States with support from the Cameroonian government among others. The report outlines the outcome of the forum, including the setting up of a Platform of media professionals for peace and sustainable development in Central Africa as well as the launch of a project on “Awards for the best anti-hate speech content”. 

    Read more here 

    Next Week

    The Security Council will hold an open debate on peace and security through preventive diplomacy on 16 November. Special Representatives James Swan and Deborah Lyons will brief on Somalia and Afghanistan, respectively, on 17 November.

     
    Global Call for Nominations  

    The Secretary-General’s Global Call for Nominations to identify Heads and Deputy Heads for United Nations Field Missions is open until 15 November. 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. The campaign is open to women and men, including UN staff members (at the D1 and above level) and external candidates. 

    For more information

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  • 12 11月 2021

    The situation in Africa’s Lake Chad Basin region remains highly volatile, the UN peacekeeping chief told the Security Council on Friday, spotlighting a rising tide of extremist violence as a continuously crippling force.

  • 12 11月 2021

    The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday urged authorities in Myanmar to immediately release all journalists who have been jailed for practicing their profession. 

  • 12 11月 2021
  • 12 11月 2021

    Mogadishu – Wrapping up a five-day visit to Somalia, a senior United Nations official today called on the Somali leadership to accelerate efforts towards...

  • 12 11月 2021

    Mogadishu – Wrapping up a five-day visit to Somalia, a senior United Nations official today called on the Somali leadership to accelerate efforts towards the completion of the country’s...

  • 12 11月 2021

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres has urged Libyans to forge a spirt of national unity and overcome any remaining differences ahead of landmark presidential and parliamentary elections next month. 

  • 12 11月 2021

    Niamey, 12 November 2021 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office...

  • 12 11月 2021

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan

    In November 2021, the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for...

  • 11 11月 2021

    The UN Security Council has called for an immediate cessation of violence across Myanmar, and efforts to ensure the safety of civilians, following reports of more clashes between the armed forces and militant groups. 

  • 11 11月 2021

    A piecemeal approach to the current political, economic and security challenges in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) only risks perpetuating a continuing crisis, according to a new UN report published on Thursday.

  • 11 11月 2021

    Ahead of Thursday’s Security Council meeting behind closed doors on Yemen, the UN Special Envoy, Hans Grundberg, said that a UN-led political process could still be part of a sustainable solution to the conflict.

  • 11 11月 2021

    Conakry, 11 November 2021 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mahamat Saleh ANNADIF,...

  • 11 11月 2021

    A newly published United Nations report highlights the urgency to address the continuing economic and fiscal crisis faced by the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian people. It urges a coordinated and integrated response to resolve this increasingly precarious situation.

    The report, issued by the office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) for the upcoming meeting of...

  • 11 11月 2021

    Photo: OSESGY

    Amman, 11 November 2021  – The UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg concluded yesterday a three-day visit to Taiz governorate. He held meetings in Taiz city, Turbah and...

  • 11 11月 2021

    The United Nations-African Union Joint Task Force on Peace and Security held its twentieth consultative meeting via virtual platform on 5 November.2021

    The meeting reviewed the...

  • 10 11月 2021

    UN Police (UNPOL) is a key component of peacekeeping, Under-Secretary-General Jean-Pierre Lacroix told the Security Council on Thursday, whose officers help guide the UN’s response to challenges facing the thousands of ‘blue helmets’ who serve, through the Action for Peacekeeping initiative (A4P).

  • 10 11月 2021

    Global casualties from anti-personnel landmines were “exceptionally high” last year, with Syrians and Afghans worst-hit, a UN-backed civil society report said on Wednesday

  • 10 11月 2021

    The UN Human Rights High Commissioner has urged Belarus and Poland to urgently resolve the burgeoning migrant crisis on their mutual border, where thousands of people have gathered in an attempt to enter the European Union (EU). 

  • 9 11月 2021

    This year’s UN Woman Police Offer of the Year Award was officially handed over to Superintendent Sangya Malla on Tuesday, for her groundbreaking work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – one of the highlights of the annual Police Week celebrations taking place at UN Headquarters in New York.

  • 9 11月 2021

    Diversity should be viewed as a powerful benefit, rather than a threat, particularly in countries experiencing conflict, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, during a Security Council debate focused on the issue of inclusion. 

  • 9 11月 2021

    Dakar, 9 November 2021 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mahamat ANNADIF, expresses his solidarity and offers his sincere condolences to the families of the victims, the Government and the people of Niger following the death of more than twenty children caused by a fire on November 8 in a school in Maradi, in the south of Niger.

    The...

