The Multi-Year Appeal’s “Booster Effect”: DPPA Launches Annual Report 2022

Politically Speaking
3 min readMar 28, 2023

From Ukraine to Yemen, Sudan and Colombia, the report illustrates how the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs’ effective operational deployments and engagement with the right partners and actors made a vital difference around the globe, at a relatively low cost.

In 2022, the global community saw multiple threats to peace and security converging in an unprecedented manner. The war in Ukraine, the rollback of gains in Afghanistan, the worsening of violence in Haiti and continuing conflict in Myanmar, Syria and Somalia exacted a terrible toll on hundreds of millions of people. The Multi-Year Appeal Annual Report 2022 looks back over these events and provides tangible examples of how support drawn from the MYA — DPPA’s main fundraising vehicle — was instrumental to mediation processes, ceasefire monitoring, electoral assistance, women’s participation in peace processes, and other peace and security work around the world.

The MYA enables DPPA to do more, act faster, and amplify its impact

Voluntary funding continues to finance the entirety of the Department’s conflict prevention and mediation tools, including its Standby Team of Senior Mediation Advisers, as well as the extra capacity needed to strengthen its political analysis.

The mediation efforts of the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General in Yemen lead to a six-month truce that began in April 2022. Despite the lapse of the truce after two extensions, there has not been a major escalation in military conflict.

Two women at Sana’a International Airport, before the departure of the first commercial flight in nearly six years. Photo credit: Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen (OSESGY).

In Sudan, MYA funding allowed the Department to provide support in critical areas, including for the Juba Peace Agreement ceasefire monitoring mechanism. In Colombia, DPPA expanded its support to peace consolidation by verifying key areas of the 2016 Peace Agreement, as well as by offering “good offices” support for resumed talks with the National Liberation Army (ELN).

The MYA’s “rapid response” mechanism enabled the Department to scale up its analytical capacity in the wake of the Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine, including by strengthening an existing field presence in Kyiv.

Prior to the invasion, the office provided regular situation reports, as well as updates on key domestic and regional developments, to enable informed decision-making. The office now contributes to the UN’s response to the conflict across the humanitarian-development-peace nexus, as well as to regular coordination with the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), the UN Country Team, and other partners. It also provides real-time monitoring and analytical support, information that was used to help prepare over 40 briefings to the Security Council by the Secretary-General and Under-Secretary-General on the situation in Ukraine.

Security Council Holds Late Night Emergency Meeting on Ukraine, 23 February 2022. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Peace is Priceless, Peace is Possible

In 2022, DPPA had a total income of $84 million, which included a record high of $36.4 million in voluntary funding. As such, the MYA is a crucial complement to the UN regular budget. It funds core activities and allows the department to augment its capacity to support both Member States and the UN system as a whole, both at Headquarters and in the field.

“The MYA exponentially augmented our political and operational capacities to cope with multiple crises in 2022,” said Delphine Bost, head of DPPA’s Donor Relations Team.

For the period of 2023 to 2026, DPPA is appealing for $170 million in contributions to the MYA.

To read the report, click here.

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