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5-6 April 2013 - Representatives of the Association of Southeat Asian Nations and United Nations officials met in Jakarta, Indonesia, for joint talks on "Lessons Learned and Best Practices in Conflict Prevention and Preventive Diplomacy".
27 March 2013 - DPA's March 2013 e-news explores issues on the UN’s political radar through interviews with senior envoys, updates on activities in mediation, and summaries of recent reports by the Secretary-General.
21 March 2013 - Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman today wrapped up a three-day visit to Nepal as part of his first visit to South Asia. Read the transcript of his press encounter.
1 March 2013 - The 2013 Standby Team of Mediation Experts, whose work is overseen by the Department of Political Affairs, has taken up its work today. Since 2008, a team of leading experts has been selected for full time one-year assignments with the United Nations to act as advisers to envoys, field-based political and peacekeeping missions, the UN system as a whole as well as mediation partners.
7 February 2013 - To keep pace with evolving demands and changes, DPA has revamped and re-launched its on-line mediation support tool, UN Peacemaker, first established in 2006 to respond to the need for accessible mediation knowledge and guidance. UN Peacemaker includes 750 peace agreements from around the world - the most comprehensive database available on the internet - and offers comprehensive guidance such as the UN Guidance for Effective Mediation.
13 December 2012 - Political missions are playing a central role in addressing conflicts globally though many face financial and security concerns that limit their impact, concludes an independent report released on the work of United Nations and other multilateral political missions. The report, Political Missions 2012 by New York University’s Center for International Cooperation, notes that in a year in which the numbers of troops deployed in peace operations declined, the pressure on political missions to manage complex peace processes increased. From supporting elections in Libya and tackling coups in West Africa to attempting to find a solution to Syria’s civil war, political missions have responded to rapidly unfolding regional developments, the report finds.
Voluntary funds enable timely response to conflicts, DPA tells Member States at Annual Donor Meeting
30 November 2012 – Extra-budgetary contributions help the UN respond more rapidly to tensions and crises around the globe, the Department of Political Affairs underscored to member states at its Annual Donor Meeting held at UN headquarters in New York at the end of November. In 2012, voluntary funding has enabled DPA to undertake a number of swift actions in support of peace and security, including enhanced support to political missions and the early launching of mediation efforts. For 2013, DPA’s Multi-Year Appeal requests US$ 16 million, a modest investment in the kind of preventive action that can help to avoid more costly troop deployments, humanitarian relief or reconstruction efforts.
11 June 2012 - The Secretary-General has appointed Jeffrey D. Feltman of the United States as Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs. Mr. Feltman who recently served as Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs with the rank of Career Minister, brings to the position over 26 years of political and diplomatic experience within the United States Foreign Service, mostly handling Eastern European and Middle Eastern affairs.
5 June 2012 - In its latest Annual Report to donors, the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) highlights activities supported with voluntary contributions during 2011 – ranging from the early planning of the UN’s mission in Libya to electoral assistance for countries in transition in the Arab world.
9 March 2012 - The United Nations is enlisting its peace envoys in stepped-up efforts by the organization to combat the scourge of sexual violence in warfare, unveiling new guidelines to help mediators address the problem in peace agreements and cease-fires.
22 September 2011 - In the first UN report on the use of preventive diplomacy to resolve tensions and crises before they escalate, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon describes the growing importance of this practice by the United Nations and its partners, underscoring its potential to save lives and protect development gains at a low cost to the international community. The report speaks to recent advances and accomplishments in the field and proposes a forward agenda for strengthening the use of preventive diplomacy as a means of diminishing conflicts and their devastating toll. Successful preventive diplomacy is not easy, however building up the world’s collective capacities in this area is “without doubt, one of the smartest investments we can make,” the Secretary-General says in his report.