Published November 22, 2019

Getting to Grips with New Tech in Prevention and Peacemaking

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published November 15, 2019

The Evolution of the Security Council’s Military Staff Committee

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published November 8, 2019

Special Political Missions: Many Shapes, One Purpose

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published November 6, 2019

From Bougainville to Central Asia, Burkina Faso and Syria

Donor Support for Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Around the World

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published October 21, 2019

Winning Magnanimously, Losing Graciously

Key Factors Shaping Public Confidence in Elections

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published August 20, 2019

Countering Hate Speech

Perspectives from Peace and Development Advisors in Myanmar and The Gambia

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published August 14, 2019

“A Blueprint for Peace and Prosperity for People and the Planet”

The UN’s Peace and Security Pillar and the Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published August 5, 2019

Future of Mediation: Multi-Level, Young and Digital

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published August 1, 2019

Women, Land and Conflict

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published July 30, 2019

Mediating in a Complex World: Orchestration and Inclusion

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published July 18, 2019

Partnering to Prevent Conflict

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published July 15, 2019

Mediation and Peacemaking in an Increasingly Complex World

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published June 27, 2019

Peace Operation Transitions As Key Steps in Ensuring Peace Gains

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published June 27, 2019

Beyond Just the Men in Suits

“Youth, Peace and Security: Perspectives for Dialogues in Northeast Asia” Regional Workshop

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published June 26, 2019

Security Council Establishes New Special Political Mission in Haiti

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published June 26, 2019

“Nothing About Us Without Us”

On the Importance of Inclusivity in Mediation and Peacebuilding

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published June 14, 2019

The (Sometimes) Thin Line Between Process and Substance 

Annual Debate on Security Council Working Methods  

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published June 7, 2019

Incoming Security Council Members Pledge to Work to Find Solutions to New and Emerging Threats to International Peace and Security

2019 Security Council Election

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published May 28, 2019

Learning from Success

Making Best Use of Standing Mechanisms for Preventive Diplomacy 

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published May 22, 2019

Putting a Human Face on Iraq Recovery Efforts

DPPA Tests Use of VR to Brief Policy Makers

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published May 22, 2019

More than Pretty Pictures

Harnessing the Full Potential of Data Visualization

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published May 8, 2019

Low Profile, High Impact

A Snapshot of Recent DPPA Prevention and Peacebuilding Projects

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published May 3, 2019

A Malagasy Success Story

Interview with Mr. Abdoulaye Bathily, Special Adviser of the United Nations Secretary-General on Madagascar 

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published April 17, 2019

Is Dialogue Enough to Achieve Peace?

“Elite Resistance” and Peace Agreement Implementation

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published April 10, 2019

Funding Prevention and Sustaining Peace: DPPA Partners Step Up

Release of the 2018 Annual Report of the Multi-Year Appeal 

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published April 3, 2019

Harnessing the Power of Technology for Peace

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published April 1, 2019

Youth 4 Peace

“It's Important That Youth Tell Their Own Story”

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published March 18, 2019

The UN’s Evolving “Peace and Security” Architecture

Is the World Body Becoming More Effective in this Core Mission?

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published March 15, 2019

Can Climate Change Lead to Armed Conflict?

A Direct Link is Not Obvious, But Risks are Clear

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published March 4, 2019

Silencing the Guns in Africa

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published February 21, 2019

The Security Council on the Move:

Visit to West Africa

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published February 15, 2019

What’s in a Name? For North Macedonia, 26 Years of Mediation

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published February 8, 2019

Peace by Design

Building Peace Processes that Work

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published February 7, 2019

A Story in Numbers

Trends in the Activity of the Security Council

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published January 16, 2019

Establishment of Special Political Mission to support implementation of Agreement on City of Hodeidah and Ports of Hodeidah, Salif and Ras Issa as set out in Stockholm Agreement

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published January 10, 2019

The Security Council: A View from the Inside

Interview with Karel van Oosterom, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published January 10, 2019

