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The Secretary-General's Special Representative for West Africa, Mohamed Ibn Chambas is in Burkina Faso on Friday, as part of a mission undertaken jointly with the African Union and ECOWAS.  

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The UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura briefed the Security Council on Thursday in closed consultations. He then took questions from the press. Watch his press stakeout. Read the transcript.

Under-Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman briefed the Security Council Wednesday on the situation inJerusalem. The text of the briefing is now available.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon deplored the planned holding of "elections" by rebel groups in Eastern Ukraine on Sunday. The statement attributable to his spokesman is now online.

Promoting Peaceful, Political Solutions to Conflict

The Department of Political Affairs (DPA) plays a central role in the United Nations’ efforts to prevent and resolve deadly conflict around the world through analysis and advice to the Secretary-General, support to mediation, elections and other peacebuilding efforts internationally and through political missions on the ground.

With the support of UN Member States, DPA is evolving into a more mobile and agile platform for crisis response, capable of rapidly deploying mediation experts and other peacemaking expertise to the field and partnering effectively with regional organizations at the frontlines of conflicts.
 

More about DPA's activities in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and the Middle East and West Asia.

 

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