The Security Council discussed on 29 August UN efforts to end conflicts through mediation. Secretary-General António Guterres will detail recent UN mediation initiatives around the globe. Below we list some of these efforts, which are overseen by the Department of Political Affairs.
In Madagascar, Special Adviser Abdoulayé Bathily helped facilitate Malagasy-led negotiations to hold peaceful and inclusive negotiations aimed at ensuring transparent and inclusive elections. His efforts were closely coordinated with African Union (AU), Southern African Development Community (SADC) and European Union (EU) special envoys.
Regarding Liberia, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, a member of the Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation, traveled to Monrovia following the 2017 elections to support a peaceful transfer of power.
Members of the UN Standby Team of Senior Mediation Advisers are providing advice on transitional justice issues in the Central African Republic, which has suffered national and local conflicts for decades, as part of the peace process there. The UN is also engaging at the local level with national authorities and religious leaders in support of an African Union initiative.
In Yemen, members of the Standby Team of Senior Mediation Advisers are assisting with the design of the mediation process led by Special Envoy Martin Griffiths.
In South Sudan, Standby Team members have provided support to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, IGAD which is leading the mediation process. Engagement of the region, particularly the neighbouring countries – backed by the Security Council – was a critical element in the agreement recently reached by the South Sudanese leaders to end the conflict. UN envoys are also supporting local efforts to address communal conflicts in the country.
Title picture: UN Secretary-General visit to Mali. António Guterres greets residents of Mopti after his visit to the Grand Mosque. UN Photo/Marco Dormino