Heiko Maas, German Foreign Minister (l), Rosemary DiCarlo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (m), and Najla Mangoush, Foreign Minister of Libya (r) on the way to a press conference after the 2nd Libya Conference in Berlin in June 2021. Thomas Imo/photothek.de

The year is ending on a challenging note. Hopes that the world was finally emerging from the worst public health crisis in generations have been put on hold. Covid-19 is surging again, adapting and exploiting weaknesses in our defenses, including a failure to make vaccines more accessible around the world…

Arrival of Secretary General António Guterres to the former Territorial Training and Reincorporation Areas Llano Grande, in the municipality of Dabeiba, Antioquia; in his meeting with peace signatories, community and institutions to see the progress of the implementation of the Peace Agreement in the territory. 23 November 2021. Photo: UN Verification Mission in Colombia

Colombia is marking the fifth anniversary of the signing of the landmark 2016 Final Peace Agreement between the Government and the former Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia-Ejercito Popular (FARC-EP) in Havana, Cuba. In a world where success stories in the peace and security arena are rare, Colombia stands out as…

The mural, painted by Norwegian artist Per Krohg, was donated in 1952 by Norway to the United Nations. It decorates the Security Council chamber. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

In November, under Mexico’s presidency, the Security Council held three high-level debates on exclusion, inequality and conflicts; on preventive diplomacy; and on small arms. …

Liberians celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), signed in Accra on 18 August 2003, which ended their country’s 14-year civil war. UN Photo/Staton Winter

Can peace be measured? If peace is understood as more than just the absence of war, are there fundamental and common elements that define it across different types of conflict or other conditions? These are among the questions that occupy peace “practitioners” as they seek to make peace or help…

A wide view of the Security Council meeting on peace and security in Africa.
A wide view of the Security Council meeting on peace and security in Africa. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

In October, the Security Council held its annual high-level open debate on Women, Peace and Security to discuss the challenges and gaps that continue to prevent women from having an equal say. The Council also heard seven briefings on the work of political missions or peace processes under the purview…

Special Representatives Annadif (in white) and Fall (UNOCA), visiting the Minawo Refugee camp in far north Cameroon during their tour of Lake Chad Basin countries affected by Boko Haram. 20 October 2021, UN Photo/UNOWAS

On 11 March this year, pirates kidnapped 15 members of the crew of a Dutch tanker sailing off the coast of Benin. The news did not spread much beyond specialized maritime and shipping media, but it did raise a lot of concern in the UN Office for West Africa and…

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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. 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…

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