This week at DPPA: 10 – 16 September 2022

USG participates in the meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

This week, Deputy Secretary General Rosemary DiCarlo attended the meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member countries in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. He told the summit that the global peace and security environment is more volatile than it has been in at least 30 years, and the risk of catastrophic miscalculation or escalation is increasing. He emphasized that the situation in Afghanistan is a major concern for the region, and noted that the SCO states have already assumed great responsibility in this regard. Before and during the summit, the USG met with, among others, the President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, the Special Representative of the President of Uzbekistan for Foreign Affairs, the Secretary General of the SCO, and the foreign ministers of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. and Iran. He also held discussions with other leaders within the framework of the Summit.

ASG informed about the clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia in Yencha Security Council

On September 15, Assistant Secretary General Miroslav Yenca informed the Security Council about the recent clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia. According to him, the parties “must comply with the obligation to fully implement the Tripartite declaration on the cease-fire dated November 9, 2020”. He also drew attention to the announcement that a ceasefire had been agreed on September 14 starting at 20:00 local time, stressing that the UN welcomed this announcement and hoped that the ceasefire would be ensured.

SRSG Perthes briefs the Security Council on developments in Sudan

On September 13, SRSG Volker Perthes briefed the Council on the situation in Sudan. He stressed that “the overall situation will continue to deteriorate if the political situation is not found to restore a credible, fully functioning civilian-led government.” Regarding the political process, he said the president of the Sovereign Council, General Abdulfattah Burhan, announced the military’s intention to withdraw from politics, an announcement that much of the public doubted, but which nevertheless created momentum among the civilian forces and aimed at a number of key initiatives. in response, they emerged to achieve a shared “civic” vision.

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The DSE for Syria informs the Security Council about political processes

On September 14, Deputy Special Envoy for Syria Najat Rochdi informed the Council about the situation in this country. He stressed that “the political process will not move forward in a meaningful or sustainable way until the violence is curbed and ultimately ended.” He also said that despite calls for restraint, Syrian civilians are still being killed, detained, displaced and unable to return home safely. Even in the last two weeks of relative calm, exchanges of rocket and artillery fire, as well as violent incidents by illegal terrorist groups, continue.

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The UNAMI Erbil regional office and the Ministry of Planning of the Kurdistan Region are conducting training on SDG implementation

The Development Support Office (DSO) at the Erbil Regional Office of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) in cooperation with the Ministry of Planning of the Kurdistan Region conducted a one-day training to strengthen 20 technical staff on September 13. of the Ministry to establish and develop collaborative relationships with relevant stakeholders that they can monitor and engage in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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UNRCCA co-runs a foundation course on financial investigations and terrorist financing

On September 8, as part of the “Peace Week” events, the UN Inspection Mission in Colombia participated in a forum on “Socio-economic, collective and community problems” with ex-combatants and local, regional and national authorities. “Reincorporation of Cundinamarca” is a department covering the Colombian capital Bogotá. At the forum, participants share their ideas and experiences to strengthen reconciliation in Colombia.

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Peace Clubs in Mozambique help with disarmament and reintegration efforts

Peace and dialogue training for young leaders and community members was held on September 10 at Peace Clubs in Nampula, Mozambique. Peace clubs play an important role in the process of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) and help build sustainable relationships between DDR beneficiaries and host communities. Through a network of interfaith religious and social leaders, the clubs promote nonviolence and peace education using existing structures in 21 districts in six different provinces of Mozambique.

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The new special representative Abdou Abarry met with the president of Gabon

On September 13, the newly appointed special representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa and the head of UNOCA, Abdu Abarri, was received by the President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, and a business meeting was held with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Gabon. Michael Moussa-Adamo. SRSG Abarri, who arrived in Libreville on September 9 to begin his duties, emphasized during the audience with the Gabonese President that Gabon will continue to be one of the main partners in the implementation of UNOCA’s mandate, especially as it includes important tasks. at the regional and international levels, including as a member of the Security Council and the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Ex-combatants and victims of conflict are working on a fishing reconciliation project

In the small town of Villavieja in the department of Huila in southwestern Colombia, a group of 50 ex-combatants, members of a fishing cooperative, had their first successful fishing trip of the year on September 12, harvesting more than 15 tons. fish. The initiative is one of the projects of the Common Social Economies Cooperative (ECOMUN), which consists of more than 120 groups of ex-combatants, conflict victims and villagers. The UN Verification Mission in Colombia, the European Union, the Huila Government and the Colombian Reincorporation Agency (ARN) support the project to strengthen the reconciliation process.

DPPA introduces new Guidance on Ceasefire Mediation

On 14 September, the DPPA launched the Guidance on Ceasefire Mediation, which draws on the extensive knowledge of cease-fire experts and mediators from both within and outside the United Nations. The document contains important information about the terminology and typology of ceasefires, and presents various examples and illustrations from different parts of the world. The guidance was presented at a high-level hybrid event held at the International Institute of Peace, and the event opened with a welcome speech by Zeid Raad Al Hussein, President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Monetary Fund. Speakers included the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for South Sudan, Nicholas Haysom (UNMISS); Karin Landgren, executive director of the Security Council report; and Jeffery Mapendere of the Reorganized Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission in South Sudan.

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Published by UNOAU, it is a Pro-Peace e-book

The United Nations Office for the African Union (UNOAU) has just launched an e-book, O Peacemaker, as part of its efforts to support the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325. The book contains the stories and experiences of 20 people. African women and three women’s organizations working for peace and security on the continent. The e-book is available here for free to read online

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