  • 9 11月 2021

    The Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) is pleased to present its Third Quarterly Report under the Multi-Year Appeal (MYA) covering the period from 1 July to 30 September 2021. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, DPPA was able to respond to opportunities, take risks and meet demand for preventive diplomacy, mediation, conflict resolution and peacebuilding – our core work. For more information, please contact DPPA’s Donor Relations Team at: dppa-donorrelations@un.org

  • 9 11月 2021

    Fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has forced at least 11,000 people to flee to neighbouring Uganda since Sunday night, representing the largest refugee influx in a single day for more than a year, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday. 

  • 8 11月 2021

    A year-long conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia has reached “disastrous proportions”, the UN political chief told the Security Council on Monday, warning of “grave uncertainty” surrounding the future of the country and stability of the whole Horn of Africa region.

     

  • 8 11月 2021

    Remarks to the Security Council on Ethiopia, Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo

     

    Mr. President,

    Thank you for this opportunity to brief the Security Council on the situation in Ethiopia.  And I welcome today the participation of President Olusegun Obasanjo, African Union High Representative for the Horn of Africa. 

     

    Mr. President,

    The year-long conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia has reached disastrous proportions.  The fighting places the future of the country and its people, as well as the stability of the wider Horn of Africa region, in grave uncertainty.

    In recent days, Tigrayan forces have advanced southwards towards Addis Ababa, acting in coordination with the Oromo Liberation Army. The Government of Ethiopia has declared a nationwide state of emergency and has stated it is fighting “an existential war”. Elsewhere, insecurity in the Oromia region continues to worsen, while the situation in parts of the Benishangul-Gumuz region remains tense.

    There has been much speculation regarding how this crisis will unfold over the coming weeks. In a country of over 110 million people, over 90 different ethnic groups and 80 languages, no one can predict what continued fighting and insecurity will bring. But let me be clear: What is certain is that the risk of Ethiopia descending into a widening civil war is only too real.  That would bring about a humanitarian catastrophe and consume the future of such an important country.

    The political repercussions of intensifying violence in the wider region would be immense, compounding the many crises besetting the Horn of Africa.

    Just in northern Ethiopia today, more than 7 million people need humanitarian assistance. Efforts to mobilize assistance in Tigray, where more than 5 million people need food and an estimated 400,000 people are living in famine-like conditions, continue to be undermined by an inability to move cash, fuel and supplies into the region. No aid trucks have reached Mekelle since 18 October amid continued airstrikes.

    United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) flights have remained suspended since airstrikes on 22 October forced a flight to return to Addis Ababa. We have been unable to move fuel into Tigray since August. While some emergency supplies have been moved, it has been four months since the last major shipment of medicines and health supplies into Tigray.

    Lack of access means that humanitarian organizations have had to scale back core, life-saving activities, including water trucking, food distributions, mobile clinics and support for acutely malnourished children and mothers. 

    Needs and protection concerns are also rapidly escalating in the Amhara and Afar regions, with large numbers of people fleeing from their homes as the fighting continues to expand.

    Let us recall that this expanding crisis is happening in a country that was already grappling with enormous humanitarian challenges, including local conflicts, flooding, drought and infectious disease outbreaks. While needs are most acute in the north, across Ethiopia as a whole, more than 20 million people are estimated to need some form of humanitarian support. More than 5 million people are internally displaced.

    Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths traveled to Ethiopia over the weekend to review Ethiopia’s increasing needs and plan for a greater humanitarian response should the fighting continue as is feared.  Unfettered access to conflict areas remains key. 

     

    Mr. President,

    Last week, the report of the joint OHCHR-Ethiopian Human Rights Commission investigation into the conflict in Tigray, which covered the period between November 2020 and June 2021, shed light on the horrific suffering civilians have endured.

    The report concludes that there are reasonable grounds to believe that all parties to the conflict – including the Ethiopian National Defence Force, Eritrean Defence Force, Amhara Special Forces and allied militia on one side and Tigrayan forces on the other – committed violations of international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law, to include  attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, indiscriminate attacks resulting in civilian casualties and extrajudicial killings, torture, arbitrary detentions, sexual and gender-based violence and forced displacement.

    The report states that war crimes and crimes against humanity may have been committed. It also outlines steps that should be taken to ensure accountability for these acts.  High Commissioner Bachelet highlighted in her remarks last week that incidents of serious human rights violations have continued.

    More recently, incidents of hate speech and targeting of ethnic groups have increased at an alarming rate. In this regard the Security Council’s call on 5 November for refraining from inflammatory speech and incitement to violence is welcome and timely.    