Conflict Does Not Discriminate

Diplomacy for Peace in a Stable Country

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published November 30, 2018

A Closer Look:

The Division for Palestinian Rights

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published November 12, 2018

Change, and Continuity, in the Reform of the UN’s Peace and Security Work

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published November 5, 2018

New Caledonia Holds Self-Determination Referendum with UN Electoral Assistance

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published October 24, 2018

Myanmar Special Envoy Calls for Accountability and Inclusive Dialogue to Foster National Reconciliation

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published October 24, 2018

Indigenous Conflict Mediation and Resolution Processes that Work:

Interview with Victoria Tauli Corpuz, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published September 14, 2018

“We Have to Help Generate and Create a Shared Vision Around the Future of Rakhine State”

A Conversation with Dr. Emma Leslie, Executive Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published September 13, 2018

Unity and Determination in Somalia

Interview with Outgoing Special Representative Michael Keating

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published September 7, 2018

“Including” Inclusion in Peace Processes:

An Often Delicate Balancing Act

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published August 29, 2018

UN Mediation in Action

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published August 28, 2018

Return to Gaalkayo

Sustaining Peace in Practice in a Somali City

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published August 3, 2018

The UN’s Special Political Missions

A Key Part of Peace and Security Reform

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published August 3, 2018

Helping People Have Their Say

UN Supports Key Elections in Pakistan, Mali and Zimbabwe

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published July 13, 2018

“How Do You Show What Didn’t Happen?”

The Challenge of Illustrating Conflict Prevention

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published June 27, 2018

Decolonization:

An Incomplete Task

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published June 23, 2018

Sustaining Peace, Conflict Prevention, Human Rights and Sustainable Development High on Agenda for New Security Council Members

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published June 21, 2018

The Power to Think, Do and Transform:

the “Enhancing the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda in Northeast Asia” Regional Workshop

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published June 14, 2018

“Perseverance, Patience and Quiet Diplomacy”

Possible Resolution of the “Name” Issue Between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published June 14, 2018

UN Political Chief, in First Official Trip, Travels to Horn of Africa

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published June 1, 2018

The Repertoire:

A Deep Dive into How the Security Council Works

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published May 22, 2018

A Closer Look:

Facilitating Dialogue in Madagascar

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published May 16, 2018

Delivering on the Promise of Prevention:

Proposals for Reform of the UN’s Peace and Security Architecture

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published May 11, 2018

“Difficult But Not Impossible”:

Illustrating Prevention Work

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published April 27, 2018

A First-Hand Assessment:

Security Council Field Visits

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published April 10, 2018

A Closer Look:

The Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published April 5, 2018

To Prevent Conflict, Sustain Peace

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published March 29, 2018

“Conflict Prevention is in the UN’s DNA”

Interview with Outgoing Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published March 28, 2018

Preparing to Leave UN, Jeffrey Feltman Presents Report on Use of Voluntary Funding, Thanks Donors

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published March 12, 2018

Sustainable Development Impossible without Women, Youth, Civil Society

Interview with Nene Bah, Gender Adviser at the UN Office of the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published March 8, 2018

Palpable Momentum for Change: Towards Full Inclusion of Women in Search for Peace

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published March 6, 2018

“Given the Right Opportunities, Women Will Know How to Take Their Place and Make Their Voices Heard”

Interview with Annie Dumont, Gender Affairs Officer, UN Regional Office for Central Africa

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published February 28, 2018

“Colombia is Where We Could Make this Happen”

Interview with Devanna de la Puente, Gender Adviser at the UN Verification Mission in Colombia

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published February 22, 2018

“Because It’s 2018,” ...and Other Reasons Why Women Must Be Included in Peace Processes

Interview with Christina Shaheen, Gender Advisor in the Office of the Special Envoy for Syria

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published February 15, 2018

Women, Peace and Security Agenda Comes into its Own

Inclusion for More Effective Peace Processes

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published February 9, 2018

“Important to Show Confidence in Future of Iraq and Its People”

