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Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo is the first woman to head the UN’s political department. On the occasion of the Security Council’s annual debate on resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, listen to the Under-Secretary-General talk about some of her personal experiences working in the peace and security area, what meaningful…


UN Special Representative for Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert visiting a polling station in Adhamiyah in Baghdad on 10 October 2021.
UN Special Representative for Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert visiting a polling station in Adhamiyah in Baghdad on 10 October 2021. Photo: UNAMI

The Internet and digital media have revolutionized virtually all aspects of our lives, including how we elect our leaders. But the online platforms that expand political participation and inclusion can also be used to fuel discrimination and incite violence. So, what constitutes “responsible” online behavior in elections and how can…


A conference officer adjusts the microphone ahead of the Security Council meeting on the situation in Afghanistan.
Security Council meets on situation in Afghanistan, 9 September 2021. UN Photo/Manuel Elías

In September, to reinforce the Secretary-General’s focus on climate change at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly, the Security Council organized a high-level open debate on climate and security, focusing on the nexus of conflict, growing resource scarcity and human displacement. Many Council members were represented at the…


Photo: Pexels/Cristian Dina

Social media is instrumental for public messaging for a wide variety of actors, from heads of state to armed groups. It’s free, simple to use and has the potential of instantly reaching millions of people in all corners of the world. The UN has been using social media for years…


Photoville “In Their Hands” exhibit at Brooklyn Bridge Park. UN Photo/Gaelle Sundelin

Women are peacebuilders, decision-makers, peacekeepers, community leaders, changemakers and activists. But, as Acting Executive Director of UN Women Pramila Patten pointed out, in her opening remarks at the New York City flagship photography festival Photoville at Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York on Saturday, 18 September: “Too often, the narrative…


Aerial view of shipping containers. Photo: Pexels/Tom Fisk

The approach to making and building peace has substantially evolved in the last three decades. The image of a group of men sitting around a table for peace talks is progressively giving way to a more expansive, inclusive and representative vision of the best way to end armed conflict and…


Security Council Meets on Situation in Afghanistan. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

In August, the Security Council heard eight briefings on the work of political missions or peace processes under the purview of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA). There were three emergency meetings scheduled at short notice to discuss the worsening situations in Afghanistan and Ethiopia.

Afghanistan

On 6…


A wide view of the Security Council meeting on the situation in Libya.
Security Council Meets on Situation in Libya. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

In July, the Security Council heard six briefings in open chamber and five behind closed doors on the work of political missions or peace processes under the purview of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA). …


Illustration: UNDP/OHCHR

Constitution making can be instrumental in conflict prevention, peacebuilding and the promotion of human rights, the rule of law and sustainable development. Constitutions drafted or revised through inclusive, participatory and transparent processes enjoy stronger legitimacy. Chile is currently engaged in a constitution making process considered widely inclusive, with the meaningful…


DPPA’s Innovation Cell commissioned a Virtual Reality project in Colombia. The filmmaker is seen here with the VR camera. Photo credit: DPPA

Put on a headset at the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), and suddenly you are on a rooftop in Iraq, walking perilously close to the edge. You notice the return of life to the conflict-ravaged remains of the old city section of Mosul in front of you, to…

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