     

    Mr. President,

    There must be an immediate cessation of hostilities. This has been the call of the Secretary-General, African Union Commission Chair Faki, IGAD Executive Secretary Workneh, the leader of Ethiopia’s key neighbour Kenya President Ururu Kenyatta, and the UN Security Council.

    They have also called for negotiation of a lasting ceasefire and for the creation of conditions for an inclusive Ethiopian dialogue to resolve the crisis and create the foundation for peace and stability throughout the country.

    The Secretary-General has been in frequent contact with Prime Minister Abiy, urging restraint and dialogue and offering his good offices. Further, the Secretary-General has offered President Obasanjo the full support of the United Nations to his efforts to resolve the conflict. UN colleagues on the ground continue to urge all sides to this conflict to show restraint and provide unfettered access to vulnerable populations.

     

    Mr. President,

    The recently concluded elections in Ethiopia demonstrated the people’s commitment to the democratic process.  At the ceremony to mark his new mandate last month, Prime Minister Abiy spoke of his Government’s commitment to resolve the ongoing challenges and his intention to launch a national dialogue. The urgency for such an inclusive initiative has never been greater.

     

    Mr. President,

    In closing, let me stress that the UN is steadfastly committed to stay and deliver in Ethiopia in support of all the people of the country. We continue our work there, including thanks to the dedication of our Ethiopian national staff, who must be provided full protection by national authorities, regardless of their background.   

    Ethiopia, a founding member of the United Nations, needs our support. We urge Ethiopians to come together to build a shared, prosperous future before it is too late.

    Thank you.    

  • 8 11月 2021

    Dear colleagues,

    Ladies and gentlemen,

    I am very pleased to join you for this year’s United Nations Police Week.

    I would like to start by commending you and your colleagues for your continued dedication to protecting the communities we serve, particularly during a crisis as complex as the COVID-19 pandemic.

    UN Police has been an integral part of the UN’s peace and security work since the first time it was deployed, over 60 years ago. Though your role has evolved significantly in scope and scale, UN Police remains as vital today as it was then.

    An aspect of this evolution is how UN policing now increasingly supports the work of special political missions. While these missions are civilian in character and do not have embedded formed police units, they are often requested to provide specialized support to national authorities in areas such as reforming national security institutions and law enforcement. To deliver on these mandates, we have greatly benefited from the expertise provided by UN Police – and in particular from the deployment of police advisers to our missions.

    Today, in environments as challenging as Libya and Somalia, UN Police is supporting the work of our missions in a variety of ways: by helping advance respect for human rights in national justice, police and corrections systems; by advising governments on transitional justice and reconciliation issues; and by providing inputs on police-related aspects of peace processes and transitional roadmaps.

    In Haiti, for example, our Police and Corrections Advisers have provided important support to the Haitian National Police in areas such as the reduction of gang violence, gender-responsive protection in affected communities, and respect for human rights. They have also assisted the Haitian National Police to improve its diversity, helping increase the percentage of women officers in new graduating classes from 5 to 20 percent.

    In Somalia, UNSOM police advisers are supporting the implementation of the New Policing Model, which provides an organizational framework for policing at the national and federated member state level. This is a fundamental part of our mandate to help strengthen federal institutions in the country, and of the blueprint for sustaining peace in Somalia.

    Similarly, in Libya, UNSMIL Police, in collaboration with the Libyan Ministry of Interior, have created the first Model Police Station in Tripoli. The police station is now ready to serve a community of approximately 300,000 people – and will serve as a model for other police stations around the country in its rights-based approach. 

    Colleagues,

    The recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic remains a major challenge for us. The pandemic continues to exacerbate vulnerabilities in the communities we serve, and has made the delivery of our mandates more difficult. I remain concerned about its socio-economic impact, and how rising poverty, inequality and marginalization may fuel tensions and potentially violence.

    This is why the UN’s robust response to the pandemic has been so vital. Our missions and country teams reacted quickly in order to support host governments in their efforts to fight the virus, and are now helping them to build back better in a sustainable manner.

    UN Police is an important part of this response. Across our missions, you have helped Member States address the impact of the pandemic – from advising host countries on how to limit the spread of the virus in correctional facilities to helping strengthen human rights-based policing during states of emergency.

    I also want to highlight the important role of the Standing Police Capacity in this area, particularly in its support to Member States in non-mission settings, such as in Angola, Maldives and Zambia.

    Colleagues,

    Before concluding, I would like to briefly speak about how the UN is currently responding to the converging global threats we see today.

    Last year, during the commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, the General Assembly adopted an ambitious Declaration that recognized the magnitude of current challenges, the urgent need for collective solutions, and the centrality of the United Nations in addressing these challenges.