Interview with Assistant Secretary-General Miroslav Jenča

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published January 30, 2018

Update: Talking Peace Away from the Spotlight

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published January 11, 2018

Step by Step, Action Plan for Successful Transition Takes Hold in Libya

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published January 10, 2018

Colombia Peace Still Being Consolidated, But Progress Serves as Beacon for Others Trying to Exit Conflict

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published December 15, 2017

Curbing Nuclear Proliferation: Security Council Sanctions on the DPRK*

Acting on “the Most Dangerous Peace and Security Issue in the World”

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published December 8, 2017

“Keeping the Bicycle Running”

or Creating the Space for Tangible Results in a Protracted Conflict

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published December 1, 2017

Donors Reaffirm Support for Conflict Prevention, Mediation, Sustaining Peace

DPA Launches 2018-2019 Appeal

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published November 27, 2017

At Forefront of Surge in Diplomacy for Peace

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published November 21, 2017

“Jihadists” and Religionist Rebels:

Responding to the Evolving Profile of Armed Groups

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published November 17, 2017

Colombia: Innovative UN Mandate in Groundbreaking Peace Process

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published November 8, 2017

Bridging the Funding Gap:

Voluntary Contributions for Prevention, Mediation and Peacebuilding

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published November 3, 2017

Political Missions:

Versatile Tools for Broad Range of Peace and Security Challenges

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published October 23, 2017

No Durable Peace Without Inclusion

Promoting the Effective Participation of Women in Peace Processes

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published October 18, 2017

Factors for a Successful Election:

New Report on UN Role in Electoral Processes

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published October 11, 2017

Harnessing Elections Technology:

Benefits and Risks

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published October 11, 2017

Partnerships: The Pacific Islands Forum

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published September 27, 2017

Intense Preparation, Potential High Yield: Mounting a High-Level Event at the General Assembly

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published September 13, 2017

Nurturing Future Political Leaders to Contribute to Sustaining Peace in Sudan and Globally

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published September 12, 2017

Peace and Security Issues High on Agenda as General Assembly Opens 72nd Session

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published August 29, 2017

Sustaining Peace in Somalia: Reconciliation in Gaalkacyo

Looking at Special Political Missions (2)

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published August 24, 2017

Guinea-Bissau at the Crossroads: UN Role in Overcoming Political Impasse

Looking at Special Political Missions

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published August 14, 2017

Interview: Peace also Depends on Respect for Indigenous Rights

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published August 8, 2017

The Imperative of Improving Mediation:

The UN’s Role

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published July 28, 2017

Partnerships: Bringing the Concerns of the Caribbean Region to the Global Stage

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published July 19, 2017

Apoyo al diálogo político en El Salvador

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published July 19, 2017

Supporting Political Dialogue in El Salvador

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published July 19, 2017

After Failure of Crans-Montana Talks, What Next for Cyprus Peace Process?

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published July 3, 2017

CICIG: A Model in the Fight against Impunity and Corruption

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published June 30, 2017

Shepherding Dialogues for Peace Away from the Spotlight

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published May 19, 2017

Modest Investment in Preventive Diplomacy Yields Solid Dividends

UNRCCA Marks 10th Anniversary

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published March 31, 2017

Effectively Including Women in Peace Processes

New DPA Guidance

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published March 10, 2017

Helping Put The Gambia on a Solid Footing

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published March 10, 2017

Briefing: Fourth Round of Syria Talks

No Miracles, But Progress Achieved

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published February 24, 2017

Colombia’s FARC-EP Prepares to Lay Down Weapons

Peace Moves a Step Closer

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published February 17, 2017

We Need More Multilateralism, Not Less.

