Peacebuilding Commission, Syria, DR Congo & other topics – Daily Press Briefing (22 October 2021)

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United Nations published this video item, entitled “Peacebuilding Commission, Syria, DR Congo & other topics – Daily Press Briefing (22 October 2021)” – below is their description.

Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

Highlights:

– Peacebuilding Commission

– Syria

– DR Congo

– Bosnia and Herzgovina

-Afghanistan

-Haiti

-Myanmar

-Iran/Covid-19

– Mali

-World Development Information Day

-United Nations Day

-Noon Briefing Guest Monday

PEACEBUILDING COMMISSION

Speaking at a virtual meeting of the Peacebuilding Commission on his Common Agenda Report and the New Agenda for Peace, the Secretary-General said the choices we make today could result in further breakdown, or a breakthrough to a better, more sustainable future.

He highlighted areas that require particular effort and attention, such as a re-commitment to the non-use of nuclear weapons and a timetable for their progressive elimination. He also told members of the Commission that we need to recognize the links between all forms of violence, as well as to strengthen strategic foresight and capacities to identify and manage new risks. The Secretary-General also said that we need to massively invest in prevention and peacebuilding, and also to put women and girls at the centre of our efforts.

SYRIA

Geir Pedersen, the Special Envoy for Syria, spoke to journalists in Geneva just a few moments ago, and he detailed the agreements reached over the course of the past five days and said that there were ups and downs over the week, and he called today’s discussion a big disappointment in which, he said, “we did not achieve what we hoped to achieve.”

The Special Envoy said that all sides did not come to a common understanding today, adding that in the end, we would need an understanding among all three delegations on commonalities, which has not been reached. There has also been no agreement to a date of the next discussions.

DR CONGO

Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the head of the UN Peacekeeping Department is in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He is in Goma today where he is meeting with the military governor of North-Kivu to discuss the political and humanitarian situation and the mission’s support to the Congolese Army against armed groups to address the security challenges. He is also meeting with Mission staff to express his support and appreciation for their work.

In Kinshasa earlier in the week, Mr. Lacroix met with President Felix Tshisekedi to discuss the security and political situation in the country. In his meetings with representatives from civil society organizations and political parties, he reiterated the hope for a transparent and appeased process towards the 2023 presidential elections.

Mr. Lacroix will conclude his visit to the DRC in Beni on Sunday, where he will meet with peacekeepers in charge of the operations there.

Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=22%20October%202021

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