    In response to the UN75 Declaration, on 10 September, the Secretary-General presented his report on “Our Common Agenda”. The report offers an ambitious vision: a renewed, more inclusive and networked multilateralism at the international level; new social contracts that address exclusion and inequalities at the domestic level; more solidarity towards current and future generations; and a United Nations that is fit for a new era.

    On the peace and security front, this comprehensive agenda includes important commitments: a new Agenda for Peace that puts prevention and violence reduction at its centre; a new vision for rule of law assistance to Member States; a concerted effort to enhance women’s participation in decision-making and their involvement in security policies.

    Delivering on these commitments will be a significant undertaking. It will require all of us to work together, building on our respective strengths. I look forward to the support of UN Police to this agenda, and to your continuing cooperation with DPPA. I wish you fruitful meetings for the remainder of the UN Police Week.

  • 8 11月 2021

    Thank you very much Governor.  Obviously, I am very honoured to be with you here today in Taiz. I just had a very constructive meeting...

  • 8 11月 2021

    Out now! Season 2 | Episode 14 | She Stands For Peace | Click here: https://unoau.unmissions.org/podcast-series-she-stands-peace

  • 8 11月 2021

    UN and Ministry of Interior Chair Elections Forum in Beirut

    8 November 2021

     

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  • 7 11月 2021

    The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has condemned “in the strongest terms” the assassination attempt on Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, following a drone attack overnight on Sunday, aimed on his house in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone.

  • 6 11月 2021

    Mogadishu – Decades of war and civil unrest have taken their toll on Somalia’s environment, with attention firmly focused on the country’s humanitarian needs for a long time.

    That...

  • 5 11月 2021

    The Members of the United Nations Security Council expressed “deep concern” about the expansion and intensification of military clashes in northern Ethiopia. 

  • 5 11月 2021
    This Week in DPPA is a brief roundup of political and peacebuilding events and developments at UNHQ and around the world. 

    Climate Security

    ASG Pobee participates in COP26 side event on climate, peace and stability

    Martha Pobee, Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Africa, participated virtually on 2 November in a high-level side event at the UN Climate Change Conference 2021 (COP26) focusing on climate, peace and stability. The Assistant Secretary-General stressed the need to address the implications of climate change on peace and stability through all relevant channels of climate action. “We must take immediate action to strengthen the resilience of countries and people suffering from increasingly frequent and severe climate impacts, compounded by violence and conflict,” she said.

    Watch her full remarks

    Security Council

    Sixth edition of the "UN Security Council in Review" out now

    DPPA's Security Council Affairs Division has released the sixth edition of the "United Nations Security Council in Review." The monthly newsletter offers an overview of the activity of the Security Council for the previous month. It is an addition to the existing research tools and information products available here.

    Read the latest October newsletter here

    Lebanon

    Special Coordinator visits Ahle and West Bekaa

    Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka visited on 4 November the areas of Zahle and the West Bekaa in eastern Lebanon. She met with local authorities and toured a development project, an educational institution and an informal tented site for Syrian refugees. “The impact of the crisis on the people of the Bekaa, just like in other Lebanese areas, is very serious and requires immediate solutions,” the Special Coordinator said after meeting separately with local authorities in Zahle and in West Bekaa. She underlined the need for stabilization and long-term plans that serve the stability and sustainable development of the Bekaa.

    Read more here

    Yemen

    Special Envoy concludes visit to Iran

    Hans Grundberg, Special Envoy for Yemen, concluded a visit to Iran on 3 November after meeting with senior Iranian officials and representatives of the international community in Tehran. Expressing his concern over the military escalation in Yemen, the Special Envoy emphasized the need for a negotiated settlement . He also discussed the deteriorating humanitarian and economic situation in Yemen, and the importance of ensuring freedom of movement of people and goods into and throughout the country.

    Read more here

    Libya

    UNSMIL calls on the Member States to support the departure of all mercenaries and foreign fighters 

    Ján Kubiŝ, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) commended the continuous efforts of the 5+5 Joint Military Commission as it concluded on 1 November a three-day meeting in Cairo. They agreed with representatives of Chad, Niger and Sudan on establishing an effective communication and coordination mechanism to support the implementation of the JMC Action Plan for the departure of mercenaries, foreign fighters, and foreign forces from the Libyan territories as a gradual, balanced, synchronized, and sequenced process. “I am honored to witness this progress achieved by Libya, Chad, Niger, and Sudan” Mr. Kubiŝ added. “This responds to the overwhelming demand of the Libyan people and further creates a positive momentum in light of the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections on 24 December.”