The Case for Prevention

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published February 10, 2017

Partnerships: The Organization of American States

Working Together for Peace in the Western Hemisphere

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published January 23, 2017

Partnerships: The Folke Bernadotte Academy

In the Steps of the Count

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published December 21, 2016

Summary of UN Headquarters ‘Board of Inquiry’ Report

UN-Syrian Arab Red Crescent aid convoy attacked from the air

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published December 16, 2016

Language of Peace

Finding the Right Words to Silence the Guns

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published December 2, 2016

Supporting Prevention, Mediation and Sustainable Peace

DPA Issues Updated Funding Appeal

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published November 11, 2016

Colombia: Building Peace from the Ground Up 

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published September 15, 2016

Bridging the Gap Between Early Warning and Early Action

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published August 31, 2016

Sri Lanka:

Steps in Reconciliation and Accountability for Sustainable Peace

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published August 26, 2016

In Myanmar, Optimism Amid Remaining Challenges

Interview with UN Special Adviser Vijay Nambiar

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published June 30, 2016

“Every country is a developing country”

A Conversation with Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda David Nabarro about Sustainable Development and Conflict Prevention

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published June 23, 2016

Historic Step Towards Peace in Colombia

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published June 10, 2016

A Global Response to Rising Conflict

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published May 20, 2016

The Security Council Members and Conflict Prevention: Practice and Potential

DPPA Politically Speaking
Published March 14, 2016

Iran: The Lifting of a Sanctions Regime

Published February 17, 2016

Update: Fighting Impunity to Consolidate Justice and the Rule of Law in Guatemala

Published February 12, 2016

Preventing Violent Extremism, Caring for its Victims

Published February 4, 2016

An Electoral System that Meets the Aspirations of the Somali People

UN Political Chief Visits Somalia

Published January 22, 2016

Special Political Missions: Supporting Conflict Prevention, Good Offices and Peacemaking

Published January 15, 2016

Women, Peace and Security – Promoting Sustainable Peace

Published November 13, 2015

Prevention efforts accelerate on Burundi, further UN presence envisaged

Published October 30, 2015

Ensuring genuine and credible elections: the UN role

Published September 17, 2015

Using UN sanctions to counter illicit trafficking of natural resources and “threat finance”

Published September 17, 2015

Digital diplomacy:

UN’s Department of Political Affairs in 140-character bursts

Published July 10, 2015

The African Union’s work supporting victims of terrorism

Interview with Ambassador Francisco Madeira

Published July 10, 2015

Lebanon’s ‘potential to thrive’ amid region in crisis

Published July 7, 2015

Mediation and prevention at work: Accompanying the dialogue in Guinea

Published June 3, 2015

UN at 70: How far have we come in decolonization?

Published May 5, 2015

The future of Afghanistan:

Perspectives from the field with Special Representative Nicholas Haysom

Published April 17, 2015

Jamal Benomar

A conversation about the UN's role in Yemen

Published April 8, 2015

Robert Serry 

His thoughts on Security Council resolution 242 and peace efforts in the Middle East

Published March 25, 2015

Uprooting terrorism:

Countering violent extremism through prevention

Published February 5, 2015

Sri Lanka:

Supporting long-term peace by combining political and development analysis

Published January 28, 2015

Colombia:

Bringing the link between peace and development into focus

Published January 23, 2015

Lebanon: Interview with outgoing Special Coordinator Derek Plumbly

Published January 16, 2015

Libyan Political Dialogue:

Geneva talks aim to facilitate political agreement, end fighting

Published January 16, 2015

Francesc Vendrell:

Stalwart of Secretary-General’s Good Offices

Published January 9, 2015

Security Council in numbers:

Highlights of Security Council Practice 2014

Published January 7, 2015

Secretary-General: 2015 to be challenging, but also promising

Published December 17, 2014

Year-End Conversation

An Interview with Oscar Fernández-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support

Published December 9, 2014

Department of Political Affairs annual donor meeting 2014

Published November 18, 2014

Special Political Missions and other political initiatives

Second report of the Secretary-General

<p> This October, the 193 United Nations Member States received a copy of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's latest report on special political missions, good offices and other political initiatives. This is a visual summary of the 35 missions higlighted in the report.</p>
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