EXPLAINER: Security Council Sanctions and the Maintenance of International Peace and Security

The Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2342 (2017), extending until 26 February 2018 sanctions on those threatening stability in Yemen. The Council also extended until 28 March 2018 the mandate of the Panel of Experts who assist the committee that oversees those measures. Council members vote to adopt the resolution.

There used to be a thriving export business for monuments and statues of world leaders in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. In November 2016, the Security Council banned the trade as part of a series of sanctions intended to halt the east-Asian nation’s nuclear tests and launches using ballistic missile technology. At the time,… Continue reading EXPLAINER: Security Council Sanctions and the Maintenance of International Peace and Security

How COVID-19 Changed the Face of Elections — and UN Electoral Assistance

On 19 March 2020, eight days after the World Health Organization designated COVID-19 as a pandemic, the small archipelago state of Vanuatu in the South Pacific decided to go ahead with its general elections on schedule. Even though Vanuatu had yet to record a single COVID-19 case, election officials were not taking any chances. With… Continue reading How COVID-19 Changed the Face of Elections — and UN Electoral Assistance

Brainstorm

Traditional approaches to post-conflict situations often focus on what might be termed “external safeguards”, such as security building, good governance and transitional justice initiatives. However, there is a growing body of work in the field of brain and behavioral science that explores the role of human psychology and patterns of thinking in the success, or… Continue reading Brainstorm

Constitution Making and Conflict Mediation: New Report Examines the Links

The resolution of large-scale internal conflicts nearly always involves some form of renegotiation of access to public power and resources, and/or recognition and autonomy for specific societal groups. As a result, whether it be in South Sudan or Syria, Mali or Myanmar, processes of constitutional reform are intertwined with, and often at the heart of,… Continue reading Constitution Making and Conflict Mediation: New Report Examines the Links

Unity, Respect and Economic Support: New Envoy for Sudan Begins Work

The political landscape in Sudan changed dramatically in 2019, thanks to the Sudanese men, women and young people who rose up in massive numbers to demand change. Their movement culminated in an agreement signed on 17 August 2019 to establish a civilian-led transitional government and the launch of a transitional process that provides a unique… Continue reading Unity, Respect and Economic Support: New Envoy for Sudan Begins Work

Virtual Platforms Help Guatemalan Women Bolster Conflict-Prevention Capacity

Scenes from the municipal market in Tucuru, Guatemala. Indigenous women of Guatemala’s Polochic valley are feeding their families, growing their businesses and saving more money than ever before. With the help of a joint UN programme that’s empowering rural women, women's groups in the area have learned to produce shampoo in bigger batches and in different varieties—such as aloe, cacao, avocado and honey—and sell them in local markets. The Joint Programme on Accelerating Progress towards the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women by FAO, WFP, IFAD and UN Women is working to advance advance gender equality and economic empowerment of women in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Nepal, Niger and Rwanda. In Guatemala, the programme started in 2015, with funding from Norway and Sweden, supporting rural women to develop a range of skills, from sustainable agricultural practices to marketing organic shampoo and learning solar engineering. With better knowledge of their own rights and access to skills, credit and income, women participants can make more decisions within their homes and participate in municipal spaces. Read More: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2018/7/feature-guatemala-saving-for-a-rainy-day Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Despite major advances in women’s rights in Guatemala since the signing of the 1996 Peace Accords, women, in particular those from indigenous populations, still experience high levels of social exclusion. Only 2 per cent of the municipalities are run by women; more than 4,000 girls between 10-14 years of age give birth every year; and… Continue reading Virtual Platforms Help Guatemalan Women Bolster Conflict-Prevention Capacity

Transformational Initiatives for Peace

Sustainable peace is inclusive peace, and it is enriched by a diversity of voices and new ideas. To stimulate thinking across and between four very different contexts, the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) and Shared Studios, a social change company, launched “Talking Peace”, a first-of-its-kind virtual conversation series held as part of the… Continue reading Transformational Initiatives for Peace

2020: Security Council Meets Unprecedented Challenges with Innovation … and Perseverance

Inga Rhonda King (left), Permanent Representative of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations and President of the Security Council for the month of November, chairs the Security Council meeting on the situation in Mali.

Just as the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations was getting into high gear early last year, life as we knew it was suddenly upended by COVID-19, including the work of the Security Council. One day after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, the Council stopped meeting in person. After… Continue reading 2020: Security Council Meets Unprecedented Challenges with Innovation … and Perseverance

After a Challenging Year, Signs of Hope in Global Peace Efforts

The past year was exceedingly difficult by any measure. Violent conflict, unchecked climate change, repression of political activity and other human rights violations, toxic populism dividing societies and a once-in-a-lifetime health catastrophe: 2020 will have left a painful mark. At the same time, there were unmistakable reasons for hope. Despite the very real worry about… Continue reading After a Challenging Year, Signs of Hope in Global Peace Efforts