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    Great Lakes Region

    Special Representative visits Uganda

    Huang Xia, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, met on 4 November with Ugandan President Yoweri K Museveni in Entebbe to discuss matters of security and development in the region. The Special Envoy thanked the President for Uganda’s commitment to work with its neighbors and the United Nations to further regional development and prosperity. 

    West Africa and the Sahel

    Special Representative takes part in the UNISS Steering Committee meeting

    Mahamat Saleh Annadif, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), closed the 12th meeting of the Steering Committee of United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel (UNISS). The event was mainly participated by UN Regional Directors and Resident Coordinators of the 10 Sahel countries to discuss geostrategic dynamics and strategic positioning of the UN in the Sahel region. At the event, Special Representative Annadif underlined the importance of a regional approach to deal with the crisis created by Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin and a closer synergy between UNISS and the regional stabilization strategy for the Lake Chad Basin. 

    Sudan

    Special Representative continues his efforts amid the ongoing crisis

    Volker Perthes, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), met on 31 October Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, who remains under house arrest since the coup on 25 October. They discussed options for mediation and the way forward for the country. On 1 November, the Special Representative briefed the media and again called for the release of detainees and Prime Minister Hamdok’s full liberty. “Real negotiations … can only be held between people who are at liberty,” he said. Watch full press briefing here 

    Colombia

    “5th anniversary offers opportunity to reflect on progress and reinforce implementation”

    Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Verification Mission took part in a forum organized in Cali on 3 November reflecting on the 5 year since the signing of the Peace Agreement. At the forum, he shared the challenges of political participation, reconciliation and urban reincorporation. He also stressed the need for active and effective participation of women and youth as a fundamental condition for the construction of a sustainable and inclusive peace in Colombia.

    Watch full remarks here

     
    Rafting for Peace in Caquetá

    The second edition of the rafting festival #RemandoPorLaPaz, promoted by the Club Deportivo Remando por la Paz (Rafting for Peace), began on 5 November. This year's festival brings together environmental organizations, rafting clubs from Costa Rica and Colombia, people in the process of reintegration and the Caquetá community as they race down the Caguán River to pay homage to the work of the environmental leaders of San Vicente del Caguán, as well as to promote the protection of the environment and peacebuilding in the territory. This initiative is supported by the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, Caguán Expeditions, ARN Colombia, WWF, the Government of Caquetá and the Mayor's Office of San Vicente del Caguán.

    Peacebuilding

    PBC discusses youth empowerment in Burundi

    On 2 November, the Peacebuildling Commission (PCB) Burundi Configuration met to identify ways of supporting Burundi’s efforts to promote youth economic empowerment and entrepreneurship. Through the briefings by the Permanent Representatives of Burundi as well as the UN Resident Coordinator, a representative of Burundi’s Youth Investment Bank, five youth entrepreneurs, and the Executive Director of Jimbere magazine, the Commission recognized the importance of improving youth access to professional training and business loans and creating better links between the education system and employment opportunities. The Commission underscored the urgency of overcoming threats related to overused and degraded resources, and committed to promoting coherent support to encourage youth entrepreneurship and job creation through its Youth Investment Bank and its Youth Stimulus. It further recognized the Peacebuilding Fund investments of about $4.9 million for youth empowerment in Burundi and encouraged further support.

    Watch full meeting here

     
    Global Call for Nominations 

    Secretary-General Guterres on 28 September launched the third edition of the Global Call for Nominations campaign to identify Heads and Deputy Heads for United Nations Field Missions. Open until 15 November, the Global Call aims to expand the pool of candidates for the Under-Secretary-general/Assistant Secretary-General level positions of Special Representative of the Secretary-General and their deputies with a view to advancing gender parity and geographical diversity at the most senior leadership level in the field. The campaign is open to women and men, including UN staff members (at the D1 and above level) and external candidates.

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    New episode of “She Stands for Peace”

    This week’s episode of the UNOAU's podcast series on women in peace and political processes features Bankole Adeoye, the African Union's Commissioner for Political Affairs and Peace and Security, and Hanna Tetteh, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office to the African Union. They discuss the importance of partnerships based on mutual respect and commitment for the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Africa.

    Listen to the episode

    For more information on the podcast series, click here

    Next Week

    The Security Council will discuss on the situation in Ethiopia on 8 November. The Council will then hold an open debate on the maintenance of international peace and security: Exclusions, inequality and conflicts on 9 November, and a briefing on Peace and Security in Africa to discuss G5 Sahel on 12 November.  

    France, Germany and Italy, with UN support, will co-chair an international conference on Libya in Paris on 12 November.

     

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