DPA during the 67th General Assembly
The Department of Political Affairs (DPA) has contributed to the 67th General Assembly (GA) across the breadth of high-level meetings, mini-summits and many other interactions.
One of the most highly attended events during the 67th GA was the High-Level Meeting on the Sahel. This event, in addition to underscoring concern about Mali, expressed support for the efforts, which DPA has been leading on the Secretary-General's behalf, to develop a UN system-wide strategy to respond to cross-cutting threats to peace and stability across the region. Moving forward, DPA will support the new Special Envoy for the Sahel, Romano Prodi, in the job of shepherding this strategy and its implementation forward.
Somalia’s hopeful trends were the focus of a Mini-Summit that took stock of major political and security progress in the country and looked ahead to the forging of new partnership with Somali's government to build on these gains. Somalia’s new president addressed the international community from Mogadishu where he is working to advance the progress that the UN has supported. Widely acknowledged was the role of UNPOS, the UN's Political Office for Somalia, which accompanied Somalia’s leaders and fledgling institutions through the recent steps in their political transition.
Hovering over this year’s GA in many of the speeches and meetings was the complex situation in the Middle East and North Africa: on the one hand the encouraging transitions in several Arab countries; on the other, the alarming crisis in Syria, the nuclear tensions on Iran, and the stalemate on Palestine.
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The importance of the UN's relationships with regional organizations was much in evidence throughout the week -- examples included the ministerial meeting with ASEAN, a high-level meeting with the leadership of the Pacific Islands Forum, the Secretary-General's meeting with CARICOM leaders, the Security Council session on UN-LAS cooperation, and discussions with ECOWAS and other partners on crises in West Africa.